Top 10 Finalists for the 2014 Spirited Awards Announced

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

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

NEW 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.

We are proud to announce that our sponsors including, 86 Company, American Harvest, Angostura, Bacardi USA, Beverage Media, Nicolas Feuillatte, Pernod Ricard USA, Pierre Ferrandand William Grant & Sons.

Tickets to the Spirited Awards® ceremony can be purchased online at for $95.00 for individual tickets or $950.00 per table with 10 seats through May 31, 2014.  Beginning June 1, 2014, ticket prices will increase, $125 per individual ticket and $1250.00 per table of 10 seats. The Spirited Awards® are just one part of the exciting 12th Anniversary Tales of the Cocktail® taking place in New Orleans, July 16-20, 2014. Visit 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

  • 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

  • Brooke Arthur (House Spirits)
  • Colin Asare-Appiah (Bacardi)
  • Elayne Duff (Diageo Reserve)
  • Jamie Evans (Oxley gin)
  • Bernie Lubbers (Heaven Hill Distilleries)
  • Freddy May (Monkey Shoulder 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 (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)
  • 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 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-Bou (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)


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)


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 States)

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication

Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book 

  • 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 Culture by Shawn Soole & Nate Caudle
  • 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

About Tales of the Cocktail®
Tales of the Cocktail® is the world’s premier cocktail festival, bringing together the international spirits community for five days of what’s now, what’s new and what’s next in bartending. Held annually in New Orleans, Tales of the Cocktail® has something for bartenders and spirits professionals with opportunities to mix and mingle with the brightest minds in mixology during an always-spirited schedule of seminars, dinners, competitions, tasting rooms and new product launches. Join us in New Orleans July 16-20 for the 12th Annual Tales of the Cocktail® where for five days the cocktail reigns supreme. All Hail the Cocktail!

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 cocktail culture in New Orleans and around the world. Every year the NOCCPS produces a number events including Tales of the Cocktail®, Tales of the Cocktail® on Tour, and Tales of the Toddy® with proceeds being invested back into the international spirits community through scholarships, training programs and financial aid.

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