A Yorkshire bar that has a range of venues across the county has announced that it will no longer use Russian vodka in any of its venues in support of Ukraine.
Arc Inspiration, which operates bars such as Box, Manahatta and Banyan shared the news via its Twitter writing: “To show our support to the people of Ukraine we will no longer be pouring any Russian vodka in any of our bars. #standwithukraine”.
The nightlife advocacy network for eastern Europe, Half of Europe, also urged nightlife businesses and policy-makers to decline offers to perform in Russia as well as boycotting Russian drinks.
Elsewhere Bundobust’s co-founder, which has venues in Leeds, has given out other ways venues can show their support.
Elsewhere, the founder of Bundobust, which runs hospitality venues in Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds, also called on the sector to find alternatives for Russian products.
He wrote: “I’ve had quite a few messages from my colleagues in the restaurant, bar and beer industries asking if there is anything that they can do to help, so I’ve suggested that they can help by stop stocking Russian products.
“1. RESTAURANTS, BARS PUBS please stop stocking Russian Vodka. Instead use brands like Finlandia and Eristoff for house pours, and Polish and Ukrainian (of course) for something special. There’s also some great producers here in the UK.
“2. BREWERIES & BEER BARS please don’t stock or collaborate with Russian breweries, or invite them to, or attend their beer festivals.
“3. If you’re looking to ask guests to donate to charity (£1 added to bill or proceeds of a specific dish) may I suggest the #helpukraine gofundme campaign.“
This comes as Boris Johnson promised a ‘massive package of economic sanctions to hobble the Russian economy’ following its invasion of Ukraine last week.
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