“Never stop dreaming”
Originally from Tuscany, Giacomo Giannotti grew up
in the family ice cream bar. Following his passion for mixology, he decided to fly
first to London, to settle then in Barcelona.
Here he opens Paradiso, currently the best cocktail bar in the world, number 1 according to The World’s 50 Best Bars,
the Paradiso Lab project
and a second cocktail bar, Galileo.
Born in 1988 in Carrara, a small town on the coast of Tuscany, Italy, Giacomo Giannotti has pursued his great interest in hospitality from a very young age, thanks to the family business, Gelateria Paradiso.
While studying at the Hotellerie school, he discovered his passion for the bar and mixology, to which he devoted himself completely.
He first moved to London, where he got in touch with the international scene of mixology and there, for 4 years, he trained as a bartender and refined his technique behind the bar of Eclipse Cocktail Bar and thanks to the experience with Be At One. He then decides to move to sunny and vibing Barcelona, with very clear ideas. Here he immediately stands out for his skills behind the bar and his ability to create genuine connections with the customers. A first experience at the Eclipse Bar of W Hotel in Barcelona, and then at Ohla Hotel, where he has the opportunity to learn the secrets of hospitality from maestro
At the end of 2015 he fulfills his dream of opening his own cocktail bar, and thus Paradiso was born
The Speakeasy-style Cocktail Bar is accessed through a retro-style fridge door inside a Pastrami Bar. Sinuously shaped wood to recall the sea of Barcelona, Carrara marble for the bar to recall his Tuscan origins and the bond with his family, tropical design elements, and a speakeasy inside the speakeasy. In Paradiso we find an interesting and captivating mix that embraces tradition and modernity in an elegant, young, and fun atmosphere.
In 2020 he opens Galileo, his second Cocktail Bar in Barcelona, a cocktail bistro with an industrial-chic design that offers a modern reinterpretation of the Italian aperitif, offering a menu of innovative signature cocktails and tapas with traditional flavors of Italian cuisine signed by chef Gabriele Milani. A place with a perfect Italian-Spanish soul, an elegant service, and a caring staff.
In the same period, projects such as Paradiso Lab and a project linked to sustainability also come to life.
Respect for the customer, hospitality, research of new ingredients, attention to the details, and innovation: this is the mix of ingredients that characterize Giacomo and his projects.
In addition to his work in his Cocktail Bars, Giacomo continues to be very active on the international scene, traveling the world to do Masterclasses, Guest shifts and participating as a guest in the most important events of the industry.
A life of recognition
Many are also the awards: he wins the “World Class Competition" in 2014, competing among the 8 best Bartenders in the world, and subsequently the titles of “Best barman of Spain" in 2017 and “The best Italian Bartender abroad" in 2019.
With Paradiso he also reaches important milestones: in 2017 won the “One to watch” award from The World’s 50 Best Bars; for Tales of Cocktails wins the “Top 10 Best European Cocktail Bar” in 2018 and “Top 10 Best Bar Team & Best Cocktails Bar” in 2019; also in 2019: n ° 11 in the Top 500 Bars ranking, “Best Cocktail Bar in Spain" for World Class, “Best Cocktail Menu" in Fibar Villadolid (reconfirmed in 2021) and n. 20 in The World’s 50 Best Bars; 2020 brings awards such as “Top 10 Best International Cocktail Bar“, “Top 10 Best International Bar Team" and “Top 10 World Best Menu" for Tales of Cocktail, as well as the climb to position 19 for The World’s 50 Best Bars, up to being awarded as the best cocktail bar in the world in 2022 for The World’s 50 Best Bars.