He’s Coming . . . . . .

tom estes

The London Sessions have started, and session number two has just dropped into my inbox . . . . . .


We are more than delighted to be announcing our second session with none other than Tomas Estes. As well as being one of the London Sessions founders, Tomas is also known globally for his work with Agave, for which he has been recognised by the Mexican Government, as the American Ambassador of Tequila to Europe. Tomas came of age in California in the 60’s and opened his first restaurant, Café Pacifico, in Amsterdam almost 40 years ago and his most recent, El Nivel, in London last year. He is widely credited with bringing agave spirits to Europe and released Tequila Ocho in 2008, which is now available in over 14 countries, and on the back bars of the world’s best venues. Tomas’s first book, The Tequila Ambassador, was nominated for Best New Book at Tales of The Cocktail 2013, and currently retails on Amazon for over $1,000… So if you have a copy, keep it. Tomas has been awarded The Imbibe Chairman’s Award, Theme’s Life Time Achievement Award, and in 2008 was voted as the 6th most influential person in the bar industry.

But… You know that all already. What you might not have heard, are Tomas’s tales of riding his Triumph topless and shoeless around Cali, how he came to meet Devil the chain smoking monkey, that timeHunter S Thompson was interviewed at Cafe Pacifico London, or what Freddie Mercury was doing at Cafe Pacifico Amsterdam.

Tomas’s session is being held at one of our favourite venues, El Nivel, on August 10th from 1pm. As with all the sessions, entry is free but very limited, and will come with a few surprises. For general release, There’s only two ways to get on the list – email us from Monday 20th at 12pm (emails sent before this date and time will not be counted), or via Difford’s Guide, to whom we have given 5 pairs of tickets – more info on that soon. We have a limited number of tickets allocated for press – if you want one, reply to this email.

Til then, a photo of Tomas on his Triumph, just because he really is that cool. 

Oh and that first session . . . . .


For those of you who weren’t able to get tickets to our first session… we don’t mean to rub it in… but you missed out. You can view the photos here, the podcast and video are coming soon, and we really enjoyed this post about the night by one of our favourite bloggers Highball Hoodoo. Our thanks go to Sean, Jillian, Mark, Jack, The Dead Rabbit, Jameson, Guinness, Callooh Callay and Fever Tree. 

Here’s some gratuitous feedback too… 

“It more than lived up to my already ridiculously high expectations… In all seriousness, it was absolutely worth the journey, and then some. Fascinating, inspirational, funny and occasionally – surprisingly – dark and ultimately moving. I loved meeting Sean, Jillian and Mark; all lovely people.”

I loved hearing Sean Muldoon’s story directly from him; it was very inspiring and the camaraderie and relaxed mood that reigned were also key. It’s thanks to the London Sessions that I wish and believe that a new, different and necessary level of bonding and fellowship within our industry can be achieved.”

Here’s to me wishing I lived in London.

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