Timo Siitonen - A21 Cocktail LoungeBartender / Mixologist
I was born and raised in Helsinki, Finland. After highschool I moved to London, UK in year 1999 to study B.A. hons degree in Theatre Dance. While studying I ended up working in the bars in West End central London and got very fascinated with the growing cocktail scene and social culture around it. 1999 was also the year the modern cocktail scene bloomed and I happened to be working in the middle of it all. I ended up working as a Head Bartender in Atlantic Bar & Grill, Dick’s Bar, maybe one of the most legendary and influential cocktail bars in London. After working and learning from the best it was time to move back to Finland in 2004 and start planning my own bar. Finally in 2007 A21 Cocktail Lounge opened its door in Helsinki, Finland. It is a modern cocktail lounge, an extention of a living room. My philosophy of making cocktails is that cocktail is a combination of flavours, usually served in a liquid form in a glass and its wrapped in a story.