Recipient of international mixology awards, Bar Manager Facundo Gallegos brings a vanguard spirit to classic mixology at the St. Regis Bar and Arts Bar.
Argentinian born, Bar Manager Facundo Gallegos moved to Italy at an early age where he grew up in the industrious North East of the country. Facundo trained professionally at AIBES, Associazione Italiana Barmen e Sostenitori, before commencing his bartending career on board cruise ships in the Caribbean Seas serving an international audience.
Back in Italy Facundo acquired professional and personal maturity at the Cipriani in Venice, subsequently deciding to venture to London in 2011 to pursue his love for mixology. There he broadened his international hotellerie experience at The Dorchester Hotel as a bartender at The Bar before moving up in the ranks to become Head Bartender. In 2017 the Connaught Hotel welcomed Facundo as Bar Supervisor of the coveted and world-renowned Connaught Bar and successively as Assistant Manager of its Coburg Bar.
With a classic yet multi-faceted approach to bartending and mixology, Facundo earned a 5th place in the Long Drink category at the IBA World Cocktail Competition in Beijing in 2012, and climbed to the top of the podium in the 2012 UKBG (United Kingdom Bartenders Guild) National Cocktail Competition, as well as having sommelier certifications to his name.
Facundo returned to Italy in 2019 to open The St. Regis Venice as Bar Manager of the hotel's two bars, Arts Bar and the St. Regis Bar. He brings with him a passion for shaking traditions, infusing innovation into the classic elements of mixology and bartending.