Simone Caporale is an internationally renowned bartender with a distinctive personal style and service. Alongside fellow peer and mentor Alex Kratena, during Simone’s five years at Artesian at The Langham, London, the pair were credited for reinventing the 5* hotel bar experience; making it relevant to 21st tastes and sensibilities.
Starting his career in a humble fashion in a small coffee bar in the heart of Como, Italy, Simone travelled throughout Europe and the Americas working in various cocktails establishments. In 2009, Simone arrived in London and joined the bar team at Roast in Borough Market before moving to Artesian in 2010.
It was here, under the tutelage of Alex Kratena, that Simone honed and crafted the pair’s signature traits for attention to detail, playful presentation and exceptional approach to service.
During his time at Artesian, Simone and his team won an unprecedented and unrivalled number of awards and international accolades. In October 2015, Artesian was recognised as Number 1, for the fourth consecutive year in the World’s 50 Best Bar Awards by Drinks International. In addition, at the prestigious Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards held annually in New Orleans, USA, Artesian won seven awards including Best International Cocktail Bar (2015), World’s Best Bar (2014), World’s Best Bar Team (2014), World’s Best Hotel Bar (2012 and 2014) and World’s Best Cocktail Menu (2011).
In November 2015, Simone left his position at Artesian alongside Alex Kratena to pursue a new joint venture. With the objective to re-imagine what drinks and bars can be or could be, the pair will be launching a collaborative collective with fellow peers that will seek to push boundaries within their industry even further alongside a not-for-profit organization to reach the wider drinks community.