NAOMI SCHIMEK - BAR DIRECTOR
Few careers have run the gamut of different bar scenes like Schimek’s: while taking her very first shift behind the bar on her 21st birthday, she has made her way through fine dining restaurants, dive bars and nightclubs. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, Schimek started in small restaurants, but it wasn’t until a dive bar in Koreatown gave her the opportunity to explore a menu of her own creations did she garner the recognition that launched her cocktail career.
Developing her craft at the Tar Pit in Mid City, Schimek’s talents earned significant media coverage and led her to landing the Beverage Director position at the Spare Room in Hollywood’s palace of swank celebrity, the Roosevelt Hotel, where she is credited for helping to put Los Angeles on the map as a world-class cocktail destination.
Schimek recently jumped back into the local bartending arena after spending a large part of the last decade traversing the globe as a brand ambassador and guest bartender. Now, she hopes to impart her vision on the Soulmate bar and play upon the natural effervescence of the space: a list of light and bright cocktails featuring plenty of bubbles, California native plants and tropical nuances.
She likes old cars, new dresses and rock n’ roll.
Soulmate is a gathering place in the heart of West Hollywood, where a talented team of chefs helmed a menu of inspired dishes that emphasize Southern California’s seasonality.
The bar experience, taking its cues from the restaurant’s open-air layout, and designed by Sean Leffers Interiors, features a diverse list of vibrant cocktails imbued with flavors from local herbs and fruits. Soulmate’s extensive wine list boasts a robust selection of sparkling options from vintage and grower champagne to varietals from emerging winemakers, offered both by the bottle and glass.