The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Spotlight on a local: Lulu

During 2020, we featured a local bar, pub or club every week to help boost the Kiwi hospitality industry and encourage customers to get out and explore!

Here we discover Wellington’s Pacific-inspired bar, Lulu.

How has business been going during this tough year?
The uncertainty of the first few months was definitely tough on everyone in our team and the industry as a whole. Going down through the levels, the support we had from the Wellington public was amazing. We are back now and busier than ever, crossing our fingers we don’t move back up the levels. 

P-digggs at Lulu

What have you been doing to encourage customers to come/come back to your local?
We spent a lot of time over lockdown creating content remotely with our team and doing our best to stay connected to our guests which made welcoming them back that much easier. Live music is an important part of our culture at Lulu, one thing we are focussing on is putting on shows with bigger name artists. Since lockdown we have hosted P-Digsss from Shapeshifter and most recently had an epic show with the one and only Che Fu. We have more artists in the pipeline, so stay tuned.

How would you describe the atmosphere of Lulu?
Warm, tropical and inviting. No matter the weather outside, it’s always summer at Lulu.

What is your signature drink?
Sailor Jerry Spiced Pina Colada

Why do you think your local stands out from the crowd?
From the fit out to the food and everything inbetween, we aim to showcase the best of what our little corner of the globe has to offer.  

What are your 3 top tips for being a great bartender?
1. Preparation: Quality, consistency and speed  is key to an exceptional bar experience. This all comes down to preparing your section and ensuring you have the freshest quality ingredients all at your finger tips.
2. Performance: Revel in the fact that people have chosen hour establishment to spend their hard earned cash. Give them an experience to remember. 
3. Empathy: Things won’t always go your way, mistakes will happen. Approach every situation with empathy and focus all your energy on making it right. 

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