Dirk Hany

Dirk Hany is an emblematic barkeeper in Zürich. He just opened « Bar am Wasser » in October 2018. Passionate about liquid gastronomy, as he says it himself, he is famous for his cocktails’ quality and originality.

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Born and raised in South Africa, the dream was always to work in the hospitality sector. In 1998, he moved to Switzerland to fulfill his dream of becoming a chef and to graduate from a renowned Hotel Management School, which became the SHL in Lucerne. In 2004, after living in France for some time, he fell in love with the Bar Business and his forthcoming dream was, to one day open his own bar. After going through different positions in hospitality and the bar sector worldwide, he was awarded the “Bartender of the Year” award in 2008, which launched his career in the Bar business. For the next 4 years he would work for Pernod Ricard as a Brand Ambassador, training, consulting and hosting events. During this time, he also spent many days traveling around the world to gain knowledge about the bar business in general. In 2014, he accepted the venture to manage the renowned 5* Widder Hotel’s Bar. During his time as the Manager, they received multiple awards such as “Best Bar Switzerland” (2 times), “Best Bar Menu”, “Bar Manager of the Year”, “Best Hotel Bar” and were elected twice into the Top 10 for the Award of the Best International Hotel Bar.
In 2018, he opened the Bar am Wasser with his business partner, a classic, high-end cocktail bar, which recalls all the great bars he has visited in the past.