"No matter how much emphasis we put on the craft of mixology," says Joaquín Simó, "the bartender always needs to remember he’s serving guests, not drinks." With that kind of customer-centric attitude, it's no wonder that his cocktail bar Pouring Ribbons is a favorite in New York's East Village. Chosen to be our drinks aficionado for the Gift of Know-How, Simó created a signature cocktail for DWR called the Great Dane.
The focal point of the wood-clad Pouring Ribbons interior (other than the bar) is a half-moon window cut into one wall, perfectly framing the classic tenements across the street. "It was inspired by a photo of a turn-of-the-century Parisian apartment that one of our designers, Dieter Cartwright of Warren Red, showed us," says Simó. "No matter where you’re sitting, you’re always reminded that you’re in this village."
To see a video of Simó making his signature cocktail for DWR, go to dwr.com/knowhow.