About

Following the 2016 successful debut for The Bassano Bar and its winning Italian drinks formula within the busy ‘Magic Roundabout’ venue in London’s Shoreditch, joint owners of Bassano Events Ltd – Dave Marsland and Nick Hopewell-Smith – brought an attractive and affordable range of Italian aperitivo drinks and craft cocktails to the UK, including the terrace of First Street, PizzaExpress’ newest restaurant in the city, located in one of Manchester’s most dynamic leisure areas.

Dave is a well-known drinks expert and trainer, creating brand agency ‘Drinks Enthusiast’ in 2011, with his own spirits retail business in Altrincham and a national social media and publication presence as a drinks journalist.
A marketing professional with over 35 years experience, Nick is the initiator and creative driver behind The Bassano Bar in London and a specialist importer of Italian spirits and liqueurs from The Nardini Distillery.

Check out some of our press clippings via Haze ManchesterTaste of ManchesterCalamity RayGin Fuelled Blue Stocking, Happiness On My Plate, Laura Kate Lucas, Ria Amber Tesia, and Lovin Manchester.