Nico de Soto
Country / City: USA, New York
Online presence (Facebook, Instagram, Weibo, etc.): Nico de Soto, nico2soto
Profession / Occupation: Bar owner
Nico de Soto learned the bar industry on his travels, having visited more than 60 countries in the last ten years and living for several years in Australia, London and NYC. De Soto worked for the Experimental Cocktail Club Group, opening their establishments in London and NYC as well as in prestigious bars such as Dram and Painkiller (NYC), Happiness Forgets and 69 Colebrooke Row (London). He has and recently opened his first bar, Mace, in NYC. In 2014, he received the Most Influential French Bartender award from Cocktails & Spirits, the European bar forum, in Paris.
Why did you decide to live in this country? What aspect of these two cultures do you find most enriching?
Having travelled around the globe quite a bit, it's important for me to live in an international city. In my profession, New York and London are the two principal cities. I just adore NYC, it's my favourite city in the world. With NYC, I'd say it's much more than two cultures, it really is a city like no other where all the people of the world come together. Very different from any other American cities. The daily culture shock is enriching because you feel like you're living in a city of the world rather than in the United States.
What French touch do you pass on there? What French Art de Vivre are you sharing with others in the country?
The relaxed side, stopping occasionally to take time to live. A love of good food. And also this curiosity about our surroundings.
Which experience epitomising French Art de Vivre in your country and/or city would you recommend?
I'm often told that I know how to enjoy life. Good restaurants, travelling, weekends here and there.