Andrew Mullins has more than 20 years’ experience in the luxury hospitality sector providing management, training, development, and consultancy services to hotels and resorts, bars and restaurants in some of the most exclusive venues in the world.
A founding member of both Fling Bar Services and The Spirit House Company, he has trained more than 2,000 bartenders and service staff and opened more than 100 bars in over 60 countries around the world.
After completing an honours degree in Journalism in the mid-1990s, Andrew worked as a professional bartender before taking a full-time training position with Greenall’s Bars and Restaurants, opening bar-focussed town centre venues across the length and breadth of the UK. Numerous independent training and management positions followed before Andrew set up Fling Bar Services and found his calling developing and delivering international training programmes to non-native English speakers in the luxury hospitality sector.
International recognition and a burgeoning reputation, led to the establishment of Fling Bar Services Middle East in Dubai, a dedicated regional hub supplying world-class hospitality training and development to a growing number of clients in the Middle East and Indian Ocean.
Since first crossing the Friendship Bridge in 2002, Andrew’s ties to Laos have grown in parallel with his successful international career. In 2005 he invested his experience in the successful opening of The Spirit House Cocktail Bar & Restaurant, a private hospitality venture in Vientiane that became recognised as an iconic venue and industry standard within the capital.
In 2016, Andrew moved back to Laos to establish a second The Spirit House Cocktail Bar & Restaurant in Luang Prabang as well as The Spirit House Company, a vehicle for delivering the same world-class hospitality services to Laos and wider South East Asian region as well as a vibrant retail arm offering The Spirit House bottled cocktails to be enjoyed at home.
Andrew has been on the BBGL’s Advisory Board for three years. He utilises his hospitality experience and journalistic skills to support the Membership Services and Communications Subcommittees.
A keen surfer, landlocked Laos is not an obvious sanctuary for Andrew, though the mountainous country and undeveloped infrastructure has inspired a love of exploration on his Honda CRF. A father to two young daughters he lives with his wife Khonesavanh in Vientiane and retains an active interest in all things cocktail related.
You can connect with Andrew on LinkedIn or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.