Who | Dante Raphael Concepcion Jr
Where | San Diego & Toronto
Current Bar | Graffiti Hospitality
Past Bar(s) | Spirithouse, Cocktailored Agency (San Diego), Hotel La Jolla (San Diego), True Food Kitchen (San Diego), Hotel Del Coronado (San Diego) and an array of corporate chain and hotel bar positions
Favourite Spirit | All of the above, but if I had to choose: Gin, Tequila/Mezcal, Whisky
Favourite Juice | The kind Snoop Dogg mixes with his gin.
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Corpse Reviver No. 2
Favourite Part of the Job | Having the opportunity to educate the next wave of our industry leaders and influencers
Favourite After Work Drink | Staff beer
Favourite at Home Drink | Talisker 57 North, preferably in a tiger robe next to my fireplace burning with freshly chopped logs
Favourite bar in the world | Dante – New York City (obvi)
Best known for | Social and sarcastic banter, event logistics, program development, overall spirits knowledge
Best story from behind the wood | I once made a drink for a very famous person.
What do you collect? Smiles
Favourite thing about your city? San Diego – the consistently warm weather, Toronto – the buzz
What was the last photo that you took? A photo of my daughter at hip hop dance class
Where was your last vacation? Banff, Alberta
Any claims to fame? I was once surrounded by a pack of wolves and was able to ward them off with Dumbledore’s wand.
Red or White? Both, along with Blue. I was born in America after all. ‘Murica!. If wine, red. If vermouth, white.
Cointreau or Grand Marnier? Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
London or Paris? London
Glass or Tin? Tin. Perhaps a combination if I’m in Boston.
Are you available for freelance gigs? Yes