GMs making their mark: Geraldine Murphy, The Pot Still, Glasgow

March 5th, 2017 | Posted in: Features

Ahead of International Women’s Day on Wednesday, 8 March, DRAM celebrates just a few of Scotland’s inspirational female general managers who are making their mark on the licensed trade.

Today, we speak to Geraldine Murphy – who runs Glasgow whisky institution The Pot Still with her brother Frank and dad Brian – about her career, working with family and what she loves about the licensed trade.

Name: Geraldine Murphy

Role:  Co-owner, The Pot Still

Location: Glasgow

Age: 33

Geraldine Murphy has co-owned popular whisky bar The Pot Still in Glasgow with her brother Frank and dad Brian for five years but has worked behind the bar for 14 years.

She says, “My dad’s owned bars in Glasgow forever so I’ve always been in the trade, since I was 19. Frank was working as manager at The Pot Still and asked me to cover a shift and I never left!

“I worked my way up to assistant manager, left to be a manager in the Harbour Lights in Irvine then came back when we took over.”

Geraldine says her staff and customers are why she loves the job: “People want to talk to you about whisky and have a conversation. We get people from all over the world. It’s nice to hear people’s different stories.

“I also love seeing our staff do well and move into jobs in the whisky industry. It’s a testament to their passion.”

Geraldine’s advice for women looking to move up the licensed trade is, “Be your own person and as long as you’re firm, fair and confident you’ll do well.”

When it comes to working with her family, Geraldine admits, “Me, Frank and dad get on really well but, like with most family businesses, there’s times I want to strangle them! But I don’t think it would work without the three of us.”

Inspirational woman: Rachel Barrie, one of first female master blenders.

Drink of choice: Whisky is pretty much all I drink, so a big dram of GlenDronach 12yo

Star sign: I’m right on the cusp of cancer and Leo.

Click below to meet more inspirational general managers in the Scottish on-trade

Therese Grethe, Waxy O’Connors, Glasgow

Helen Taylor, The Anchor, Broughty Ferry

Babs Steele, The Allison Arms, Glasgow

Gayle Copland, The Wine Press, Dundee

Rozlynn Gavin, The Applebank Inn, Larkhall

Nicola Haslam, The Seven Kings, Dunfermline

Sandy Gourlay, Oran Mor, Glasgow

Lynda McGaw, The Parkville Hotel, Blantyre

Jade Cunningham, O’Shannons, Kilmarnock

Beth Harding, Montpeliers, Edinburgh

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Laura Smith

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Laura Smith writes across our flagship publications, including DRAM and The Wee Dram. Dedicated to her craft, Laura took part in the world's first whisky diploma crash course as research for The Wee Dram – and the whisky novice very nearly passed too! Laura has previously worked as an online journalist for STV and Glasgow-based charity INSP.


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