The Future...

First, an introduction to our newest team member: Mike Roberts. As well as being a long time friend of mine, Mike’s experience in hospitality has spanned several years, including: cheffing; running coffee shops; managing large catering contracts for film & TV and event management. He’s now joined The Wonder Bar on a pro rata basis, offering his skills when needed. A hugely talented force to be reckoned with, he adds a smile and a dance to whenever the situation is warranted - which is all of the time with us! 

We’re in cahoots with many a project: review videos of local products, podcasts showcasing local businesses and a potential new venue. We've got a lot on our plates, but I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds...

Look at that face!

On the 4th July this year, we will be launching Independents' Day. Aiming to bring together the finest food, drink, fashion, art & live entertainment, amongst other things: a celebration of exciting, independent businesses in the local area. The event will take place in The Westgate Hotel. A grand, previously disused hotel steeped in Chartist history. Recently reopened for the odd event and currently being restored by the volunteers at Our Chartist Heritage and Newport Rising, the venue is perfectly fitting for an event which looks to celebrate the up and coming economy in Newport. 

If you'd like to get involved in this project: whether you have products to sell, art to exhibit or just want to lend a hand in something that is sure to be a memorable day, get in touch at:
More details are to follow!

The Ballroom @ The Westgate Hotel

In the meantime, I am packing everything in for 3 weeks to run off to a different part of the world (again...). This time, I'll be coordinating a bar for Tribal Gathering"Not just a festival," but a gathering of people from the world over, celebrating indigenous communities, art, music, socio-economic history, meditation, yoga, sustainability and so much more. All on the balmy coast of Panama! 

I am so unbelievably excited to be a part of such a wonderful looking festival. I'll be completely uncontactable as I'll be camping in the jungle; I'm very much looking forward, if not slightly anxious, to switching off from the world of technology and being completely in the moment (even if I'm working 12 hour days in 30 degree heat). It's an opportunity which I'm so lucky to have found and I hope it can open up doorways for future events...

We're going global!!

My home for the next 3 weeks!