“A bartender is just a pharmacist with a limited inventory…” – Albert Einstein
I began my career in hospitality more than 10 years ago, which is when I started learning the job from scratch. But honestly, my interest in Serbian drinking traditions and the culture of producing our own spirits started way before that, somewhere in my early years, thanks to my grandfather with whom I started making rakija ever since I was a kid.
In the year 2008 I took my first bartending job in the small bar downtown Novi Sad and this is how I joined the bar culture. It all started because I needed money to pay my rent while I was studying to become a history teacher. What started as a necessity became a career. Soon I was bartending and waitering tables in multiple bars, restaurants and high volume establishments, while I was still finishing my studies.
By the year of 2012 I got my bachelor degree in history, but by the same time I was deeply in love with bartending and the art of mixology. I studied old classics with the same passion I studied my history lessons at University and after years of working behind the bar I perfected my skill of using spirits, liquors and fresh ingredients to create signature cocktails.
Two years ago I put my experience to the test by coming to Malta where I quickly built a resume and started working behind bars all over the island.
These days, you’ll find me running PAPRIKA restaurant with my closest friends and colleagues– from creating signature cocktails and guiding the service, to delivering just the perfect fine dining experience.
You are more than welcome to come and visit our restaurant, approach the bar and discus about cocktails or history, while I am preparing your favourite medicine.