Following 20 years of travelling, Charles Vexenat has finally put down roots in Ibiza, setting up Bar 1805 - an eclectic, Mexico-inspired, French cocktail bar and restaurant nestled deep in the Bohemian heart of Sa PeÃ±a.
Wander through the precarious, cobbled back-alleys of Ibiza Townâs rustic Sa PeÃ±a quarter, and youâll likely hear the calm interrupted by a booming cackle. Yes, Charles Vexenat, creator of the Green Beast and twice-crowned World's Best Mixologist, is not a man easy to miss. Ricocheting off the picturesque whitewashed walls surrounding Bar 1805, Charlesâ laugh serves as a good introduction for the man himself: larger than life, eccentric, unexpected and occasionally bordering on the absurd - yet undeniably genuine.
After years at the helm of the London bartending scene, working at iconic cocktail institutions such as The Lonsdale, Che, LAB and Hix, launching his own solo venture was no surprise. Small and quirky, his Mexico-inspired, French cocktail bar and restaurant, Bar 1805, was opened three years ago in collaboration with Pernod Absinthe.
To Charles, itâs an area that suits Absinthe. âItâs a Bohemian feeling around hereâ¦ and maybe a bit shady in places,â he laughs. The ideal home for Bar 1805 then? âYes, but weâre not an absinthe bar,â he corrects. âI donât have 150 absinthes and Iâm not 80 years old with a big beardâ¦yet. Weâve just one absinthe, Pernod Absinthe, French and the original.â
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