Many UK bars and pubs have stopped selling Russian vodka in a stand against the invasion of Ukraine.
Nightcap Group and Arc Inspirations have removed the popular Russian drink along with other alcoholic products from their venues.
Sarah Willingham, former Dragon’s Den entrepreneur and founder of Nightcap said these are the “little things” that we can do to show our solidarity to the Ukrainian people.
— Sarah Willingham (@sarahwillers) March 1, 2022
Willingham said, “The devastation in Ukraine is heartbreaking, and I cannot start to comprehend what it must be like for the people of Ukraine.
“It’s hard to sit here in our warm safe homes and do nothing.
“We have donated money, but from a business point of view we (the senior team and the staff) wanted to do something, anything, to show our support and so therefore we have removed all Russian vodka and alcohol from our bars across the whole of the Nightcap estate.
“It’s a little thing but the more little things we do, the bigger the impact will be.”
Leeds-based bar owner Arc Inspirations also confirmed it would stop serving vodka.
The bar business said on Twitter, “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 founder of Bundobust, who runs hospitality venues in Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds, also called on the sector to find alternatives for Russian alcoholic beverages.
Marko Husak said on Twitter, “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.”