victoria times colonist: victoria bartender and clive's bar nominated for international honours
From Victoria Times Colonist:
It's been cool since it opened — a slight undersea theme married to loungey comfort, teal and dim lighting accents and great cocktails — but recently the rest of the world has started to take notice of Clive's Classic Lounge in the Chateau Victoria Hotel.
For the second year in a row, Clive's, named after hotel owner Clive Piercy, has been recognized as one of the top 10 hotel bars in the world. And this year, head bartender Shawn Soole has been named as one of the 10 finalists for International Bartender of the Year by Tales of the Cocktail, billed as the world's premier cocktail festival.
According to Soole, the fact the bar has been singled out again is testament to a commitment to quality that started when it was first opened just off the hotel lobby in January 2009. But his own inclusion on a list of the world's best caught him off guard.
"I was massively shocked that I got a nomination. I would never have nominated myself for that," said the soon-to-be 32-year-old Australian.
Soole said he has tried to turn any of his own accomplishments into successes for Clive's.
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