Oct 20, 2022
In this eye-opening conversation
with Walter Meyenberg, founder of Hanky Panky, some of the topics
we discuss include:
- Why this bar, which is so famous for being a
modern “speakeasy,” wasn’t originally planned that way, and how
they evolved from not even charging for drinks to winning
international awards for hospitality.
- What it’s like to locate, enter, and drink at
Hanky Panky, according to our mixological travel correspondent,
- How Walter thinks about developing individual
members of his bar team and building a community of international
“friends of Hanky Panky,” and why this people-first mentality
allowed the program to thrive, even during the
- We also explore some of Walter’s other
projects, like his bar Casa de las Brujas, which places an
all-female bar team in the spotlight, and Liquid Show, an
educational initiative launched in partnership with other leading
bar figures in Mexico City.
- Along the way, we cover the books that inspired
Walter’s approach to hospitality, the design aesthetic behind
throne-like bar stools and mirrored tables, foundational memories
of being fed and pampered by his Lebanese mother, and much, much
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