Nico de Soto
Nico de Soto visited 102 countries and worked in 43 of them.
Parisian born and raised, he has made a lasting impression on the cocktail community around the world.
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.
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, named 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, inside the Galerie Vivienne.
In 2018, he opened Kaido in the Design District of Miami with James Beard’s awards nominated chef Brad Kilgore, a Japanese influenced cocktail lounge.
His approach to drinks is inspired by travels and cuisine, always trying to get new flavors, combinations and techniques.
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 person in their thirties in the French gastronomy; the only bartender in the 50.
In 2019 he is ranked 22nd Industry Most Influential Figure by Drinks International.
Awards and Accolades
Top 5 NYC Most Legendary Bartenders, Grandlife, 2013.
Most Influential French Bartender, Cocktail Spirits, 2014.
Mace ranked 38th at World’s Top 50 Best Bars, Drink International, 2015.
Mace America’s Most Imaginative Cocktail Concept, Playboy’s Magazine, 2015.
40th Most Influential French People in their 30s, Atabula, 2016.
Mace Top 4 World’s Best Cocktail Menu, Tales of the Cocktails, 2016.
Mace ranked 28th at World’s Top 50 Best Bars, Drink International, 2016.
Danico Top 4 Europe’s Best New Bar, Bar Convent Berlin, 2016.
Mace Most Creative Cocktail Menu, NYC Time Out Awards, 2017.
Mace Top 10 World’s Best Cocktail Menu, Tales of the Cocktails, 2017.
Danico Top 4 Best New International Cocktail Bar, Tales of the Cocktails, 2017.
Top 4 International Bartender of the Year, Tales of the Cocktails, 2017.
Mace ranked 42nd at World’s Top 50 Best Bars, Drink International, 2017.
Mace Top 4 NYC Best Bar, Time Out Awards, 2018.
Mace Top 4 Most Creative Cocktail Menu, NYC Time Out Awards, 2018.
Mace Top 10 World’s Best Cocktail Menu, Tales of the Cocktails, 2018.
Danico Top 4 Best International Restaurant Bar, Tales of the Cocktails, 2018. Mace ranked between 51th and 100th at World’s Top 50 Best Bars, Drink International, 2018.
Danico ranked between 51th and 100th at World’s Top 50 Best Bars, Drink International, 2018.
Mace Top 4 World’s Best Cocktail Menu, Tales of the Cocktails, 2019.
Danico Top 4 Best International Restaurant Bar, Tales of the Cocktails, 2019.
Kaido Top 10 Regional American Best New Bar, Tales of the Cocktails, 2019.
Danico ranked between 51th and 100th at World’s Top 50 Best Bars, Drink International, 2019.
Consulting Work and 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, Roma, 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