Q&A: Charles Vexenat, Bar 1805

Charles Vexenat is (almost) larger than life. Towering well over six feet tall, covered in an eclectic mix of tattoos, his booming laugh echoes down the stairwell between Ibiza’s gypsy barrio, Sa Penya, and the Mercado Viejo at the base of the drawbridge to Ibiza’s old town. It is at the top of these stairs where you’ll find him presiding over what is undoubtedly Ibiza’s coolest and most eclectic cocktail bar – Bar 1805.

After honing his craft in London, where he was twice crowned World’s Best Mixologist, the native Frenchman decided it was time for a sea change – across to the Mediterranean and the white isle. It was here his creative vision came to life, in the form of Bar 1805, a French canteen that perfectly encapsulates the bohemian spirit of the white isle.

Do you remember your first ever experience with alcohol?

[LAUGHS] I got REALLY drunk, on sweet liqueurs, it was disgusting!

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