GSN Alert: 2021 Spirited Awards® Winners

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) is honored to announce the 2021 Spirited Awards® winners for the Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award, Pioneer Award, Timeless U.S. Award, Timeless International Award, and the five Writing and Media awards. Founded in 2007 to celebrate excellence in the drinks industry, the Spirited Awards have become one of the most globally revered accolades, recognizing beverage professionals, brands, media, journalists, and establishments across all areas of the cocktail industry. This year, the 15th annual Spirited Awards ceremony was broadcast LIVE from Jewel of the South in New Orleans on Thursday, September 23 at 4pm CST. The ceremony is available for global viewing on the Tales of the Cocktail® 2021 digital platform. As the Spirited Awards official media partner, Forbes will continue to share additional coverage on key themes and industry trends for 2021 on Forbes.com.

 

2021 Spirited Awards®  Winners:  

2021 Writing and Media Spirited Awards® Winners:

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation Announces Dame Hall of Fame® Inductees and the Final Round of 2020 Spirited Awards® Winners

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) is honored to share the final round of winners for the 14th annual Spirited Awards®. Founded in 2007, the Spirited Awards recognize beverage professionals, products, and establishments across every facet of the global spirits and cocktail community. The award categories celebrate a range of talent ㄧ from bartenders, brands and ambassadors to journalists and media ㄧ to ensure each aspect of the industry is well represented and recognized for their contributions.

For the first time in history, the Spirited Awards occured in an exclusively digital format as part of Tales of the Cocktail®’s free global conference. This year’s conference bears the theme “catalyst,” meaning “to spark change,” and this year’s winners represent a global class of changemakers. The first round of winners were announced by Overall Chair Charlotte Voisey on Monday, September 21 at 9:30AM CT on the Foundation’s digital platform. The Raise a Glass: 2020 Spirited Awards Preshow was hosted today, September 24, at 3PM CT, featuring engaging discussions and live Q&As with nearly all of the Spirited Award winners, hosted by Ian Burrell and Lynnette Marrero.

The Spirited Awards ceremony was hosted at 4PM CT today and those recognitions and winners are featured in full below.

Philanthropy Recognitions presented by Santa Teresa 1796 Rum

Hope & Sesame — Guangzhou, China

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation — New York, NY

COVID19 Employee Assistance Directive — Melbourne, Australia

Best American Bar Mentor presented by BarSmarts

Don Lee 

American Bartender of the Year presented by Pernod Ricard

Kevin Diedrich — Pacific Cocktail Haven, San Francisco, CA

Best International Bar Mentor presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Alex Kratena 

International Bartender of the Year presented by Martini & Rossi

Kelsey Ramage —  Supernova Ballroom, Toronto, Canada

Pioneer Award presented by Diageo Bar Academy

Shannon Mustipher

Timeless American presented by Q Mixers

Angel’s Share — New York, NY

Timeless International presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Boadas Cocktails — Barcelona, Spain

Helen David Lifetime Achievement presented by William Grant & Sons

Audrey Saunders

The Dame Hall of Fame ceremony, in partnership with Spirit Forward by Bacardi Womxn in Leadership, was hosted at 12PM CT today and those recognitions and winners are featured in full below.

Dame Hall of Fame 2020 InducteesAmerican Inductee

Tiffanie Barriere

International Inductee

Tess Posthumus

“Congratulations to this year’s winners,” shared Caroline Rosen, Tales of the Cocktail Foundation President. “In a year that has caused us to all contemplate so much, there is no question that these individuals and establishments are worthy of celebration on a global stage. Their contributions are advancing this industry forward at a much needed time for change and we are honored to have the opportunity to recognize them.”

A number of changes were applied to this year’s Spirited Awards. For the first time in Tales history, the Pioneer Award Winner and the Dame Hall of Fame American and International inductees, historically part of Dame Hall of Fame®, were announced during the Spirited Awards. Dame Hall of Fame is a celebration of leaders who have made unique and lasting contributions to the global hospitality industry. Established in 2012, it serves to acknowledge and encourage mentorship throughout the beverage and hospitality industries. In an effort to make the Dame Hall of Fame more inclusive to the LGBTQIA+ community and other marginalized groups within the global drinks community, Tales of the Cocktail Foundation has chosen to move towards use of the word individual as opposed to woman. In 2020, Tales of the Cocktail Foundation® and Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC) made the decision to elevate the awards on the mainstage by naming one American Inductee, one International Inductee, and one Pioneer Award Winner who has positively impacted the hospitality industry through this unprecedented time on the main stage during the annual Spirited Awards.

Separately, the Foundation updated its Spirited Awards eligibility rules to no longer allow repeat winners. This means that if an individual has won a specific Spirited Award in the past, they are no longer eligible to win that same award in the future. The goal in enacting this change is to acknowledge that past Spirited Award winners have received honor and recognition for their achievement, and at the same time, provide more opportunities for others to be awarded for their work. This policy went into effect after this year’s Top 10 announcement; therefore,any Top 10 nominees who had previously won in that category became ineligible for the Top 4 list. This new rule does not apply in the same way to media and writing categories, which focus on specific bodies of work versus individuals.

In addition, the Foundation made the decision not to name a winner this year for the Spirited Awards World’s Best Bar category. Lockdowns and travel restrictions during the pandemic presented challenges for judges who were less able to visit the finalists in the running for this award. This decision supports the Foundation’s commitment to ensuring that the Spirited Awards are equitable and fair this year and beyond.

“The winners announced today represent such talent and hard work in our industry.  Today we celebrate their excellence as well as the opportunities to spread their knowledge further, through mentorship, to more communities within the bar world,” added Overall Spirited Awards Chair, Charlotte Voisey.

The Foundation’s Digital Playbill articulates changes to this year’s awards, provides highlights on this year’s nominees and provides insight on the judging process from Spirited Awards Co-Chairs. For more information, please visit www.talesofthecocktail.org

GSN Alert: Tales of the Cocktail Foundation Announces Top 4 Finalists for the 2020 Spirited Awards®

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (August 24, 2020) — Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) is honored to debut this year’s Top 4 Finalists for the 14th annual Spirited Awards®. Founded in 2007, the Spirited Awards celebrate beverage professionals, products, and establishments across every facet of the global spirits and cocktail community. The award categories spotlight a range of talent from bartenders, journalists, and brand ambassadors, to brands and media, to ensure each aspect of the industry is well represented and recognized for its contributions.

This year the Foundation and its Co-Chairs have made some changes to champion this community more thoughtfully. The Best Bar Mentor category was expanded in order to recognize additional mentors worldwide who continue to nurture and inspire others. Previously, one mentor was selected annually, and now there are American and International recipients. Further, the Pioneer Award (which since its inception in 2012 has lived within the annual “Dame Hall of Fame,” program) has now been folded into the Spirited Awards. This decision was made in order to amplify the accomplishments of individuals who have made unique and lasting contributions to the accessibility and intersectionality of the global drinks community over their careers. Additionally, the “Philanthropy Award,” which was first introduced as a single award in 2019, will be used as a platform to highlight examples of the altruistic work that so many organizations and individuals are undertaking in the wake of the COVID-19 global health crisis.

After much consideration and discussion with the Spirited Awards Committee, the Foundation has made the decision to update its policy around repeat winners. Its goal in doing so is to acknowledge that past Spirited Award winners have received honor and recognition for their achievements, and the Foundation wants to ensure that others who have not yet had this recognition have the opportunity to be awarded for their work in 2019 and beyond. This policy went into effect after this year’s Top 10 announcement, which means that this year’s Top 10 nominees who had previously won the category they were again nominated for were determined ineligible for the Top Four Finalist list. Moreover, moving forward, if a bar has previously won “World’s Best Bar,” they are no longer eligible to win another Spirited Award, except for “Timeless” or “Philanthropy” (which are selected through a different set of criteria).

These new rules affected a handful of Top 10 nominees this year. As such, the Spirited Awards judges had to re-cast their votes for those categories in order to determine the new Top 4 Finalists. Mandating this change in the middle of the judging process was not easy. The Foundation believes it is imperative to ensure the Spirited Awards process is more transparent, equitable and fair. In the coming months, the Foundation will announce additional changes to the submission and judging process, designed to make the Spirited Awards more inclusive and accessible for all.

“For many months now, we debated whether an awards ceremony is what the world needs right now,” shared Caroline Rosen, President of Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. “Ultimately, we decided yes, we do need to continue to celebrate the resilience of our peers. Doubling down on philanthropic recognition and introducing categories that more accurately depict the range of voices contributing to the progress of our industry in meaningful ways — these are just a few of many steps forward we’re looking to make as an organization. Changing policies mid-awards cycle and recasting votes was a very difficult decision that we do not take lightly, but our hope is that it will create a more equitable and fair structure for all nominees.”

For the first time in history, the Spirited Awards will exist in an entirely digital format with a robust digital playbill spotlighting changes to this year’s awards, information on the nominees and insight into the process employed by Spirited Awards Co-Chairs. TOTCF will leverage its social media and digital platforms to celebrate global excellence. This will occur in two phases: a September 21 rollout of specific category winners via Tales’ website and a pre-recorded digital ceremony for select categories on September 24 (categories and dates denoted below). Given the volume of categories, spreading winner announcements out over the course of the Tales of the Cocktail® 2020 week will enable the organization to more thoroughly spotlight the winners and their work on the organization’s channels.

The Raise a Glass: 2020 Spirited Awards Preshow will be hosted on September 24th at 3pm CST and the awards presentation will begin at 4pm CST. For more information, visit www.talesofthecocktail.org.

2020 Spirited Awards Top 4 Finalists (listed in alphabetical order)*:

AMERICAN CATEGORIES

Best American Bar Team presented by William Grant & Sons

Winner announced on September 21

  • Café La Trova — Miami, FL
  • Jewel of the South — New Orleans, LA
  • Nickel City — Austin, TX
  • Pacific Cocktail Haven — San Francisco, CA

Best American Bar Mentor presented by BarSmarts

Winner announced at the Spirited Awards Ceremony on September 24

  • Bridget Albert
  • Alex Day
  • Lynn House
  • Don Lee

American Bartender of the Year presented by Pernod Ricard

Winner announced at the Spirited Awards Ceremony on September 24

  • Kevin Diedrich — Pacific Cocktail Haven, San Francisco, CA
  • Mary Palac — Paper Plane, San Jose, CA
  • Masahiro Urushido — Katana Kitten, New York, NY
  • Christine Wiseman — Broken Shaker, Los Angeles, CA

Best American Brand Ambassador presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Winner announced on September 21

  • Tad Carducci — Amaro Montenegro
  • Vance Henderson — Hendrick’s Gin
  • Robin Nance — Beam Suntory
  • Dominic Venegas — Pernod Ricard USA

Best American Cocktail Bar presented by Pernod Ricard

Winner announced on September 21

  • Best Intentions — Chicago, IL
  • Katana Kitten — New York, NY
  • Pacific Cocktail Haven — San Francisco, CA
  • Raised by Wolves — San Diego, CA

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar presented by Diageo Bar Academy

Winner announced on September 21

  • ABV — San Francisco, CA
  • Anvil Bar & Refuge — Houston, TX
  • Café La Trova — Miami, FL
  • Nickel City — Austin, TX

Best American Hotel Bar presented by Diageo Bar Academy

Winner announced on September 21

  • Death & Co at the Ramble Hotel — Denver, CO
  • Libertine Social at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino — Las Vegas, NV
  • Mr. COCO at the Palms Casino Resort — Las Vegas, NV
  • The Spare Room at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel — Los Angeles, CA

Best American Restaurant Bar presented by Woodford Reserve 

Winner announced on September 21

  • Cleaver — Las Vegas, NV
  • Jewel of the South — New Orleans, LA
  • Jimmy’s — Aspen, CO
  • The Silver Dollar — Louisville, KY

Best New American Cocktail Bar presented by Elijah Craig

Winner announced on September 21

  • Bar Goto Niban — Brooklyn, NY
  • Century Grand — Phoenix, AZ
  • Silver Lyan — Washington, D.C.
  • Thunderbolt — Los Angeles, CA

INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES

Best International Bar Team presented by House of Angostura 

Winner announced on September 21

  • La Factoría — San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • MAYBE SAMMY — Sydney, Australia
  • The Clumsies — Athens, Greece
  • The Connaught Bar — London, UK

Best International Bar Mentor presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Winner announced at the Spirited Awards Ceremony on September 24

  • Simone Caporale
  • Alex Kratena
  • Lauren Mote
  • Agostino Perrone

International Bartender of the Year presented by Martini & Rossi

Winner announced at the Spirited Awards Ceremony on September 24

  • Bannie Kang — MU, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Kelsey Ramage —  Supernova Ballroom, Toronto, Canada
  • Rémy Savage — Le Syndicat, Paris, France
  • Kaitlyn Stewart — Royal Dinette, Vancouver, Canada

Best International Brand Ambassador presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Winner announced on September 21

  • Camille Austin — Casa Lumbre Spirits
  • Martin Hudák — Mr Black Spirits
  • Daniyel Jones — The House of Angostura
  • Dave Mitton — Lot No. 40 & J.P. Wiser’s Canadian Whisky

Best International Cocktail Bar presented by Tequila Fortaleza

Winner announced on September 21

  • Floreria Atlántico — Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • MAYBE SAMMY — Sydney, Australia
  • Native — Singapore
  • Swift — London, UK

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar presented by Beam Suntory

Winner announced on September 21

  • La Factoría — San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Licorería Limantour — Mexico City, Mexico
  • Panda & Sons — Edinburgh, Scotland
  • The Baxter Inn — Sydney, Australia

Best International Hotel Bar presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation 

Winner announced on September 21

  • Fifty Mils at the Four Seasons Hotel — Mexico City, Mexico
  • Punch Room at The London EDITION — London, UK
  • Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood Hotel — London, UK
  • The Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental — Bangkok, Thailand

Best International Restaurant Bar presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Winner announced on September 21

  • ámaZ — Lima, Peru
  • Le Mary Celeste — Paris, France
  • Sexy Fish — London, UK
  • Sober Company — Shanghai, China

Best New International Cocktail Bar presented by Perrier

Winner announced on September 21

  • BYRDI — Melbourne, Australia
  • Kwānt — London, UK
  • Tayēr + Elementary — London, UK
  • Tres Monos — Buenos Aires, Argentina

WRITING & MEDIA CATEGORIES

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Winner announced on September 21

  • DRiNK Magazine Asia
  • Half Full
  • The Spirits Business
  • VinePair

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writing presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Winner announced on September 21

  • “Mixopedia: Under Foot” by Wayne Curtis for Imbibe
  • “JaNee: Where is She Now” by Aaron Goldfarb for PUNCH
  • “Can There Be Terroir in Spirits?” by Kara Newman for Wine Enthusiast
  • “The Case for Drinking Scotch in Tiki Cocktails” by Becky Paskin for The Daily Beast

Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Winner announced on September 21

  • Cocktails with a Twist by Kara Newman
  • The NoMad Cocktail Book by Leo Robitschek
  • The Martini Cocktail: A Meditation on the World’s Greatest Drink, with Recipes by Robert Simonson
  • Minimalist Tiki: A Cocktail Wonk Look at Classic Libations and the Modern Tiki Vanguard by Matt Pietrek and Carrie Smith

Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Winner announced on September 21

  • Drunk in China: Baijiu and the World’s Oldest Drinking Culture by Derek Sandhaus
  • Last Call: Bartenders on Their Final Drink and the Wisdom and Rituals of Closing Time by Brad Thomas Parsons
  • Understanding Spirits: Explaining Style and Quality by Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)
  • Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World by Derek Brown and Robert Yule

Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Winner announced on September 21

  • Difford’s Guide
  • Happy Hour History
  • The Speakeasy
  • WhiskyCast

GLOBAL CATEGORIES

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Winner announced on September 21

  • Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal Las Milpas
  • Heaven Hill 7 Year Bottled-in-Bond
  • Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice
  • Tequila Fortaleza Winter Blend 2019

World’s Best Cocktail Menu presented by Perrier

Winner announced on September 21

  • ATLAS Bar — Singapore
  • Little Red Door — Paris, France
  • Raised by Wolves — San Diego, CA
  • Tayēr + Elementary — London, UK

World’s Best Spirits Selection presented by Beam Suntory

Winner announced on September 21

  • Amor y Amargo – New York, NY
  • Raised by Wolves — San Diego, CA
  • Sexy Fish — London, UK
  • The Office — Chicago, IL

Timeless American Award presented by Q Mixers

  • Angel’s Share — New York, NY

Timeless International Award presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

  • Boadas Cocktails — Barcelona, Spain

*By the time of the Awards, some bars may have closed temporarily or permanently in the wake of the pandemic. Some individuals listed might be furloughed or laid off at the time of the Awards, changing their bar or brand affiliation. The Spirited Awards assess the body of work from the year prior and represents how the individuals, establishments and brands were originally nominated.

The following Awards will be announced on September 24, 2020, during the digital Spirited Awards ceremony: Helen David Lifetime Achievement, presented by William Grant & Sons; Philanthropy, presented by Santa Teresa 1796 Rum; World’s Best Bar, presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation;  and the Pioneer Award, presented by Diageo Bar Academy.

“In this very difficult time in the global industry, it is some rare good news to be able to celebrate the hard work of bartenders and bars around the world,” said Jacob Briars, Spirited Awards International Chair. “My hope is that the Awards this year shine a light on this amazing, resilient community, as well as inspiring the public to visit these great nominees.”

Spirited Awards Chairs:

Below is a list of Spirited Awards Chairs, responsible for overseeing the judging process this year:

Spirited Awards Overall Chair — Charlotte Voisey

Spirited Awards International Chair — Jacob Briars

Central U.S. Co-Chairs —  Bridget Albert, Shaun Traxler

West U.S. Co-Chairs — Kiowa Bryan, Mary Palac

East U.S. Co-Chairs — Laura Cullen, Andy Seymour

Europe Co-Chairs — Guiseppe Gallo, Claire Warner

Canada Co-Chairs — Evelyn Chick, Lauren Mote

Middle East & Africa Co-Chairs — Richard Irwin, Stephanie Simbo

Latin America & Caribbean Co-Chairs — Camille Austin, Tato Giovannini

Asia Pacific Co-Chair — Hayley Morison

Writing & Media Co-Chairs — Paul Clarke, Sandrea Lawrence, Francois Monti, Matthew Rowley

“The Spirited Awards not only unite hospitality at a time when we need it the most, they have allowed us to shine a bright light on the talent, passion and dedication of more incredible parts of the world. Although we may not be able to visit many of these vibrant establishments at the moment, the Awards are a reminder that no matter the distance, we are all united through a love of people, culture, food and drink,” shared Latin American & Carribean Spirited Awards Co-Chair Camille Austin.

JUDGES:

Spirited Awards judges are a collection of respected bartenders, bar owners, educators and writers from across the globe entrusted with this critical calling. Drawing on their years of experience and their knowledge of the current work being done locally, nationally and internationally, together the judges can evaluate nominees from far and wide to ensure that the Spirited Awards represents the breadth and diversity of the global drinks industry. Over the past year, Tales of the Cocktail Foundation worked with the regional chairs to ensure this year’s judging panel would be more geographically diverse and focused on recruiting more judges from mid-sized markets to better represent the range of the industry on a global scale. This is especially evident in the addition of three new Writing & Media Co-Chairs who span the globe for 2020. The Spirited Awards® are not based on popular vote and all nominations will be evaluated by their respective judging committees.

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ABOUT TALES OF THE COCKTAIL FOUNDATION:

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is a non-profit organization that educates, advances and supports the global hospitality industry and creates lasting impact in our host communities. Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is the global leader in spirits education and a platform to tackle issues facing the industry. The pillars of the Foundation are to Educate, Advance and Support the hospitality industry through programs that benefit individuals and organizations in the community and to make a lasting impact in communities that host our events. Tales of the Cocktail® 2020 will be held digitally from September 21 – 24, 2020. For more information on Tales of the Cocktail, please visit www.talesofthecocktail.org

GSN Alert: Top 10 nominees for this year’s Spirited Awards

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) is honored to announce the Top 10 nominees for this year’s Spirited Awards®. The Foundation remains committed to keeping our industry connected during COVID-19 and will host its annual festival and the 14th annual Spirited Awards®  in a primarily digital format this year. The organization is hopeful that come July 21, 2020, the scheduled start of Tales, there will be smaller, in-person events hosted wherever it is safe and advisable to do so in accordance with the CDC and state and local guidance.

Since its founding in 2007, the Spirited Awards® have become one of the most sought-after awards, recognizing beverage professionals, products, and establishments across every facet of the spirits and cocktail community on a global scale. The award categories spotlight a range of talent from bartenders, journalists, and brand ambassadors, to brands and media, to ensure each aspect of the industry is well represented and recognized for its contributions.

This year, a record number of Spirited Awards® submissions were received across all categories with more geographic diversity than we’ve ever seen before — a testament to the hospitality industry’s continued participation in recognizing the incredible hard work and achievements of our colleagues.

2020 Spirited Awards®  Top 10 Nominees (listed in alphabetical order):

AMERICAN CATEGORIES

Best American Bar Team* presented by William Grant & Sons

  • Café La Trova — Miami, FL
  • Existing Conditions — New York, NY
  • Jewel of the South — New Orleans, LA
  • Lost Lake — Chicago, IL
  • Navy Strength — Seattle, WA
  • Nickel City — Austin, TX
  • Pacific Cocktail Haven — San Francisco, CA
  • Paper Plane — San Jose, CA
  • Sweet Liberty — Miami, FL
  • The Roosevelt Room — Austin, TX
  • Williams & Graham — Denver, CO

*Includes 11 nominees due to a tie

Best American Bar Mentor presented by BARSMARTS 

  • Tony Abou-Ganim
  • Bridget Albert
  • Erick Casto
  • Laura Cullen
  • Alex Day
  • Anu Elford
  • Lynn House
  • Don Lee
  • Paul McGee
  • Nectaly Mendoza

American Bartender of the Year presented by Pernod Ricard

  • Kevin Diedrich — Pacific Cocktail Haven, San Francisco, CA
  • Marco Dionysos — ABV, San Francisco, CA
  • Ricky Gomez — Palomar, Portland, OR
  • Chris Hannah — Jewel of the South, New Orleans, LA
  • Alex Jump — Death & Co, Denver, CO
  • Julia Momose — Kumiko, Chicago, IL
  • Mary Palac — Paper Plane, San Jose, CA
  • Ezra Star — Drink, Boston, MA
  • Masahiro Urushido — Katana Kitten, New York, NY
  • Christine Wiseman — Broken Shaker, Los Angeles, CA

Best American Brand Ambassador presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

  • Kiowa Bryan — Spiribam Fine R(h)um Specialists
  • Tad Carducci — Amaro Montenegro
  • Tracie Franklin — Glenfiddich
  • Vance Henderson — Hendrick’s Gin
  • Misty Kalkofen — Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal
  • Robin Nance — Beam Suntory
  • Trevor Schneider — Reyka Vodka
  • Willy Shine — MAST – Jagermeister USA
  • Dominic Venegas — Pernod Ricard USA
  • Daniel Warrilow — Campari America Italian Portfolio

Best American Cocktail Bar presented by Pernod Ricard

  • Bar Goto — New York, NY
  • Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 — New Orleans, LA
  • Best Intentions — Chicago, IL
  • Drink — Boston, MA
  • Katana Kitten — New York, NY
  • Pacific Cocktail Haven — San Francisco, CA
  • Pearl Diver — Nashville, TN
  • Raised by Wolves — San Diego, CA
  • Rob Roy — Seattle, WA
  • Trick Dog — San Francisco, CA

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar presented by Grey Goose

  • ABV — San Francisco, CA
  • Anvil — Houston, TX
  • Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour — Phoenix, AZ
  • Café La Trova — Miami, FL
  • Ghost Donkey — New York, NY
  • Nickel City — Austin, TX
  • Sweet Liberty — Miami, FL
  • The Dead Rabbit — New York, NY
  • The NoMad Bar — New York, NY
  • The Roosevelt Room — Austin, TX

Best American Hotel Bar presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

  • Broken Shaker at Freehand Hotel — Los Angeles, CA
  • Dear Irving on Hudson at the Aliz Hotel — New York, NY
  • Death & Co at the Ramble Hotel — Denver, CO
  • Elephant Bar at the NoMad Hotel — New York, NY
  • Hey Love at The Jupiter — Portland, OR
  • Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club — Miami, FL
  • Libertine Social at the Mandalay Bay — Las Vegas, NV
  • Mr. COCO at the Palms Casino Resort — Las Vegas, NV
  • Proof on Main at 21c Museum Hotel — Louisville, KY
  • The Spare Room at The Hollywood Roosevelt — Los Angeles, CA

Best American Restaurant Bar presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

  • Bad Hunter — Chicago, IL
  • Better Luck Tomorrow — Houston, TX
  • Cleaver — Las Vegas, NV
  • Eleven Madison Park — New York, NY
  • Gramercy Tavern — New York, NY
  • Grey Ghost — Detroit, MI
  • Jewel of the South — New Orleans, LA
  • Jimmy’s — Aspen, CO
  • Otium — Los Angeles, CA
  • The Silver Dollar — Louisville, KY

Best New American Cocktail Bar presented by Heaven Hill

  • Bar Goto Niban — Brooklyn, NY
  • Bar Marilou — New Orleans, LA
  • Belle Époque — New Orleans, LA
  • Boat Drinks — St. Augustine, FL
  • Century Grand — Phoenix, AZ
  • Crown Shy — New York, NY
  • Elda — San Francisco, CA
  • Scotch Lodge — Portland, OR
  • Silver Lyan — Washington, D.C.
  • Thunderbolt — Los Angeles, CA

INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES

Best International Bar Team* presented by House of Angostura

  • Alquímico — Cartagena, Colombia
  • El Copitas Bar — St. Petersburg, Russia
  • La Factoría — San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Lyaness at Sea Containers London — London, UK
  • Manhattan at Regent Singapore — Singapore
  • MAYBE SAMMY — Sydney, Australia
  • Paradiso — Barcelona, Spain
  • Sober Company — Shanghai, China
  • The Clumsies — Athens, Greece
  • The Connaught Bar — London, UK
  • Two Schmucks — Barcelona, Spain

*Includes 11 nominees due to a tie

Best International Bar Mentor presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

  • Simone Caporale
  • Aaron Diaz Olivos
  • Renato Giovannoni
  • Shingo Gokan
  • Alex Kratena
  • Chris Lowder
  • Dre Masso
  • Lauren Mote
  • Agostino Perrone
  • Carina Soto Velasquez

International Bartender of the Year presented by Martini & Rossi

  • Claudia Cabrera — Kaito de Valle, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Andrea Gualdi — Maybe Sammy, Sydney, Australia
  • Bannie Kang — MU, Taipei, Taiwan
  • José Luis León — Ritual H Bars, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Kelsey Ramage —  Supernova Ballroom, Toronto, Canada
  • Remy Savage — Le Syndicat, Paris, France
  • Marcio Silva — Guilhotina Bar, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Kaitlyn Stewart — Royal Dinette, Vancouver, Canada
  • Luke Whearty — Byrdi, Melbourne, Australia
  • Matt Whiley — Scout London & Sydney, UK

Best International Brand Ambassador presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

  • Camille Austin — Casa Lumbre
  • Dickie Cullimore — Bacardi Limited
  • Diego Ferrari — Matusalem Rum
  • Paulo Figueiredo — Ketel One
  • Audrey Hands — Havana Club
  • Martin Hudak — Mr Black Spirits
  • Daniyel Jones — The House of Angostura
  • Dave Mitton — Lot No. 40 & J.P. Wiser’s Canadian Whisky
  • Luca Missaglia — Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto
  • Nicola Riske — The Macallan & Edrington Malts

Best International Cocktail Bar presented by Tequila Fortaleza

  • CARNAVAL — Lima, Peru
  • Floreria Atlántico — Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • MAYBE SAMMY — Sydney, Australia
  • Native — Singapore
  • Paradiso — Barcelona, Spain
  • Speak Low — Shanghai, China
  • Swift — London, UK
  • The Old Man — Hong Kong, China
  • Three Sheets — London, UK
  • Two Schmucks — Barcelona, Spain

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar presented by Beam Suntory

  • Alquímico — Cartagena, Colombia
  • Employees Only — Singapore
  • Freni e Frizioni — Rome, Italy
  • HIMKOK — Oslo, Norway
  • La Factoría — San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Licorería Limantour — Mexico City, Mexico
  • Panda & Sons — Edinburgh, Scotland
  • The Baxter Inn — Sydney, Australia
  • The Clumsies — Athens, Greece
  • Trailer Happiness — London, UK

Best International Hotel Bar presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

  • Artesian at The Langham — London, UK
  • Fifty Mils at the Four Seasons Hotel — Mexico City, Mexico
  • Jigger & Pony at the Amara Hotel — Singapore
  • Lyaness at Sea Containers London — London, UK
  • Punch Room at The London EDITION — London, UK
  • Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood Hotel — London, UK
  • The American Bar at The Savoy Hotel — London, UK
  • The Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental — Bangkok, Thailand
  • The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy Hotel — London, UK
  • The Donovan Bar at the Brown’s Hotel — London, UK

Best International Restaurant Bar presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

  • ámaZ — Lima, Peru
  • Bar Kismet — Halifax, Canada
  • Continental Deli Bar Bistro — Newtown, Australia
  • Le Mary Celeste — Paris, France
  • Restaurant Hubert — Sydney, Australia
  • Sexy Fish — London, UK
  • Sober Company — Shanghai, China
  • SubAstor – São Paulo, Brazil
  • Tippling Club — Singapore
  • Zuma Dubai — Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Best New International Cocktail Bar presented by Stranger & Sons

  • Bar Margaux — Melbourne, Australia
  • Byrdi — Melbourne, Australia
  • Café Ocampo — Mexico City, Mexico
  • Kwānt — London, UK
  • Mother Cocktail Bar — Toronto, Canada
  • No Sleep Club — Singapore
  • Stillife — Montreal, Canada
  • Supernova Ballroom — Toronto, Canada
  • Tayēr + Elementary — London, UK
  • Tres Monos — Buenos Aires, Argentina

WRITING & MEDIA CATEGORIES

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

  • Class Magazine
  • Cocktail Lovers
  • Cocktail Wonk
  • Difford’s Guide
  • DRiNK Magazine Asia
  • Half Full
  • Liquor.com
  • The Daily Expo
  • The Spirits Business
  • VinePair

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writing presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

  • M. Carrie Allan, “Chartreuse liqueur’s popularity has soared. But how do you market the elixir without offending the monks who make it?” The Washington Post
  • Céline Bossart, “Sexism in the Bartending World is Real. Here Are Some Ways to Handle It,” Liquor.com
  • Wayne Curtis, “Mixopedia: Under Foot,” Imbibe
  • Philip Duff, “Duff Said: Unwise Investments,” Drinks International
  • Aaron Goldfarb, “JaNee: Where is She Now,” PUNCH
  • Kara Newman, “Can There Be Terroir in Spirits?” Wine Enthusiast
  • Becky Paskin, “The Case for Drinking Scotch in Tiki Cocktails,” The Daily Beast
  • Matt Pietrek, “Can the U.S Recognize Rum Regulations?” Cocktail Wonk
  • Clay Risen, “Yes, African-Americans Drink Bourbon. You’d Never Know It From the Marketing,” The New York Times 
  • Hamish Smith, “New Yawk Boyz!” Class Magazine

Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

  • Bar Chef: Handcrafted Cocktails By Christiaan Rollich and Carolynn Carreño
  • Cocktails with a Twist by Kara Newman
  • Great Northern Cocktails by Shawn Soole
  • Miami Cocktails: An Elegant Collection of over 100 Recipes Inspired by the Magic City by Gabriel Urrutia
  • Minimalist Tiki: A Cocktail Wonk Look at Classic Libations and the Modern Tiki Vanguard by Matt Pietrek
  • Schofield’s Fine and Classic Cocktails: Celebrated Libations & Other Fancy Drinks by Daniel Schofield and Joe Schofield
  • Sip: 100 Gin Cocktails with Only Three Ingredients by Sipsmith
  • The Martini Cocktail: A Meditation on the World’s Greatest Drink, with Recipes by Robert Simonson
  • The NoMad Cocktail Book by Leo Robitschek
  • Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails by Shannon Mustipher

Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits* presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

  • Amaro Italiano by Matteo Zed
  • Drunk in China: Baijiu and the World’s Oldest Drinking Culture by Derek Sandhaus
  • Last Call: Bartenders on Their Final Drink and the Wisdom and Rituals of Closing Time by Brad Thomas Parsons
  • Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World by Derek Brown and Robert Yule
  • The Complete Whiskey Course: A Comprehensive Tasting School in Ten Classes by Robin Robinson
  • The Tequila Dictionary: An A–Z of All Things Tequila, Mezcal and Agave Spirits by Eric Zandona
  • The World Atlas of Gin: Explore the Gins of More Than 50 Countries by Joel Harrison & Neil Ridley
  • Understanding Spirits: Explaining Style and Quality by WSET

*Due to a limited number of submissions, this category includes less than 10 nominees

Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

  • Difford’s Guide
  • Happy Hour History
  • Life Behind Bars
  • Living Proof: Conversations for Bartenders
  • Post Shift Podcast with Shawn Soole
  • Shift Drink
  • That Boutique-y Broadcasting Company’s Uncorked: Whisky Sessions
  • The Speakeasy
  • What We’re Drinking with Dan Dunn
  • WhiskyCast

GLOBAL CATEGORIES

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

  • Avallen Calvados
  • Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal Las Milpas
  • Empirical Spirits Ayuuk
  • Fever-Tree Refreshingly Light Cucumber Tonic Water
  • Heaven Hill 7 Year Bottled in Bond
  • Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice
  • iichiko Saiten Shochu
  • Mr Black Single Origin Colombia
  • SCHOFIELDS Dry Vermouth
  • Tequila Fortaleza Winter Blend 2019

World’s Best Cocktail Menu presented by Perrier

  • ATLAS Bar — Singapore
  • Dante — New York, NY
  • Little Red Door — Paris, France
  • Lyaness at Sea Containers London — London, UK
  • Panda & Sons — Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Paradiso — Barcelona, Spain
  • Raised by Wolves — San Diego, CA
  • Tayēr + Elementary — London, UK
  • The American Bar at The Savoy Hotel — London, UK
  • The Connaught Bar — London, UK

World’s Best Spirits Selection presented by Beam Suntory

  • Amor Y Amargo – New York, NY
  • Cantina OK! — Sydney, Australia
  • Coupette — London, UK
  • Old Lightning — Los Angeles, CA
  • Raised by Wolves — San Diego, CA
  • Rumba — Seattle, WA
  • Sexy Fish — London, UK
  • Speak Low — Shanghai, China
  • The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy Hotel — London, UK
  • The Office — Chicago, IL

GSN Alert: Tales of the Cocktail 2019 Spirited Award Winners

Congratulations to this year’s winners! Cheers!

 

AMERICAN CATEGORIES

American Bartender of the Year presented by Amaro Montenegro

Julio Cabrera – Cafe La Trova, Miami, FL

Best American Brand Ambassador presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Tim Cooper, Fords Gin

Best American Bar Team presented by William Grant & Sons

Monica Berg – Tayer and Elementary, London, UK

Best American Bar Team presented by William Grant & Sons

Herbs and Rye – Las Vegas, NV

Best American Cocktail Bar presented by Select Aperitivo

Attaboy – New York, NY

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar presented by Grey Goose Vodka

Herbs and Rye – Las Vegas, NV

Best American Hotel Bar presented by Altos Tequila

Compére Lapin at The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery – New Orleans, LA

Best American Restaurant Bar presented by Woodford Reserve

Dante – New York, NY

Best New American Cocktail Bar presented by Elijah Craig Bourbon

Katana Kitten – New York, NY

INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES

International Bartender of the Year presented by BACARDÍ RUM

Monica Berg – Tayer and Elementary, London, UK

Best International Brand Ambassador presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Joe McCanta, Grey Goose

Best International Bar Team presented by The House of Angostura

Licorería Limantour – Mexico City, Mexico

Best International Cocktail Bar presented by Maison Ferrand

Atlas Bar – Singapore

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar presented by Beam Suntory

Schumann’s Bar – Munich, Germany

Best International Hotel Bar presented by Perrier

Manhattan at Regent Singapore – Singapore

Best International Restaurant Bar presented by Peroni Nastro Azzurro

Hawksmoor Spitalfields – London, UK

Best New International Cocktail Bar presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

MAYBE SAMMY – Sydney, Australia

GLOBAL CATEGORIES

Best Bar Mentor presented by BARSMARTS

Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient presented by TABASCO® Brand

Fords Gin Officers’ Reserve

World’s Best Cocktail Menu presented by Wine & Spirit Education Trust

Trick Dog – San Francisco, CA

World’s Best Spirits Selection presented by Beam Suntory

Atlas Bar – Singapore

WRITING & MEDIA CATEGORIES

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

SevenFifty Daily

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Robert Simonson, The New York Times, Imbibe Magazine, PUNCH

Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions by Alex Day, David Kaplan, and Nick Fauchald

Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

A Drinkable Feast: A Cocktail Companion to 1920s Paris by Philip Greene

Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Bartender at Large

 

ADDITIONAL INDUSTRY AWARDS

World’s Best Bar presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Dante – New York, NY

Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award presented by William Grant & Sons

Javier De Las Muelas

Philanthropy Award presented by Santa Teresa 1796 Rum

Speed Rack

Timeless American Award presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Napoleon House – New Orleans, LA

Timeless International Award presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

El Floridita – Havana, Cuba

GSN Alert: Tales on Tour in Puerto Rico, March 10-13, 2019

NEW ORLEANS, LA – October 2, 2018 – Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is honored to announce a special edition of Tales on Tour 2019 will occur in Puerto Rico, in an effort to help the territory rebuild through supporting the region’s spirits community and hospitality industry. The four-day festival will occur from March 10 – 13, 2019. Old San Juan will be the host city for Tales on Tour with Hotel El Convento serving as the host hotel.

Tales on Tour is an annual initiative that partners Tales of the Cocktail Foundation with a domestic or international host city outside of New Orleans to further the foundation’s mission to educate, advance, and support the industry on a global scale.

“As New Orleanians, we live in a city rebuilt on hospitality in the wake of a natural disaster,” shared Gary Solomon, Jr., Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. “New Orleans’ culinary scene was instrumental in New Orleans’ long road to rebuilding and financial recovery. That shared sentiment really drew us to help a sister city through a genuine lens of hospitality.”

The Foundation’s Executive Board, Gary Solomon Jr. and Neal Bodenheimer, along with Executive Director, Caroline Rosen, recently conducted a trip to Puerto Rico to meet with bar owners, spirits professionals, and organizations, like Discover Puerto Rico, firsthand earlier this year. In doing so, they found there is a robust and beloved cocktail scene that, given support and resources, could prove impactful in the territory’s ongoing efforts to rebuild.

One of those bars that solidified the Foundation’s decision to venture to Puerto Rico was La Factoria, a 2018 finalist for a Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award. La Factoria’s team will be a close partner for Tales on Tour 2019, working alongside the Executive Team to host a special takeover event during the festival. Co-founder, Roberto Berdecia shared, “It has been a very tough year and it has been incredible to see all of the support from the outside. Bringing Tales on Tour to Puerto Rico is going to make us feel part of something bigger. Those who come here will feel what we call ‘calor caribeño,’ meaning, make them part of the family!”

Similar to Tales of the Cocktail 2018, Tales on Tour will include a Day of Service, a Day of Education, Beyond the Bar programming centered on mental health and wellness programming, Spirited Dinners, and the organization’s signature Cocktail Apprentice Program.

“We are delighted that Puerto Rico has been chosen to host Tales of The Cocktail on Tour in 2019. There is no better place than Puerto Rico, the rum capital of the world, to bring together thousands of hospitality professionals from around the world and give them the opportunity to discover Puerto Rico, immerse themselves in the culinary and mixology scene while also learning about our culture and heritage,” said Brad Dean, CEO Discover Puerto Rico. “Aside from having a significant impact in the visitor economy of Puerto Rico, it will also offer the local industry a vehicle for continued education. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

More details will be released in the weeks to come as programming is announced.

For more information go to: Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

GSN Alert: Winners of the 2018 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards

2018 Spirited Award Recipients

American Categories

Best American Bar Team
Presented by William Grant & Sons
Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co., Miami, FL

American Bartender of the Year
Presented by Bacardi USA
Yael Vengroff, The Spare Room, Los Angeles, CA

Best American Brand Ambassador
Presented by VinePair
Anne Louise Marquis, Campari America

Best American Cocktail Bar
Presented by Pernod Ricard USA
Lost Lake, Chicago, IL

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar 
Presented by William Grant & Sons
The NoMad Bar, New York City, NY

Best American Hotel Bar
Presented by Bacardi USA
The Broken Shaker Miami at The Freehand, Miami, FL

Best American Restaurant Bar
Presented by Woodford Reserve
Clyde Common, Portland, OR

Best New American Cocktail Bar
Presented by Pierre Ferrand Cognac
Navy Strength, Seattle, WA

International Categories

Best International Bar Team
Presented by The House of Angostura
The American Bar, The Savoy, London

International Bartender of the Year 
Presented by Bacardi USA
Joe Schofield, Tippling Club, Singapore

Best International Brand Ambassador
Presented by G.H. Mumm
Ian Burrell, Global Rum Ambassador

Best International Cocktail Bar
Presented by Pernod Ricard USA
Happiness Forgets, London

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar
Presented by Rutte
The Clumsies, Athens

Best International Hotel Bar
Presented by Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association
The American Bar, The Savoy, London

Best International Restaurant Bar 
Presented by Mandarine Napoléon
Sager & Wilde, London

Best New International Cocktail Bar
Presented by Pierre Ferrand Cognac
Coupette, London

Writing Categories

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication 
Presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation
The Daily Beast, Half Full Section

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer
Presented by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
M. Carrie Allan, The Washington Post, Imbibe, and more

Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book
Presented by Gra’it Grappa
Meehan’s Bartender Manual by Jim Meehan

Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits
Presented by Cocktail Kingdom
By the Smoke and the Smell by Thad Vogler

Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series
Presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation
Life Behind Bars

Global Categories

Best Bar Mentor
Presented by BarSmarts
Andy Seymour, Liquid Productions

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient 
Presented by Maverick Drinks
Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal Jabali

World’s Best Cocktail Menu
Presented by Peroni
Dandelyan, London

World’s Best Spirit Selection
Presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation
Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co., Miami, FL

World’s Best Bar 
Presented by Italicus
The American Bar at The Savoy, London

Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award 
Presented by William Grant & Sons
John Lermayer

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

GSN Alert: The Top Four Finalists 12th Annual Spirited Awards®

AMERICAN CATEGORIES

American Bartender of the Year presented by Bacardi USA

Kevin Diedrich, Pacific Cocktail Haven – San Francisco, CA

Marcovaldo Dionysos, ABV – San Francisco, CA

Yael Vengroff, Spare Room – Los Angeles, CA

Jillian Vose, Dead Rabbit – New York, NY

Best American Brand Ambassador presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Tim Cooper, 86 Co.

Lynn House, Heaven Hill

Anne Louise Marquis, Campari America

Robin Nance, Beam Suntory

Best American Bar Team presented by William Grant & Sons

Columbia Room – Washington D.C.

Drink – Boston, MA

Herbs & Rye – Las Vegas, NV

Sweet Liberty – Miami, FL

Best American Cocktail Bar presented by Pernod Ricard

Anvil – Houston, TX

Bar Goto – New York City, NY

Lost Lake – Chicago, IL

PDT – New York City, NY

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar presented by William Grant & Sons

Drink – Boston, MA

Polite Provisions – San Diego, CA

Harvard & Stone – Los Angeles, CA

The NoMad Bar – New York City, NY

Best American Hotel Bar presented by Bacardi USA

Compère Lapin at The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery – New Orleans, LA

Midnight Rambler at The Joule – Dallas, TX

The Broken Shaker at The Freehand – Miami, FL

The Spare Room at The Roosevelt Hotel – Los Angeles, CA

Best American Restaurant Bar presented by Woodford Reserve

Clyde Common – Portland, OR

Gramercy Tavern – New York City, NY

Nopa – San Francisco, CA

Silver Dollar – Louisville, KY

Best New American Cocktail Bar presented by Maison Ferrand USA

Attaboy Nashville – Nashville, TN

Broken Shaker LA – Los Angeles, CA

Navy Strength – Seattle, WA

The Aviary NYC – New York City, NY

INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES

International Bartender of the Year presented by Bacardi USA

Roman Foltan, ATLAS – Singapore

Tess Posthumus, Flying Dutchmen Cocktails – Amsterdam

Remy Savage, Artesian – London

Joe Schofield, Tippling Club – Singapore

Best International Brand Ambassador presented by G.H. Mumm

Ian Burrell, Global Rum Ambassador

Dickie Cullimore, Bacardi

Joe McCanta, Grey Goose

Nicola Riske, Macallan & Edrington Malts

Best International Bar Team presented by The House of Angostura

Licoreria Limantour – Mexico City

The American Bar, The Savoy – London

The Clumsies – Athens

The Connaught Bar – London

Best International Cocktail Bar presented by Pernod Ricard

ATLAS – Singapore

Happiness Forgets – London

Le Syndicat – Paris

Licoreria Limantour – Mexico City

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar presented by Rutte Gin

The Baxter Inn – Sydney

Callooh Callay – London

La Factoria – San Juan

The Clumsies – Athens

Best International Hotel Bar presented by Japan Shochu and Sake Maker Association

Fifty Mils at Four Seasons Hotel – Mexico City

Manhattan Bar at Regent – Singapore

Punch Room at London Edition – London

The American Bar at The Savoy – London

Best International Restaurant Bar presented by Mandarine Napoléon

Danico – Paris

Hawksmoor Spitalfields – London

Sager & Wilde – London

Sexy Fish – London

Best New International Cocktail Bar presented by Maison Ferrand USA

Coupette – London

Scout – London

The Mint Gun Club – London

Two Schmucks – Barcelona

WRITING CATEGORIES

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

1806 Magazine

Neat Pour

The Daily Beast Half Full Section

Whisky Advocate

Best Cocktail and Spirits Writer presented by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

M. Carrie Allan, The Washington Post and more

Matt Pietrek, Cocktail Wonk

Noah Rothbaum, The Daily Beast

Robert Simonson, The New York Times

Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book presented by Gra’it Grappa

Gin Tonica by David T. Smith

One-Bottle Cocktail by Maggie Hoffman

Meehan’s Bartender Manual by Jim Meehan

3 Ingredient Cocktails by Robert Simonson

Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Beachbum Berry’s Sippin Safari by Jeff Berry

By the Smoke and the Smell by Thad Vogler

Mezcal by Emma Janzen

The Way of Whisky: A Journey Around Japanese Whisky by Dave Broom, Photography by Kohei Take

Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Bartender At Large

Life Behind Bars

The Speakeasy

WhiskyCast

GLOBAL CATEGORIES

Best Bar Mentor presented by Barsmarts

Bridget Albert, Southern Wine and Spirits

Ryan Chetiyawardana, Mr Lyan

Alex Kratena, Pour

Andy Seymour, Liquid Productions, INC

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient presented by Maverick Drinks

Creme de Banane, Tempus Fugit Spirits

Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal Jabali

MARTINI Riserva Speciale Bitter

Old Duff Single Malt Genever

World’s Best Cocktail Menu presented by Peroni

BlackTail – New York City, NY

Dandelyan – London

Dante – New York City, NY

The American Bar, The Savoy – Every Moment Tells a Story – London

World’s Best Spirits Selection presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

ATLAS – Singapore

Sweet Liberty – Miami, FL

The Office – Chicago, IL

Whitechapel – San Francisco, CA

World’s Best Bar presented by Italicus

World’s Best Bar is awarded to one of the winners in the bar categories: Best American and International Cocktail Bar, Best American and International Restaurant Bar, Best American and International Hotel Bar and Best American and International High Volume Bar. The winner will be announced at the 2018 Spirited Awards.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD PRESENTED BY WILLIAM GRANT & SONS

The recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced soon.

 

GSN Alert: Top 10 Nominees for the 12th Annual Spirited Awards

American Categories

American Bartender of the Year presented by Bacardi USA

Tyson Buehler, Death & Co – Denver, CO

Kevin Diedrich, Pacific Cocktail Haven – San Francisco, CA

Marcovaldo Dionysos, ABV – San Francisco, CA

Abigail Gullo, Compère Lapin at The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery – New Orleans, LA

Franky Marshall, Le Boudoir – New York, NY

Micah Melton, The Aviary – Chicago, IL

Ezra Star, Drink – Boston, MA

Kellie Thorn, Empire State South – Atlanta, GA

Yael Vengroff, Spare Room – Los Angeles, CA

Jillian Vose, Dead Rabbit – New York, NY

Christine Wiseman, Broken Shaker – Los Angeles, CA

Best American Brand Ambassador

Kiowa Bryan, Spiribam

Tim Cooper, 86 Co.

Gardner Dunn, Suntory Whiskies

Erin Hayes, House Spirits

Vance Henderson, Monkey Shoulder

Lynn House, Heaven Hill

Anne Louise Marquis, Campari America

Jessamine McLellan, Irish Whiskey, Pernod Ricard

Robin Nance, Beam Suntory

Trevor Schneider, Reyka

Best American Bar Team presented by William Grant & Sons

Clover Club – Brooklyn, NY

Columbia Room – Washington D.C.

Dante – New York City, NY

Drink – Boston, MA

Herbs & Rye – Las Vegas, NV

Leyenda – Brooklyn, NY

Pacific Cocktail Haven – San Francisco, CA

Sportsman’s Club – Chicago, IL

Sweet Liberty – Miami, FL

Williams & Graham – Denver, CO

Best American Cocktail Bar presented by Pernod Ricard

ABV – San Francisco, CA

Amor Y Amargo – New York City, NY

Anvil – Houston, TX

Bar Goto – New York City, NY

BarMini by Jose Andres – Washington, D.C.

Lost Lake – Chicago, IL

Pacific Cocktail Haven – San Francisco, CA

PDT – New York City, NY

Pouring Ribbons – New York City, NY

Trick Dog – San Francisco, CA

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar presented by William Grant & Sons

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour – Phoenix, AZ

Drink – Boston, MA

Harvard and Stone – Los Angeles, CA

Occidental – Denver, CO

Pagan Idol – San Francisco, CA

Polite Provisions – San Diego, CA

Roosevelt Room – Austin, TX

Sportsman’s Club – Chicago, IL

The Anderson – Miami, FL

The NoMad Bar – New York City, NY

Best American Hotel Bar presented by Bacardi USA

Brother’s and Sister’s at The Line Hotel – Washington D.C.

Charmaine’s at The Proper Hotel – San Francisco, CA

Compère Lapin at The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery – New Orleans, LA

Covina at Park South – New York City, NY

Libertine Social at The Mandalay – Las Vegas, NV

Midnight Rambler at The Joule – Dallas, TX

Sable Kitchen & Bar at The Palomar – Chicago, IL

The Broken Shaker at The Freehand – Miami, FL

The Living Room at The Dewberry Hotel – Charleston, SC

The Roof at Park South – New York City, NY

The Spare Room at The Roosevelt Hotel – Los Angeles, CA

Best American Restaurant Bar presented by Woodford Reserve

Bad Hunter – Chicago, IL

Bar Agricole – San Francisco, CA

Cherry Circle Room – Chicago, IL

Clyde Common – Portland, OR

Gramercy Tavern – New York City, NY

Kimball House – Decatur, GA

LihoLiho Yacht Club – San Francisco, CA

No. 9 Park – Boston, MA

Nopa – San Francisco, CA

Silver Dollar – Louisville, KY

Best New American Cocktail Bar presented by Maison Ferrand USA

Attaboy Nashville – Nashville, TN

Broken Shaker LA – Los Angeles, CA

Death or Glory – Delray Beach, FL

Diamond Reef – Brooklyn, NY

Navy Strength – Seattle, WA

Nickel City – Austin, TX

NoMad LA Giannini Bar – Los Angeles, CA

Prairie School – Chicago, IL

The Aviary NYC – New York City, NY

The Pool Lounge – New York, NY

International Bartender of the Year presented by Bacardi USA

Sullivan Doh, La Commune – Paris

Marcis Dzelzainis, Sager and Wilde – London

Roman Foltan, ATLAS – Singapore

Chris Hysted-Adams, Black Pearl – Melbourne

Chris Moore, Coupette – London

Tess Posthumus, Flying Dutchmen Cocktails – Amsterdam

Remy Savage, Artesian – London

Joe Schofield, Tippling Club – Singapore

Kaitlyn Stewart, Royal Dinette – Vancouver

Luke Whearty, Operation Dagger – Singapore

Best International Brand Ambassador presented by G.H. Mumm

Georgie Bell, Malts – Bacardi

Ian Burrell, Global Rum Ambassador

Dickie Cullimore, Bacardi

Gareth Evans, Absolut Elyx

Daniyel Jones, Angostura

Roberta Mariani, Martini

Joe McCanta, Grey Goose

Raj Nagra, Bombay Sapphire

George Nemec, Becherovka

Nicola Riske, Macallan & Edrington Malts

Meimi Sanchez, Havana Club International

Best International Bar Team presented by The House of Angostura

Baxters Inn – Sydney

Black Pearl – Melbourne

Licoreria Limantour – Mexico City

Lost & Found Drinkery – Cyprus

Manhattan Bar – Singapore

Swift – London

The American Bar, The Savoy – London

The Clumsies – Athens

The Connaught Bar – London

Tippling Club – Singapore

Best International Cocktail Bar presented by Pernod Ricard

ATLAS – Singapore

Bulletin Place – Sydney

Happiness Forgets – London

Le Syndicat – Paris

Licoreria Limantour – Mexico City

Lost and Found Drinkery – Cyprus

Native – Singapore

Operation Dagger – Singapore

Speak Low – Shanghai

The Gibson – London

Three Sheets – London

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar

Baba Au Rum – Athens

Baxters Inn – Sydney

Callooh Callay – London

Central Station – Beirut

Dirty Dick – Paris

Eau-de-Vie – Melbourne

HIMKOK – Oslo, Norway

La Factoria – San Juan

Oriole Bar – London

Panda and Sons – Edinburgh

Super Lyan – London

The Barber Shop – Sydney

The Clumsies – Athens

Best International Hotel Bar presented by Japan Shochu and Sake Maker Association

Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental- Bangkok

Charles H at the Four Seasons- Seoul

Dukes Bar at Dukes – London

Fifty Mils at Four Seasons Hotel- Mexico City

Lobster Bar at Island Shangri-La- Hong Kong

Manhattan Bar at Regent – Singapore

Punch Room at London Edition – London

Scarfes Bar at Rosewood – London

The American Bar at The Savoy – London

The Lobby Bar at The London EDITION

Best International Restaurant Bar

Blind Pig – London

Cub – London

Danico – Paris

Hawksmoor Spitalfields – London

Maybe Frank – Sydney

Sager & Wilde – London

Sexy Fish – London

Sober Company – Shanghai

The Clove Club – London

Tjoget/Linje Tio – Stockholm

Zuma Dubai – Dubai

Best New International Cocktail Bar presented by Maison Ferrand USA

Botanist – Vancouver, Canada

Coupette – London

Flying Dutchmen Cocktails – Amsterdam

Les Grands Verres – Paris

MOOTEE – Johannesburg

Scout – London

The Mint Gun Club – London

The Old Man – Hong Kong

The Strangers Club – Panamá

Two Schmucks – Barcelona

Waeska Bar at the Mandrake – London

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication

1806 Magazine

Difford’s Guide

Fine Drinking Magazine

Liquor.com

Neat Pour

Rumporter Magazine

The Daily Beast Half Full Section

The Spirits Business

VinePair

Whisky Advocate

Best Cocktail and Spirits Writer presented by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Carrie Allan, The Washington Post and more

Simon Difford, Difford’s Guide

Aaron Goldfarb, PUNCH

Pableaux Johnson, New York Times, Imbibe, and more

Matt Pietrek, Cocktail Wonk

Clay Risen, New York Times

Noah Rothbaum, The Daily Beast

Robert Simonson, The New York Times

Hamish Smith, Class Magazine, Drinks International

Max Watman, The Daily Beast

Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book presented by Gra’it Grappa

Cocktail Chameleon by Mark Addison

FEVER-TREE The Art of Mixing Simple Long Drinks & Cocktails From The World’s Leading Bars by Charles Rolls and Tim Warrillow

Gin Tonica by David T. Smith

L’Heure du Cocktail / The Cocktail Hour by Marcel Requien & Lucien Farnoux-Reynaud

One-Bottle Cocktail by Maggie Hoffman

Meehan’s Bartender Manual by Jim Meehan

The Imbible by Micah LeMon

3 Ingredient Cocktails by Robert Simonson

The Cocktail Competition Handbook by Andy Ives

The Cocktail Guy’ by Rich Woods

Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits

Barrel Strength Bourbon: The Explosive Growth of America’s Whiskey by Carla Harris Carlton

Beachbum Berry’s Sippin Safari by Jeff Berry

By the Smoke and the Smell by Thad Vogler

Distillery Cats by Brad Thomas Parsons

Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy by Richard E. Ocejo

Mezcal by Emma Janzen

Rum Curious: The Indispensable Tasting Guide to the World’s Spirit by Fred Minnick

STRAIGHT UP The insiders’ guide to the world’s most interesting bars and drinking experiences by Joel Harrison & Neil Ridley

The Curious Bartender’s Rum Revolution by Joel Harrison

The Way of Whisky: A Journey Around Japanese Whisky by Dave Broom, Photography by Kohei Take

Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series

Bar None Podcast

BarChick Media Ltd.

Bartender At Large

Cocktails For You

Difford’s Guide

Gin Foundry

Life Behind Bars

Liquor.com

Shift Drink podcast with Ed Rudisell and Arthur Black

The Speakeasy

WhiskyCast

Best Bar Mentor presented by Barsmarts

Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist

Bridget Albert, Southern Wine and Spirits

Ryan Chetiyawardana, Mr Lyan

Alex Kratena, Pour

Francesco Lafranconi, Bar consultant

Christopher Lowder, Proof & Company, China

Dre Masso, Mentor

Nectaly Mendoza, Herbs & Rye

Mike Ryan, Kimpton Hotels

Andy Seymour, Liquid Productions, INC

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient

Creme de Banane, Tempus Fugit Spirits

Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal Jabali

Rieger & Co. Monogram Whiskey 2018 Sherry Bota

Laird’s Straight Applejack 86

MARTINI Riserva Speciale Bitter

Old Duff Single Malt Genever

Paranubes Oaxacan Rum

Privateer Rum Pot Stilled Overproof Rum- Tres Aromatique

Tequila Siembra Valles Blanco Ancestral

The Bitter Truth Bogart’s Bitters

World’s Best Cocktail Menu presented by Peroni

American Bar, The Savoy – Every Moment Tells a Story – London

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour – Phoenix, AZ

BlackTail – New York City, NY

Canon – Seattle, WA

Charles H, Four Seasons Hotel – Seoul

Dandelyan – London

Dante – New York City, NY

MACE bar – New York City, NY

The Aviary – Chicago, IL

Tippling Club – Singapore

World’s Best Spirits Selection

Amor y Amargo – New York, NY

ATLAS – Singapore

Mabel – Paris, France

Old Crow – Zürich, Switzerland

Rumba – Seattle, WA

Sexy Fish – London

Sweet Liberty – Miami, FL

The Baxter Inn – Sydney, Australia

The Office – Chicago, Illinois

Trick Dog – San Francisco, CA

Whitechapel – San Francisco, CA

GSN Alert: Winners of the 2017 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards

Congratulations to all!  Well deserved!

American Categories

Best American Bar Team
The NoMad Bar (New York, NY)

American Bartender of the Year
Jeff Bell of PDT (New York, NY)

Best American Brand Ambassador
Misty Kalkofen (Del Maguey)

Best American Cocktail Bar
Columbia Room (Washington, DC)

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar
Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company (Miami, FL)

Best American Hotel Bar
The Hawthorne at The Commonwealth Hotel (Boston, MA)

Best American Restaurant Bar
Dante NYC (New York, NY)

Best New American Cocktail Bar
BlackTail (New York, NY)

International Categories

Best International Bar Team
Dandelyan (London, UK)

International Bartender of the Year
Shingo Gokan of Speak Low (Shanghai, China)

Best International Brand Ambassador
Camille Ralph Vidal (St-Germain)

Best International Cocktail Bar
Black Pearl (Melbourne, Australia)

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar
Trailer Happiness (London, UK)

Best International Hotel Bar
Dandelyan at The Mondrian (London, UK)

Best International Restaurant Bar
Tippling Club (Singapore)

Best New International Cocktail Bar
Swift (London, UK)

Writing Categories

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication
Hot Rum Cow

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer
Wayne Curtis

Best New Cocktail & Bartending Book
Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki by Martin & Rebecca Cate

Best New Spirits Book
Bourbon: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of An American Whiskey by Fred Minnick

Global Categories

Best Bar Mentor
David Wondrich

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient
ITALICUS Rosolio di Bergamotto (Italy)

World’s Best Cocktail Menu
Trick Dog (San Francisco, United States)

World’s Best Spirits Selection
canon: whiskey and bitters emporium (Seattle, WA)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Charles Schumann

World’s Best Cocktail Bar
Dandelyan

Tales of the Cocktail® Announces the Top 4 Finalists for the 2017 Spirited Awards®

2017 Spirited Awards® Top Four Finalists

AMERICAN CATEGORIES

Best American Bar Team

  • Herbs and Rye (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company (Miami, FL)
  • The NoMad Bar (New York, NY)
  • Williams & Graham (Denver, CO)

American Bartender of the Year

  • Jeff Bell of PDT (New York, NY)
  • John Lermayer of Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company (Miami, FL)
  • Kevin Diedrich of Pacific Cocktail Haven (San Francisco, CA)
  • Yael Vengroff of The Spare Room (Los Angeles, CA)

Best American Brand Ambassador

  • Anne Louise Marquis (Campari USA)
  • Lynn House (Heaven Hill)
  • Misty Kalkofen (Del Maguey)
  • Robin Nance (Auchentoshan)

Best American Cocktail Bar

  • Anvil Bar and Refuge (Houston, TX)
  • Attaboy (New York, NY)
  • Columbia Room (Washington, DC)
  • Trick Dog (San Francisco, CA)

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar

  • Harvard & Stone (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Honeycut (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company (Miami, FL)
  • The NoMad Bar (New York, NY)

Best American Hotel Bar

  • Compère Lapin at Old No. 44 Hotel (New Orleans, LA)
  • Proof on Main at 21c Museum Hotel (Louisville, KY)
  • The Hawthorne at The Commonwealth Hotel (Boston, MA)
  • The Spare Room at The Roosevelt Hotel (Los Angeles, CA)

Best American Restaurant Bar

  • Cane & Table (New Orleans, LA)
  • Dante NYC (New York, NY)
  • Gramercy Tavern (New York, NY)
  • Spoon and Stable (Minneapolis, MN)

Best New American Cocktail Bar

  • Bar Clacson (Los Angeles, CA)
  • BlackTail (New York, NY)
  • Jupiter Disco (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Wildhawk (San Francisco, CA)

INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES

Best International Bar Team

  • Black Pearl (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Dandelyan (London, UK)
  • Lost + Found Drinkery (Nicosia, Cyprus)
  • The Connaught Bar (London, UK)

International Bartender of the Year

  • Erik Lorincz of The American Bar (London, UK)
  • Iain Griffiths of Dandelyan (London, UK)
  • Nico de Soto of Danico (Paris, France)
  • Shingo Gokan of Speak Low (Shanghai, China)

Best International Brand Ambassador

  • Camille Ralph Vidal (St-Germain)
  • Ian Burrell (Rum Ambassador)
  • Joe McCanta (Grey Goose)
  • Raj Nagra (Bombay Gins)

Best International Cocktail Bar

  • Black Pearl (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Bramble (Edinburgh, UK)
  • Le Syndicat (Paris, France)
  • Little Red Door (Paris, France)

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar

  • Oriole (London, UK)
  • Panda & Sons (Edinburgh, Scotland)
  • The Baxter Inn (Sydney, Australia)
  • Trailer Happiness (London, UK)

Best International Hotel Bar

  • Dandelyan at The Mondrian (London, UK)
  • Manhattan Bar at The Regent Singapore (Singapore)
  • Punch Room at The Edition (London, UK)
  • The American Bar at The Savoy (London, UK)

Best International Restaurant Bar

  • Le Mary Celeste (Paris, France)
  • Sager + Wilde (London, UK)
  • The Blind Pig (London, UK)
  • Tippling Club (Singapore)

Best New International Cocktail Bar

  • ATLAS (Singapore)
  • Danico (Paris, France)
  • Swift (London, UK)
  • Three Sheets (London, UK)

WRITING CATEGORIES

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication

  • Class Magazine
  • Difford’s Guide (diffordsguide.com)
  • Hot Rum Cow
  • The Daily Beast Drink + Food

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer

  • Alyson Sheppard
  • Kara Newman
  • Robert Simonson
  • Wayne Curtis

Best New Cocktail & Bartending Book

  • A Proper Drink by Robert Simonson
  • Regarding Cocktails by Sasha Petraske with Georgette Moger-Petraske
  • Shake.Stir.Sip. by Kara Newman
  • Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki by Martin & Rebecca Cate

Best New Spirits Book

  • Amaro by Brad Thomas Parsons
  • Bourbon: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of An American Whiskey by Fred Minnick
  • Colonial Spirits: A Toast to our Drunken History by Steven Grasse
  • Whiskey: A Spirited Story with 75 Classic and Original Cocktails by Michael Dietsch

GLOBAL CATEGORIES

Best Bar Mentor

  • David Wondrich
  • Don Lee
  • Ivy Mix & Lynnette Marrero
  • Paul McGee

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient

  • Ancho Reyes Verde (Mexico)
  • Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal PUEBLA, San Pablo Ameyaltepec Wild Papalote (Mexico)
  • ITALICUS – Rosolio di Bergamotto (Italy)
  • Plantation O.F.T.D. (France)

World’s Best Cocktail Menu

  • Beaufort Bar (London, UK)
  • BlackTail (New York, United States)
  • The Dead Rabbit (New York, United States)
  • Trick Dog (San Francisco, United States)

World’s Best Spirits Selection

  • ATLAS (Singapore)
  • canon: whiskey and bitters emporium (Seattle, WA)
  • Old Lightning (Los Angeles, United States)
  • The Office (Chicago, United States)

GSN Alert: 2016 Tale of the Cocktail Spirited Award Winners

TOTC2016 - Spirited Awards wo Tickets- 1000x350.jpg.1000x0_q85_crop-smartCongratulations to all of this year’s winners!  Looks like a trip to London is in the works!

International Categories

Best International Bar Team
American Bar at the Savoy, London

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar
Callooh Callay, London

Best International Restaurant Bar
Hawksmoor Spitalfields, London

International Bartender of the Year
Hidetsugu Ueno, Bar High Five, Tokyo

Best International Cocktail Bar
Happiness Forgets, London

Best International Hotel Bar
The Connaught Bar, London

Best New International Cocktail Bar
Oriole, London

Best International Brand Ambassador
Max Warner, Chivas Regal

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication
Cocktail Lovers, London

Best New Cocktail & Bartending Book
The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer
Jeffery Morgenthaler

Best New Spirits Book
Divided Spirits

Best Bar Mentor
Angus Winchester

World’s Best Cocktail Menu
Dandelyan, London

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient
Plantation Pineapple Stiggins’ Fancy

World’s Best Spirits Selection
Tommy’s, San Francisco

World’s Best Cocktail Bar
The Connaught Bar, London

Lifetime Achievement Award
Sasha Petraske

American Categories

Best American Bar Team
ABV, San Francisco

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar
Herbs & Rye, Las Vegas

Best American Restaurant Bar
Saxon & Parole, New York

American Bartender of the Year
Jeffery Morgenthaler, Portland

Best American Cocktail Bar
Smuggler’s Cove, San Francisco

Best American Hotel Bar
The Elephant Bar, New York

Best American Cocktail Bar
Sweet Liberty, Miami

Best International Brand Ambassador
Colin Asare-Appiah, Bacardi

GSN Alert: Tales of the Cocktail Announces Top Ten Nominees for the 10th Annual Spirited Awards

330x329xScreen-Shot-2015-06-16-at-1.43.57-PM-330x329.png.pagespeed.ic.l5Lf4GWrcuFollowing a rigorous evaluation of over 1500 unique nominees, the top ten for each award category have been chosen for the 10th Annual Spirited Awards®. The Spirited Awards® were created in 2007 to recognize this year’s best bars, bartenders, writers, experts in the hard working service industry.

American and International committees comprised of the most respected minds in the cocktail industry selected the top 10 nominees for the 24 award categories. Each nominee was reviewed in detail to ensure it met the criteria and then presented by ballot to the committee judges. The 110 esteemed judges’ votes yielded this year’s top 10 nominees.

The 25 Spirited Awards® recipients will be announced at the Spirited Awards® at the Sheraton New Orleans on Saturday, July 23, 2016 as a part of the 14th Annual Tales of the Cocktail®. We will also honor and celebrate the life and the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Inductee, Sasha Petraske. In addition, we will remember the other industry pioneers we have lost this year.
American Categories

Best American Bar Team

ABV (San Francisco)
Anvil Bar & Refuge (Houston)
Attaboy (New York City)
The Dead Rabbit (New York City)
Drink (Boston)
Harvard & Stone (Los Angeles)
Herbs & Rye (Las Vegas)
Holiday Cocktail Lounge (New York City)
The NoMad (New York City)
Williams & Graham (Denver)
Best American Cocktail Bar

ABV (San Francisco)
The Aviary (Chicago)
canon: whiskey and bitters emporium (Seattle)
Clover Club (Brooklyn)
The Dead Rabbit (New York City)
The NoMad (New York City)
Prizefighter (Emeryville)
The Normandie Club (Los Angeles)
Smuggler’s Cove (San Francisco)
Trick Dog (San Francisco)
American Bartender of the Year

Julio Cabrera of The Regent Cocktail Club (Miami)
Marcovaldo Dionysos of Smuggler’s Cove (San Francisco)
Chris Hannah of French 75 (New Orleans)
Bobby Heugel of Anvil Bar & Refuge (Houston)
Giuseppe González of Suffolk Arms (New York City)
John Lermayer of Sweet Liberty (Miami Beach)
Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Clyde Common (Portland)
Yael Vengroff of The Spare Room (Los Angeles)
Pamela Wiznitzer of Seamstress (New York City)
Naren Young of Dante (New York)
Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour (Phoenix)
The Esquire Tavern (San Antonio)
Flatiron Lounge (New York City)
Harvard & Stone (Los Angeles)
Herbs & Rye (Las Vegas)
Honeycut (Los Angeles)
Melrose Umbrella Co. (Los Angeles)
No. 308 (Nashville)
Pegu Club (New York City)
Polite Provisions (San Diego)
Best American Brand Ambassador

Colin Asare-appiah (Bacardi)
Tim Cooper (The 86 Co.)
Daniel de Oliveira (Leblon)
Gardner Dunn (Beam Suntory)
Anne Louise-Marquis (Marnier Lapostolle)
Bernie Lubbers (Heaven Hill Distilleries)
Ewan Morgan (Whisky at Diageo)
Robin Nance (Auchentoshan)
Chris Patino (Pernod Ricard)
Ria Soler (Chartreuse)
Best American Hotel Bar

Bound by Salvatore at The Cromwell (Las Vegas)
The Elephant Bar at The NoMad (New York City)
The Hawthorne at the Commonwealth Hotel (Boston)
Midnight Rambler at The Joule Dallas (Dallas)
Pepe le Moko at the Ace Hotel Portland (Portland)
Proof on Main at 21c Museum Hotel Louisville (Louisville)
Sable Kitchen & Bar at Hotel Palomar (Chicago)
The Spare Room at The Hollywood Roosevelt (Los Angeles)
The Upstairs Bar at the Ace Hotel Los Angeles (Los Angeles)
Vesper Bar at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas (Las Vegas)
Best American Restaurant Bar

Cane & Table (New Orleans)
Eat the Rich (Washington, DC)
The Eveleigh (Los Angeles)
Gramercy Tavern (New York City)
No. 9 Park (Boston)
nopa (San Francisco)
One Flew South (Atlanta)
Saxon + Parole (New York City)
Scopa Italian Roots (Venice)
The Rieger (Kansas City)
Best New American Cocktail Bar

Bar Goto (New York City)
Dante (New York City)
Forgery (San Francisco)
Leyenda (Brooklyn)
Old Lightning (Marina Del Rey)
Suffolk Arms (New York City)
Sweet Liberty (Miami Beach)
The Treasury (San Francisco)
The Walker Inn (Los Angeles)
Whitechapel (San Francisco)
International Categories

Best International Bar Team

American Bar at the Savoy (London, United Kingdom)
The Baxter Inn (Sydney, Australia)
Black Pearl (Melbourne, Australia)
Callooh Callay (London, United Kingdom)
Connaught Bar (London, United Kingdom)
Dandelyan (London, United Kingdom)
Floridita (Havana, Cuba)
Limantour (Mexico City, Mexico)
Little Red Door (Paris, France)
White Lyan (London, United Kingdom)
Best International Brand Ambassador

Ian Burrell (Rum Ambassador)
Dean Callan (Monkey Shoulder)
Allison Dedianko (Belvedere)
Joe McCanta (Grey Goose)
Raj Nagra (Bombay Gins)
George Nemec (Becherovka)
Shervene Shahbazkhani (Bacardi)
Tim Stones (Beefeater Gin)
Camille Vidal (St-Germain)
Max Warner (Chivas)
International Bartender of the Year

Charles Ainsbury (Sydney, Australia)
Monica Berg of HIMKOK (Oslo, Norway)
Daniele Dalla Pola (Bologna, Italy)
Marcis Dzelzainis of Sager + Wilde Paradise Row (London, United Kingdom)
Chris Lowder of Charles H. (Seoul, South Korea)
Iain Griffiths of White Lyan and Dandelyan (London, United Kingdom)
Zdenek Kastanek of 28 Hong Kong Street (Singapore)
Tess Posthumus of Door 74 (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Carina Soto Velásquez of Candelaria (Paris, France)
Hidetsugu Ueno of Bar High Five (Tokyo, Japan)
Best International Cocktail Bar

Bar High Five (Tokyo, Japan)
Bar Termini (London, United Kingdom)
Bramble Bar (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
Bulletin Place (Sydney, Australia)
Candelaria (Paris, France)
Happiness Forgets (London, United Kingdom)
Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Limantour (Mexico City, Mexico)
Le Lion Bar de Paris (Hamburg, Germany)
Tales & Spirits (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar

Baba Au Rum (Athens, Greece)
Callooh Callay (London, United Kingdom)
Central Station Boutique Bar (Beirut, Lebanon)
The Clumsies (Athens, Greece)
Eau De Vie (Melbourne, Australia)
The Lobo Plantation (Sydney, Australia)
Potato Head Beach Club (Bali, Indonesia)
Ruby (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Strøm Bar (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Trailer Happiness (London, United Kingdom)
Best International Restaurant Bar

City Social (London, United Kingdom)
Delicatessen (Moscow, Russia)
Duck & Waffle (London, United Kingdom)
Hawksmoor Spitalfields (London, United Kingdom)
Linje Ti and Tjoget (Stockholm, Sweden)
Le Mary Celeste (Paris, France)
Oblix (London, United Kingdom)
Sager + Wilde (London, United Kingdom)
Tippling Club (Singapore)
Zuma (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Best International Hotel Bar

American Bar at The Savoy (London)
Black Angel’s Bar at Hotel U Prince (Prague, Czech Republic)
Chiltern Firehouse (London, United Kingdom)
The Connaught Bar at The Connaught (London, United Kingdom)
Dandelyan at the Mondrian, London (London, United Kingdom)
Lobster Bar and Grill at the Island Shangri-La (Hong Kong)
Manhattan at the Regent Singapore (Singapore)
Punch Room at The London EDITION (London, United Kingdom)
Widder Bar at the Widder Hotel (Zurich, Switzerland)
The Zetter Townhouse at the Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell (London, United Kingdom)

Best New International Cocktail Bar

7 Tales (London, United Kingdom)
Black Rock (London, United Kingdom)
Charles H. (Seoul, South Korea)
The Dark Horse (Bath, United Kingdom)
Dead Ringer (Sydney, Australia)
The Gibson (London, United Kingdom)
Gibson Bar (Singapore)
HIMKOK (Oslo, Norway)
Joyeux Bordel (London, United Kingdom)
Oriole (London, United Kingdom)
Writing

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication

Australian Bartender
Bartender Magazine
Chilled Magazine
Cocktail Lovers
Difford’s Guide
Drinks International
Gin Foundry
Liquor.com
The Spirits Business
Whisky & Fine Spirits
Best Cocktail and Spirits Writer

Jenny Adams
Wayne Curtis
Simon Difford
Dan Dunn
Camper English
Alice Lascelles
Sandrae Lawrence
Jeffrey Morgenthaler
Robert Simonson
Naren Young
Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book

Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Apertivo Cocktail, with Recipes by Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau
The Tippling Bros. A Lime and a Shaker: Discovering Mexican-Inspired Cocktails by Tad Carducci, Paul Tanguay and Alia Akkam
Good Things to Drink with Mr Lyan and Friends by Ryan Chetiyawardana
The Cocktail Chronicles: Navigating the Cocktail Renaissance with Jigger, Shaker & Glass by Paul Clarke
The Experimental Cocktail Club: Paris, London, & New York by Romée de Goriainoff, Pierre-Charles Cros, Olivier Bon, Xavier Padavoni
Ten Cocktails: The Art of Convivial Drinking by Alice Lascelles
Drinking the Devil’s Acre: A Love Letter from San Francisco and her Cocktails by Duggan McDonnell
The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual: Secret Recipes and Barroom Tales from Two Belfast Boys Who Conquered the Cocktail World by Sean Muldoon, Jack McGarry, and Ben Schaffer
The Craft Cocktail Party: Delicious Drinks for Every Occasion by Julie Reiner
Best New Spirits Books

Bitterman’s Field Guide to Bitters & Amari: 500 Bitters; 50 Amari; 123 Recipes for Cocktails, Food & Homemade Bitters by Mark Bitterman
Divided Spirits – Tequila, Mezcal and the Politics of Production by Sarah Bowen
The Year of Drinking Adventurously: 52 Ways to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone by Jeff Colett
Vermouth: The Revival of the Spirit that Created America’s Cocktail Culture by Adam Ford
How the Gringos Stole Tequila: The Modern Age of Mexico’s Most Traditional Spirit by Chantal Martineau
Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker by Fred Minnick
Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey by Reid Mitenbuler
El Gran Libro del Vermut: Con Mas de Cien Maneras de Tomárselo by François Mont
The Art of American Whisky: A Visual History of the Nation’s Most Storied Spirit, Through 100 Iconic Labels by Noah Rothbaum
Global Categories

Best Bar Mentor

Bridget Albert
Derek Brown
Jason Crawley
Francesco Lafranconi
Don Lee
Dré Masso
Lauren Mote
Agostino Perrone
Andy Seymour
Angus Winchester
Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient

Caña Brava 7-year Reserva Añeja Rum by the 86 Co. (Panamá)
Campo de Encanto “Barkeep’s Whimsy” Pisco (Perú)
Lagavulin 8-Year Old – 200th Anniversary Edition (United Kingdom)
Midwestern Dry Gin by J. Rieger & Co. (United States)
Orphan Barrel Gifted Horse Whiskey by Diageo (United States)
Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Rum (Barbados)
Ragtime Rye by New York Distilling Company (United States)
Riserva Speciale ‘Rubin’ Vermouth by MARTINI & ROSSI (Italy)
Rutte Celery Dry Gin by Rutte Spirits (Netherlands)
Rutte Old Simon Genever by Rutte Spirits (Netherlands)
World’s Best Cocktail Menu

American Bar at the Savoy (London, United Kingdom)
The Aviary (Chicago, United States)
Baba Au Rum (Athens, Greece)
Charles H. (Seoul, South Korea)
Dandelyan (London, United Kingdom)
Little Red Door (Paris, France)
Lost Lake (Chicago, United States)
Mace (New York, United States)
Nightjar (London, United Kingdom)
Trick Dog (San Francisco, United States)
World’s Best Spirits Selection

American Bar at the Savoy (London, United Kingdom)
Amor y Amargo (New York, United States)
The Baxter Inn (Sydney, Australia)
Daddy-O (New York, United States)
Multnomah Whiskey Library (Portland, United States)
Old Lightning (Marina Del Rey, United States)
The Office at The Aviary (Chicago, United States)
Smuggler’s Cove (San Francisco, United States)
Tommy’s (San Francisco, United States)
Whitechapel (San Francisco, United States)

Tales of the Cocktail® Announces 2015 Spirited Award® Winners

Spirited-Awards-Logo2015 Spirited Awards® Winners

American Categories
Best American Bar Team- Employees Only (New York)
American Bartender of the Year- Ivy Mix (New York)
Best American Brand Ambassador- Brooke Arthur (House Spirits)
Best American Cocktail Bar- Williams & Graham (Denver)
Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar- Employees Only (New York)
Best American Hotel Bar- The Broken Shaker (Miami Beach)
Best American Restaurant Bar- Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks (Boston)
Best New American Cocktail Bar- ABV (San Francisco)

International Categories
Best International Bar Team- 28 Hong Kong Street (Singapore)
International Bartender of the Year- Ryan Chetiyawardana (London)
Best International Brand Ambassador- Claire Smith-Warner (Belvedere Vodka)
Best International Cocktail Bar- Artesian (London)
Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar- The Black Pearl & The Attic (Melbourne)
Best International Hotel Bar- Beaufort Bar, The Savoy (London)
Best International Restaurant Bar- Blind Pig at Social Eating House (London)
Best New International Cocktail Bar- Dandelyan (London)

Writing Categories
Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication- PUNCH
Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer- Dave Broom
Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book- Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail by Dave Arnold
Best New Spirits Book- Whisky: The Manual by Dave Broom

Overall Categories
Best Bar Mentor- Jim Meehan (Portland)
Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient- Amaro di Angostura
World’s Best Cocktail Menu- Dead Rabbit (New York)
World’s Best Spirits Selection- Canon (Seattle)
World’s Best Bar- Dead Rabbit (New York)

Special Recognitions
Lifetime Achievement Award- Jonathan Downey
Sam Guarino Citation- Steve Mannan