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Nelson Carvalho Reis

  • London UK\Lisbon PT


I'm Nelson, I'm 26 years old. Portuguese born moved to London in August 2012. 
Hard working character, ambitious and super observant. Have been bartending for six years. Lately been working as bar supervisor for Mahiki (yes I drink lots of rum) and looking into getting more experience and know how on management roles.
 Looking forward to see you on the bar. 

Work experience

Bar supervisor

September 2017Present

Bar manager/bartender

Independent collective
December 2016September 2017

Bar manager for Cobre Cocktail Corner, then relocated to Decadente as bartender after shut down (Lisbon, Portugal)


May 2015Present



Basement Sate
Dec 2014May 2015

London, United Kingdom


La Bodega Negra
Sep 2014Dec 2014

London, United Kingdom


All Star Lanes Bayswater
Jul 2013Aug 2014

London, United Kigdom


Hard Rock Café
Jan 2013Jul 2013

London, United Kingdom


Dec 2011Jun 2012

Telheiras, Lisbon, Portugal 


Been developing key skills through different experiences on different workplace environments. 

Hard Rock Café was all about on learning on big  bar set ups, speed service, costumer service and key skills on operating a bar. 

All Star Lanes was an important bar to grow as a bartender where improved a lot on bar knowledge - spirits, beers, cocktails, bar history and mostly american whiskey - various product training sessions attended while working for this company. Also important for introducing on crafting home made ingredients - infusions, syrups, etc... - and having a better understanding of a bar, products and event management by hosting private events for the company.  It was an important place to learn and a gave some insight of management skills also. 

La Bodega Negra was a great experience and provided lots of information mostly on tequilas and mezcals. This was different experience as was a sort of mexican 'speakeasy' restaurant that offers a small, dark, intimate type of environment mixing a fun-going kind of bar with a high standard offer of service.

Basement Sate was a place of constant training on cocktails, product knowledge and management. The place has a small team so it is required for the bartender to host, to tend tables, to barback and tend the bar. Really good training of a speakeasy like kind of service and a really good development on a more classic-to-modern type of cocktails. 

Mahiki is an outstanding place to learn not just about tiki culture on bars as well as  to acquire great bartending foundations. A total different experience as it is a tiki bar, different guest experience, different type of experience, lots of freedom that allows bartenders  to express themselves that many other bars wouldn't allow. Quite remarkable bar on worldwide cocktail scene. Spent 3 months on  Mahiki London, moved to Mahiki Dubai for five months as a bartender with management support on the side, and back to Mahiki London until November 2016 (year that was awarded best UK Rum Bar Team). 

From there moved to Lisbon, had decided to my hometown a go for a season and see how it goes. As Cobre manager was introduced to f&b systems, menu design, targeting, bar concept development. Created a new bar menu very innovative and creative in partnership with my colleague and friend who also consulted with me for a Japanese restaurant in Lisbon.

Certain day my old bar manager texted me about a head bartender/supervisor role for Mahiki’s new opening - Mahiki Kensington. You can tell what came next. 


BSC Psychology (incomplete)

Middlesex University
Sep 2012Jun 2013


1ST Place on El Dorado ft. Mr. Black Competition (won for Mr. Black, 2nd place for El Dorado) - Mahiki Internal Competition

Best UK Rum Bar Team 2016 (with Mahiki) - Rum Fest 2016

Best Bar 2015/2016 (with Mahiki) - Jaggermeister Industry Awards

What Am I looking for now?

At this point I am looking to contribute with experience and knowledge to help develop menus, bars, staff. Currently looking for a nice bar to throw, roll, shake and stir some drinks. 
Looking forward for the next shot.