Salvatore Calabrese

Salvatore Calabrese, formerly of London private members club FIFTY, is reputed to be one of the UK’s most celebrated bartenders, having established himself at the Lanesborough Hotel. Serious accolades are given to Salvatore for his world class expertise on vintage Cognacs and his work is constantly profiled in major magazines such as Tatler and Decanter.

Salvatore can now be found at, Salvatore at Playboy, inside the Playboy Club Mayfair, and at Mixology 101 in LA.

The ultimate specialist in drinks, Salvatore’s list of published books includes Classic After Dinner Drinks, The Complete Home Bartenders’ Guide, Virgin Cocktails, Sexy Cocktails and Cocktails by Flavour.

Over the past decade Salvatore has established himself as a world expert on vintage Cognacs, and has spent years finding and collecting and serving some of the world’s oldest and rarest vintages. Their dates mark some of history’s most important events, and his most memorable experience was opening a bottle of 1789 Cognac, the year of the French Revolution, and selling it at £1,000 a glass; coining the phrase, ‘Liquid History’.

In October 2012 he mixed 4 of the world’s oldest spirits, to create ‘Salvatore’s Legacy’, the Guinness World Records ‘World’s Most Expensive Cocktail’ at £5,500 a glass!

Salvatore organises and judges at international cocktail competitions and has a reputation for stunning non-alcoholic cocktails, having won national and international competitions in this field. He has worked with the Health Education Authority to develop the non-alcoholic and nutritious ‘Working Cocktail’.

In June 2014 Salvatore opened his first Las Vegas bar, Bound at The Cromwell hotel and Casino on the Strip. The menu features Salvatore’s classic cocktails, his signature Breakfast Martini, and his latest creation exclusively for Bound, Espresso Cocktails!

His TV appearances include This Morning (ITV), GMTV, UK Living, Carlton Food Network, Something for the Weekend (BBC2), and many programmes in the USA. And radio; Classic FM, BBC Radio2 and 5 Live.

Salvatore has written for international publications including The Independent and featured in the Daily Mail, Decanter and Tatler, and written for GQ magazine, The Guardian and The Times.

Amongst his many accolades, in June 2012 Salvatore was awarded the Italian equivalent of the OBE the ‘Salernitani Illusrti nel Mondo’. Other awards include ‘Best Bar 2012′ at The London Lifestyle Awards, ‘International Cognac Personality of the Year 2009’ -Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC), and in 2006 the Italian Bartenders Association (AIBES) ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ for his contribution to the bar industry.