07/24/2021 6:00 AM
Updated 07/24/2021 6:00 AM
After a year of having partially or completely closed their doors,
Argentine bars began to slowly revive in 2021
, with the opening of tables in outdoor spaces, first, and the expansion of capacity, later.
However, as happened in so many other areas that
had to reinvent themselves
, even during the hardest phase of the quarantine,
the men and women behind the local bar business never stopped working
or looking for alternatives to move forward.
For that effort, three of them now gain international recognition by being included in a list of
the 100 most influential figures in the world bar industry.
The cover of Drinks International magazine that chose the 100 most influential personalities in the bar industry.
Renato "Tato" Giovannoni, Inés de los Santos and Sebastián García
were chosen to integrate the
Bar World 100 - The Industry Most Influential Figures 2021
together with prominent colleagues from 22 countries
The ranking, published by the renowned British magazine Drinks International, was drawn up based on the vote of 120 consultants and industry specialists in 60 cities in America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Who are the Argentines in the list of the 100 most influential
Tato Giovannoni in front of his bar, Florería Atlántico.
Chosen best bartender in the world in 2020,
Renato Tato Giovannoni
had already integrated the list of the most influential of the 2019 edition of Drinks International and
his name has resonated in international competitions since his
entered the ranking of the 50 Best Bars
, where It has remained for several years and reached the top 3 of the best in the world.
Tato occupies the position N ° 18 of the most influential
, and the editors of the magazine emphasize that "it
has revived and brought to the fore the uniqueness of the Argentine cocktail culture"
through multiple ventures, since in addition to Florería Atlántico (in the Retiro neighborhood), he owns other stores in Buenos Aires, Córdoba and Rosario, produces distillates and canned drinks.
As if all this were not enough, 2021 marks the beginning of his international expansion as a gastronomic entrepreneur with
the opening of his first bar in the United Kingdom.
This week Abajo London inaugurated, a project in partnership with chef Fernando Trocca that landed in London with good repercussions from the British press.
Ines de los Santos
The bartender Inés de los Santos.
long career as a bartender
-started in 1999-,
Inés de los Santos is also a multifaceted businesswoman
, author of cocktail books, speaker at TEDx talks and television personality (she was a judge of El Gran Bartender and participated in MasterChef Celebrity).
In the list of Drinks International, he entered the position N ° 93, where
his quick reflexes to generate a project in the middle of a pandemic stand out
, when he launched his online store of ready-to-drink drinks.
In April of this year, he also opened CôChinChina, a French-Vietnamese-inspired bar that joins Orilla, his other project with branches in Buenos Aires and Miami.
Sebastián García, "el Cantinero", at the Presidente Bar.
Better known as "el Cantinero",
Sebastián García is one of the partners and creative director of Presidente, one of the best bars in Buenos Aires
and also in the world, according to the 50 Best of 2020 ranking, where he ranked 50th. This opportunity, the recognition is personal, since García debuted among the most influential in the industry, entering the position N ° 98.
Among the achievements mentioned by the British editors to select it, is the initiative of having launched a
and the integration of local products to the menu. In addition, García's activities as a
promoter of responsible
among young people stand out through his online workshops and presentations as an ambassador for Buenos Aires bars.
For García, joining the list of "influencers" with colleagues he admires in the context of the pandemic is a double recognition for the challenge involved in going through it.
"It gives us a bit of air and above all it
is a message for the boys who have just started, that it is possible to get there with effort
", he says.
Good news so that, this time, those who usually prepare the drinks are the ones to toast.
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