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: Top 10 Finalists for the 2014 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards®

indexNEW ORLEANS – May 24, 2014 – Following a rigorous evaluation of hundreds of nominees, ten finalists for each award category have been chosen for the 8th Annual Spirited Awards®, recognizing the year’s best bars, bartenders, writers, experts and more. American and International judging committees comprised of the most respected minds in the cocktail industry selected the finalists for the twenty-three award categories. Winners and our Helen David Lifetime Achievement Inductee will be announced at the Spirited Awards® at the Sheraton New Orleans on Saturday, July 19, 2014 as part of the Tales of the Cocktail® 12th anniversary celebration.

Through its annual Spirited Awards®, Tales of the Cocktail® recognizes those that continue to represent the cocktail industry in exciting new spotlights. To embody the ideals in which Tales of the Cocktail® was originally founded, these awards were developed to recognize both national and international honorees across twenty-three categories. The top four finalists will be announced Friday, June 6, 2014 and invited to be guests at the live ceremony in New Orleans.   Each award recipient will receive an exclusive Riedel Crystal trophy.

  • AMERICAN CATEGORIES:

American Bartender of the Year
Jeff Bell (New York)
Erick Castro (San Diego)
Marcovaldo Dionysos (San Francisco)
Bobby Heugel (Houston)
Sean Kenyon (Denver)
John Lermayer (Miami)
Ryan Maybee (Kansas City)
Ivy Mix (New York)
Jeffrey Morgenthaler (Portland)
Pamela Wiznitzer (New York)

Best American Brand Ambassador
Brook Arthur (House Spirits)
Colin Asare-Appiah (Bacardi)
Elayne Duff (Diageo Reserve)
Jamie Evans (Oxley gin)
Bernie Lubbers (Heaven Hill Distilleries)
Freddy May (Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky)
Chris Patino (Pernod Ricard USA Portfolio)
Nick van Tiel (Plymouth Gin / Beefeater)
Neyah White (Suntory Japanese Whiskies)
Angus Winchester (Tanqueray Gin)
 
Best American Cocktail Bar
Anvil Bar & Refuge (Houston)
The Aviary (Chicago)
canon:  whiskey and bitters emporium (Seattle)
Cure (New Orleans)
The Dead Rabbit (New York)
Noble Experiment (San Diego)
Prizefighter (Emeryville)
Smuggler’s Cove (San Francisco)
Trick Dog (San Francisco)
Williams & Graham (Denver)

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar
Employees Only (New York)
Flatiron Lounge (New York)
Harvard & Stone (Los Angeles)
Honeycut (Los Angeles)
The NoMad (New York)
Polite Provisions (San Diego)
Sable Kitchen & Bar (Chicago)
Saxon + Parole Restaurant (New York)
Three Dots and a Dash (Chicago)
Trick Dog (San Francisco)

Best American Restaurant Bar
320 Main (Orange County)
Bestia (Los Angeles)
Clyde Common (Portland)
Gramercy Tavern (New York)
No. 9 Park (Boston)
The NoMad (New York)
nopa (San Francisco)
OAK at fourteenth (Boulder)
The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange (Kansas City)
The Silver Dollar (Louisville)

Best American Hotel Bar
Bellocq (New Orleans)
Bemelmans Bar (New York)
The Broken Shaker (Miami)
Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone (New Orleans)
Clyde Common (Portland)
The Hawthorne (Boston)
The Regent Cocktail Club (Miami)
Sable Kitchen & Bar (Chicago)
The Spare Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (Los Angeles)
Vesper Bar (Las Vegas)

Best New American Cocktail Bar
Attaboy (New York)
Cane & Table (New Orleans)
Celeste (Chicago)
Golden Cadillac (New York)
Half Step (Austin)
Kimball House (Atlanta)
Mockingbird Hill (Washington, D.C.)
Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library (Portland)
Scofflaw (Chicago)
Three Dots and a Dash (Chicago)
ZZ’s Clam Bar (New York)

Best American Bar Team – New Category
Attaboy (New York)
Clyde Common (Portland)
The Dead Rabbit (New York)
Drink (Boston)
Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks (Boston)
Employees Only (New York)
The NoMad (New York)
The Regent Cocktail Club (Miami)
Trick Dog (San Francisco)
Williams & Graham (Denver)

  • INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES:

International Bartender of the Year
Marian Beke (London)
Monica Berg (London)
Simone Caporale (London)
Ryan Chetiyawardana (London)
Mario Kappes (Hamburg)
Zdenek Kastanek (Singapore)
Tim Phillips (Sydney)
Hidetsugu Ueno (Tokyo)
Tom Walker (London)
Jason Williams (Sydney)

Best International Brand Ambassador
Ian “Rum Ambassador” Burrell
David Cordoba (Bacardi)
Giuseppe Gallo (Martini & Rossi)
Tim Etherington Judge (Diageo Reserve)
George Nemec (Becherovka)
David Piper (Hendrick’s Gin)
Claire Smith (Belvedere Vodka)
Manuel Terron (Midori Melon Liqueur)
Camille Vidal (St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur)
Maximilian Warner (Chivas)

Best International Cocktail Bar
28 Hong Kong Street (Singapore)
69 Colebrooke Row (London)
Bramble Bar (Edinburgh)
Buck and Breck (Berlin)
Bulletin Place (Sydney)
Candelaria (Paris)
Chainaya.  Tea & Cocktails (Moscow)
Door 74 (Amsterdam)
Eau De Vie Melbourne (Melbourne)
Happiness Forgets (London)

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar
Big Easy Covent Garden (London)
Black Angel’s Bar (Prague)
The Attic at the Black Pearl (Melbourne)
The Cufflink Club (Singapore)
Dvars (Amsterdam)
Eau De Vie Melbourne (Melbourne)
Frank’s (Buenos Aires)
The Lobo Plantation (Sydney)
London Cocktail Club (London)
Schumann’s American Bar (Munich)

Best International Restaurant Bar
The Red Bar at Bam-Bous (London)
The Bon Vivants (Edinburgh)
Delicatessen (Moscow)
The Gilbert Scott (London)
Spitalfields Bar at Hawksmoor (London)
Hix Soho (London)
The Lui Bar at Vue De Monde (Melbourne)
Oblix Restaurant (London)
Porteno Restaurant (Sydney)
Blind Pig at Social Eating House (London)

Best International Hotel Bar
Artesian at the Langham (London)
Bar at Home Hotel (Buenos Aires)
Beaufort Bar at The Savoy Hotel (London)
Black Angel’s Bar (Prague)
Clive’s Classic Lounge (Victoria)
Connaught Bar at the Connaught (London)
Ohla Boutique Bar at Ohla Hotel (Barcelona)
Punch Room at The London Edition (London)
Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London (London)
Widder Bar at the Widder Hotel (Zurich)

Best New International Cocktail Bar
The Barber Shop (Sydney)
Blind Pig at Social Eating House (London)
Hello Sailor (Sydney)
Holmens Kanal (Copenhagen)
Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar (Tel Aviv)
The Liquor Rooms (Dublin)
Little Jumbo (Victoria)
NOLA (London)
Punch Room at The London Edition (London)
White Lyan (London)

Best International Bar Team – New Category
28 Hong Kong Street (Singapore)
The American Bar at The Savoy (London)
Artesian at the Langham (London)
The Baxter Inn (Sydney)
The Black Pearl (Melbourne)
Blind Pig at Social Eating House (London)
Connaught Bar at the Connaught (London)
Le Lion – Bar de Paris (Hamburg)
The Nightjar (London)
Ruby Cocktail Chronicles (Copenhagen)

  • WRITING CATEGORIES:

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer
Jenny Adams (United States)
Sam Bygrave (Australia)
Toby Cecchini (United States)
Paul Clarke (United States)
Camper English (United States)
Jeffrey Morgenthaler (United States)
Darcy O’Neil (Canada)
Daniel Priseman (United Kingdom)
Jane Ryan (United Kingdom)
Robert Simonson (United Kingdom)

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication
Alcademics.com (United States)
Australian Bartender magazine (Australia)
BarLifeUK (United Kingdom)
DRINK (China)
Ginger Magazine (France)
Imbibe Magazine (United States)
Liquor.com (United States)
PUNCH (punchdrink.com) (United States)
The Cocktail Lovers magazine (United Kingdom)
The Spirits Business (United Kingdom)

Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book (Top 9)
The Art of the Shim by Dinah Sanders
Apothecary Cocktails:  Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today by Warren Bobrow
Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Caribbean by Jeff Berry
Cocktail for a Crowd by Kara Newman
The Curious Bartender by Tristan Stephenson
The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart
Home Bar Basics (and Not-So-Basics) Cocktail Guidebook, 2nd Edition by Dave Stolte
Wine Cocktails (Planet of the Grapes) by Jason Wilson
Whiskey Women:  The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch and Irish Whiskey by Fred Minnick

  • OVERALL CATEGORIES:

Best Bar Mentor
Erik Adkins
Bridget Albert
Jacob Briars
Jackson Cannon
Wayne Collins
Doug Frost
Francesco LaFranconi
Jim Meehan
Andy Seymour
Dushan Zaric

Best New Product
Ancho Reyes
Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve gin
Crawley’s Imperial Shaker Machine
Del Maguey Ibérico mezcal
iSpoon by Monkey Shoulder
Martini Gran Lusso Vermouth
Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky
Plantation Original Dark Rum
Sipsmith VJOP Gin
Small Hand Foods Tonic Syrup

World’s Best Cocktail Menu
69 Colebrooke Row (London)
The Aviary (Chicago)
canon:  whiskey and bitters emporium (Seattle)
Eau De Vie (Sydney)
The Nightjar (London)
The NoMad (New York)
Polite Provisions (San Diego)
Pouring Ribbons (New York)
Three Dots and a Dash (Chicago)
Trick Dog (San Francisco)

World’s Best Drinks Selection
Baba Au Rum (Athens)
Connaught Bar at the Connaught (London)
The Dead Rabbit (New York)
Eau De Vie Melbourne (Melbourne)
Hard Water (San Francisco)
Liberty Bar (Seattle)
Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library (Portland)
Old Crow (Zurich)
Scopa Italian Roots (Los Angeles)
Tommy’s (San Francisco)

GSN Alert: 11th Annual Tales of The Cocktail Spirited Award Nominations

tocspiritTales of The Cocktail is the nation’s largest annual cocktail festival that brings together the best of the best in the industry for a week-long conference, celebration, and gathering. The 11th Annual Tales of The Cocktail and Spirited Awards take place in New Orleans, July 17-21, 2013.

Here are this year’s nominations:

Best Cocktail Writing – Author

  • Dan Priseman
  • Derek Brown
  • Gary Regan
  • Geoff Kleinman
  • Ian Cameron
  • Jenny Adams
  • Naren Young
  • Paul Clarke
  • Philip Duff
  • Robert Simonson

American Bartender of the Year

  • Charles Joly-The Aviary-Chicago, Illinois
  • Eric Alperin-The Varnish-Los Angeles, California
  • Erick Castro-Polite Provisions-San Diego, California
  • Ivy Mix-Clover Club-Brooklyn, New York
  • Jack McGarry- The Dead Rabbit-New York, New York
  • John Lermayer-Regent Cocktail Club-Miami, Florida
  • Leo Robitschek-The NoMad Hotel-New York, New York
  • Naren Young-Saxon + Parole, The Daily-New York, New York
  • Sean Kenyon-Williams & Graham-Denver, Colorado
  • Steve Schneider-Employees Only-New York, New York

Best American Brand Ambassador

  • Amanda Boccato- Lillet
  • Diego Loret de Mola-Barsol Pisco
  • Elayne Duff-Diageo Portfolio
  • Gardner Dunn-Yamazaki
  • Gaston Martinez-Milagro Tequila
  • Jackie Patterson-Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
  • Jamie Gordon-Absolut Vodka
  • Neyah White-Yamazaki
  • Nick van Tiel-Beefeater Gin and Plymouth Gin
  • Todd Richman- Sidney Frank Portfolio

Best American Cocktail Bar

  • Anvil-Houston, Texas
  • Booker and Dax-New York, New York
  • canon: whiskey and bitters emporium- Seattle, Washington
  • Clover Club-Brooklyn, New York
  • Cure-New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Prizefighter-Emeryville, California
  • The Barrelhouse Flat-Chicago, Illinois
  • The Broken Shaker-Miami, Florida
  • The Hawthorne-Boston, Massachusetts
  • William & Graham-Denver, Colorado

Best Bar Mentor

  • Bridget Albert-Chicago, Illinois
  • Charlotte Voisey- New York, New York
  • Dushan Zaric-Los Angeles, California
  • Francesco Lafranconi-Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jackson Cannon-Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jason Crawley-Sydney, Australia
  • Julie Reiner-Brooklyn, New York
  • Julio Bermejo-San Francisco, California
  • Sven Almenning-Sydney, Australia
  • Wayne Collins-London, United Kingdom

Best Cocktail Writing – Publication

  • Australian Bartender Magazine
  • Bar Magazine Digital
  • BarChick
  • Barlife UK
  • DiffordsGuide.com
  • Find. Eat. Drink.
  • Imbibe Magazine
  • Sauce Magazine
  • ShakeStir.com
  • The Cocktail Lovers Magazine

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar

  • Clover Club-Brooklyn, New York
  • Flatiron Lounge-New York, New York
  • Harvard and Stone-Los Angeles, California
  • Macao Trading Co.-New York, New York
  • Polite Provisions-San Diego, California
  • Sable Kitchen and Bar-Chicago, Illinois
  • Saxon + Parole Restaurant-New York, New York
  • The Dead Rabbit-New York, New York
  • The NoMad Hotel-New York, New York
  • Vesper Bar-Las Vegas, Nevada

Best International Brand Ambassador

  • Claire Smith-Belvedere Vodka
  • Colin Asare-Appiah-Bacardi Portfolio
  • David Cordoba-Bacardi Portfolio
  • Dean Monkey Callan-Monkey Shoulder Whisky
  • Giuseppe Gallo-Martini
  • Ian Burrell-Rum Ambassador
  • Jacob Briars-Bacardi Portfolio
  • Max Warner-Chivas Regal
  • Raj Nagra-Bombay Gins
  • Stephen Myers-Illegal Mezcal

Best New Book (Cocktail/Bartending)

  • 1806 Cocktails:  World History as Seen Through the Bottom of a Glass by Nick Reed
  • Craft Cocktails by Brian Van Flandern
  • Diffordsguide Gin book by DiffordsGuide.com
  • Drinks by Tony Conigliaro
  • Edible Cocktails:  Garden to Glass by Natalie Bovis
  • Gin:  A Global History by Lesley Jacobs Solmonson
  • Sanctuaria, The Dive Bar of Cocktails by Matt Seiter
  • The Tequila Ambassador by Tomas Estes
  • To Have and Have Another:  A Hemingway Cocktail Companion by Philip Greene
  • Vodka Distilled by Tony Abou-Ganim

Best New Product

  • Bartender’s Choice iPhone App
  • Cana Brava Rum
  • Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Aromatic Bitters
  • Dorothy Parker Gin
  • Filthy Black Cherry
  • Fords Gin
  • H by Hine VSOP
  • Imbue Petal and Thorn
  • Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
  • Tequila Cabeza

Best Restaurant Bar

  • Gwynnett St-Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • Imperial by Chef Vitaly Paley-Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Island Creek Oyster Bar-Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen- San Francisco, California, USA
  • No. 9 Park-Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Oak at fourteenth-Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • Oven & Shaker-Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Saxon + Parole Restaurant-New York, New York, USA
  • The NoMad Hotel-New York, New York, USA
  • The Roosevelt-Sydney, Australia

International Bartender of the Year

  • Andrea Montague-Callooh Callay-London, United Kingdom
  • Carina Soto Velasquez-Candelaria-Paris, France
  • Hidetsugu Ueno-Bar High Five- Tokyo, Japan
  • Jack McGarry-The Dead Rabbit-New York, New York, USA
  • Jamie Bourdreau-cannon:  whiskey and bitter-Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Marian Beke-The Nightjar-London, United Kingdom
  • Misty Kalkofen-Brick & Mortar-Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Naren Young- Saxon + Parole, The Daily-New York, New York, USA
  • Simone Caporale-Artesian Bar at the Langham-London, United Kingdom
  • Zdenek Kastanek-28 Hong Kong Street- Singapore

World’s Best Cocktail Bar

  • 28 Hong Kong Street-Singapore
  • Black Pearl-Melbourne, Australia
  • Callooh Callay-London, United Kingdom
  • Candelaria-Paris, France
  • Clover Club-New York, New York, USA
  • Death and Co.-New York, New York, USA
  • Drink-Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Milk and Honey-New York, New York, USA
  • The Dead Rabbit-New York, New York, USA
  • The Varnish-Los Angeles, California, USA

World’s Best Cocktail Menu

  • 28 Hong Kong Street-Singapore
  • 69 Colebrooke Row-London, United Kingdom
  • American Bar at the Savoy-London, United Kingdom
  • Black Pearl-Melbourne, Australia
  • cannon:  whiskey and bitters emporium-Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Clover Club-Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • Pouring Ribbons-New York, New York, USA
  • The Dead Rabbit-New York, New York, USA
  • The Hawthorne-Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • The Nightjar-London, United Kingdom

World’s Best Drink Selection

  • cannon:  whiskey and bitters emporium-Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Cure-New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • DaddyO-New York, New York, USA
  • Eau de Vie-Melbourne, Australia, USA
  • Mayahuel-New York, New York, USA
  • Saxon + Parole Restaurant-New York, New York, USA
  • Seven Grand-Los Angeles, California, USA
  • The Dead Rabbit-New York, New York, USA
  • The Hawthorne-Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Whistling Shop-London, United Kingdom

World’s Best Hotel Bar

  • Beaufort Bar at the Savoy-London, United Kingdom
  • Black Angels Bar-Prague, Czech Republic
  • Clyde Common-Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Eastern Standard Kitchen and Drinks-Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Regent Cocktail Club-Miami, Florida, USA
  • Sable Kitchen and Bar-Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • The NoMad Hotel-New York, New York, USA
  • The Zetter Townhouse-London, United Kingdom
  • Vesper Bar-Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Widder Bar-Zurich, Switzerland

World’s Best New Cocktail Bar

  • Bar Le Coq-Paris, France
  • Broken Shaker-Miami, Florida, USA
  • Bulletin Place-Sydney, Australia
  • Experimental Cocktail Club-New York, New York, USA
  • Polite Provisions-San Diego, California, USA
  • Pouring Ribbons-New York, New York, USA
  • The Dead Rabbit-New York, New York, USA
  • The NoMad Hotel-New York, New York, USA
  • Trick Dog-San Francisco, California, USA

The Tales of The Cocktail Spirited Awards will be given out on July 20th in New Orleans.

GSN Alert: Tales of the Cocktail® Calls for 2013 Spirited Awards® Nominations

tocspiritNEW ORLEANS – February 1, 2013 – Tales of the Cocktail®, the world’s premier cocktail festival, has recognized members of the cocktail industry with its annual Spirited Awards®. This year, the awards show returns to honor another round of bartenders, bars, cocktail experts, writers and more on July 20, 2013 as part of the 11th Annual Tales of the Cocktail®. Nominations for 17 categories are now being accepted online at TalesoftheCocktail.com.

This year’s American and International judging committees are chaired by Simon Ford and comprised of 32 of the world’s most respected minds on mixology. Winners will once again take home the coveted Riedel Crystal awards. In addition to the awards being given out, Beverage Media Group, Inc. will recognize 10 Up and Coming Mixologists, selected from participants of the Tales of the Cocktail® Apprentice Program Presented by Cointreau. These rising stars in the cocktail world will also appear on the cover of the September 2013 issue of Beverage Media and its member publications.

“We have chosen the venue.  We have picked the judges.  Now it’s time for everyone to nominate the best bars, restaurants, hotels, bartenders, products and writers for this years Spirited Awards. These Awards are about celebrating the people and places that and that set the standards, as well as, innovate and push our industry forward,” said Simon Ford, Chairman of the Spirited Awards and Co-Founder of the 86 & Co.  “We are celebrating our craft and the people that are at the forefront of changing it, so on behalf of the Awards Committee I ask you to get nominations in for anyone that you believes deserves to win.  I look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s Spirited Awards.”

For more information on Tales of the Cocktail®, visit the website at TalesoftheCocktail.com or call 504-948-0511.

Tales of the Cocktail® Announces Top 10 Finalists for the 2012 Spirited Awards®

New Orleans – May 17, 2012 – Following a rigorous evaluation of hundreds of nominees, ten finalists for each award category have been chosen for the 6th Annual Spirited Awards®, recognizing the year’s best bars, bartenders, writers, experts and more. American and international judging committees comprised of the most respected minds in the cocktail industry selected the finalists for the 17 award categories. Winners will be announced Saturday July 28 at the Spirited Awards® ceremony being held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, as part of the Tales of the Cocktail®10th anniversary celebration.

“The Spirited Awards® ceremony is the night when the cocktail industry can step out from behind the bar to receive the recognition it deserves,” said Ann Tuennerman, Founder of Tales of the Cocktail®.

Through its annual Spirited Awards®, Tales of the Cocktail® recognizes the bartenders, bars, writers and cocktail experts that continue to push the cocktail industry into new, exciting directions. To embody the ideals with which Tales of the Cocktail® was originally founded, these awards were developed to recognize both national and international honorees across 17 categories. Each award recipient will receive an exclusive Riedel Crystal trophy.

Pernod Ricard USA will once again sponsor this year’s Spirited Awards®, the fifth consecutive year the company has participated in the event. Also, as part of the evening’s festivities, Beverage Media Group, Inc. will recognize 10 Up & Coming Mixologists, selected from participants of the Tales of the Cocktail® Apprentice Program.

Tickets to the Spirited Awards® ceremony can now be purchased online at TalesoftheCocktail.com for $65.00 for individuals or $650.00 per table of 10 seats. The Spirited Awards® are just one part of the historic 10th Anniversary Tales of the Cocktail® being held in New Orleans July 25-29, 2012. Visit the Tales of the Cocktail® website to learn more about the week’s spirited schedule of events.

Please see below for a complete list of nominee according to category.

 American Bartender of the Year

  • Eric Alperin
  • Jamie Boudreau
  • Derek Brown
  • Markovaldo Dyonisis
  • Charles Joly
  • Vincenzo Marianella
  • Ivy Mix
  • Jeffrey Morganthaler
  • Joaquin Simo
  • Naren Young

Best American Brand Ambassador

  • Erick Castro
  • Elayne Duke
  • Jamie Gordon
  • Guillaume Lamy
  • Gaston Martinez
  • Jackie Patterson
  • Todd Richman
  • Jim Ryan
  • Nick Van Tiel
  • Neyah White 

Best American Cocktail Bar

  • Anvil Bar & Refuge – Houston, Texas
  • Bourbon & Branch – San Francisco, California
  • The Drawing Room – Chicago, Illinois
  • Dutch Kills – Long Island, New York
  • Clover Club – Brooklyn, New York
  • Columbia Room – Washington, District of Columbia
  • Harvard & Stone – Los Angeles, California
  • La Descarga – Los Angeles, California
  • Mayahuel – Manhattan, New York
  • The Varnish – Los Angeles, California

Best Bar Mentor

  • Bridget Albert
  • Sven Almenning
  • Julio Bermejo
  • Wayne Collins
  • Francesco Lafranconi
  • Chris McMillan
  • Steve Olson
  • Julie Reiner
  • Thad Vogler
  • Dushan Zaric

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar

  • Beretta – San Francisco, California
  • Clover Club – New York, New York
  • Craft & Commerce – San Diego, California
  • Eastern Standard – Boston, Massachusetts
  • Flatiron Lounge – New York, New York
  • La Descarga – Los Angeles, California
  • Macao Trading Co. – New York, New York
  • Sable Kitchen & Bar – Chicago, Illinois
  • Seven Grand – Los Angeles, California
  • The Tippler – New York, New York

 Best Cocktail Writing – Author

  • Jenny Adams
  • Jared Brown & Anastatia Miller
  • Paul Clarke
  • Wayne Curtis
  • Dan Dunn
  • Gary Regan
  • Robert Simonson
  • Jason Wilson
  • Dave Wondrich
  • Naren Young

Best Cocktail Writing – Non Book

  • Barchick.com
  • Barlife UK
  • Find. Eat. Drink.
  • Food Republic
  • Liquor.com
  • Mutineer Magazine
  • Saveur
  • Shakestir.com
  • Tasting Panel
  • Time Out NY

 Best International Brand Ambassador

  • Colin Asare Appiah
  • Jacob Briars
  • Ian Burrell
  • Tal Nadari
  • Matt Pomeroy
  • Jamie Terrell
  • Manuel Terron
  • Claire Smith
  • Angus Winchester
  • Brian Van Flandern

Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book

  • The American Cocktail by the Editors of Imbibe
  • Beta Cocktails
  • Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All
  • Gaz Regan’s Annual Manual for Bartenders 2011
  • Home Bar Basics
  • Living Loaded: Tales of Sex, Salvation and the Pursuit of the Never Ending Happy Hour
  • The Mixellany Guide to Vermouth & Other Apertifs
  • PDT Cocktail Book

Best New Product

  • Bombay Sapphire East
  • Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Rum
  • Cocktail Kingdom’s Blue Blazer Mugs
  • Cognac Pierre Ferrand 1840 Formula
  • Fee Brother’s Gin Barrel Aged Orange Bitters
  • Lillet Rose
  • Perlini System
  • Redemption Rye
  • Steve Schneider’s Standard Issue Ice Mallet
  • Tomr’s Tonic Syrup

 Best Restaurant Bar

  • Bar Agricole – San Francisco, California
  • The Beagle – New York, New York
  • Beaker & Flask – Portland, Oregon
  • Heaven’s Dog – San Francisco, California
  • Lani Kai – New York, New York
  • No. 9 Park – Boston, Massachusetts
  • Rivera – Los Angeles, California
  • Sable – Chicago, Illinois
  • Saxon + Parole – New York, New York
  • Slanted Door – San Francisco, California

 International Bartender of the Year

  • Massimo Greco
  • Misty Kalkofen
  • Zdenek Kastanek
  • Alex Kratena
  • Max Larocca
  • Sam Ross
  • Michael Madrusan
  • Shawn Soole
  • Phil Ward
  • Dushan Zaric

World’s Best Cocktail Bar

  • 69 Colebrook Row – London, United Kingdom
  • Black Pearl –Melbourne, Australia
  • Callooh Callay – London, United Kingdom
  • Clover Club – New York, New York
  • The Connaught Bar – London, United Kingdom
  • Drink – Boston, Massachusetts
  • Eau de Vie – Sydney, Australia
  • Mayahuel – Manhattan, New York
  • Nightjar – London, United Kingdom
  • The Varnish – Los Angeles, California 

World’s Best Cocktail Menu

  • Aviary – Chicago, Illinois
  • Bar le Forvm –Paris, France
  • Black Pearl – Melbourne, Australia
  • Callooh Callay – London, United Kingdom
  • Clover Club – New York, New York
  • Mayahuel – Manhattan, New York
  • Raines Law Room – Manhattan, New York
  • The Roosevelt – Sydney, Australia
  • Sable – Chicago, Illinois
  • Whistling Shop – London, United Kingdom

World’s Best Drinks Selection

  • Artesian at The Langham – London, United Kingdom
  • Canon – Seattle, Washington
  • Capri Lounge – Cologne, Germany
  • Daddy-O – New York, New York
  • Death & Co. – Manhattan, New York
  • Eau de Vie – Sydney, Australia
  • Sable – Chicago, Illinois
  • Salvatore’s at The Playboy – London, United Kingdom
  • Sanctuaria – St. Louis, Missouri
  • Widder Bar – Zurich, Switzerland

World’s Best Hotel Bar

  • Artesian at The Langham – London, United Kingdom
  • Clive’s Classic Lounge – Victoria, British Columbia
  • Clyde Common – Portland, Oregon
  • The Connaught – London, United Kingdom
  • Lantern’s Keep at The Iroquois Hotel – New York, New York
  • Roomer’s Bar – Frankfurt, Germany
  • Sable Kitchen and Bar at Hotel Palomar – Chicago, Illinois
  • The Spare Room at The Roosevelt – Los Angeles, California
  • Vesper Bar at The Cosmopolitan – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • The Zetter Townhouse – London, United Kingdom

World’s Best New Cocktail Bar

  • Aviary – Chicago, Illinois
  • Candelaria – Paris, France
  • Canon – Seattle, Washington
  • The Everleigh – Melbourne, Australia
  • Happiness Forgets – London, United Kingdom
  • Harvard & Stone – Los Angeles, California
  • Maison Premiere – Brooklyn, New York
  • Mother’s Ruin – New York, New York
  • Whistling Shop – London, United Kingdom
  • The Zetter Townhouse – London, United Kingdom

2012 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards® Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards®.  The final 3 nominees for each category will be invited to the Spirited Awards® Ceremony to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana on Saturday, July 28, 2012.  To nominate someone, please click HERE.

Categories

American Bartender of the Year
Criteria: From Jerry Thomas onwards, American bartenders have been amongst the most influential on drinks styles and cocktail culture in general. This award seeks to recognize the most influential American bartender today. The winner should be proficient at making all recognized classic drinks and also have created contemporary cocktails that have been copied by his/her peers. Nominees must actively be working behind the bar.

Best American Brand Ambassador
Criteria: An award which recognizes the importance of personality in the promotion of drinks brands and their creative use of brand communication to engage the trade and their ability to execute compelling education and seminars. This person must be working as an Ambassador full time in the USA. Nominees must NOT be working behind the bar.

Best American Cocktail Bar
Criteria: This award recognizes the influence on cocktail trends within the United States and seeks to award the country’s best cocktail bar. Menu, bar teams, atmosphere and cocktail quality are all considered.

Best Bar Mentor
Criteria: Not everybody who is having an impact on the quality of the cocktails we drink are working behind the bar as bartenders. There are many people who are creating fine bar programs, training the next generation of great bartenders, and playing an active role in designing the bars we all love to drink in. This award is to recognize those individuals who, in their professional life, play a crucial role in raising the quality of bars, bartenders, and cocktails without currently working as a bartender. Nominees must NOT be working behind the bar.

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar
Criteria: Awarded to the bar that consistently delivers top quality cocktails at bars with 100 seats or more. This award celebrates those bars that deliver cocktail culture to the masses efficiently. Cocktails, lists, bartending and service are all considered.

Best Cocktail Writing
Criteria: Great journalism is one of the best ways to communicate to the general public the value and significance of great cocktails and related products. This award is for any non-book journalism (Magazine, Newspaper, Website, etc) that promotes bars, bartender, or cocktails in general. This award is split into two sub-categories: non-book author and non-book publication.

Best International Brand Ambassador
Criteria: An award which recognizes the importance of personality in the promotion of drinks brands and their creative use of brand communication to engage the trade and their ability to execute compelling education and seminars. This person should work in an International capacity or in a country other than the USA. Nominees must NOT be working behind the bar.

Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book
Criteria: The best book published in 2011 regarding cocktails, liquor, bars, bar design or bartending in general. New editions of existing works may also be nominated.

Best New Product
Criteria: This is awarded to what the judges consider to be the best newcocktail ingredient (spirit, liqueur, syrup or juice) or piece of cocktail equipment (muddler, shaker etc.). To qualify products must be on general retail sale in at least three US states as of March 31, 2011.

Best Restaurant Bar
Criteria: This award is for the restaurant bar that is dedicated to creating a great cocktail experience for their dining guests. Considerations will go to the approach they have to aperitif and digestive drinks, how well they work with the kitchen to pair cocktails with food as well as general bartending and mixing excellence.

International Bartender of the Year
Criteria: The absolute best drinks mixer in the world. The winner must have received international recognition of their work with their own recipes crossing borders to appear on cocktail menus in numerous countries. (US citizens are not excluded.)

World’s Best Cocktail Bar
Criteria: Only truly world-class bars will be considered for this illustrious title. Some bars attain worldwide recognition and this award recognizes the very best of the best.

World’s Best Cocktail Menu
Criteria: The judges seek to reward innovative and thirst inducing cocktail menus. Both the design and content will be considered.

World’s Best Drinks Selection
Criteria: A venue stocking an outstanding range of spirits and liqueurs. The judges will favor discernment as well as sheer number of bottles stocked.

World’s Best Hotel Bar
Criteria: The classic ‘American Bar’ played an important role in the history and development of cocktail culture. The judges are looking for hotel bars that uphold this tradition (but are not necessarily old) and offer five-star service and consistently well made drinks.

World’s Best New Cocktail Bar
Criteria: Only bars which opened after March 31 ,2011 may be nominated. This award aims to reward new creativity and ideas as well as well executed drinks.

Nominee Finalists for the Tales of the Cocktail® 5th Annual Spirited Awards™

New Orleans, LA – June 1, 2011 — Nominees have been chosen by a group of esteemed members of the cocktail industry for the prestigious Spirited Awards™.  The Ceremony will be held in New Orleans on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, as part of the international festival, Tales of the Cocktaihave been chosen.

This year, the judging committees left it was time to add three new categories, Best High Volume Cocktail Bar to be awarded to the top bar that consistently delivers top quality cocktails at bars with 100 seats or more. This award celebrates those bars that deliver cocktail culture to the masses efficiently. Cocktails, lists, bartending, and service are all considered, as well as, Best Restaurant Bar to be awarded to the top restaurant bar that is dedicated to creating a great cocktail experience for their dining guests. Considerations will go to the approach they have to Aperitif and Digestive drinks, how well they work with the kitchen to pair cocktails with food, as well as general bartending and mixing excellence. And finally, the award for Best Cocktail Writing has been divided into two subcategories, Non-Book Publication and Author.   The Non-Book category celebrates publications as a whole for their excellence in overall writing. The Author category awards individual writers for their contributions to furthering information, knowledge and interest in cocktail culture.

Through its annual Spirited Awards™, Tales of the Cocktail® provides recognition to those individuals and establishments that have shown an outstanding talent for advancing the craft of the cocktail. To embody the ideals with which Tales of the Cocktail® was originally founded, these awards will recognize both national and international honorees who will receive exclusive Riedel Crystal awards.

Pernod Ricard USA is proud to be the sponsor of this year’s 5th Annual Spirited Awards™ for the company’s fourth year in a row- recognizing industry leaders and innovators. For the past 8 years, Tales of the Cocktail® has brought together an incredible group of suppliers, bartenders, writers and the most authoritative experts in the industry- all acting as partners in the celebration and appreciation of cocktail culture. In presenting the Spirited Awards™ and as the industry leader in bartender education, Pernod Ricard USA applauds each participant and nominee. Also, as part of the evening’s celebration, Beverage Media Group, Inc. will recognize 10 Up & Coming Mixologists, selected from participants of the Tales of the Cocktail Apprentice Program.

Awards to be announced at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards™ on Saturday, July 23, 2011 in New Orleans at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.  Tickets can now be purchased online at http://www.TalesoftheCocktail.com.

Please see below for a complete list of nominee according to category.

American Bartender of the Year

  • Eric Alperin, Los Angeles, California
  • Kenta Goto, New York City, New York
  • Misty Kalkofen, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sam Ross, New York City, New York
  • Joaquin Simo, New York City, New York

Best American Brand Ambassador

  • Colin Asare-Appiah, U’luvka Vodka
  • Jacques Bezuidenhout, Partida Tequila
  • Jamie Gordon, Absolut Vodka
  • Jim Ryan, Hendrick’s Gin

Best American Cocktail Bar

  • Clover Club, New York City, New York
  • Drink, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Employees Only, New York City, New York
  • The Varnish, Los Angeles, California

Best Bar Mentor

  • Wayne Collins, London, England
  • Steve Olson, New York City, New York
  • Audrey Saunders, New York City, New York
  • Dushan Zaric, New York City, New York

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar

  • Eastern Standard, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Flatiron Lounge, New York City, New York
  • Florida Room, Miami, Florida
  • Rickhouse, San Francisco, California

Best Cocktail Writing – Non Book

  • BarlifeUK.com
  • Imbibe USA
  • Liquor.com
  • Tasting Panel Magazine

Best Cocktail Writing – Author

  • Toby Cecchini, New York City, New York
  • Camper English, San Francisco, Francisco
  • Darcy O’Neil, London, Ontario
  • Naren Young, New York City, New York

Best International Brand Ambassador

  • Ian Burrell
  • Claire Smith, Belvedere Vodka
  • Dan Warner, Beefeater Gin
  • Angus Winchester, Tanqueray Gin

Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book

  • Fix the Pumps by Darcy O’Neill
  • Left Coast Libations by Ted Munat & Michael Lazar*
  • Punch by David Wondrich
  • Speakeasy by Dushan Zaric and Jay Kosmas

Best New Product

  • Bank’s Rum
  • Cocchi Americano**
  • Smith & Cross Rum
  • Tequila Calle 23

Best Restaurant Bar

  • The Drawing Room, Chicago, Illinois
  • Eleven Madison Park, New York City, New York
  • Hawksmoor Seven Dials, London, England
  • Hix, London, England

International Bartender of the Year

  • Erik Lorincz, London, England
  • Dre Masso, London, England
  • Sam Ross, New York City, New York
  • Dushan Zaric, New York City, New York

World’s Best Cocktail Bar

  • 69 Colebrooke Row, London, England
  • Dry Martini, Barcelona, Spain
  • Employees Only, New York City, New York
  • High Five, Tokyo, Japan

World’s Best Cocktail Menu

  • Artesian at The Langham, London, England
  • Eau de Vie, Sydney, Australia
  • Mayahuel, New York City, New York
  • Sanctuaria, St. Louis, Missouri

World’s Best Drinks Selection

  • Artesian at The Langham, London, England
  • Cure, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Eau de Vie, Sydney, Australia
  • Employees Only, New York City, New York

World’s Best Hotel Bar

  • Artesian at The Langham, London, England
  • Clive’s Classic Lounge at Chateau Victoria Hotel, Victoria, British Columbia
  • Clyde Common at The Ace Hotel, Portland, Oregon
  • The Savoy, London, England

World’s Best New Cocktail Bar

  • 1534, New York City, New York
  • Dram, New York City, New York
  • Eau de Vie, Sydney, Australia
  • Painkiller, New York City, New York

*Left Coast Libations is the hard back version  **Cocchi Americano is new to the US Market

TOTC Spirited Awards Winners!

  • World’s Best Drink Selection: Bar Lebensstern in Cafe Einstein, Berlin
  • Best American Cocktail Bar: Death & Co., New York City
  • World’s Best Cocktail Bar: The Merchant Hotel, in Belfast
  • World’s Best New Cocktail Bar: Mayahuel, New York City
  • World’s Best Hotel Bar: The Connaught Bar, The Connaught Hotel, London
  • American Bartender of the Year: Murray Stenson
  • International Bartender of the Year: Agostino Perrone
  • Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book: Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails by Ted Haigh
  • Best Cocktail Writing: CLASS magazine
  • Best New Product: Celery Bitters, The Bitter Truth
  • World’s Best Cocktail Menu: Death & Co, New York City
  • Best Bar Mentor: Dale DeGroff
  • Best American Brand Ambassador: Charlotte Voisey, William Grant & Sons Portfolio
  • Best International Brand Ambassador: John Gakuru, Sagatiba
  • Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award: Brian Rea