GSN Alert: Tales of the Cocktail Foundation announces the Regional Top 10 Honorees for the 2022 Spirited Awards

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) is pleased to announce the regional top 10 honorees for the 16th annual Spirited Awards® in an effort to recognize the depth of talent across our global spirits community. Since its founding in 2007, the Spirited Awards® have become one of the industry’s most sought-after awards, recognizing beverage professionals, products, and establishments across every facet of the spirits and cocktail community on a global scale. In partnership with Forbes, the Spirited Awards® official media partner, TOTCF will honor recipients during the Tales of the Cocktail® (TOTC) conference, which is returning for an in-person celebration in New Orleans from July 25-29, 2022. 

“Returning to an in-person celebration for our 20-year anniversary means it’s more important than ever to support one another and celebrate our phenomenal industry,” said Tales of the Cocktail Foundation CEO Eileen Wayner. “We are honored to take this opportunity to thank all of our colleagues in the cocktail community for their contributions to the industry, and offer our congratulations to all of this year’s regional honorees.” 

This year, an exceptional number of Spirited Awards® submissions were received across all categories, a testament to the hospitality industry’s continued participation in recognizing the hard work and achievements of our colleagues in the industry – even despite unprecedented hardships. In that spirit, the Foundation is proud to announce the Regional Top 10 honorees, broken into regions in the Asia Pacific (APAC), Canada, Europe, Latin America & Caribbean (LATAM&C), Middle East & Africa (MEA), U.S. Central, U.S. East, and U.S. West. 

2022 Spirited Awards® Regional Top 10 Honorees (in alphabetical order):

INTERNATIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS

Best International Bar Team presented by House of Angostura

Best International Bar Team – Asia Pacific (APAC)

  • AHA Saloon — Taipei, Taiwan
  • Charles H. Seoul at the Four Seasons Hotel — Seoul, South Korea
  • Havana Social — Bangkok, Thailand
  • Jigger & Pony at the Amara Hotel — Singapore
  • MAYBE SAMMY — Sydney, Australia
  • MO BAR at the Mandarin Oriental — Singapore
  • No Sleep Club — Singapore
  • Tropic City Cocktail Bar— Bangkok, Thailand
  • Union Trading Company — Shanghai, China
  • Vesper Cocktail Bar — Bangkok, Thailand

Best International Bar Team – Canada

  • Atwater Cocktail Club — Montreal, Canada
  • Bar Kismet — Halifax, Canada
  • Bar Raval — Toronto, Canada
  • Botanist at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel — Vancouver, Canada
  • Mahjong Bar — Toronto, Canada
  • Milky Way Cocktail Bar — Montreal, Canada
  • Pourhouse — Vancouver, Canada
  • The Cloakroom Bar — Montréal, Canada
  • The Coldroom — Montreal, Canada
  • The Keefer Bar — Vancouver, Canada

Best International Bar Team – Europe

  • Le Calbar — Paris, France
  • Lyaness at Sea Containers London — London, UK
  • Paradiso — Barcelona, Spain
  • Parovoz SpeakEasy — Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Salmon Guru — Madrid, Spain
  • Tayēr + Elementary — London, UK
  • The Cambridge Public House — Paris, France
  • The Clumsies — Athens, Greece
  • The Donovan Bar at the Brown’s Hotel — London, UK
  • Two Schmucks — Barcelona, Spain

Best International Bar Team – Latin America & Caribbean (LATAM&C)

  • ALQUÍMICO — Cartagena, Colombia
  • Bar Las Brujas — Mexico City, México
  • El Gallo Altanero — Guadalajara, México
  • Gitano Jungle — Tulum, México
  • Hanky Panky — Mexico City, México
  • Kaito del Valle — Mexico City, México
  • La Factoría — San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Mar y Zielo — Cartagena, Colombia
  • Mulberry Project at La Zebra hotel — Tulum, México
  • Tres Monos — Buenos Aires, Argentina

Best International Bar Team – Middle East & Africa (MEA)* 

  • Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen & Cape Brandy Bar — Cape Town, South Africa
  • Front Back Accra — Accra, Ghana
  • Galaxy Bar — Dubai, UAE
  • Josephine Baker — Tel Aviv, Israel
  • La Otra — Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Lucky Shaker — Umhlanga, South Africa
  • Sin + Tax — Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Spicehaus — Tel Aviv, Israel
  • The House of Machines — Cape Town, South Africa
  • The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill — JBR Dubai, UAE
  • Tipamara — Tel Aviv, Israel

*Includes 11 honorees due to a tie

Best International Cocktail Bar presented by Tequila Fortaleza

Best International Cocktail Bar – Asia Pacific (APAC)*

  • Bar TRENCH — Tokyo, Japan
  • BYRDI — Melbourne, Australia
  • Clipper — Auckland, New Zealand
  • COA — Hong Kong, China
  • JungleBird — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • MAYBE SAMMY — Sydney, Australia
  • Nutmeg & Clove — Singapore
  • Old Mate’s Place — Sydney, Australia
  • Sidecar — New Delhi, India
  • Southside Parlor — Seoul, South Korea
  • The Diplomat — Hong Kong, China
  • The Pontiac — Hong Kong, China
  • The SG Club — Tokyo, Japan

*Includes 13 honorees due to a tie

Best International Cocktail Bar – Canada

  • Atwater Cocktail Club — Montreal, Canada
  • Bar Mordecai — Toronto, Canada
  • Civil Liberties — Toronto, Canada
  • Cry Baby Gallery — Toronto, Canada
  • Grapes & Soda — Vancouver, Canada
  • Milk Tiger — Calgary, Canada
  • Paper Lantern — Calgary, Canada
  • Proof — Calgary, Canada
  • The Cloakroom Bar — Montréal, Canada
  • The Keefer Bar — Vancouver, Canada

Best International Cocktail Bar – Europe*

  • A bar called Gemma — Stockholm, Sweden
  • Cask — Cork City, Ireland
  • Freni e Frizioni — Rome, Italy
  • Laki Kane — London, UK
  • Paradiso — Barcelona, Spain
  • Parovoz SpeakEasy — Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Red Frog — Lisbon, Portugal
  • Salmon Guru — Madrid, Spain
  • Satan’s Whiskers — London, UK
  • Tayēr + Elementary — London, UK
  • Three Sheets — London, UK
  • Two Schmucks — Barcelona, Spain

*Includes 12 honorees due to a tie

Best International Cocktail Bar – Latin America & Caribbean (LATAM&C)

  • ALQUIMICO — Cartagena, Colombia
  • Café Ocampo — Mexico City, México
  • Carnaval Bar — Lima, Peru
  • El Barón Cafe & Liquor Bar — Cartagena, Colombia
  • Florería Atlántico — Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Hanky Panky — Mexico City, México
  • Kaito del Valle — Mexico City, México
  • Selva Oaxaca — Oaxaca City, México
  • Selvática — San José, Costa Rica
  • Tres Monos — Buenos Aires, Argentina

Best International Cocktail Bar – Middle East & Africa (MEA)

  • Bolero — Batroun, Lebanon
  • Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen & Cape Brandy Bar — Cape Town, South Africa
  • Double Standard — Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Front Back Accra — Accra, Ghana
  • Galaxy Bar — Dubai, UAE
  • Revolver Cocktail Bar — Nairobi, Kenya
  • Shinko — Cairo, Egypt
  • Sin + Tax — Johannesburg, South Africa
  • The Art of Duplicity — Cape Town, South Africa
  • The Republic Bar & Grill — Accra, Ghana

Best International Hotel Bar presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Best International Hotel Bar – Asia Pacific (APAC)

  • Bar Trigona at the Four Seasons Hotel — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Charles H. Seoul at the Four Seasons Hotel — Seoul, South Korea
  • Flaggerdoot Cocktail Lounge at the Jackalope — Melbourne, Australia
  • Jigger & Pony at the Amara Hotel — Singapore
  • MO BAR at the Mandarin Oriental — Singapore
  • Origin Bar at The Shangri-La Hotel — Singapore
  • Punch Room at The Shanghai EDITION — Shanghai, China
  • The Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental — Bangkok, Thailand
  • The St Regis Bar HK — Hong Kong, China
  • Writers Bar at the Raffles Hotel — Singapore

Best International Hotel Bar – Canada*

  • 1608 Bar at the Fairmont Château Frontenac — Quebec City, Canada
  • Bar Artéfact at Auberge Saint-Antoine Hotel — Québec, Canada
  • Botanist at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel — Vancouver, Canada
  • Clive’s Classic Lounge — Victoria, Canada
  • Clockwork Champagne & Cocktails at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel — Toronto, Canada
  • Library Bar at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel — Toronto, Canada
  • Lobby Lounge at the Fairmont Pacific Rim — Vancouver, Canada
  • Nacarat at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth — Montreal, Canada
  • The Lounge at the Drake Hotel — Toronto, Canada
  • The Raven Room at the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre — Whistler, Canada
  • Wilks’ Bar at Langdon Hall — Cambridge, Canada

*Includes 11 honorees due to a tie

Best International Hotel Bar – Europe

  • Lyaness at Sea Containers London — London, UK
  • Mandarin Bar & Bistrot at the Mandarin Oriental — Milan, Italy
  • Pulitzer’s Bar at the Pulitzer Amsterdam — Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Punch Room at The Barcelona EDITION — Barcelona, Spain
  • St Regis Bar at the St Regis hotel — Venice, Italy
  • The American Bar at The Stafford London — London, UK
  • The Coral Room at the Bloomsbury Hotel — London, UK
  • The Donovan Bar at the Brown’s Hotel — London, UK
  • The Mezzanine at The Stratford hotel — London, UK
  • Widder Bar at the Widder Hotel — Zürich, Switzerland

Best International Hotel Bar – Latin America & Caribbean (LATAM&C)

  • ACRE Baja — San José del Cabo, México
  • Apache at The Click Clack Hotel — Bogotá, Colombia
  • Bekeb at the Hotel Casa Hoyos — San Miguel de Allende, México
  • Celajes Lounge Bar — Monteverde, Costa Rica
  • Fifty Mils at the Four Seasons Hotel — Mexico City, México
  • Hotel B Relais & Chateaux — Lima, Peru
  • Mezcaleria Gota Gorda at the Soiree Boutique Hotel — Oaxaca, México
  • Nobu Los Cabos at Nobu Hotel — Los Cabos, México
  • Tigre at Hotel Casa Awolly — Mexico City, México
  • Townhouse Rooftop at Townhouse Boutique Hotel and Rooftop — Cartagena, Colombia

Best International Hotel Bar – Middle East & Africa (MEA)

  • Bulgari Bar at The Bvlgari Resort — Dubai, UAE
  • Bushwick at the Atlas Hotel — Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Gigi Rooftop Restaurant & Bar at the Gorgeous George Hotel — Cape Town, South Africa
  • Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar in the Imperial Hotel — Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Planet Bar at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel — Cape Town, South Africa
  • Sky 28 at the Kenzi Tower Hotel — Casablanca, Morocco
  • Tambourin Rooftop Lounge and Bar at the Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel — Nairobi, Kenya
  • The Willaston Bar at The Silo Hotel — Cape Town, South Africa

Best International Restaurant Bar presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Best International Restaurant Bar – Asia Pacific (APAC)*

  • Bar Torino — Adelaide, Australia
  • Caffe Fernet — Singapore
  • Cork & Screw Country Club — Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Happy Stan — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • KOR Shanghai — Shanghai, China
  • KOR Taipei — Taipei, Taiwan
  • Shady Acres — Hong Kong, China
  • Skye Manila — Taguig, Philippines
  • The Continental Deli — Newtown, Australia
  • The Dragon Chamber — Singapore
  • The Reservoire — Bangalore, India
  • Union Bar & Brasserie — Jakarta, Indonesia

*Includes 12 honorees due to a tie

Best International Restaurant Bar – Canada

  • Aloette — Toronto, Canada
  • Bar Kismet — Halifax, Canada
  • Bar Koukla — Toronto, Canada
  • Highwayman Restaurant & Bar — Halifax, Canada
  • Kissa Tanto — Vancouver, Canada
  • Le Majestique — Montreal, Canada
  • Pourhouse — Vancouver, Canada
  • Published on Main — Vancouver, Canada
  • Restaurant Yarrow — Edmonton, Canada
  • The Ostrich Club — Halifax, Canada

Best International Restaurant Bar – Europe

  • Angelita Madrid — Madrid, Spain
  • Bonhomie — Paris, France
  • Carico Milano — Milan, Italy
  • Ceresio 7 — Milan, Italy
  • Danico — Paris, France
  • Le Mary Celeste — Paris, France
  • Locale Firenze — Florence, Italy
  • Odori Vermuteria Di Atene — Athens, Greece
  • Sexy Fish — London, UK
  • Tjoget — Stockholm, Sweden

Best International Restaurant Bar – Latin America & Caribbean (LATAM&C)

  • Arca Tulum — Tulum, Mexico
  • CASA CAVIA — Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Casa Oaxaca El Restaurante — Oaxaca, México
  • Celele — Cartagena, Colombia
  • El Destilado — Oaxaca City, México
  • La Mariposario — Lima, Peru
  • LEO — Bogota, Colombia
  • Mar y Zielo — Cartagena, Colombia
  • Mesa Franca — Bogotá, Colombia
  • Pujol — Mexico City, México

Best International Restaurant Bar – Middle East & Africa (MEA)

  • Amazonico Dubai — Dubai, UAE
  • Elgr — South Africa, Cape Town
  • Ferdinand — Beirut, Lebanon
  • LPM Restaurant & Bar — Dubai, UAE
  • Marble — Johannesburg, South Africa
  • MASTI – Cocktails & Cuisine — Dubai, UAE
  • Mawimbi Seafood & Cafe — Nairobi, Kenya
  • Sachi Heliopolis — Cairo, Egypt
  • The Athletic Club & Social — Cape Town, South Africa
  • Zuma Dubai — Dubai, UAE

Best New International Cocktail Bar presented by Stranger & Sons

Best New International Cocktail Bar – Asia Pacific (APAC)

  • Apollonia — Sydney, Australia
  • ARGO — Hong Kong, China
  • DEAN & NANCY — Sydney, Australia
  • Pearl Diver Cocktails and Oysters — Melbourne, Australia
  • Quality Goods Club — Hong Kong, China
  • RE — Sydney, Australia
  • Republic at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia — Singapore
  • Sago House — Singapore
  • Teresa Cocktail Bar — Napier, New Zealand
  • The Bellwood — Tokyo, Japan

Best New International Cocktail Bar – Canada*

  • Bar Pompette — Toronto, Canada
  • Chez Ernest — Montreal, Canada
  • Corsair — Toronto, Canada
  • Dear Friend — Dartmouth, Canada
  • Laowai — Vancouver, Canada
  • Major Tom — Calgary, Canada
  • The Chickadee Room — Vancouver, Canada

Best New International Cocktail Bar – Europe

  • a bar with shapes for a name — London, UK
  • Amaro Bar — London, UK
  • Isa Gastrobar at the Four Seasons Hotel — Madrid, Spain
  • Publiq. — London, UK
  • Quattro Teste — Lisbon, Portugal
  • Schofield’s Bar — Manchester, UK
  • Side Hustle at the NoMad — London, UK
  • SIPS — Barcelona, Spain
  • The Pineapple Club — Birmingham, UK
  • Wax On — Berlin, Germany

Best New International Cocktail Bar – Latin America & Caribbean (LATAM&C)

  • Bête Noire FM — Ensenada, México
  • Bootlegger Speakeasy Bar — Puebla, México
  • COCHINCHINA — Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • HiddenBar — Lima, Peru
  • Lady Bee — Lima, Peru
  • LaUat bar — Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Matilde Mi Amor — Guadalajara, México
  • Next Door — Georgetown, Cayman Islands
  • Osten — Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Zapote Bar at the Rosewood Mayakoba — Playa del Carmen, México

Best New International Cocktail Bar – Middle East & Africa (MEA)

  • Dead End Paradise — Beirut, Lebanon
  • Fable — Cape Town, South Africa
  • Mimi Kakushi — Dubai, UAE
  • Roka Dubai — Dubai, UAE
  • Sinnerman — Nairobi, Kenya
  • The Drinkery — Cape Town, South Africa
  • Tortuga Rum Bar — Nairobi, Kenya
  • Zioux — Johannesburg, South Africa

U.S. ESTABLISHMENTS

Best U.S. Bar Team presented by William Grant & Sons

Best U.S. Bar Team – U.S. Central

  • Half Step — Austin, TX
  • Jewel of the South — New Orleans, LA
  • Johnny’s Gold Brick — Houston, TX
  • Kumiko — Chicago, IL
  • Manolito — New Orleans, LA
  • Porco Lounge & Tiki Room — Cleveland, OH
  • The Bamboo Room at Three Dots and a Dash — Chicago, IL
  • The Roosevelt Room — Austin, TX
  • The Sugar House — Detroit, MI
  • Three Dots and a Dash — Chicago, IL

Best U.S. Bar Team – U.S. East*

  • Allegory at the Eaton Hotel — Washington, D.C.
  • Attaboy — New York, NY
  • Jaguar Sun — Miami, FL
  • Katana Kitten — New York, NY
  • Mace Bar — New York, NY
  • Proof — Charleston, SC
  • The Long Island Bar — Brooklyn, NY
  • Service Bar DC — Washington, DC
  • Silver Lyan at the Riggs Washington DC — Washington, DC
  • Sugar Monk — New York, NY
  • Ticonderoga Club — Atlanta, GA

*Includes 11 honorees due to a tie

Best U.S. Bar Team – U.S. West

  • Big Bar — Los Angeles, CA
  • Cleaver – Butchered Meats, Seafood & Classic Cocktails — Las Vegas, NV
  • Death & Co. at the Ramble Hotel — Denver, CO
  • Lady Jane — Denver, CO
  • Paper Plane — San Jose, CA
  • Rob Roy — Seattle, WA
  • Rumba — Seattle, WA
  • The Snug — Sacramento, CA
  • Thunderbolt — Los Angeles, CA
  • True Laurel — San Francisco, CA

Best U.S. Cocktail Bar presented by Absolut Vodka

Best U.S. Cocktail Bar – U.S. Central 

  • Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 — New Orleans, LA
  • DrinkWell — Austin, TX
  • Julep — Houston, TX
  • Longfellow’s Other Room — Cincinnati, OH
  • Queen’s Park — Birmingham, AL
  • The Bamboo Room at Three Dots and a Dash — Chicago, IL
  • The Roosevelt Room — Austin, TX
  • The Violet Hour — Chicago, IL
  • The Whistler — Chicago, IL
  • Vault — Fayetteville, AR

Best U.S. Cocktail Bar – U.S. East

  • Bar Goto — New York, NY
  • Bar Goto Niban — Brooklyn, NY
  • Katana Kitten — New York, NY
  • Mace Bar — New York, NY
  • Pearl Diver — Nashville, TN
  • Portland Hunt + Alpine Club — Portland, ME
  • Proof — Charleston, SC
  • Raines Law Room Chelsea — New York, NY
  • Service Bar — Washington, DC
  • The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club — Nashville, TN

Best U.S. Cocktail Bar – U.S. West

  • Bar Leather Apron — Honolulu, HI
  • Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour — Phoenix, AZ
  • Century Grand — Phoenix, AZ
  • Jammyland Cocktail Bar & Reggae Kitchen — Las Vegas, NV
  • Thunderbolt — Los Angeles, CA
  • Navy Strength — Seattle, WA
  • Occidental — Denver, CO
  • Teardrop Lounge — Portland, OR
  • The Snug — Sacramento, CA
  • Wildhawk — San Francisco, CA

Best U.S. Hotel Bar presented by Grey Goose

Best U.S. Hotel Bar – U.S. Central 

  • Bar Marilou at the Maison de la Luz — New Orleans, LA
  • Bourbon “O” Jazz Bar at Bourbon Orleans Hotel — New Orleans, LA
  • Evening Bar at the Shinola hotel — Detroit, MI
  • Hot Tin at the Pontchartrain Hotel — New Orleans, LA
  • Lazy Bird at The Hoxton — Chicago, IL
  • Midnight Rambler at the Joule — Dallas, TX
  • The Driskill Bar at The Driskill Hotel — Austin, TX
  • The Elysian Bar at the Hotel Peter and Paul — New Orleans, LA
  • The Library at the Detroit Club — Detroit, MI
  • Vaso Dublin at AC Hotel Columbus Dublin — Dublin, OH

Best U.S. Hotel Bar – U.S. East

  • Allegory at the Eaton Hotel — Washington, D.C.
  • Champagne Bar at The Surf Club Miami — Miami, FL
  • Dear Irving on Hudson at the Aliz Hotel — New York, NY
  • El Quijote at Hotel Chelsea — New York, NY
  • JIMMY at ModernHaus SoHo — New York, NY
  • King Cole Bar at The St. Regis New York — New York, NY
  • L.A. Jackson at the Thompson Nashville — Nashville, TN
  • Orilla Bar & Grill at the Urbanica the Euclid Hotel — Miami Beach, FL
  • Silver Lyan at the Riggs Washington DC — Washington, DC
  • The Living Room at The Dewberry — Charleston, SC

Best U.S. Hotel Bar – U.S. West

  • ARDOR at The West Hollywood EDITION — West Hollywood, CA
  • Hey Love at The Jupiter — Portland, OR
  • Libertine Social at the Mandalay Bay — Las Vegas, NV
  • Little Rituals at the Residence Inn/Courtyard by Marriott — Phoenix, AZ
  • Mayor’s Table at the Lido House Newport — Newport Beach, CA
  • Mountaineering Club at the Graduate Seattle Hotel — Seattle, WA
  • Stella. at Hotel Sorrento — Seattle, WA
  • The Amigo Room at Ace Hotel & Swim Club — Palm Springs, CA
  • The Manor Bar at Rosewood Miramar Beach — Montecito, California
  • The Tap Room at the Langham Huntington— Los Angeles, CA

Best U.S. Restaurant Bar presented by Maison Ferrand

Best U.S. Restaurant Bar – U.S. Central* 

  • Automatic Seafood and Oysters — Birmingham, AL
  • Coltivare — Houston, TX
  • Copper Spoon — Fort Wayne, IN
  • Jewel of the South — New Orleans, LA
  • Kumiko — Chicago, IL
  • Monteverde — Chicago, IL
  • Rosie Cannonball — Houston, TX
  • Saba — New Orleans, LA
  • Spoon and Stable — Minneapolis, MN
  • Takoi — Detroit, MI
  • Thyme X Table — Bay Village, OH
  • Watershed Kitchen and Bar — Columbus, OH

*Includes 12 honorees due to a tie

Best U.S. Restaurant Bar – U.S. East

  • Café La Trova — Miami, FL
  • Chickadee — Boston, MA
  • Cosme — New York, NY
  • Crown Shy — New York, NY
  • Gramercy Tavern — New York, NY
  • Jaguar Sun — Miami, FL
  • Kimball House — Decatur, GA
  • Llama San — New York, NY
  • Macchialina — Miami, FL
  • Sunny’s at Lot 6 — Miami, FL

Best U.S. Restaurant Bar – U.S. West

  • Across the Pond — Phoenix, AZ
  • Bavel — Los Angeles, CA
  • Cleaver – Butchered Meats, Seafood & Classic Cocktails — Las Vegas, NV
  • L’Oursin — Seattle, WA
  • Otium — Los Angeles, CA
  • Redbird — Los Angeles, CA
  • Republique — Los Angeles, CA
  • Strong Water Anaheim — Anaheim, CA
  • Sunday Vinyl — Denver, CO
  • Tavernetta — Denver, CO

Best New U.S. Cocktail Bar presented by Aviation Gin

Best New U.S. Cocktail Bar – U.S. Central 

  • Angel Share — Houston, TX
  • Apothecary — Dallas, TX
  • Bar Loretta — San Antonio, TX
  • Chandelier Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel — New Orleans, LA
  • Dragonfly — Detroit, MI
  • Law Bird — Columbus, OH
  • Settle Down Tavern — Madison, WI
  • Supergeil — Detroit, MI
  • Tiki Tatsu-Ya — Austin, TX
  • Trash Panda Drinking Club — Houston, TX

Best New U.S. Cocktail Bar – U.S. East

  • Delbar — Atlanta, GA
  • Double Chicken Please — New York, NY
  • Hoja Taqueria — Miami, FL
  • Last Saint — Charleston, SC
  • Margot Natural Wine Bar — Miami, FL
  • O.K.P.B. — Washington, DC
  • Overstory — New York, NY
  • Temple Bar — New York, NY
  • The Bar at Audrey — Nashville, TN
  • The Sunken Harbor Club — Brooklyn, NY

Best New U.S. Cocktail Bar – U.S. West

  • Bar Maze — Honolulu, HI
  • Bicyclette — Los Angeles, CA
  • Forget Me Not — Denver, CO
  • Happy Accidents — Alburquerque, NM
  • Highball Cocktail Bar — Phoenix, AZ
  • Inside Passage — Seattle, WA
  • Kona’s Street Market — San Francisco, CA
  • Palmetto — Oakland, CA
  • Trade Winds Tavern — Seattle, WA
  • Yacht Club — Denver, CO

GSN Alert: For Cinco de Mayo, Cuervo is giving fans $10 to tip their bartenders big while out celebrating – starting April 28 through May 5

Jose Cuervo knows how integral bartenders are for any Cinco de Mayo celebration. That’s why this Cinco de Mayo, Cuervo is helping tequila lovers show their appreciation and “Tip it Forward” by giving away $10 to fans across the country, encouraging them to show extra gratitude while out celebrating and tip big.   

Bartenders and other industry workers have felt a lot of pressure over the past few years and, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they’re quitting at higher rates compared to any other industry1. That stress is especially felt during holidays like Cinco de Mayo, which are a lot of fun for tequila fans, but can be extra challenging for those in the service industry.  

To further demonstrate its commitment to showing love to bartenders and other industry workers, Cuervo will match every dollar sent, up to $100,000, for a donation to the nonprofit Another Round, Another Rally. The organization provides reimbursement grants and immersive educational scholarships to hospitality workers, while also offering emergency assistance for industry workers who have fallen on unexpected hardship. It’s just another way to thank bartenders who help make Cinco de Mayo possible every year.   

You can request your $10 to “Tip it Forward” by visiting www.cuervo.com/tipitforward from April 28 through May 5. There, simply enter your name, email address, zip code and phone number. Daily winners will be randomly selected and granted their $10 through Venmo on May 5 before the giveaway officially closes at 9:00 p.m. EST.  

Follow along at @josecuervotequila on Instagram and @josecuervo on Twitter, or visit www.cuervo.com 

GSN Review: Hendrick’s Neptunia Gin Magic-of-the-Sea Spa Kit

Curious occurrences are common along the peculiar shores of the Neptunia Coast: mermaid sightings, six-legged starfish, strangely refreshing citrus trees that sprout sideways from the windswept cliffs. So the Neptunia Navy’s recent discovery of this Lost-at-Sea Trunk is not exactly extraordinary. What is extraordinary is the evidence of an ancient underwater spa! For a limited time only, an immersive spa (and sip!) experience only known to discriminating merfolk and friendly leviathans has come ashore.

Gather your fellow humans and let the kit’s seashell headphones, ocean projector, coastal playlist and Seaside Spell candle transform your landlocked environs into an aquatic oasis. Let the detoxifying seaweed mask (and a Neptunia Fizz or two) refresh your visage and your spirit as you plunge into this oceanic ritual, which benefits not only stressed-out terrestrials but the sea as well. All sales of the Neptunia Spa Kit benefit Project Seagrass, an organization dedicated to the preserving seagrass ecosystems our oceans depend on. Limited quantity while supplies last.

GSN’s Remarks: The spa kit is fun and much like what you might find when visiting an ocean themed resort. We especially enjoyed the ocean projector which when used in a darkened room, has shifting colors and relaxing music to set the mood. The candle and the mask allow for a deeper sensory experience. Our only critique are the seashell headphones, which although they look amazing, are very uncomfortable to wear for more than a minute (no padding). However, throw in a bottle of Neptunia, make a cocktail and settle in for a relaxing evening sans the cowrie headset. GSN Rating: A-

Meanwhile, Hendrick’s Neptunia is a limited release gin that captures the magic of the sea, infused with an exquisite blend of coastal botanicals. Master Distiller Ms. Lesley Gracie’s creation is hand-crafted on the Southwest coast of Scotland in the decidedly un-ginnish town of Girvan, tiny batches of only 500 lovely litres are produced at a time, which gives Ms. Gracie greater control of her careful artistry.

Hendrick’s Gin is created via an absurdly inefficient, yet quite glorious process. In essence, to make one gin, they first create two. One on an old-fashioned pot still, yielding a rich and intricate spirit. The other on along-necked Carter Head, producing a delicate, more refined spirit. Each still is infused with an unusual symphony of 11 botanicals. The gins from the two stills are then married together and graced with refreshing infusions of Rose and Cucumber. This odd method of making gin enables Hendrick’s to taste light, yet intriguingly complex. The result is a wondrously refreshing gin with a delightfully floral aroma, elevating any cocktail and all occasions. GSN’s Remarks: A dry, juniper forward gin with a healthy dose of citrus. It may be our imagination, but there also seems to be a salinity here which ramps up the flavors and brings them to the fore. After several seconds, notes of orange zest and peppercorn come through, ending with a near creamy mouthfeel. Quite tasty and zesty. Definitely try this with a top quality tonic, or if so inclined, in a Winston Churchill style martini. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Hendrick’s Tiny Shop

#NeptuniaGin #Hendrick’sGin

GSN Alert: Help the Ukraine Bartending Community Save Their Country

Budmo is a Ukrainian cheering tradition. It can be translated as let us be. Their mission is to provide everyone who fights for Ukraine’s victory with a hot meal and physical resources to win this war.

BudmoUA supports people who defend the land, save lives and need our help. Every day a community of chefs, bartenders and volunteers cook food for 16,800 people in Ukraine, including their military forces, young mothers, people in bomb shelters.

They are doing their best to keep it running, but at some point the reserves will run out. There are plenty of people who would love to help Ukraine. This is why GSN is sharing BudmoUA with the world, so you can support them.

For more information go to: https://www.budmoua.world/

#budmoua

GSN Alert: Historic Downtown Long Grove Welcomes Back One of Chicagoland’s Biggest Craft Beer Festivals April 30 

Historic downtown Long Grove will once again transform into the suburb’s biggest beer garden on Saturday, April 30 from 12 pm to 4 pm for Craft Beer Fest.  Situated conveniently in the spacious lot in front of the event host, Buffalo Creek Brewing, the annual Craft Beer Fest is a homage to Long Grove’s beer-loving history.  Attendees get a one-of-a-kind experience with dozens of Chicagoland’s most renowned breweries outside under the spring sun with a vintage village as a backdrop.  In addition to unlimited 3 oz. tastes of participating breweries, Craft Beer Fest also features live music and local food options. 

“We’re thrilled to bring back our first big festival of the year after postponing the last couple seasons due to the pandemic,” said Ryan Messner, a spokesperson with Craft Beer Fest’s organizing group, the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association.  “This is the tasting experience of the year in one of Illinois’ most historic towns!”  

Long Grove’s picturesque backdrop helps set this beer festival apart from the rest.  The event gives ticketholders the opportunity to visit any brewer’s stations as much as they’d like to sample freshly brewed suds and get brewing wisdom from the pourer.  Along with beers and local wines from participating vendors, Craft Beer Fest will feature live music and food vendor options from hometown favorites.  

Event Summary Detail: 

Tickets (21 and over):     
•    Full Access – $40 early bird in advance through March 31st or $50 thereafter, available through the website link below.  
•    Non-Drinker / Designated Driver – $10 (includes unlimited water) 

Location: Stempel Parking Lot in front of Buffalo Creek Brewing, 360 Historical Lane, Long Grove, IL 60047

Website: https://longgrove.org/festivals/craftbeerfest/ 

GSN Alert: Evan Williams American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund Opens 2022 Grant Applications

The Evan Williams American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund application period for the 2022 Veteran Community Action grants is now open. Eligible nonprofits that serve the veteran community can apply now through April 1, 2022 for the one-time grants.

As an American-made and American-owned Bourbon, Evan Williams is proud to support U.S. military veterans through the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund. First established in 2020, the fund continues the brand’s support of veteran communities since launching the Evan Williams American-Made Heroes program and limited-edition label in 2015. To date, Evan Williams has recognized 42 veteran heroes on its American Hero Edition bottles and donated $450,000 to nonprofits. For the third consecutive year through the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund, Evan Williams will be donating up to $75,000 to veteran causes with each grant totaling between $4,000 to $6,000.

The purpose of the foundation is to provide a platform for sharing inspiring veteran stories, raising public awareness for causes impacting the veteran community, and supporting nonprofit organizations that help veterans and their families through a specialized grant program. To learn more about the organizations eligible for support, or to apply for a Veteran Community Action grant, visit https://american-madeheroes.com/grant.php.

GSN Alert: Spend Your Summer as Sierra Nevada’s Chief Strainge Officer

Today, more and more people are rejecting the traditional 9-5 corporate job and instead are pursuing careers based on causes and projects they’re passionate about. For those folks seeking purpose and adventure, Sierra Nevada is announcing a brand-new job position that will be impossible to pass up. 

Sierra Nevada is hiring a “Chief Strainge Officer” to spend their summer touring the Golden Coast with Sierra Nevada’s Strainge Beast hard kombucha brand. Not only will they get to drive the Strainge Beast van and capture content for social media, but they will receive unlimited hard kombucha for a year, music festival tickets, plane tickets to anywhere in the world, an adventure stipend AND a salary of $10K per month during the tour! 

This job search will be announced and open on March 9th to anyone in the US over the age of 21 with a valid driver’s license and a unique passion for travel and strainge adventures.

  • HOW TO APPLY: Applications open March 9th and will stay open until the position is filled – click here to apply 
  • WHEN: May – August 2022 (for a training period and the summer tour) 
  • WHO: Anyone over 21 with a valid driver’s license and a unique passion for travel and strainge adventures 
  • TOP PERKS:  
    • $10K / month salary during the tour  
    • $200 Adventure Stipend to spend in each city of the tour on your days off (8 total cities) 
    • Two plane tickets to anywhere in the world (up to $5,000) to conclude this epic job assignment and help fund your next strainge adventure 
    • A year’s worth of Strainge Beast hard kombucha 
    • Attendance at Outside Lands Festival in SF with Strainge Beast 

GSN Alert: Estrella Jalisco “Vive Tu Estrella” 100k Grant

Estrella Jalisco, the beer brand with over 100 years of Mexican brewing tradition, is introducing a “Vive Tu Estrella” grant to empower one person to quit an unfulfilling job and pursue their true life’s passion. The grant is part of Estrella Jalisco’s new “Vive Tu Estrella” advertising campaign, which challenges its community to dare to live their lives authentically.

The campaign includes 6, 15 and 30 second videos that spotlight the courage of first generation Mexican Americans who dare to “live their star” by being true to who they are in a collection of powerful vignettes – including a baile sonidero with a performer who boldly asserts his own style and an aspiring chef who proudly shows off his skills to his family.

According to a Pew Research study, Hispanics — especially first generation Mexican- Americans — are among the most likely to be employed in the U.S., with 80 percent holding a job. However, according to the Urban Institute, the average working Hispanic American is more likely than other racial or ethnic groups to hold a low-skilled job, which correlates with lower job satisfaction across the board.

With the “Great Resignation” in full effect — and surveys reporting that over 50% of Hispanic workers are planning to change their career or resign their job this next year — Estrella Jalisco is giving away a $100K grant, worth about twice the average American’s salary. The goal? To supply one person with the peace of mind to truly “live their star.” One person will win the contest, and we hope many will find the inspiration to chase their dreams.

“At Estrella Jalisco, we want to support the bold, the authentic, and the daring within our community. That’s why we’re excited to launch our ‘Vive Tu Estrella Grant’ which is tailored to empower one lucky winner to live out their true passion and career goals,” says Kelsey Willis, Brand Director of Estrella Jalisco at Anheuser-Busch.

To provide the winner of the “Vive Tu Estrella” grant with the tools necessary to pursue their true calling in life, Estrella Jalisco is partnering with The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), a national nonprofit dedicated to the employment, development, and advancement of current and aspiring Latino professionals.

“We’re thrilled to take part in Estrella Jalisco’s ‘Vive Tu Estrella’ grant, as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary. Our mission has always been to propel the advancement of current and aspiring Latino professionals, so we love the idea of empowering someone with the means to chase their true passion and career goals like leadership coaching,” explains Kimberly Gutierrez, Director of Leadership Programs at The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement.

Estrella Jalisco invites people who dare to live their star to apply for the “Vive Tu Estrella” grant. Tell us in one sentence what dream you would pursue in a heartbeat using hashtag #ViveTuEstrella for a chance to win $100k to pursue your passion. Submissions will be accepted from March 3, 2022 through March 18, 2022.

For more information, follow @EstrellaJalisco on TwitterFacebook and Instagram

GSN Alert: The USBG Foundation’s Wellspring Program is Back!

The USBG Foundation’s Wellspring Program is back and we are excited to announce that in August 2022 the program will be visiting the emerald isle itself, Ireland!

This program engages bar industry professionals in knowledge building and charitable activities around the world. Over several days in August 2022 participants will receive a locally-focused comprehensive alcohol beverage education, explore the culture of Ireland, and engage in charitable work to give back to the community they are visiting. 

If you are an active bar industry professional with alcohol beverage service experience, you are eligible to apply to attend and participate in the Wellspring Program. You do not need to be a member of the USBG to apply or participate in a USBG Foundation program. 

Apply today at www.usbgfoundation.org/wellspring. Application is open March 1 – May 31, 2022.

GSN Alert: Lush Life East Coast Econo Tour This Spring

Econo is back!

We are hitting the road and bringing education, cocktails, and community to markets all over the country. The education and events in each city are offered cost-free thanks to our brand partners and friends in cities around the country. Please note that we will be observing each city’s Covid-19 regulations and guidance, along with our own policies which include the requirement for full Covid-19 vaccination including boosters.

Econo Mission

Econo aims to disrupt and challenge norms in the hospitality industry by bringing top-level educators and focused topics to bar professionals in their hometowns while simultaneously encouraging activism, creating safe spaces, advocating for labor rights, and arming hospitality professionals with the tools they need to progress in their careers.

Econo Goals

  • Reimagine what bar education can be and who gets access to it.
  • Democratize professional hospitality education through local offerings, free/low-cost events, and highlighting overlooked and marginalized individuals.
  • Disrupt current cocktail/bar programming by offering more accessible and thoughtful opportunities for our guests and partners.
  • Amplifying our work through social media, video and photo work, and sharing content from our time on the road.
  • Empower hospitality professionals to educate themselves no only on hospitality norms and culinary techniques but also diversify programming to include social issues, activism, and labor concerns.
  • Introduce bar professionals to spirits, techniques, and brands they may have less exposure to and experience with.
  • Provide networking opportunities for bar professionals both locally and across our network.
  • Establish the boundaries in the hospitality industry for gathering post-pandemic.
  • Offer a social outlet and some joy after two years without.

You can find tickets on the Econo Eventbrite page.

Where We’re Going 2022

Chicago 3/27
Louisville 3/29
Nashville 3/30
Atlanta 4/3
Charleston 4/4
Charlotte 4/5
Washington D.C. 4/10
New York 4/12

Daily Itinerary

9 am-10 am Coffee Pop-Up

10 am-4 pm Bar Education Classes + Wellness Opportunities

7 pm-10 pm Pop-Up Cocktail + Community Bar

#econo #lushlife

GSN Alert: Shochu Cocktail Week – Presented by Kagoshima, Miyazaki, Oita, Kumamoto Prefectures

To celebrate Japan’s original craft spirit, the Kagoshima, Miyazaki, Oita, Kumamoto Prefectures have partnered with some of the best bars across the country, and avid shochu admirers, to create a week dedicated to nothing but Shochu cocktails from March 1-14, 2022. 

One of the best-kept secrets from Japan, their native distilled spirit, shochu, has been taking the U.S. and its bartenders by storm. The participating bars will showcase their individual flavor and cocktail flair for Shochu Cocktail Week by incorporating shochu from different Japanese regionalities and ingredients into a special, limited-time cocktail menu unique to their venue. Those curious to experience Shochu Cocktail Week can visit any of the below locations during March 1-14 to order the unique shochu cocktails created. 

 The participating Shochu Cocktail Week 2022 Bars include:

  • Austin
    • Half Step (Chris Bostick)
    • Daijoubu at Drink.Well (Caer Maiko)
  • Chicago
    • Bar Kumiko (Julia Momose)
  • New York
    • Martiny’s (Takuma Watanabe)
    • Patent Pending (Nikola Nikoletic)
    • Rule of Thirds (Brian Evans)
    • Bar Goto (Kenta Goto)
  • San Francisco
    • PABU (Aaron Plein)
    • Kona Street Market (Kevin Diedrich)
  • Washington D.C
    • Silver Lyan (Vlad Novikov)

Shochu – not to be confused with the Korean spirit soju – is a distilled Japanese spirit produced and consumed in the country for over 500 years. Using up to 55 different raw and processed ingredients, the most common base for shochu is barley, rice, sweet potato, molasses, buckwheat, and brown sugar.

A highly versatile spirit, shochu is as nuanced as wine with unique flavor profiles stemming from the terroir and other factors. Traditional pouring styles range from being served straight, on the rocks, or long with tonic or soda. Bartenders are using shochu more and more in classic cocktails, particularly the Martini and Negroni. Its typical ABV of 25%-30% is another advantage for bartenders to experiment with flavor and simultaneously present a well-rounded cocktail without overwhelming alcohol content.

To learn more about Shochu Cocktail Week, the participating bars, and their shochu cocktails and recipes, visit shochu.guide/shochu-cocktail-week for more details. 

#shochucocktailweek

GSN Alert: 2022 Bartender in Residence Accepting Nominations

In 2018, Punch launched the Bartender in Residence (BIR) program with a simple mission: Elevate and amplify rising talent in the bartending community through a combination of editorial coverage, social media, experiences and more. Since its inception, we’ve produced over two dozen events and spotlighted 35 bartenders who have gone on to create their own programs, advocate for a more inclusive industry and launch a variety of nonprofits.

We are now on the lookout for members to join the BIR Class of 2022, and for the first time ever we’re opening up the selection process to nominations. BIR endeavors to spotlight talented individuals—from dive bars to hotel bars—who are moving drink culture forward, both behind the bar and beyond it. They are, in short, the future of bartending.

Does this sound like someone you know? Nominate them! Does this sound like you? Nominate yourself! Fill out the forms by March 22, 2022. (Nominees must be based in the United States and at least 21 years of age.)

GSN Alert: Tales of the Cocktail Foundation opens nominations for the 2022 Spirited Awards

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) is pleased to announce the opening of the 16th annual Spirited Awards® nomination period from February 15-March 8, 2022. Founded in 2007 to celebrate excellence in the drinks industry, the Spirited Awards has become one of the most internationally revered accolades, recognizing beverage professionals, products, establishments, journalists, and media across every facet of the global spirits and cocktail industry. In partnership with Forbes, the Spirited Awards official media partner, TOTCF will honor recipients during the Tales of the Cocktail® (TOTC) conference, which is returning for an in-person celebration in New Orleans from July 25-29, 2022.

The Spirited Awards are comprised of industry accolades, both domestic and international, writing and media awards, and select, overall awards that transcend regionality including World’s Best Cocktail Bar and World’s Best Cocktail Menu.

“Each year it is our distinct privilege to recognize the ingenuity and excellence of the cocktail community by presenting the TOTCF Spirited Awards, and this year feels particularly poignant given how hard our industry has been working,” said TOTCF CEO Eileen Wayner. “We are so appreciative of the dedication and tenacity of the beverage community, and we are honored to continue shining a light on the achievements of our colleagues through this recognition of the Spirited Awards.”

2022 Spirited Awards Changes and Updates 

In an effort to continually evolve alongside the dynamic cocktail community, the Spirited Awards Committee has thoughtfully reviewed the awards program and has implemented a number of changes to the 2022 process. This year’s Spirited Awards nomination process will return to recognizing the previously accredited categories such as the “establishments,” “people,” “books,” and “writing and media” categories; however, taking into consideration the impacts of COVID-19 over the past two years, the Spirited Awards Co-Chairs have agreed to retire the “Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar” and “Best U.S. High Volume Cocktail Bar” awards. Moving forward, bars that were previously considered for this category will now fall under either the “Best International/U.S. Cocktail Bar,” “Best International/U.S. Hotel Bar,” or “Best International/U.S. Restaurant Bar.” Additionally, while the Philanthropy Award has honored many outstanding efforts, it will also be retired from the Spirited AwardsAn overwhelming volume of remarkable people, organizations, brands and establishments have stepped up since the onset of the global pandemic to help the industry navigate this crisis; however, the TOTCF team recognizes that it’s so many more than could possibly be formally awarded. .

In August 2020, in the midst of nomination announcements, TOTCF made the decision to update its policy surrounding repeat winners. Recognizing that past Spirited Award winners have been honored for their achievements and will remain in the revered echelon of veteran winners, TOTCF decided to ensure that others who have not yet had this recognition would have the sole opportunity to be awarded for their work. Thus, previous Spirited Award winners are not eligible for a subsequent win for the same concept and category. Also, moving forward, if a bar has previously won “World’s Best Bar,” they are no longer eligible to win another Spirited Award, except for the “Timeless” award (which is selected through a different set of criteria).

As an additional change in 2022, the Timeless awards will now accept public nominations.

Nominations, Timeline, and Categories

The open-call nomination period for the “establishments”, “people”, and “writing & media” categories will run from February 15-March 8, 2022. The Regional Honoree list will be published in May, and the Top 10 lists will be announced in early June, with the Top 4 Finalists announced in late June.

The 16th annual Spirited Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, July 28, 2022, in partnership with the Tales of the Cocktail 2022 host venue, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. Additional details will follow.

2022 Spirited Awards Categories Open for Public Nomination:

  • (International/U.S.) Bartender of the Year
  • Best (International/U.S.) Bar Mentor
  • Best (International/U.S.) Brand Ambassador
  • Best (International/U.S.) Bar Team
  • Best (International/U.S.) Cocktail Bar
  • Best (International/U.S.) Hotel Bar
  • Best (International/U.S.) Restaurant Bar
  • Best New (International/U.S.) Cocktail Bar
  • Timeless (International/U.S.) Award
  • World’s Best Cocktail Menu
  • World’s Best Spirits Selection
  • Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient
  • Best Cocktail & Spirits Writing
  • Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication
  • Best Broadcast, Podcast, or Online Video Series
  • Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book
  • Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History, or Spirits
  • Pioneer Award

The nomination form, which is also open for self-nominations, can be found on the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation website. It only takes one nomination to be considered for the 2022 Spirited Awards, and all nominations are accepted and encouraged. 

Spirited Awards Committee 

Spirited Awards® Committee Members are a collective of revered bartenders, bar owners, educators, and writers from across the globe entrusted with the meaningful decision of evaluating nominees based on a set of structured criteria. Drawing on their years of experience and their knowledge of the current work happening locally, nationally, and internationally, together the committee judges and evaluates nominees from far and wide to ensure that the Spirited Awards represent the range and magnitude of the global drinks industry. The Spirited Awards is not based on popular vote and all nominations are evaluated by their respective judging committees, even a single vote carries equal weight in the evaluation process.

“The Spirited Awards are supported by a broad pool of industry judges from across the globe,” said Spirited Awards Overall Chair Charlotte Voisey. “We are so grateful for their professional opinion and their objectivity, which are so crucial to the process of celebrating excellence in all of its forms throughout the cocktail world.”

Winners will be selected by a panel of over 100 industry experts, led by the following Chairs and Co-Chairs:

  • Spirited Awards Overall Chair
    • Charlotte Voisey
  • Spirited Awards International Chair
    • Jacob Briars
  • Timeless Co-Chair
    • Christine Sismondo
    • Colin Asare-Appiah
  • Asia Pacific Co-Chairs
    • Lorenzo Antinori
    • Pankaj Balachandran
    • Hayley Morison
    • Charmaine Thio
  • Canada Co-Chairs
    • Evelyn Chick
    • Sabrine Dhaliwal
  • Europe Co-Chairs
    • Guiseppe Gallo
    • Nicola Riske
  • Latin America & Caribbean Co-Chairs
    • Camille Austin
    • Jean Trinh
    • Tato Giovannini
  • Middle East & Africa Co-Chairs
    • Cassandra Eichhoff
    • Richard Irwin
  • U.S. Central Co-Chairs
    • Bridget Albert
    • Steva Casey
  • U.S. East Co-Chairs
    • Laura Cullen
    • Andy Seymour
  • U.S. West Co-Chairs
    • Kiowa Bryan
    • Mary Palac
  • Writing & Media Co-Chairs
    • François Monti
    • Paul Clarke
    • Matthew Rowley
    • Sandrae Lawrence

To learn more about the Spirited Awards Committee and awards criteria, please visit the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation’s Spirited Awards page.

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation Spirited Awards® and Forbes 

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is pleased to share that Forbes is returning as the official media partner for the 2022 Spirited Awards and currenly partners with the organization on editorial exploration of the interactive Spirited Awards Directory, as well as key themes and industry trends for the year.

TOTC 2022: Join Us in New Orleans for a Celebration of “Progress”

To toast the momentous 20-year anniversary of TOTC, the conference will return with a curated lineup of seminars, events, and, of course, imbibing all in the name of “progress” — the festival’s official 2022 theme. Chosen for its recognition of the nimble and adaptive development of the drinks industry, “Progress” showcases the transformative atmosphere and nature of the resilient cocktail community.

As a gracious offering to guests who want to join in celebrating 20 years of cocktail education and networking, Tales of the Cocktail’s 2022 official host hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans has provided a room block and special rate for attendees. The online reservation platform can be accessed via the Marriott website, here.

Please follow along for additional information on the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation websiteInstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

GSN Alert: Bar Ilegal kicks off February 11th in the Catskills of New York

Curious about what pairs best with mezcal? Beginning this weekend, Ilegal is bringing back Bar Ilegal, their international pop-up tour that transforms the space it’s in to look and feel like the brand’s birthplace – Guatemala’s famed watering hole and music hub – Café No Sé. 

Bar Ilegal kicked off February 11th in the Catskills at the Washington Irving Inn in Hunter, NY . For four weekends, Ilegal Mezcal will bring specialty food + beverages from top NYC accounts, live music, tattoo artists and everything you need to know about mezcal to one place. It is the ultimate Ilegal experience, and anyone (21+) is welcome to join to deepen their understanding of mezcal and the Ilegal lifestyle, and stay for the music and damn good drinks. 

Schedule: 

  • February 11-12
    • Drinks and food by Ponyboy (Based in Brooklyn, NY)
  • February 18-19
  • February 25-26
    • Drinks and food by Aldama (Based in Brooklyn, NY)
  • March 4-5

After the month-long pop-up in the Catskills, Bar Ilegal will head to Florida, California, Texas and other U.S. cities for pop-ups over the next few months, which SUSU will also attend. Ilegal has put on Bar Ilegal since 2012 and looks forward to the opportunity to get more people excited about mezcal and the Ilegal lifestyle. 

Ilegal was founded with music at its core: CEO John Rexer founded the brand after years of smuggling small-batch mezcal from Oaxaca to Guatemala for Café No Sé, Rexer’s clandestine bar and music hub that features live music 365 days a year. 

Artistry is in everything Ilegal does, from how it’s made (“Sin Prisa,” meaning without rush or hurry), to what it stands for (creativity, freedom, adventure and compassion) and to what the brand supports (Ilegal helped SUSU record their first album and believes in the power of music + mezcal to break down borders between people).