If you’ve sat at the bar at Yardbird recently, then you’ve definitely seen SJ Kim. Although he’s been in the industry for years and is very serious about his work, SJ is one of the most hilarious people you’ll ever meet and isn’t afraid of looking silly for a good laugh. Learn more about SJ below!

What is your role at Yardbird and how long have you been with the company?

I’m a bartender at Yardbird and have been with the company for a little over a year.

Where are you from?

Seoul, Korea.

What path led you to work in hospitality?

My mom is in the business.

What do you love about the work you do?

I always get to meet new people from different walks of life–it’s interesting.

What are your pet peeves at work?

When the air-con isn’t working.

Favorite pre-service music?


How do you stay healthy and find balance while working long hours, working nights, and having to drink as part of your job?

I don’t think about it. It’s all in your head. Just power through!

What’s your beverage of choice and why?

Beer at any given movement. Vodka Red Bull if I’m out and about. Seabreeze for a chill night. I have a drink for every situation.

What are your favorite spots in Hong Kong for food? How about for drinks?

For food, my mom’s restaurant, or Tsui Wah ’cause it’s open 24/7. For drinks, either Club 7-11 or Bar 42.

What is your favorite place to travel to?

Korea ’cause it’s the homeland.

If you weren’t working in hospitality, what would you be doing?

I’d be a dirty cop.

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