Archive for September, 2009

Theme 2009 Awards

Nice to see some of our friends and colleagues winning stuff - notably 2 of our favourite Shoreditch stockists, Callooh Callay - Best Contemporary Design AND Best Bar Team, and Saf, shortlisted for Best Restaurant. Props to Richard, Sean, Joe, Justin and the teams.

Dave and Dom of DTwo Design also won the Ones to Watch (Design) award, and Rob Poulter who is an old mate of Hal’s from Oxford picked up Bartender of the Year. Good times!

Full results here


Festinho pics and the Abelha Cachaça Beach Bar


After a long weekend of cheap paint and the wrong size screws in the Abelha Research Lab (Ant’s Shed) the Abelha beach bar cart was born. We went to Festinho with a good crew of Matt, Andy, Ferdie, Rosie, Yael and the inimitable Mr Jeevon. After an initial setback in which the cart blew over and broke 2 of the bulbs in the disco lights, we anchored it down, rocked out hard and gave people a lot of caipirinha joy.


Woods dance stage at Festinho

A huge hit at the festival were the Abelha cocktails, Caipirinha. Abelha is a 100% organic cachaca (a brazilian rum) freshly mixed at the Beach Bar these were seen all around the festival…

Perfect Pitch Magazine

Festinho was excellent, great organisation, good atmosphere, and good beats. They raise a lot of money for the ABC Trust too, which is a charity supporting Brazilian Children. Thanks to the organisers, volunteers, everyone who helped out, and everyone who had a drink with us!


Our new van, featuring artwork by Milo Tchais (Sao Paulo)

Our friend Milo just finished the art on our new van. He’s done an incredible mural featuring sugar cane, bees (in case you missed it, Abelha means ‘bee’ in Portuguese), a wave on the right hand side for when we go surfing, and he even squeezed in our Management Accountant, Pedro Souza dos Santos, on the back. Honk if you see us around!

Ollie, Director of Gnarliness

Abelha Van Rear

Abelha Cachaca Van LHS

Dog in Van