Globe-trotter bartender, Nico de Soto visited 92 countries and organized pop ups in 37 of them.

Avid traveler, Nico visited all bars listed in the Top 100 World’s 50 Best Bars 2018 list, and 63 of the 120 World’s 50 Best Restaurants

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/SERVICES

  • 1

    Beverage consulting

    Menu and concept creation - guidance and consulting for openings

  • 2

    Master Class

    Master Class animation and events around brand creation and event or product launches

  • 3

    Pop Up

    Ephemeral event operations for bands, locations and launches

  • 4

    Brand activations

    Concept creation and guidance

Nico de sotto portrait

ABOUT
NICO
DE
SOTO

Parisian born and raised, he first began bartending in Paris in 2005 where he was trained in the art of classic cocktails. In 2007, he moved to Australia and began work in Melbourne, where he spent a year crafting libation.

Nico de Soto then returned to Paris, working in China Club and became bar manager at Mama Shelter before joining Paris’s most respected cocktail bars, the Experimental Cocktail Club and Curio Parlor.

In 2010 Nico joined the opening teams at Dram and PKNY (former Painkiller) in New York and then became the head mixologist of the Experimental Group, opening back to back the very successful Experimental Cocktail Club in London and New York, respectively nominated 3rd best bar in Europe 2012 at Cocktail Spirits Awards and top 4 finalists World’s Best New Bar in 2013 at Tales of Cocktails and 26th best cocktail bar in the world by Drinks International.

In 2013, Nico worked at the awarded 69 Colebrooke Row and Happiness Forgets in London, names respectively Best Bar in the World at Tales of the Cocktails and 6th Best Bar in the World by Drinks International 2013.

In 2015, he opened his first cocktail bar Mace in East Village in New York ranked 28th best bar in the World at Drinks International World’s Top 50 Best Bars, for the fourth year in a row.

In 2016, he opened in Paris Danico, in the heart of the Italian trattoria Daroco, with his two restaurateur friends Julien Ross and Alexandre Giesbert. In 2018, he opened Kaido in the Design District of Miami with James Beard’s awards multi-nominated chef Brad Kilgore, a Japanese influenced cocktail lounge.

His approach of drinks is inspired by travels and cuisine, always trying to get new flavors, combinations and techniques. He uses a lot of modern techniques, like sous-vide to achieve the best flavors, centrifuge to clarify juices or rotovap to make his own distillates.

/LOCATIONS

Danico

(

6 Rue Vivienne 75002 Paris

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Mace

(

505 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009

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Kaido

(

223 NW 23rd Street Miami, FL 33127

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//AWARDS

Nico de Soto won the award of the “Most Influential French Bartender” at Cocktails Spirits Bar Show 2014 in Paris.

In 2016 he was ranked “40th Most influential French people in their thirties in the French gastronomy” (he’s the only bartender in the ranking).

In 2019 he is ranked 22nd “Industry Most Influential Figure” by Drinks International.

Avid traveler, Nico visited all the 100 bars listed in the World’s 50 Best Bars 2018 list, and 63 of the Top 120 list from the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

This unique experience reflects on his work and his way create in mixology. He is known today, in France and Worldwide, to be the one who brought back and popularized the Clarified Milk Punch, but also being responsible for introducing the pandan as a new trend in the mixology.

Finally, Nico has his own line of bar tools created in collaboration with the World leader barware company Cocktail Kingdom.

/awards

Nico de sotto preparing a cocktail

/Consulting Work & Ownership

Mace,

NYC,

2015 - now

Danico,

Paris II,

2016 - now

Daroco,

Paris XVI,

2019 - Now

Kaido,

Miami,

2018 - now

L’Avenue at SAKS Fifth Avenue,

NYC,

2019 - now

Daroco,

Paris II,

2016 - now

Miracle Pop Up,

NYC,

2014 - now

Zebra,

Paris XVI,

2018 – 2019

Lou Pinet,

St Tropez,

2019

Lido,

Paris IX,

2018

Perruche,

Paris IX,

2018

9 Confidentiel,

Paris I,

2018

9 Cesari,

Rome,

2018

Maison Breguet,

Paris XI,

2017-2018

Richard Mille,

Paris,

2018

Monsieur Bleu,

Paris,

2017

Alter,

Miami,

2016

Loosie Rouge,

NYC,

2015

Saison,

San Francisco,

2013

Cocktails

Cocktails

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  • 3 Rum Blend
  • Tamarind Blue Curacao
  • Coconut Cream
  • Coconut Water
  • Spices Blend
  • Black Ceylon Tea
  • Pineapple
  • Lemon
  • Clarified
  • 3 Rum Blend
  • Tamarind Blue Curacao
  • Coconut Cream
  • Coconut Water
  • Spices Blend
  • Black Ceylon Tea
  • Pineapple
  • Lemon
  • Clarified