Shawn exported himself from Australia over 10 years ago to Canada. Based in Victoria since arriving, Shawn has helped evolve Victoria into a world-renowned cocktail destination. Since taking the reigns of Clive’s Classic Lounge in 2009, he garnered multiple Tales of the Cocktail nominations including back to back Top 4 International Hotel Bar (2011,2012) and Top 10 International Bartender of the Year (2012), until leaving in 2013 to open his own venue Little Jumbo.
Little Jumbo lead to Top10 Best New International Cocktail Bar at Tales of the Cocktail (2014) along with a Top 4 Best New Book for Shawn’s Cocktail Culture, enRoute Magazine Top 50 Best New Restaurants in Canada (2014), enRoute Top15 Favorite Bars in Canada (2014) and Silver Medal at the Vancouver International Wine List Awards. Shawn left Little Jumbo in late 2014 to pursue other endeavours.
He went on to begin his consulting firm, Shawn Soole Consulting and helped with the creation and branding of Stump Gin with Phillip’s Fermentorium, Sheringham Akvavit and Legend Distilling Naramaro. He partnered with Brad Holmes of ulla to help with the rebrand and relaunch of OLO Restaurant in 2016 and consulted on the design, construction and relaunch of Victoria staple, Café Mexico, where he stayed on as General Manager until July 2017. Café Mexico now boasts one of the largest collections of tequila and mezcal in Canada along with an authentic Mexican inspired cocktail menu.
Shawn recently reopened the 40 year old, family run restaurant, Pagliacci’s after a massive renovation. He now runs the newly designed bar melding classic approachability with high concept cocktails.
Shawn’s second book, Great Northern Cocktails is set for release in Spring 2019.