“dream,enjoy and smile”
“dream,enjoy and smile”
World Best Bartender 2013
David Ríos, with over 20 years’ experience under his belt in the hospitality industry, is a multi-award winning bartender, not least of which was the Diageo Reserve World Class 2013 Best Bartender in the World Award. Having worked from the bottom-up, David is a self-taught bartender going on to become maitre and sommelier in prestigious hotels and restaurants, such as the Mugaritz Restaurant with world renowned chef Andoni Aduriz.
Prior to winning the Diageo Best Bartender Championship, David was also won the Best European Bartender Awarded and the Punch & Glass challenge during the week-long World Class competition held on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean (2013). It is worthy to note that David was the first Gin and Tonic Champion in Spain (2010) in the Historical Gin and Tonic category, as well as International Gin and Tonic Champion (2011).
More about David
In recent years, David has participated in a number of high profile events, such as having served as the official Mixologist for the Latin Grammys, and having created the official cocktails for the Ryder Cup. Additionally, he was involved with the Gastro Symphony Project with the world’s best tenor and chef, Juan Diego Flórez and Joan Roca respectively, which took place at the United Nations in Switzerland in order to commemorate Human Rights Day by combining music, food and cocktails. Another important event was the official launch of Haig Club Whisky in Spain with David Beckham.
Not only has David operated various cafés, cocktail bars, and even a cocktail catering service, he also dedicates his time to sharing his knowledge, expertise and experience by teaching training courses and Cocktail Master Classes around the world. Furthermore, he gives motivational talks to up and coming professionals, and is a cocktail and hospitality consultant, advising wine dealers on purchases and distilleries when developing new brands. David regularly acts as an international cocktail judge, and judge of world’s best bars, while continually setting new professional challenges for the future.
He has also been recognized with the Ibero-American medal by the Honoris Causa Foundation for promoting Tequila, Mezcal and Mexican culture around the world.
Recently, David has obtained the title of official Sherry Wine Educator. David considers that wine and cocktails are brothers, which is why he considers the development of cocktails with wine base is very important.
To all this, we must add his certificate as a taster in Sensory Evaluation of Tequila obtained in Jalisco, Mexico with the master Ana Maria Romero and the certificate in the course Los Secretos del Mezcal taught by Aventureros del Mezcal.
His acclaimed cocktail creations are inspired by stunning Basque mountainous landscapes and coastal areas and beaches displaying a weakness for citric aromas and bitter tastes. Finally and most importantly, however, David’s motto is: ‘Learn, show respect and maintain ongoing improvement‘.
Of course, he never forgets to dream, enjoy, and smile.
Past, present and future of everything learned and lived, of all the knowledge acquired
and all that is to come… All this and much more is David Ríos Experience
Projects and alliances
Edible cocktail fragrances
My Memories DR
by David Ríos &
Premium handmade tequila and mezcal
Des spiritueux d’exception
The Bartending Talent Agency
Exquisite drinks from distilled botanicals
The London Essence Co.
Enjoy the Experience!
What is bartending for David Ríos?
Bartending is wanting to make your guest or your client happy through surprising and quality drinks, cocktails with attention, predisposition, attitude and hospitality.
And thus, offer an unforgettable experience.