Teja: I’m a workaholic who has been working on the bar scene for 13 years now and I hope I bring joy to my guests with my creations. Ever since I left high school, where I studied hospitality, I followed in my brother’s footsteps as a bartender (he wasn’t too happy about that) and here I still am today, and I don’t know what else I could do. For this you have to love your job and the people you are surrounded by. The beauty of this job is that something is always changing. New trends arrive, new goals are set so it’s never dull. I now have thirteen summer seasons behind me in tourists resorts in Croatia but the last 7 I have spent on Hvar island at the Ka'Lavanda Music bar. I spend winter in Zagreb and am part of the Nekić Barology team, a professional creative company which specialises in training hospitality staff and promoting cocktail culture in many bars and hotels throughout Croatia.
ZIYP: What do you think of Zagreb nightlife from the perspective of your work?
Teja: I don’t work behind the bar in Zagreb so I can answer from the perspective of a guest, and I would say that Zagreb is full of young people who are more interested in quantity than quality. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but it would be more interesting if older guests would also percolate through the scene and if we had more places for all ages. They say taste is a personal matter, but music is the catalyst for all of us who work behind the bar and definitely for our guests. Zagreb has a diverse offering but it would be great if there were more places playing quality house and jazz.
ZIYP: What's your secret to a successful party?
Teja: Good, fun company, which actually means that it’s unimportant where you are and what music you are listening to, but bearing in mind my profession I have to say it is important what you are drinking.
ZIYP: Which are your favourite places to go out in Zagreb?
Teja: Swanky Monkey Garden is a fun place with a contemporary urban vibe and a varied clientele. Katran also has a good programme of events.