Christos Kyriakidis Christos Kyriakidis is one of the UK’s top mixologists. He began by bartending in his native country of Greece and Cyprus and has worked in 4 and 5 starred hotels before moving to Cardiff in 2005 to work at the McDonald Holland House Hotel. He has since gone on to win many awards including Wales Bartender of the Year in 2008 and made a name as the finest bartender in the city. He has taken part and won many cocktail competitions, with his biggest highlight been Diageo World Class UK Finalist in 2010. He has represented Wales in Imbibe’s Battle of Britain Cocktail Competition as captain in a team of three bartenders. Christos has visited many distilleries and travelled around competing. Some of his visits were in Venezuela with Diageo, Tennessee for the Jack Daniels UK Final Competition, Holland with Ketel One Vodka, France with Hennessy Cognac plus many more. He was the Bar Manager at Vanilla Rooms, Park House Club in Cardiff for 4 years before moving to work for Plymouth Gin and The Refectory Bar situated inside the Distillery in 2013. He worked as a cocktail consultant for Welsh Whisky Penderyn and helped create great cocktails showcasing all their brands. In November 2016 he set up his own consultancy company CK Bar Consultancy and since then has provided consultancy work for Etc in Penarth, The Ridgeway Bar & Kitchen in Newport, The Mad Platter in Usk and Hi Coffee in Newport. Christos has undertaken many cocktails courses and training over the year and is now a holder of WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Level 1 and Level 2 in wines as well as WSET Level 2 in spirits. In October this year Christos will be the owner of a brand new cocktail bar & restaurant called The Pod which will be opening soon in Newport, with business partners Paul Young from So Exclusive Developments and Oliver Mason from The Water House. The Pod is situated on Rodney Road in the old marketing suite of Taylor Wimpey and will be offering bespoke gin and cocktail masterclasses in the private Gin Room, as well as exquisite award winning cocktails and small plates menu by a great well known Head Chef soon to be announced. Great coffee will be served through the day as well. The Pod is the perfect venue for private hire. His companies CK Bar Consultancy and CK At Home can be found on all social media.