Simone Rossi is the talented assistant beverage manager behind DarkSide, a premium rare aged spirits destination in Rosewood Hong Kong.
A native of Grosseto, Italy, Rossi grew up in a big, boisterous family, and his warm personality and love of gathering around food compelling him to pursue hospitality. In his studies, he found his calling with bartending because it allowed him to create a welcoming environment for guests and exercise his creative abilities.
After school, Rossi moved to London in 2012 for the eclectic, Caribbean-influenced Veranda where he learned the principles of classic cocktails and tiki styles. He then worked at members-only Quo Vadis, a SoHo institution, and began developing his elegant yet experimental style in the enduring setting.
Rossi next joined Aqua Spirit, a celebrated rooftop bar, and quickly progressed from bar supervisor to assistant bar manager responsible for creating new cocktails and overseeing the drinks list. During his tenure, he was crowned winner of the highly regarded Disaronno Mixing Star competition in 2015. Aqua Restaurant Group then tapped him as bar manager for their Hong Kong property so he relocated to helm the stylish restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui. He earned the prestigious World Class Country Winner title in 2018 representing Hong Kong and Macau in the Berlin competition with the top international bartending talent.
He joined the opening team of DarkSide in Rosewood Hong Kong on the ambitions Victoria Dockside development. As assistant beverage manager of the sophisticated, timeless monument to rare aged spirits, vintage cigars and confident classic cocktails, Rossi welcomes guests with his warm smile and Italian hospitality.