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Back Bar’s Visiting Luminary Series: Joaquín Simó (NOTE NEW DATE)

Apr 02 | Tue | 6-9pm |
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Nestled behind the Hotel Eventi lobby, Back Bar, known for its craft cocktail program and elegant ambiance, is proud to present its “Visiting Bar Luminary Series,” a curated calendar of events featuring some of the brightest minds on the global cocktail scene, kicking off on February 6th. The Visiting Bar Luminary Series is a collaboration between Chris Lauber, senior director of operations for LT Hospitality, Jason Hedges, beverage director of LT Hospitality, and Laurent Tourondel, chef/owner of LT Hospitality. This series prominently highlights the distinctive styles and characteristics of bartenders, positioning them at the forefront. The bartenders showcased in the series not only excel within their home base bars but also reveal themselves as individual talents, contributing to a dynamic and innovative approach to the art of bartending.

Joaquín originally traveled far from his native home in Ecuador in his search for the perfect daiquiri.  Raised amongst Cuban family in Miami, he grew up eating fruits and vegetables fresh from his grandfather's farm and helping his father at his French bakery. His epicurean roots firmly established, he sought out new seasons in New England, graduating from Boston University with a degree in English and religion.  He began tending bar in crowded college dives, raucous rock n' roll bars, neighborhood restaurants and trendy hot spots, all the while furthering his education on food, spirits, flavor combinations and balance.

He was awarded BAR Ready status following his completion of the BAR Five Day Intermediate Certificate Program in September 2009 and named one of Playboy's Top 10 Mixologists in 2009.  A finalist at the 2010 and 2011 Spirited Awards, Joaquín was awarded the 2012 Spirited Award as American Bartender of the Year.  He has served as a panelist at Tales of the Cocktail, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, Bar Convent Berlin, London Cocktail Week, Copenhagen Spirits & Cocktail, Paris Cocktail Spirits and Portland Cocktail Week.

Joaquín was last found behind the stick at his NYC flagship bar, Pouring Ribbons, where the inventive themed menus (featuring the signature Flavor Matrix for each cocktail) earned numerous Spirited Awards nominations.

Venue: Back Bar

851 6th Avenue Map