Stuart McCluskey

Europe’s largest on-trade drinks show, Imbibe Live, has announced that Stuart McCluskey will be joining a panel of ambassadors for the 2017 event, to continue to develop its highly successful spirits offering for the UK’s leading buyers.

McCluskey has over 16 years' experience working in all aspects of the hospitality industry and has opened and continues to run numerous bars, restaurants, cafes, and drinks shops.

Originally from Edinburgh, he opened the multiple award-winning ‘The Bon Vivant’ in 2008, and has since opened 'The Devil's Advocate' in an old pump station in a historic close in Edinburgh's Old Town in 2013. He was also Imbibe’s very own ‘Bar Personality of the Year’ in 2014.

McCluskey said of his appointment: 'I am delighted to be joining the team for Imbibe Live 2017 and look forward to being able to bring new and exciting concepts to such an important date in the UK on-trade calendar.'

Imbibe Live Show Director, Sonja van Praag, said: 'Stuart has dedicated time to helping the future of the drinks industry with their learning and development and I can’t wait to see where his creativity and ambition takes Imbibe Live’s extensive tasting and seminar programme this year.'