Ro Patel started out his lifelong love affair with bar culture, classic cocktails & booze under the guidance of some of the worlds most gifted Bartenders in London circa 1993/94 at the Atlantic Bar & Grill. He later left with the rare title of head bartender at Dick’s Bar, to set up shop as a Bar Consultant & help develop high end bar programs for hangouts such as Cobden club members club & Home House 5 star members hotel in London and then packed up his shaker to assist on spaces Such as; Enigma in the Bahamas, Grand Pacific Blue room in Sydney & Felix in Washington DC before moving back to London & work on Virgin Atlantic Airways award winning Flagship Clubhouse project. After years of great travel through work and even greater misadventures through no fault but his own, He moved to sunny Tampa FL to dust off a business plan he’d been working on for 6 yrs. In 2008 started build out on a Speakeasy concept. Ciro’s Speakeasy opened in May 2010 and became well known for its Bartenders & classic bar culture. Wining many awards and accolades both local and nationally. Since moving on from Ciro's he’s opened Slingbarcompany, a one stop-shop consultancy from Concept & design, working directly with manufacturer on equipment, Menu creation, Staffing to going live! He has helped with a generous handful of restaurant and bar openings, a whiskey club, Liquor Brand Mixology at many events, music festivals & WSWA Mixology 'call of the cocktail' winner to boot! The later high volume projects include a waterfront resort style Tiki property called The Getaway in St Pete, Franklin Manor a high end live music patio lounge in downtown Tampa & The Collection @ The Hall Tampa's first food hall.