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Cocktail Maestro Simone Caporale From London’s Artesian Shakes Up A Storm at Lobster Bar and Grill

September 2, 2015 Beverage No Comments Email Email

Lobster Bar and Grill at Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong welcomes 2014 International Bartender of the Year Simone Caporale from London’s Artesian to mix drinks from 29 September to 2 October 2015.

Simone Caporale

A London-based bartender from Italy, Simone was named “International Bartender of the Year” by Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards in 2014. He is currently the assistant head bartender at London’s Artesian – a renowned bar at The Langham London, which has constantly been crowned the best bar in the world.  For four days in Hong Kong, he will showcase an incredible line up of intriguingly innovative cocktails alongside Lobster Bar’s skilled bartenders headed by Agung Prabowo.

Some tales are best told through the senses.  This poetic verse aptly describes Simone’s seven marvellous and whimsical concoctions, which will take centre stage at Lobster Bar.  Guest will go through a multi-sensory experience with different cocktails that play with aroma, contrasting textures and flavours and out-of-the-box presentations.

“My drinks are greatly influenced by my surroundings, which is why I consider the world of cocktails very special and magical.  I’m passionate about bringing an experimental element on every drink that I fashion and you’ll find that evident in my signature cocktails, which were lately inspired by air and altitude,” Simone said about his inspiration for the cocktails he created for his Hong Kong debut.

Simone’s love for mixing drinks started at a small coffee shop in his home town in Como, Italy.  From there, he ventured into England’s capital in 2009 and quickly landed a job as bartender at Roast in Borough Market.  Surrounded by the freshest ingredients, this is where Simone first learnt the London style of mixing drinks.

A year later, he joined The Langham London’s Artesian and, under the tutelage of Artesian head bartender Alex Kratena, grew into one of the world’s premier bartenders.  He became a strong pillar of the Artesian team and has garnered the bar several accolades, including Best International Hotel Bar and Best International Bar Team in 2014 at Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards and the number one slot in The World’s 50 Best Bar by Drinks International for three years in a row.  These recognitions did not come unnoticed as he was later featured on Jamie Oliver’s Drink Tube, making him one of the bartenders seen in mainstream media.

Lobster Bar offers a convivial atmosphere to unwind and savour a series of innovative cocktails crafted by Bar Manager Agung Prabowo and his team of cocktailians.  Lobster Bar was recently shortlisted as one of the Best International Hotel Bars at Tales of the Cocktail’s 9th Annual Spirited Award 2015 and named one of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2015 by Drinks International.

Lobster Bar and Grill opens daily from noon to 1 a.m. from Sundays to Thursdays and from noon to 2 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and the eve of public holidays.  For more information, please telephone Lobster Bar and Grill on (852) 2820 8560 or e-mail lbandgrill.isl@shangri-la.com.

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