The Bike Shed Theatre’s Bar Manager, Justine Bock has been selected for a series of international placements this
summer recognising her as one of the UK’s most exciting new cocktailmakers.
Having learnt her trade at The Bike Shed and through her own extensive research, Justine applied for the
prestigious cocktail apprentice program for Tales of the Cocktail on Tour in Edinburgh. The Cocktail
Apprentice Program is an exclusive mentorship scheme for up-and-coming bartenders to learn alongside some of
the biggest names in the business and is well renowned within the industry.
Bartenders from all over the UK applied, hoping to become one of eight new apprentices. Justine,
the only candidate selected from the South West, was chosen for her clear passion and dedication
to the craft.
More success soon followed: During her time in Edinburgh, it was announced that the panel would
select just one of the UK apprentices to attend Tales of the Cocktail, the world’s premier cocktail
festival in New Orleans. Justine was selected as the stand-out apprentice and spent six days in
July attending seminars, workshops and tastings, honing her craft. It was an opportunity for Justine
to work with bartenders from all over the world, and learn from people at the forefront of the
Soon after returning to Exeter, Justine was selected to attend ‘Tiki by the Sea’ in Fregene in Italy
this September to learn and share ideas about the culture, spirit and drinks of the tiki era.
‘The apprentice program is an incredible initiative, it encourages mentorship within the industry, not
just for the week of the festival, it’s an ongoing support network. It was a huge honour to be
recognised for what I do and a privilege to have met and worked with people I’ve looked up to and
respected for years. I’ve learnt an incredible amount and I’m really excited to bring my ideas and
experience back to Devon and The Bike Shed.’ Justine Bock
The Bike Shed Theatre’s new bar menu, devised by Justine, takes influence from her travels
across the globe. There will be classic combinations, but with a bit of an edge designed to be
delicious yet with something for all tastes.
‘In New Orleans, a lot of the bars never close, they somehow manage to transition seamlessly from
day to night and back again. Thankfully we do close at the Bike Shed, but you’re never quite aware
what time of day or season it is. I wanted to find a way to embrace this in the menu. The new Light
& Dark menu aims to celebrate the seasons and the lack of seasons in an underground venue.
Every cocktail will have two versions – a light and a dark – so whatever the mood there will be an
option. Think dark wintry spices to curl up with on a sofa with or bright citrus to keep you feeling
refreshed as you destroy the dance floor.’ Justine Bock