ABOUT

The Liquor Studio is here to produce, create and innovate bespoke products & experiences for drink enthusiasts. The Studio is Yorkshire’s first & only spirit school and creative drink space. The space is the brainchild of 2/3rds of The Hedonist Bar, Dan Crowther & Jonathan Lee. Hedonist is a staple of Leeds’ thriving independent bar scene & over the last four years has become one of the city’s coolest cult bar brands. 

Through this Jon & Dan have created one of the UK’s leading hospitality and drinks consultancy companies, Hedonist Drinks, working with household brands such as Pepsi, Nestle & Jack Daniels.

Now together they have created a mecca for all things drinks and hospitality in Leeds city centre. A place dedicated to great food & drink where the general public and industry professionals alike can learn from Dan & Jon’s many years of experience in training, teaching & creating all things alcohol in this one of a kind creative space for the North.  With the specific aim of having fun & learning something at the same time.

Jon and Dan Cheers over the Savoy Cocktail book with a couple of Martinis

Who we are

DAN CROWTHER​

Throughout his career Dan has built up a solid reputation as one of the UK’s most respected liquor aficionados and was crowned Global Gin Ambassador of the Year at the Icons of Gin Awards in 2018. The award was in honour of his partnership with Ableforth’s, who have been a staple of the most discerning of bars around the globe with their iconic Bathtub Gin.​

BEN MARTIN

Starting a bartending career at a popular Leeds cocktail bar whilst studying for his MSc, Ben went on to work with the Gin Journey engaging with people about his love of gin and it's history. After a brief stint working with the Hedonist Bar, Ben became Slingsby Gin's first Brand Ambassador, travelling the country creating drinks and waxing lyrical about the nation's favourite spirit.

Ben joined the team to become more involved in distillation, continue his passion for learning about the history of gin and passing on his love of the spirit onto the people of Leeds and beyond

JON LEE​

Supported by 10 years in the hospitality industry, Jon has created a name for himself as an award-winning bartender and respected management figure. Moving to Leeds shortly after a brief stint as a “beer slinger” in Birmingham, he quickly moved up on the cocktail bar scene. He worked his way up through the ranks at Leelex, an independent bar company in Leeds. Where he went from Bartender to Bar Manager to General Manager and Head Distiller at the well renowned Jakes Bar & Still. After 9 years with Leelex, Jon came to join Hedonist, where he is the drinks director for the business, whilst also heading up the consultancy.​

Kirsty Taylor

Kirsty joined the team in the summer of 2019 bringing her infectious personality and eye for detail to The Studio. With her years of experience in the drinks industry ranging from running some of the most influential bars in the North to being the face and heart of Identity Drinks she has instantly become an integral part of the team!

OWEN WILSON

After 10 years with prolific lifestyle brand Fat Face Ltd and a hearty 4-year innings across a number of milestone venues within Leeds it is now that Owen joins the ranks of the Liquor Studio team. Having always been passionate about the ‘’independent’’ Leeds scene Owen jumped at the opportunity to work alongside like-minded individuals at the helm of a brand that resonates being homegrown and full of great ambition!

AMY Edgley

Amy is an alumni of Leeds’ Behemoth Bar Group, ARC; a globally-renowned bartender who has worked in Sydney and Christchurch; and a rum-thusiast. Amy put her jet-setting lifestyle behind her to operate our UK Top 50 Cocktail Bar; The Hedonist; before joining us at the Liquor Studio to share her love of spirits with the world and design tasty drinks for our Creative Brand Agency, Hedonist Drinks. Most commonly found with a Guinness in one-hand and a Puppy in the other; Amy is one of the best and brightest in the team.