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Michael Dounoulis
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Career Info

Primary Industry:
Hotels / Hospitality
Personal Career Headline:
Sommelier Tobacconist at SoHo Cigar Bar

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Career Snapshot:
Michael Dounoulis has been in the hospitality industry for 25 years.  He grew up in Atlantic City, NJ working in two family restaurants as well as various family-owned bars and nightclubs. When he moved to Manhattan he worked at clubs and lounges where he was responsible for increasing revenue and spearheaded various marketing campaigns, which helped him eventually open a club from the ground-up in Midtown Manhattan.
He also dabbled in the fashion industry – working in the suit business in Men’s Fine Clothing before realizing he wanted to return to his true passion where he felt at home – hospitality. In January of 2018, Mike was hired as the General Manager at Soho Cigar Bar.  He took courses at Tobacconist University and is now the one and only certified Cigar Sommelier in New York City and the 8th in the world. Michael is passionate about making a positive impact on customers and loves helping select cigars to enhance their experience, including special flights and pairings. Soho Cigar Bar was just nominated by the 2019 Tobacco Business Magazine Industry for Tobacconist of the Year and is thrilled to keep the forward movement in the hospitality and cigar industry.  Mike describes his role as his dream job where he is always growing and plans on keeping Soho Cigar Bar flourishing.

What Else To Know

My Goal of the Day:

To enjoy every day regardless of how hard or easy the day is

My Thought of the Day:

Celebrate everyday like it’s a victory.  

My Action of the Day:

 I try to break a sweat exercising every day. 

My Deed of the Day:

Make one person smile 

My Tip of the Day:

Work hard, play hard 

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

That it’s so full of life. I Love being GM at Soho Cigar Bar for many reasons and being able to go downtown everyday, and be in the energy is indescribable. 

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

At Soho Cigar Bar we have a filet mignon sandwich that makes my knees weak. 

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – sleeping from a long nights work 

10:00 AM – gym gym gym 

12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

Nino’s AQ in Astoria. 


7:00 PM –  I’ve been at work for a couple hours already and now am getting ready for the night crowd 

11:00 PM – enjoying the rush of clientele coming to the bar. 

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)? 

Through out the day water and protein shakes, night would be scotch but it depends on the day haha

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What should everyone try at least once?

A 25 year old scotch 

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

Walking around the city while sharing a cigar with my lovely wife 

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