Are you looking for a mobile bar with a difference to set your wedding apart from the rest? Brilliant then meet Beetle Juice – the original VW Cocktail bar which brings the party straight to you. With a fleet of 17 vintage VW vans, Beetle Juice have nationwide coverage, so wherever your wedding reception is being held, they’ll be sure to make it.
Specialising in freshly made, quality cocktails using premium spirit brands, Beetle Juice offer bespoke menus plus additional wines, spirits and bottled beers. Non- alcoholic mocktails and champagne bar options are also hugely popular.
Beetle Juice Vehicles don’t juice serve great drinks with flair and fizz, they look super cute too and they’ll make a fantastic talking point in your wedding photos – just think of all those photo opps that everyone can enjoy posing next to such a photogenic, uber cool van. Over to Amy to tell you more.
Tell us a little about yourself and your business
Beetle Juice are the original VW pop-up bar that brings the party to you!
Brain-child of brothers, Julian and Jonathan Gomma and best friend, Harry Sloan, Beetle Juice began back in 2012 when the boys took an angle grinder to their beloved VW campervan with the dream of transforming it into a beautiful mobile cocktail bar.
Fast forward 5 years and the boys have now built a reputation for delivering delicious cocktails, top quality service and an all-round unique and fun experience at events up and down the country.
What motivated you to start your business?
A hatred of working in an office,
A love of putting a smile on people’s faces!
Tell us a little more about the day to day activities of your business
Having now franchised the business and with more bookings than ever before, when we aren’t behind the bar, we can be found at Beetle Juice HQ in Farnham, Surrey where we organise event details, stock, staff and logistics.
As the week draws to a close, energy ramps up and our beautifully transformed VW’s are driven to their relevant locations and mixologists are briefed.
All that preparation makes event day pretty simple: we arrive, we serve the bespoke menu of cocktails and/or drinks that we’ve designed in partnership with our clients, we (usually) provide the music from our in-built speakers and always bring the fun!
If our readers were to order from you, what can they expect?
A unique experience, charming bar staff, delicious handmade cocktails and drinks made with love. And a VW bar that is sexy, sleek and photogenic!
How can couples judge if a company is the right fit for their wedding?
Gut feeling and communication. A wedding is going to be one of the most memorable days of a person’s life; if a company can’t get their stuff together and communicate effectively with clients, what hope do they have of being able to execute a brilliant day perfectly, without a hitch?
Gut feeling goes hand in hand with this: we like to speak to our client’s personally before any event so they know who we are, how we work and what they can expect when we arrive.
What are your favourite moments from previous weddings you’ve been involved with?
A Mexican themed wedding, complete with Mariachi band, Mexican inspired cocktail menu and fancy dress: not a sombrero-less head was seen that day and everyone, even our staff, ended the night with sore feet from dancing,
Teaching the bride and groom how to make a Mojito in one of our VW cocktail bars on a rainy afternoon with the entire wedding party there to witness and cheer.
When there was a problem with the music that had been arranged and Beetle Juice stepped in to DJ and a pop-up party formed in front of the van. That was a good day!
The bigger picture – does your business offer goods/services outside of the wedding world? Tell us more
As well as weddings, Beetle Juice bars can be found serving both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at other private parties, at corporate functions and at public events such as festivals and food fares too!
In addition, we offer branding opportunities for companies who want to hire one of our converted VW’s (either short or long-term) to promote their brand and/or product.
What have you got planned for the next 12 months?
We currently have 17 VW’s, only 14 of which are fully converted and operational so we are definitely hoping to finish building those three campervans that we have in the garage.
In addition to continuing to operate at events all over the UK, we are looking for more franchisees to take on their own bar and so a lot of our time is put into training and getting these new franchisees out and on the road!
And finally, what or who inspires you and why?
Richard Branson said: “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to”.
Beetle Juice are strong believers that if we take care of our staff, they will take care of the business and this concept is at the core of everything we do. An incredible businessman, Richard has taught us that if we shoot for the moon, we might just land among the stars.
All images courtesy of Beetle Juice