Based in Seattle, Nick Davis is a professional driven and passionate about hospitality and fine beverages. He runs Archetype, a drinks-education company set to launch mid-2015. For consulting and investment inquiries, please write to



An interest in food and drink began as he was finishing a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Washington. A friend introduced him to the Zig Zag Café, a classic Seattle cocktail haunt. Nick was immediately fascinated with the history and art of the drink, and began exploring cocktail hot-spots around Seattle, San Francisco and New York. 

Check out a collection of his favorite far-flung bars here.

By graduation from UW, Nick's professional vision had shifted from music to hospitality. He promptly began setting foundations behind the bar at Lowell’s and The Ruins. Following a first year of experience, a terrific opportunity came in early 2012 to join the team at Canlis Restaurant. Starting as a food runner, Nick grew in hospitality and service skills, eventually working up to bartender and lead server. With mentorship from the Canlis beverage team, Nick developed a passion for wine, and ventured down the demanding path toward Sommelier.

To further refine his skills behind the bar and prepare for the Advanced Sommelier exam, Nick moved from Canlis to Oliver's Twist and RN74 in the autumn of 2014. Following a rigorous schedule of team-based theory study and deductive tasting, Nick sat the exam in April of 2015, passing on his first attempt. His sole focus now is to share his passion for  fine beverages via the Archetype project.

Check out the Seattle Magazine interview with Nick, discussing the exam and Archetype.


Nick has pursued continued cocktail education through the USBG, and the Barsmarts program by Pernod Ricard.

He participated in the 2014 USBG World Class event, sponsored by Diageo. With 50 countries participating globally, World Class is the premier bartending competition in the world. Advancing to the US national competition, Nick earned 1st place in the "Spirit Through the Ages" category, ranking him amongst the top five competitors in the country.

In December 2014, Nick took part in the Tate's List Holiday cocktail competition, winning the top prize with his original cocktail "Snowdrift", featuring kkÀdā caramel liqueur.

His wine studies are based through the Court of Master Sommeliers. He passed the Intro and Certified exams in 2012, and the Advanced exam in 2015.

In 2014, he competed in the Guild of Sommeliers Ruinart Challenge, and was on the sommelier team at the Seattle Wine Awards.

To see the latest wines Nick is tasting, follow him on the Delectable mobile app, where he is a designated Wine Pro and has hundreds of wines cataloged and rated.

In his free time, Nick loves to travel. Having visited all 50 states and four continents,  he uses to make incredible new stories and friends. 

He also enjoys Olympic lifting, salsa dance, and epicurean destinations near and far.


To reach Nick, send him an email, or connect on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.