Nico de Soto

Bartender, Owner
Nico de Soto

New York

About Nico de Soto

Nico de Soto has visited 85 countries and worked in 31 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 libations. He 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 he joined the opening teams at Dram and PKNY 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. In 2015, he opened his first cocktail bar Mace in East Village. In 2016, he opened in Paris Danico, his new bar inside the Galerie Vivienne. His approach of drinks is inspired by travels and cuisine, always trying to get new flavors, combinations and techniques.

My Venues

  • Danico
    6 rue Vivienne
    Paris, Île-de-France
  • Mace
    649 E 9th St
    New York, NY


  • Most Influential French Bartender, 2014
    Cocktail Spirits
  • 40th Most Influential French People in their 30s, 2016
  • Top 4 World’s Best Cocktail Menu (Mace), 2016
    Tales of the Cocktail
  • Top 10 World’s Best Cocktail Menu (Mace), 2017
    Tales of the Cocktail
  • Top 4 Europe’s Best New Bar (Danico), 2016
    Bar Convent Berlin
  • Most Creative Cocktail Menu (Mace), 2017
    NYC Time Out Awards
  • America’s Most Imaginative Cocktail Concept (Mace), 2015
    Playboy Magazine
  • Top 4 International Bartender of the Year, 2017
    Tales of the Cocktail
  • Top 4 Best New International Cocktail Bar (Mace), 2017
    Tales of the Cocktail

Behind the Scenes

"L’ ALLIGATOR C’EST VERT 🐊 - Pernod Absinthe, Pandan Syrup, Coconut Milk, Egg. @pernod_absinthe"
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Drinks of 2017 at Danico -
"Drinks of 2017 at Danico - APPLE PEN - Drouin Calvados, Cider Vermouth, Cane Syrup, Salicornia."
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Drinks from 2016 at
"Drinks from 2016 at @macebarnyc : CORIANDER SEEDS - Coriander Seeds infused Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac, Amontillado Sherry, Hamilton 151 Jamaican Rum, Lemon Juice, Pine Nuts Orgeat, Cedarwood Bitters."
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Drinks of 2017 at @danicoparis
"Drinks of 2017 at @danicoparis : UN PETIT POIS DANS UN ASCENSEUR - Dry Peach infused Wyborowa Vodka, Pea Cordial, Pernod Absinthe, Mint, Champagne."
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Drinks of 2016 at @macebarnyc
"Drinks of 2016 at @macebarnyc : YERBA MATE - Yerba Mate infused La Diablada Pisco, Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth, Fernet Branca, Red Cabbage Malbec Réduction Syrup, Lime Juice."
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Drinks of 2017 at
"Drinks of 2017 at @danicoparis: CHICHARRON CE N’EST POINT CARRÉ - Jalapeños infused Calle 23 Blanco Tequila, Chicharron fat washed Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Corn Milk, Green Apple Juice, Spices, Coconut Water, Lime Juice, Ceylan Black Tea. Clarified."
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At My Venues