History

Established in 2011 in Paris by Carina Soto Velasquez, Joshua Fontaine, Adam Tsou, our mission is to build a creative community based upon a culture of openness and collaboration. Below you will find a timeline of our company’s history.

01/
2011

Candelaria lease signing

With a little bit of nervousness and a lot of luck, Quixotic embarks on its first adventure in the Marais. Here’s what we started with:

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02/
2011

Candelaria opening

After two months of crazy work, the first Quixotic Venue opens. Three days before the opening, Surface to Air books the venue for their annual party during the Fashion Week.

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03/
2012

Candelaria at Cocktails Spirits

Adam, Carina and Josh are invited onstage for the first time to present Candelaria: it’s birth, spirit, team, and cocktails.

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04/
2012

Glass opening

A little over a year after successfully opening Candelaria, Quixotic returns with Glass, a pioneering bar in Pigalle modelled after New York bars where Josh and Adam worked a decade earlier. The second day was spent cleaning champagne and footprints off the ceiling.

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05/
2013

Le Mary Celeste opening

Just a few months after Glass’ debut, le Mary Celeste opens its doors with a Brooklyn Brewery event in the presence of head brewer Garrett Oliver. Our little corner of the Marais has been busy ever since.

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06/
2013

Le Mary Celeste x Le Fooding

The French food guide “Le Fooding” recognizes our team’s work and awards LMC the title of “Meilleur Bar à Délices 2014”. We celebrated turning this banner into a mezcal luge during the after party.

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07/
2013

1st Ann. Quixotic Cocktail Circus

During Cocktail Spirits, Paris’ renowned bar convention, we organized an extravaganza of visiting guest bartenders from around the world, offering exceptional cocktails, food and entertainment for our industry friends.

08/
2013

Candelaria #9 in the world

Candelaria breaks the top ten, reaching #9 in the “World’s 50 Best Bars”, the highest showing ever for a French cocktail bar.

Adam is visibly unimpressed….

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09/
2014

Candelaria at Tales of the Cocktail

For the third year in a row, Candelaria is a top-four finalist for “Best International Cocktail Bar” at the spirits industries’ biggest trade event, Tales of the Cocktail, held each year in New Orleans, USA.

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10/
2015

Hero opening

After much anticipation, we head into a new arrondissement, the 2nd. Located between the Marais and Pigalle, Hero becomes the bridge between the chic Marais and SoPi.

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11/
2015

Candelaria in Mexico City

During the «Tales of the Cocktail on Tour event» in Mexico City, Limantour hosted Candelaria for one special night.

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12/
2015

Grand Quixotic Tour

Three locations, three different takeovers. The night started with Tjoget of Stockholm at Le Mary Celeste, then continued on with Trick Dog of San Francisco at Candelaria and finally ended, or began again, with Nomad at Glass.

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13/
2015

Hero in Stockholm

Several months after opening, Hero heads to Stockholm to stirs things up with PopUpSTHLM. An exciting menu, rare cocktail concoctions and a sold-out crowd of pleased customers made it a great first experience.

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14/
2015

Candelaria in Beijing

Candelaria flies over to China for an invitation from the Shangri-La Hotel to host “A French Reunion in Beijing”. Their Atmosphere bar served as the ideal setting for the presentation of eight original cocktails.

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15/
2015

Hero x Le Fooding

Once again, the French food guide “Le Fooding” recognizes our team’s work and awards Hero the title of “Meilleur Frit Style 2015”. Plans of turning this banner into a champagne luge were definitely in order.

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16/
2016

Pop-up Hero in Oslo – Himkok

After being crowned “Meilleur Frit Style 2016” by Le Fooding, Hero responded to Himkok’s invitation for a pop-up bar in Oslo. A huge success with customized cocktails, incredible food and satisfied guests !

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17/
2016

Quixotic Projects in Athens Bar Awards

Joshua Fontaine and Simon Perich represented Quixotic Projects Group at Absolut Bar Awards 2016 in Athens, in front of more than 300 persons, mostly from the Greek bar industry.

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18/
2016

Candelaria in Hong-Kong – Ozone

We had the great honor and pleasure to join Ozone bar in Hong-Kong for a 5 days pop-up bar. Incredible atmosphere and public, and once again a huge success.

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19/
2016

After party World’s Best 50 – Glass After Dark – London

A l’occasion des World’s Best 50s à Londres, nous avons eu le grand plaisir d’exporter Glass le temps d’une soirée spéciale “Glass After Dark” pour l’after party de l’événement. Un événement incroyable avec la collaboration de Maverick Drinks.

 

 

 

 

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20/
2017

A new adventure

A new challenge for Quixotic Projects in 2017 : the launch of a bar-restaurant inside one of the most famous cultural places in Paris : Le Palais de Tokyo in the heart of the 16th district of Paris. After construction works, Les Grands Verres will open its doors in June 2017. More informations to come.

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