Gonçalo de Sousa Monteiro

EUROPEAN MASTERS OF BARTENDING: Gonçalo de Sousa Monteiro

Drinks 4.1.2016

He’s most known for Berlin’s Buck and Breck, but has stints at Le Lion and Victoria Bar on his repertoire. Then there’s his renown for mixing the most precise drinks around…For his continuing series on the European Masters of Bartending, MIXOLOGY author Andrew Wilkin meets Gonçalo de Sousa Monteiro.

He’s most known for Berlin’s Buck and Breck, but has stints at Le Lion and Victoria Bar on his repertoire. Then there’s his renown for mixing the most precise drinks around… For his continuing series on the European Masters of Bartending, MIXOLOGY author Andrew Wilkin meets Gonçalo de Sousa Monteiro.
Gonçalo de Sousa Monteiro isn’t keen on press. It’s not that all journalists are scum or good for nothing hacks. It’s just that his bar, the famed Buck and Breck, is very small. One that until very recently had room for only 14 guests. And in recent weeks, the double B has received some more—dare I say it, unwanted—attention. “We were mentioned in a fashion magazine,” Gonçalo sighs. “Then more people have come and we’ve had arguments and trouble at the door when we can’t let a group of 24 in!” When you can only let a maximum of four in at a time—done to keep the intimacy and casual bonhomie of the bar intact—it’s undeniable this sort of attention can be less than savoury.
It’s good news then that Buck and Breck has opened a second room at the back, although the bar is still by no means a pack ‘e…
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