Tales of the Cocktail® Announces Top 10 Finalists for the 2013 Spirited Awards®

Honoring the world’s best bars, bartenders, writers and cocktail experts

NEW ORLEANS – May 17, 2013 – Following a rigorous evaluation of hundreds of nominees, ten finalists for each award category have been chosen for the 7th 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 eighteen award categories. Winners will be announced at the Spirited Awards® taking place at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans on Saturday, July 20, 2013 as part of the Tales of the Cocktail® 11th anniversary celebration.

“Clearly the Nominees for the 2013 Spirited Awards represent the best of the best, in our industry.  Regardless of who the ultimate winner is, being recognized by one’s peers, above all, is simply put, an honor in its own right.” said Paul G. Tuennerman, Co-Founder of Tales of the Cocktail®.

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 eighteen categories. From these top ten, the top four finalists from each category will be invited to attend the awards ceremony. The top four finalists will be announced Friday, June 7, 2013 and invited to be guests at the live ceremony in New Orleans.   Each award recipient will receive an exclusive Riedel Crystal trophy.

We are proud to announce that our sponsors including, Bacardi USA, BarSmarts, Becherovka, Beverage Media Group, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Imbibe Magazine, Olmeca Altos, Tanqueray Gin and William Grant & Sons.

Tickets to the Spirited Awards® ceremony can be purchased online at TalesoftheCocktail.com for $72.50 for individual tickets or $725.00 per table with 10 seats. The Spirited Awards® are just one part of the exciting 11th Anniversary Tales of the Cocktail® taking place in New Orleans, July 17-21, 2013. Visit TalesoftheCocktail.com to learn more about the many other spirited events.

Please see below for the complete list of nominees according to category.

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 – Author

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

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-Ilegal 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

About Tales of the Cocktail®

This summer the industry’s most influential bartenders and spirit lovers from around the globe will drink in every ounce of cocktail knowledge and culture at Tales of the Cocktail® 2013. The world’s premier cocktail festival returns to New Orleans with another non-stop schedule of educational seminars, tasting rooms, Spirited Dinners®, Spirited Awards®, competitions and more. We guarantee you won’t leave thirsty at the 11th Annual Tales of the Cocktail®, July 17-21, 2013. 

About the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society

The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society (NOCCPS) is a non-profit organization committed to preserving the unique culture of cocktails and cuisine in New Orleans and beyond. Since it’s founding in 2006 the NOCCPS has supported members of the hospitality industry through programs like the Apprentice Aid Fund, providing financial assistance to former apprentices in times of medical need, the Cocktail Apprentice Scholarship Program and the Flo Woodward Memorial Scholarship as well as the production of events like Tales of the Cocktail®.