Nine local bars that worked together for the benefit of all are pleased with the way the initiative turned out.
Bar Robin was designed as a rolling series in which a different participating bar was the centre of the party each Tuesday night. Owners, managers, staff and customers visited the bars involved, Donna Myrie-Stephen said.
“This is the first time that competing bars have come together in unity to support each other and it is because of these challenging economic times that this effort have come about proving the benefits of such partnerships,” she said. “The public response to Bar Robin proves to organisers that the series must continue, and will only grow. The community spirit shown at the events is a testament that patrons are happy to support this new Tuesday night celebration.”
Lucille Barnes, manager of the initiative, said that she had first introduced the idea to all local bars in Grand Cayman.
“I feel this has been a great help financially to all the bars involved and has inspired unity amongst the bars,” she added.
Supporting slower months
Maya Ogorzalek, marketing manager (Beers and Spirits) at Cayman Distributors, said that it had been “great to be a part of [it] … and support our customers through the slower months of the year”.
“Miller Lite and Bacardi were involved from the very beginning in getting everyone excited about the concept with T-shirts, prizes and drinks specials and we’re thrilled that the first series was such a success,” she said. “We can’t wait for the next Bar Robin series in the New Year.”
Raymond Whittaker of Mango Tree, one of the bars involved, said it was an excellent idea.
“It it gives customers and bar staff an opportunity to visit other bars they would not otherwise visit on their own,” he said. “This creates business for all participating bars as patrons will feel comfortable to revisit these bars.
“The final series of the Bar Robin took place at the Mango Tree and we were happy to have so many come out to support,” Mr. Whittaker said.
The participating bars were: Meringue; Sea Inn; Bananas; Rooftop; Mango Tree; Energy Lounge; Ultra Lounge; Cotton Club; and Nectar.