Tony Conigliaro partners ex-ECC team on new bar

tony conigliaroLeading cocktail specialist Tony Conigliaro (pictured) is to open a “concept-based” bar in London with two bartenders formerly at the international Experimental Cocktail Club (ECC) bars.

Tony, who is behind London’s 69 Colebrooke Row and Zetter Townhouse bars, is partnering former ECC bar manager Nicolas de Soto and ex-ECC bartender Konstantin “CoCo” Prochorowski on the project.

They are developing Airmail, described as “an entirely new concept-based bar”, which will open in an undisclosed location in London later this year.

Announcing their plans, they said: “The collaboration will use a collection of cities from around the world as its inspiration to create a unique environment.

“The bar will transport guests to a different time and place with a fully immersive experience and drinks list to match.”

Tony, who heads drinks consultancy and laboratory Drink Factory, is one of the UK’s best-known bartenders having opened 69 Colebrooke Row and the bar at Zetter Townhouse with Camille Hobby-Limon – both now among the World’s 50 Best Bars.

He most recently partnered chef Bruno Loubet, who also collaborated on Zetter Townhouse, to launch Grain Store in Kings Cross, London, in June. This month, his book on innovation in cocktail making, Drinks, won the award for best cocktail/bartending book in the global Spirited Awards at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans.

Nicolas began bartending in his native Paris in 2005 and then in Melbourne. He returned to Paris, working at China Club and Mama Shelter before joining Curio Parlor and the first Experimental Cocktail Club. Last year, Nicolas went to New York City to open ECC on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Konstantin worked at ECC in London’s Chinatown when it opened in December 2010 and, after a brief spell at Prescription Cocktail Club in Paris, returned to the company to become assistant general manager of ECC in Manhattan.

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