Zoltán Nagy, Owner, Boutiq Bar Budapest

  • 6 Apr 2022 11:32 AM
Zoltán Nagy, Owner, Boutiq Bar Budapest
He has a Master degree in Agricultural Sciences, speaks five languages perfectly, in three others has basic degree. He has been actively involved in hospitality for twenty years and has been organizing and holding trainings around the world for more than ten years.

From 1997 to 2000 he lived in Spain from 2000 to 2005 in England.
In 2006 it became one of the owners of Absolutbar, mainly focusing on corporate events.

Since 2006, he has been teaching bartenders at the LAB- London Academy of Bartenders.
In 2008, he founded Boutiq’Bar with his business partner and Lilla Kocsis. Boutiq’s 3-persons staff consisted of Zoltán, Lilla and Roland Lukács, in the early years.

From 2009-2011 Cafe Cino co-owner
From 2014-2019,  founder and owner of Mad Dog Cafe.
Since 2014, founder and co- owners of Bitter Mendez Cafe & Bar, Vienna.

Since 2016, co-owners of the Barra Mexico Barshow in Mexico. He has been holding professional bartender trainings since 2005 internaly.

He made his international debut in Berlin in 2009 at Berlin Bar Convent , where he presented to the public the pálinka, the Hungarian Brandy and Leaping Frog  an apricot brandy based cocktail made by Tom Bollock in the USA in 1917.

In 2014, he held training for 350 bartenders in four major cities in Poland.
In 2016, more than 2000 bartenders from Russia took part in his training sessions from St Petersburg to Novosibirsk.
In 2018 he added up the distances he had covered by plane around the Earth.
In 2018, his Barometer lecture on psychology at the Kiev Bar Show was one of the most popular.

2019 invited by Madrid Fusion to present in collaboration with the Hungarian Tourist Agency.
2017-2021 Trainings, lectures, judging filled most of his work abroad. Budapest, Vienna, London, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Riga, Mexico, Prague, Amsterdam, and many other cities.

2014-2021 Tales of the Cocktail Committee member, New Orleans, USA
2013-2021 Drinks International World’s 50 Best Bars jury member
2018-2020 Barshow Budapest contributor, award judge

1. Where did you grow up?

In a very lovely small town called Dicsőszentmárton, in Transylvania, Romania.

2. If you could be an expat anywhere in the world, where would you choose?

Too many options too little time for it. I have lived in 4 different countries At the moment we are thinking about Spain and Costa Rica.

3. What would you miss most if you moved away from Hungary?

My bar, probably and my close friends.

4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do? 

Apart of the obvious sightseeing and of course bars and restaurants I would send them to small baths.

5. What is your favourite food?

Rice. Asian.

6. What is your favourite sport / form of exercise?

Brazilian jiu jitsu. Body weight training.

7. What is your favourite place in Hungary?


8. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?

Psychologist but not a shrink , that I do already in the bar. ;-) I would like to explore the intrigued, tangled interpersonal relation web.

9. What’s a job you would definitely never want?

Some boring tiresome thing, whatever, but since every job after a while could become monotonous I guess in a short period of time I would love that job to.

10. Where did you spend your last vacation?

Last what? :-) Cannot remember when it was, it has been so long ago...

11. Where do you hope to spend your next one?

Probably Italy for a short one and somewhere in South America a long one.

12. What was your favourite band, film, or hobby as a teen?

The Adventures of Ford Fairlane ws  an immense cult movie in Hungary around my 90s,
Faith No More as a band and martial arts as a hobby.

13. Apart of temptation what can't you resist?

Nothing.  I mean there is no thing I cannot resist. I have developed throughout the years.

14. Red wine or white?

A nice Vermouth.

15. Book or movie?

I would love to say book, but hardly any time nowadays to read. 

16. Morning person or night person?

All day person, no issues with the bed :-) 

17. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?

Children welfare.

18. Buda or Pest side?

Does it matter? Pest.

19. Which achievement in your life are you most pleased about?

That I woke up this morning. Sometimes the smallest things matter the most.

20. What would you say is your personal motto? 

Oh I have many I am collective them and I read them from time to time. But here you are one.

The only thing you should be afraid of is not failure, but the endless opportunities  not lived.  - Mr Z 

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