TOTCF Spirited Awards






Spirited Awards 2019 Categories and Criteria

Disclaimer: Any person or establishment that won an award at last year’s Spirited Awards® is not eligible for nomination in the category for which it won. Also, no person or establishment can win an award more than twice in the same category.

American Categories

Best American Bar Team

This award recognizes the best collection of talent working in an American bar today, including bartenders, barbacks, servers and front of house. Eligible recipients may range from two dynamic bartenders who bring a unique, compelling chemistry to their small bar to a larger team that orchestrates the theater of a high-volume craft experience.

Considerations include:

  • Professionalism
  • Dedication
  • Hospitality
  • Consistency of service
  • High quality cocktails
  • Must have opened prior to March 31, 2018

American Bartender of the Year

This award recognizes the American bartender who has had the most influence on drinks styles and cocktail culture.

Considerations include:

  • Innovation in drink creations
  • Personability, hospitality and generous spirit
  • Technical, practical skills and knowledge
  • National recognition of their work and personal recipes that have crossed borders and appeared on cocktail menus in other areas
  • Must work regularly behind a bar–at least 2 shifts a week or more

Best American Brand Ambassador

This award recognizes the American ambassador whose creative use of brand communication, combined with personality, has had the most impact on the promotion of drink brands through engaging the trade and executing compelling education and seminars.

Considerations include:

  • Trade engagement
  • Quality of education and seminars
  • Creativity in brand communication
  • Must be working as a full-time Brand Ambassador in the field with a primary focus on education for the trade
  • Excludes any Brand Executives

Best American Cocktail Bar

This award recognizes the American bar that sets the highest of standards in the industry and has influenced national cocktail trends.

Considerations include:

  • Menu
  • Bar teams
  • Atmosphere
  • Cocktail quality
  • Must have opened prior to March 31, 2018
  • Must be a free-standing bar

Note: The bars that qualify for Best American or International Cocktail Bar, Best American or International High Volume Cocktail Bar, Restaurant Bar or Hotel Bar will only be considered for the final ten and final four in one of the above categories. In case of ambiguity, the judging panel reserves the right to decide which category is the most appropriate.

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar

This award recognizes the American high volume bar that consistently delivers top cocktails and service.

Considerations include:

  • Consistently produces a high-number of quality cocktails weekly
  • Minimum 100 person capacity
  • Menus
  • Bartending
  • Service
  • Must have opened prior to March 31, 2018

Note: The bars that qualify for Best American or International Cocktail Bar, Best American or International High Volume Cocktail Bar, Restaurant Bar or Hotel Bar will only be considered for the final ten and final four in one of the above categories. In case of ambiguity, the judging panel reserves the right to decide which category is the most appropriate.

Best American Hotel Bar

This award recognizes the American hotel bar that offers the best five-star service and consistently well-made drinks in a comfortable setting, ultimately upholding the tradition of the classic hotel bar.

Considerations include:

  • Service
  • Consistency
  • Cocktail quality
  • Atmosphere
  • Ability to cater to an international guest
  • Must have opened prior to March 31, 2018

Note: The bars that qualify for Best American or International Cocktail Bar, Best American or International High Volume Cocktail Bar, Restaurant Bar or Hotel Bar will only be considered for the final ten and final four in one of the above categories. In case of ambiguity, the judging panel reserves the right to decide which category is the most appropriate.


Best American Restaurant Bar

This award recognizes an American restaurant bar that is dedicated to creating a great cocktail experience for their dining guests.

Considerations include:

  • Aperitif and digestive drinks
  • The food and cocktail menus need to be well integrated
  • Bartending
  • Mixology excellence
  • Establishment must have full dinner menu
  • Must have opened prior to March 31, 2018
  • Must already have high ratings as a primarily food and wine business


Note: The bars that qualify for Best American or International Cocktail Bar, Best American or International High Volume Cocktail Bar, Restaurant Bar or Hotel Bar will only be considered for the final ten and final four in one of the above categories. In case of ambiguity, the judging panel reserves the right to decide which category is the most appropriate.


Best New American Cocktail Bar

This award recognizes a recently opened American cocktail bar that made an immediate impact on cocktail culture and set new high standards for the industry.

Considerations include:

  • Creativity
  • Décor
  • Service
  • Execution of drinks
  • Must have opened between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019


Note: The bars that qualify for Best American or International Cocktail Bar, Best American or International High Volume Cocktail Bar, Restaurant Bar or Hotel Bar will only be considered for the final ten and final four in one of the above categories. In case of ambiguity, the judging panel reserves the right to decide which category is the most appropriate.

International Categories

Best International Bar Team

This award recognizes the best collection of talent working in an International bar today, including bartenders, barbacks, servers and front of house. Eligible recipients may range from two dynamic bartenders who bring a unique, compelling chemistry to their small bar to a larger team that orchestrates the theater of a high-volume craft experience.

Considerations include:

  • Professionalism
  • Dedication
  • Hospitality
  • Consistency of service
  • High quality cocktails
  • Must have opened prior to March 31, 2018

International Bartender of the Year

This award recognizes the International bartender who has had the most influence on drinks styles and cocktail culture.

Considerations include:

  • Innovation in drink creations
  • Personability, hospitality and generous spirit
  • Technical, practical skills and knowledge
  • International recognition of their work and personal recipes that have crossed borders and appeared on cocktail menus in other areas
  • Must work regularly behind a bar–at least 2 shifts a week or more

Best International Brand Ambassador

This award recognizes the International ambassador whose creative use of brand communication, combined with personality, has had the most impact on the promotion of drink brands through engaging the trade and executing compelling education and seminars.

Considerations include:

  • Trade engagement
  • Quality of education and seminars
  • Creativity in brand communication
  • Must be working as a full-time Brand Ambassador in the field with a primary focus on education for the trade
  • Excludes any Brand Executives

Best International Cocktail Bar

This award recognizes the International bar that sets the highest of standards in the industry and has influenced international cocktail trends.

Considerations include:

  • Menu
  • Bar teams
  • Atmosphere
  • Cocktail quality
  • Must have opened prior to March 31, 2018
  • Must be a free-standing bar


Note: The bars that qualify for Best American or International Cocktail Bar, Best American or International High Volume Cocktail Bar, Restaurant Bar or Hotel Bar will only be considered for the final ten and final four in one of the above categories. In case of ambiguity, the judging panel reserves the right to decide which category is the most appropriate.


Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar

This award recognizes the International high volume bar that consistently delivers top cocktails and service.

Considerations include:

  • Consistently produces a high-number of quality cocktails / week
  • Minimum 100 person capacity
  • Menus
  • Bartending
  • Service
  • Must have opened prior to March 31, 2018


Note: The bars that qualify for Best American or International Cocktail Bar, Best American or International High Volume Cocktail Bar, Restaurant Bar or Hotel Bar will only be considered for the final ten and final four in one of the above categories. In case of ambiguity, the judging panel reserves the right to decide which category is the most appropriate

Best International Hotel Bar

This award recognizes the International hotel bar that offers the best five-star service and consistently well-made drinks in a comfortable setting, ultimately upholding the tradition of the classic hotel bar.

Considerations include:

  • Service
  • Consistency
  • Cocktail quality
  • Atmosphere
  • Ability to cater to an international guest
  • Must have opened prior to March 31, 2018


Note: The bars that qualify for Best American or International Cocktail Bar, Best American or International High Volume Cocktail Bar, Restaurant Bar or Hotel Bar will only be considered for the final ten and final four in one of the above categories. In case of ambiguity, the judging panel reserves the right to decide which category is the most appropriate.


Best International Restaurant Bar

This award recognizes the International restaurant bar that is dedicated to creating a great cocktail experience for their dining guests.

Considerations include:

  • Aperitif and digestive drinks
  • The food and cocktail menus need to be well integrated
  • Bartending
  • Mixology excellence
  • Establishment must have full dinner menu
  • Must have opened prior to March 31, 2018
  • Must already have high ratings as a primarily food and wine business


Note: The bars that qualify for Best American or International Cocktail Bar, Best American or International High Volume Cocktail Bar, Restaurant Bar or Hotel Bar will only be considered for the final ten and final four in one of the above categories. In case of ambiguity, the judging panel reserves the right to decide which category is the most appropriate.


Best New International Cocktail Bar

This award recognizes a recently opened International cocktail bar that has made an immediate impact on cocktail culture and set new high standards for the industry.

Considerations include:

  • Creativity
  • Décor
  • Service
  • Execution of drinks
  • Must have opened between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019


Note: The bars that qualify for Best American or International Cocktail Bar, Best American or International High Volume Cocktail Bar, Restaurant Bar or Hotel Bar will only be considered for the final ten and final four in one of the above categories. In case of ambiguity, the judging panel reserves the right to decide which category is the most appropriate.


Writing & Media Categories

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication

This award recognizes outstanding journalism (magazine, newspaper, online media) that features bars, bartenders, cocktails, spirit reviews and drink trends in the industry.

Considerations include:

  • Beverage related content
  • Innovative, engaging and notable writing pieces
  • Distinguished and dynamic collection of writers
  • Exciting and impressive photography
    • For hard copy samples, the cost of submitting and shipping the sample are the responsibility of the publisher, publicist, or author
    • Please contact natalia@talesofthecocktail.org to arrange coordination and shipping of hard copy samples (as applicable). You will be required to mail samples after close of the submission period (May 13th). You will be required to mail samples after close of the submission period (May 13th).
  • Sample must have been published between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019

Disclaimer: English is the shared language for the judging committee. For the most thorough consideration by the judges, samples should either be published in English or translated into English. Samples in non-English languages are welcome, but the judges' abilities to read and score such samples may be limited.

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer

Great journalism is one of the best ways to communicate to the general public the value and significance of great bars, bartenders, cocktails and related products. This award recognizes an outstanding author (magazine, newspaper, online media) that highlights bars, bartenders, cocktails, spirit reviews and drink trends in the industry.

Considerations include:

  • Influence and following within industry
  • Innovative, engaging and notable collection of published and online writing pieces
  • In order to recognize a single, exceptional piece of work, candidates must upload one writing sample per nomination.
  • Samples must have been published between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019

Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book

This award recognizes the best book published in the past year regarding cocktails, bars, bar design, or bartending in general.

Considerations include:

  • Bartending or cocktail related content
  • Innovative, engaging and compelling writing
  • Book must have been published between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019 and must be wildly available
    • New editions of existing books may also be nominated
  • A sample of the final, finished book must be submitted with the nomination form; nominations without judging samples cannot be considered
    • When submitting book samples, hard copies are preferred, though digital samples may also be accepted.
    • For hard copy samples, the cost of submitting and shipping the sample are the responsibility of the publisher, publicist or author.
    • Please contact natalia@talesofthecocktail.org to arrange coordination and shipping of hard copy samples (as applicable). You will be required to mail samples after close of the submission period (May 13th).

Note: A book can only be nominated in one of these categories (“Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book” or “Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits”). In case of ambiguity, the judging panel reserves the right to decide which category is the most appropriate.

Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits

This award recognizes the best long-form nonfiction published in the past year, including works on drinks culture, cocktail history, drinks-releated personal memoir, spirits and distillation, or other aspects of the drinks world.

Considerations include:

  • Content must be related in some way to spirits, cocktail history, bar culture, or similar themes
  • Well-researched, innovative and compelling writing
  • Book must have been published between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019
    • New editions of existing books may also be nominated
  • A sample of the final, finished book must be submitted with the nomination form; nominations without judging samples cannot be considered.
    • When submitting book samples, hard copies are preferred, though digital samples may also be accepted.
    • For hard copy samples, the cost of submitting and shipping the sample are the responsibility of the publisher, publicist or author.
    • Please contact natalia@talesofthecocktail.org to arrange coordination and shipping of hard copy samples (as applicable). You will be required to mail samples after close of the submission period (May 13th).
  • Note: A book can only be nominated in one of these categories (“Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book” or “Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits”). In case of ambiguity, the judging panel reserves the right to decide which category is the most appropriate.


Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series

This award recognizes the best broadcast, podcast or online video series regarding bars, bartenders, cocktails, spirit reviews, drinks trends in the industry and bartending in general.

Considerations include:

  • Beverage related content
  • Influence and following in the industry
  • Innovative, engaging and notable media pieces
  • Must upload a sample or link of the broadcast, podcast or online video series with nomination form
  • Broadcast, podcast or online video series must have been published between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019



Global Categories

Best Bar Mentor

This award recognizes the individual or 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.

Considerations include:

  • Inspiration to others in the industry
  • Level of professional standards
  • Positive impact on the industry in their career
  • Innovation in the industry
  • Exceptional industry insights
  • Willingness to foster and educate the next generation

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient

This award recognizes the item that has made the most significant impact on the cocktail and bar industry in the past year.

Considerations include:

  • Must be a spirit (liquor, liqueur) or a cocktail ingredient (tonic, bitters, syrup or garnish)
  • Must be available for purchase with a minimum of three state distribution in the U.S. or in three countries in the rest of the world.
    • Provide a list of outlets in key markets where the product on distribution
  • Top 10 selected candidates will be asked to submit a sample product
  • Item may be new or a new reformulation
  • Item must have been launched between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019

World’s Best Cocktail Menu

This award recognizes the bar’s ability to communicate its offerings to their guests in a physical manner–via hard copy bar menu or board.

Considerations include:

  • Originality and creativity of design
  • Content: range of spirits and specialty cocktails
  • Diversity of cocktail styles
  • To be considered, a PDF or JPG copy of the menu must be uploaded along with nomination form

World’s Best Spirits Selection

This award recognizes a venue that stocks an outstanding range of spirits.

Considerations include:

  • Comprehensiveness of one particular spirit or category
  • Discernment and extraordinary dedication to the spirit or category
  • Number of bottles stocked and/or focus on specialty, rare or vintage selections
  • Staff knowledge of the spirit or category
  • PDF or JPEG copy of the spirits selection must be uploaded along with nomination form

Disclaimer: Any person or establishment that won an award at last year’s Spirited Awards® is not eligible for nomination in the category for which it won. Also, no person or establishment can win an award more than twice in the same category.


*NEW* Philanthropy Award

This award recognizes outstanding service by an individual or institution that demonstrates outstanding commitment to the hospitality community either through direct financial support, development of charitable or educational programs, volunteering and/or leadership in philanthropy.

Considerations include:

  • Depth/breadth of reach
  • Lasting Impact in community
  • Innovation/Creativity to address an issue or need in the hospitality industry

Additional Industry Awards (Not Available for Public Nomination)


Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes the achievement of an individual, whom over the course of their career, has made significant contributions and lasting impact in the hospitality industry


*NEW* Timeless American Award

This award recognizes an American bar that is a pillar in its community, has built a strong reputation for being an important space within its local and regional community, and one that has provided a benchmark for the industry there. The American Classic is a bar that is both welcoming and familiar, but also respected as an institution that has encouraged the culture and growth of other establishments, and has been a staple for locals and visitors alike. Eligible recipients should embody the culture and warmth of the city or location in which it resides, offer quality cocktails, consistent customer service and a certain compelling quality that makes it truly resonate within its community.

Considerations include:

  • Unique environment that represents its location
  • Customer Service
  • Focus on Hospitality
  • Consistency of service
  • Quality cocktails
  • Must have opened prior to March 31, 2008 (10+ years)

*NEW* Timeless International Award

This award recognizes an International bar that is a pillar in its community, has built a strong reputation for being an important space within its local and regional community, and one that has provided a benchmark for the industry there. The International Classic is a bar that is both welcoming and familiar, but also respected as an institution that has encouraged the culture and growth of other establishments, and has been a staple for locals and visitors alike. Eligible recipients should embody the culture and warmth of the city or location in which it resides, offer quality cocktails, consistent customer service and a certain compelling quality that makes it truly resonate within its community.

Considerations include:

  • Unique environment that represents its location
  • Customer Service
  • Focus on Hospitality
  • Consistency of service
  • Quality cocktails
  • Must have opened prior to March 31, 2008 (10+ years)

Contact partners@talesofthecocktail.org for 2019 Spirited Awards® Sponsorship Opportunities!

Judging

Thank you to the 2019 Spirited Awards Chairs and judges for volunteering their time and supporting the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation and the Spirited Awards.

Nomination Process

Protocol for Judges

Voting Procedures


SPIRITED AWARDS COMMITTEE


Spirited Awards Chairperson: Charlotte Voisey

International Spirited Awards Chair: Jacob Briars

Writing Chair: Paul Clarke

U.S. Chairs: Kiowa Bryan, Bridget Albert


International Chairs

Latin America & Canada: Joseph Mortera & Lauren Mote

Europe: Claire Warner & Giuseppe Gallo

Asia & Pacific: Micaela Piccolo & Zdenek Kastanek

Middle East & Africa: Kurt Schlechter & Rebecca Sturt


U.S. Judges

  • Announcement forthcoming


U.S. Writing Judges

  • Announcement forthcoming


International Writing Judges

  • Announcement forthcoming


International Judges

  • Announcement forthcoming

The 2019 Spirited Awards nomination process saw a record number of submissions across categories. The Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is thrilled by the hospitality industry’s participation in recognizing the incredible hard work and achievements of our colleagues. In that spirit, the Foundation is proud to announce the Regional Top 10 honorees, broken into regions in the United States (East, Central and West) and Internationally (Europe, Middle East & Africa, Asia Pacific, The Americas (Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada). Through this nomination process, the Foundation is able to continue its efforts to develop and expand the impact and reach of the Spirited Awards to new countries and cities across the world.

Charlotte Voisey, Spirited Awards Chairperson: “This year, I am delighted to see more nominations from more people in every region of the world, recognizing local talent and achievement. We want to continue this trend and encourage judges and individuals to raise the profile of their communities by nominating even more bars, individuals and teams."

The following categories are announced below within their respective regions:

  • Best American Bar Team
  • Best American Cocktail Bar
  • Best American Hotel Bar
  • Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar
  • Best American Restaurant Bar
  • Best NEW American Cocktail Bar
  • Best International Bar Team
  • Best International Cocktail Bar
  • Best International Hotel Bar
  • Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar
  • Best International Restaurant Bar
  • Best NEW International Cocktail Bar

The Spirited Awards® will be hosted on Saturday, July 20th from 7:00 - 10:00 P.M., followed by a Spirited After Hours party that will be held from 10:00 P.M. - 12:00 A.M. to celebrate and toast this year’s winners. General admission tickets to the awards will be available for $100, box seats for $250, and floor seats for $450 each. Purchase of awards tickets include access to Spirited After Hours. For those interested in exclusively attending the Spirited After Hours party, tickets can be purchased separately for $75. Tickets will be available with more information in conjunction with the Top 10 Finalist announcements on June 12, 2019.

All Regional Top 10 lists have been arranged in alphabetical order. We are delighted to share those with you now:

EUROPE

Best Cocktail Bar – Europe

Flying Dutchmen Cocktails – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Le Syndicat – Paris, France

Little Red Door – Paris, France

Paradiso – Barcelona, Spain

Satan’s Whiskers – London, UK

Swift – London, UK

Tales & Spirits – Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Dark Horse – Bath, UK

Three Sheets – London, UK

Two Schmucks – Barcelona, Spain

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar – Europe

Baba Au Rhum House of Spirits – Athens, Greece

Callooh Callay – London, UK

Dirty Dick – Paris, France

HIMKOK – Oslo, Norway

Odori Vermuteria Di Atene – Athens, Greece

Oriole – London, UK

Panda & Sons – Edinburgh, Scotland

Schumann's – Munich, Germany

The Cocktail Trading Co. - London, UK

The Devil’s Advocate – Edinburgh, Scotland

Best Restaurant Bar – Europe

Bulk Mixology Food Bar – Milan, Italy

Ceresio 7 – Milan, Italy

Danico – Paris, France

Hawksmoor Spitalfields – London,UK

Le Mary Celeste – Paris, France

Les Grands Verres – Paris, France

Sexy Fish – London, UK

The Bon Vivant – Edinburgh, Scotland

The Craftsman- Reggio Emilia, Italy

Tjoget – Stockholm, Sweden

Best Hotel Bar – Europe

Amano Bar at the Hotel Amano – Berlin, Germany

Artesian at theLangham Hotel – London, UK

Beaufort Bar at the Savoy – London, UK

Berners Tavern at London Edition Hotel – London, UK

Fragrances at the Ritz-Carlton Berlin – Berlin, Germany

Lobby Bar at The London Edition – London, UK

Provocateur Berlin at the Provocateur – Berlin, Germany

Punch Room at The London Edition – London, UK

Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood Hotel –London, UK

Sidecar Bar at the Westbury – Dublin, Ireland

The Coral Room at the Bloomsbury Hotel - London, UK

Widder Bar & Kitchen at Widder Hotel – Zürich, Switzerland

*Includes 12 nominees due to a tie

Best New Cocktail Bar – Europe

Aperture – Montpellier, France

Donovan Bar – London, UK

Drink Kong – Rome, Italy

Homeboy – London, UK

Lady Libertine – Edinburgh, Scotland

Little Mercies – London, UK

Lyaness – London, UK

Punch Room – Barcelona, Spain

Senios –Athens, Greece

The Cambridge Public House – Paris, France

Best Bar Team – Europe

Artesian – London, UK

El Copitas – St. Petersburg, Russia

Happiness Forgets – London, UK

Himkok– Oslo, Norway

Lost+Found Drinkery – Nicosia, Cyprus

Panda & Sons – Edinburgh, Scotland

Paradiso – Barcelona, Spain

The Bon Vivant – Edinburgh, Scotland

The Connaught – London, UK

Trailer Happiness – London, UK



THE AMERICAS (Latin America, the Caribbean & Canada)

Best Cocktail Bar – The Americas

Atwater Cocktail Club – Montreal, Canada

Bar Raval – Toronto, Canada

Candelaria Bar – Santiago, Chile

Cloakroom Bar Montreal – Montreal, Canada

The Coldroom – Montreal, Canada

El Barón Cafe & Liquor Bar – Cartagena, Colombia

El Pequeño Bar – Montreal, Canada

Florería Atlantico – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hanky Panky Cocktail Bar – Mexico City, Mexico

PrettyUgly Bar – Toronto, Canada

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar – The Americas

Alquimico Bar – Cartagena, Colombia

Jungle Bird – San Juan, Puerto Rico

La Factoria – San Juan, Puerto Rico

Mahjong – Toronto, Canada

The Strangers Club – Panama, Panama

Subastor – São Paulo, Brazil

Tennessee Tavern – Toronto, Canada

Uptown & the Bronx – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Victoria Brown Coffee & Bar – Buenos Aires, Argentina

WALRUS Pub & Beer Hall – Toronto, Canada

Best Restaurant Bar – The Americas

Arca – Tulum, Mexico

Alo – Toronto, Canada

Bar Kismet – Halifax, Canada

Botanist Bar – Vancouver, Canada

Doppelganger Bar – Buenos Aires, Argentina

La Casita de Rones – San Juan, Puerto Rico

Lot Six Bar and Restaurant – Halifax, Canada

Museo del Pisco – Cusco, Peru

Pizza Felix – Mexico City, Mexico

Presidente – Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Diamond –Vancouver, Canada

*Includes 11 nominees due to a tie

Best Hotel Bar – The Americas

Clive's Classic Lounge – Victoria, Canada

Copacabana Piano Bar at the Belmond Copacabana Palace – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fifty Mils at the Four Seasons Hotel – Mexico City, Mexico

Frank Bar at the Maksoud Plaza – São Paulo, Brazil

Lobby Lounge and Raw Bar at Fairmont Pacific Rim – Vancouver, Canada

Nacarat – Montreal, Canada

Prohibition at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia – Vancouver, Canada

Casa Malca – Tulum, Mexico

The Drake Minibar at The Drake Hotel – Toronto, Canada

Townhouse Rooftop at Townhouse Boutique Hotel and Rooftop – Cartagena, Colombia

Best New Cocktail Bar – The Americas

À Toi – Toronto, Canada

Gift Shop at Barber & Co. – Toronto, Canada

Little Hong Kong –Edmonton, Canada

Mulberry Bar – Toronto, Canada

Nhau Bar – Montreal, Canada

Paris Paris – Toronto, Canada

Project Gigglewater – Toronto, Canada

The Watch That Ends The Night – Dartmouth, Canada

Tokyo Music Bar – Mexico City, Mexico

Waikiki Tiki Room – Mexico City, Mexico

Best Bar Team – The Americas

Alquimico Bar – Cartagena, Colombia

Fifty Mils at the Four Seasons Hotel – Mexico City, Mexico

Guilhotina – São Paulo, Brazil

Huerta Bar Cocteleria Artesanal – Bogotá, Colombia

La Factoria – San Juan, Puerto Rico

Licorería Limantour – Mexico City, Mexico

NOSSO Ipanema – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Subastor – São Paulo, Brazil

The Coldroom – Montreal, Canada

The Keefer Bar – Vancouver, Canada



MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA (MEA)

For Middle East and Africa, the number of nominations continues to increase annually but remains an emerging scene for cocktail culture. Please note that in some of these categories, we have included the Top 5 ranked submissions (versus the Top 10).

Best Cocktail Bar* - MEA

The Art of Duplicity – Cape Town, South Africa

AT.MOSPHERE at the Burj Khalifa – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

La Otra – Tel Aviv, Israel

BARBARY Deli + Cocktail Club – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen – Cape Town, South Africa

The Gin Bar – Cape Town, South Africa

The HOUSE of MACHINES – Cape Town, South Africa

Lucky Shaker – Umhlanga, South Africa

Mootee – Johannesburg, South Africa**

Poppy by David Myers at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel – Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Sin + Tax – Randburg, South Africa

*Includes 11 nominees due to a tie

**Mootee recently closed

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar – MEA

Buddha-Bar – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Central Station Boutique Bar – Beirut, Lebanon

Front/Back – Accra, Ghana

Iris – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Miss Lily’s at the Sheraton Grand Hotel – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Mr. Miyagis – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Royale – Randburg, South Africa

Soho Garden – Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Weslodge Saloon at the JW Marriott Marquis – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Zero Gravity – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Best Restaurant Bar - MEA

BB Social Dining – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Brian Lara Rum Eatery – Randburg, South Africa

COYA – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Ferdinand – Beirut, Lebanon

Folly by Nick & Scott – Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Kloof Street House – Cape Town, South Africa

La Petit Maison – Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Masti – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Nola Eatery & Social House – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Zuma Dubai – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Best Hotel Bar – MEA

Bar ThreeSixty at the Le Gray Beirut – Beirut, Lebanon

Churchill Club at the Four Seasons – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Gold On 27 at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

GiGi Rooftop at the Gorgeous George Hotel – Cape Town, South Africa

Hendricks Bar at Four Seasons – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

IMPERIAL at The Imperial Hotel – Tel Aviv, Israel

The Penthouse at FIVE Palm Jumeirah – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Amethyste Bar & Lounge at Phoenicia Hotel – Beirut, Lebanon

Planet Bar in the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel – Capetown, South Africa

Radisson Blu at the Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel – Lagos, Nigeria

Skyview Bar & Restaurant at the Burj Al Arab – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

*Includes 11 nominees due to a tie

Best New Cocktail Bar – MEA

Electric Bing Sutt – Beirut, Lebanon

HOOCH Boutique & Drinkery at The Phoenicia – Beirut, Lebanon

Laurel Bar – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Mama Zonia – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Seven Sisters – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Best Bar Team - MEA

La Otra – Tel Aviv, Israel

Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen – Cape Town, South Africa

Central Station – Beirut, Lebanon

The House of Machines – Cape Town, South Africa

Imperial – Tel Aviv, Israel

Lost+Found Drinkery – Nicosia, Cyprus

Miss Lily’s at the Sheraton Grand Hotel – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Mootee – Johannesburg, South Africa*

Sin + Tax – Randburg, South Africa

Zuma – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

*Mootee recently closed

ASIA & PACIFIC

Best Cocktail Bar - Asia & Pacific

28 HongKong Street – Singapore

Above Board – Melbourne, Australia

Atlas – Singapore

Coa – Hong Kong

Gibson – Singapore

Jigger & Pony – Singapore

Maybe Mae – Adelaide, Australia

Native – Singapore

PS40 – Sydney, Australia

The Old Man – Hong Kong

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar - Asia & Pacific

Beneath Driver Lane – Melbourne, Australia

Black Pearl – Melbourne, Australia

Eau de Vie – Melbourne, Australia

Employees Only – Sydney, Australia

Jigger & Pony – Singapore

KOR - Taipei, Taiwan

Maybe Mae – Adelaide, Australia

Opera Bar – Sydney, Australia

The Lobo Plantation – Sydney, Australia

The Parasol & Swing Company – Auckland, New Zealand

Best Restaurant Bar - Asia & Pacific

8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana – Hong Kong

Bar Torino – Adelaide, Australia

Caffe Fernet – Singapore

Indulge Experimental Bistro – Taipei City, Taiwan

Long Chim Perth – Perth, Australia

Lume Restaurant & Bar – Mumbai, India

Maybe Frank – Australia

The Reservoire – Bangalore, India

Tippling Club – Singapore

Zuma – Hong Kong

Best Hotel Bar - Asia & Pacific

1515 Bar at the Shangri La, Shanghai

Akademi at the Katamama Hotel - Bali, Indonesia

Charles H. at the Four Seasons – Seoul, South Korea

Eichardt’s Bar at Eichardt’s Private Hotel – Queenstown, New Zealand

Lobster Bar and Grill at Island Shangri-La – Hong Kong

Manhattan at Regent Singapore – Singapore

Moon Bar at Banyan Tree – Bangkok, Thailand

Rock Bar at Ayana Resort – Bali, Indonesia

The Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental – Bangkok, Thailand

Vida Rica Bar at Mandarin Oriental - Macau, China

Best New Cocktail Bar - Asia & Pacific

Bar Trigona at the Four Seasons – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Cantina OK! – Sydney, Australia

DarkSide – Hong Kong

Deadshot – Auckland, New Zealand

The Hotel Esplanade – Melbourne, Australia

MAYBE SAMMY – Sydney, Australia

MO Bar – Singapore

Punch Room at The Shanghai Edition – Shanghai, China

The Scout at The Dolphin Hotel – Sydney, Australia

The SG Club – Tokyo, Japan

Best Bar Team - Asia & Pacific

28 HongKong Street – Singapore

Black Pearl – Melbourne, Australia

Charles H. at the Four Seasons – Seoul, South Korea

Jigger & Pony – Singapore

Mea Culpa – Auckland, New Zealand

The Gresham Bar – Queensland, Australia

The Lobo Plantation – Sydney, Australia

The Old Man – Hong Kong

Tropic City – Bangkok, Thailand

Zuma – Hong Kong



UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (U.S.A.)

EAST

Best American Cocktail Bar - USA (East)

Amor Y Amargo – New York, NY

Attaboy – New York, NY

barmini by José Andrés – Washington, D.C.

Drink – Boston, MA

Ghost Donkey – New York, NY

Grand Army – New York, NY

Leyenda – New York, NY

Pouring Ribbons – New York, NY

Proof – Charleston, SC

Raines Law Room – New York, NY

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar - USA (East)

Bathtub Gin - New York, NY

Buffalo & Bergen - Washington, D.C.

Earls Prudential - Boston, MA

Jack Rose - Washington, D.C.

Merchant & Trade - Charlotte, NC

Porchlight - New York, NY

R House - Baltimore, MD

The Dead Rabbit - New York, NY

The Tippler - New York, NY

Yvonne's - Boston, MA

Best Restaurant Bar - USA (East)

Bar Mezzana - Boston, MA

The Dabney Cellar - Washington, D.C.

DANTE - New York, NY

Empire State South - Atlanta, GA

Gramercy Tavern - New York, NY

Kimball House - Decatur, GA

No. 9 Park - Boston, MA

Silver Dollar - Louisville, KY

The Baldwin Bar - Woburn, MA

The Modern - New York, NY

Best Hotel Bar - USA (East)

Bar Fiori at The Langham New York, Fifth Avenue - New York, NY

Brothers and Sisters at Line Hotel - Washington, D.C.

Covina at Park South Hotel - New York, NY

Diego at the Public Hotel - New York, NY

L27 Rooftop Lounge at the Westin - Nashville, TN

Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar at Four Seasons Hotel - Miami, FL

Roof at Park South Hotel - New York, NY

The Hawthorne at the Hotel Commonwealth - Boston, MA

The Living Room at The Dewberry Hotel - Charleston, SC

Westlight at the William Vale Hotel - New York, NY

Best New Cocktail Bar - USA (East)

Cafe La Trova - Miami, FL

Dear Irving on Hudson - New York, NY

Existing Conditions - New York, NY

Jaguar Sun - Miami, FL

KAIDO - Miami, FL

Katana Kitten - New York, NY

Manhatta - New York, NY

The Green Zone - Washington, D.C.

The Polynesian - New York, NY

Undercote - New York, NY

Best Bar Team - USA (East)

Amor Y Amargo - New York, NY

Barmini by José Andrés - Washington, D.C.

Clover Club - New York, NY

DANTE - New York, NY

Eastern Standard - Boston, MA

Ghost Donkey - New York, NY

Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar at Four Seasons Hotel - Miami, FL

Leyenda - New York, NY

Proof - Charleston, SC

The NoMad - New York, NY



CENTRAL

Best Cocktail Bar - USA (Central)

Best Intentions - Chicago, IL

Billy Sunday—Chicago, IL

Estereo— Chicago, IL

Julep - Houston, Tx

Latitude 29 - New Orleans, LA

Manifesto—Kansas City, MO

Patterson House - Nashville, TN

Porco Lounge & Tiki Room—Cleveland, OH

The Aviary- Chicago, IL

The Monarch Cocktail Bar & Lounge- Kansas City, MO

Best High Volume Bar - USA (Central)

Atomic Lounge- Birmingham, AL

Ball & Biscuit - Indianapolis, IN

Barrel Proof - New Orleans, LA

Cindy’s- Chicago, IL

Eat Street Social - Minneapolis, MN

Eight Row Flint- Houston, TX

Half Step - Austin, TX

Nickel City- Austin, TX

Sportsman's Club- Chicago, IL

The Roosevelt Room- Austin, TX

Best Restaurant Bar USA - USA (Central)

Bad Hunter- Chicago, IL

Better Luck Tomorrow- Houston, TX

Coltivare - Houston, TX

Justine- New Orleans, LA

Odette- Florence, AL

Sepia- Chicago, IL

Snackbar- Oxford, MS

The Rieger- Kansas City, MO

Ticonderoga Club- Atlanta, GA


Best Hotel Bar USA - USA (Central)

Compere Lapin, New Orleans, LA

Midnight Rambler at the Joule Hotel, Dallas, TX

Sable Kitchen & Bar at the Palomar Hotel - Chicago, IL

Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel - New Orleans, LA

Sternewirth at Hotel Emma - San Antonio, TX

The Berkshire Room at Acme Hotel Company - Chicago, IL

The Driskill Bar at the Hyatt - Austin, TX

The Lobby Bar at the Ace Hotel - New Orleans, LA

VASO Dublin at AC Hotel Columbus - Dublin, OH

Best New Cocktail Bar USA - USA (Central)

Bar Sotano - Chicago, IL

Here Nor There - Austin, TX

Jewel of the South - New Orleans, LA

Kumiko - Chicago, IL

Lost Whale - Milwaukee, WI

Neon Wilderness - Chicago, IL

Pearl Diver - Nashville, TN

Queen’s Park - Birmingham, AL

Young American - Chicago, IL

Z Bar at The Peninsula Chicago - Chicago, IL

Best Bar Team USA - USA (Central)

Bad Hunter - Chicago, IL

Estereo - Chicago, IL

Half Step - Austin, TX

Lost Lake - Chicago, IL

Nickel City - Chicago, IL

Sable Kitchen & Bar at the Palomar Hotel - Chicago, IL

Sportsman's Club - Chicago, IL

The Aviary - Chicago, IL

The Roosevelt Room - Austin, TX

Three Dots and a Dash - Chicago, IL



WEST

Best Cocktail Bar - USA (West)

Bar Clacson- Los Angeles, CA

Bar Jackalope - Los Angeles, CA

Bar Leather Apron- Honolulu, HI

Bibo Ergo Sum- Los Angeles, CA

Navy Strength- Seattle, WA

Rumba- Seattle, WA

The Slipper Clutch- Los Angeles, CA

The Varnish- Los Angeles, CA

Trick Dog- San Francisco, CA

UnderTow- Phoenix, AZ

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar - USA (West)

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour- Phoenix, AZ

Caña Rum Bar- Los Angeles, CA

Harvard and Stone, Los Angeles, CA

Herbs and Rye – Las Vegas, NV

Las Perlas – Los Angeles, CA

Melrose Umbrella Co. – Los Angeles, CA

Occidental – Denver, CO

Paper Plane – San Jose, CA

Polite Provisions– San Diego, CA

Shady Lady Saloon – Sacramento, CA

Best Restaurant Bar - USA (West)

Bar Agricole – San Francisco, CA

Eveleigh – West Hollywood, CA

Hatchet Hall – Los Angeles, CA

Kindred – San Diego, CA

Manresa - Los Gatos, CA

Nopa – San Francisco, CA

Oak at Fourteenth- Boulder, CO

Otium – Los Angeles, CA

Redbird – Los Angeles, CA

Republique – Los Angeles, CA

The Saratoga – San Francisco, CA

Best Hotel Bar - USA (West)

Broken Shaker at the Freehand Hotel, Los Angeles – San Francisco, CA

Charmaine's Rooftop Bar & Lounge at San Francisco Proper Hotel – San Francisco, CA

Libertine Social at the Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NV

MiniBar Hollywood at the Best Western Plus, Hollywood Hills Hotel – Los Angeles, CA

Pennyroyal at Kimpton Palladian Hotel – Seattle, WA

The Dorsey at the Venetian Hotel – Las Vegas, NV

The Nest at the Thompson Seattle – Seattle, WA

The NoMad Bar at the NoMad Hotel– Los Angeles, CA

The Normandie Club at the Hotel Normandie – Los Angeles, CA

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

Citizen Rail at Kimpton Hotel Born, Denver, CO

Best New Cocktail Bar - USA (West)

Bon Voyage – San Francisco, CA

Cleaver- Butchered Meats, Seafood and Classic Cocktails – Las Vegas, NV

Death & Co. – Denver, CO

Little Rituals – Phoenix, AZ

Mr. Coco – Las Vegas, NV

NoMad Bar – Las Vegas, NV

Raised by Wolves – San Diego, CA

The Snug – Sacramento, CA

The Streamliner – Los Angeles, CA

Zombie Village – San Francisco, CA

Best Bar Team - USA (West)

Bar Clacson – Los Angeles, CA

Broken Shaker Los Angeles at Freehand LA – Los Angeles, CA

Herbs and Rye – Las Vegas, NV

NoMad LA – Los Angeles, CA

Polite Provisions – San Diego, CA

Rye – San Francisco, CA

The Normandie Club – Los Angeles, CA

The Varnish – Los Angeles, CA

Trick Dog – San Francisco, CA

UnderTow – Phoenix, AZ

Wildhawk – San Francisco, CA


Please see below for the Top 10 nominees in each Spirited Awards® category in alphabetical order. *
*Note: Where a category includes more than 10 nominees, the votes were tied in those instances.

AMERICAN CATEGORIES


American Bartender of the Year presented by Amaro Montenegro
Julio Cabrera – Café La Trova, Miami, FL
Kevin Diedrich – Pacific Cocktail Haven, San Francisco, CA
Ignacio “Nacho” Jimenez – Ghost Donkey, New York, NY
Julia Momose – Kumiko, Chicago, IL
Mary Palac – Paper Plane, San Jose, CA
Ezra Star – Drink, Boston, MA
Sother Teague – Amor y Amargo, New York City, NY
Masa Urushido – Katana Kitten, New York City, NY
Jillian Vose – The Dead Rabbit, New York City, NY
Christine Wiseman – The Broken Shaker, Los Angeles, CA


Best American Brand Ambassador presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation
Camille Austin, Montelobos Mezcal
Megan Breier, Beam Suntory
Kiowa Bryan, Spiribam Fine R(h)um Specialists
Jennifer Contraveos, Bacardi Limited
Tim Cooper, Fords Gin
Sebastien Derbomez, Hendrick’s Gin
Earlecia Richelle Gibb, St~Germain
Lacy Hawkins, The Bon Vivants
Vance Henderson, Monkey Shoulder
Johnnie Mundell, Beam Suntory
Trevor Schneider, Reyka Vodka
Natasha Sofia, Davos Brands

Best American Bar Team presented by William Grant & Sons
Amor Y Amargo – New York, NY
barmini by José Andrés – Washington, D.C.
Broken Shaker at Freehand LA – Los Angeles, CA
Clover Club – Brooklyn, NY
Dante – New York, NY
Herbs and Rye – Las Vegas, NV
Leyenda – Brooklyn, NY
Lost Lake – Chicago, IL
Nickel City – Austin, TX
Polite Provisions – San Diego, CA

Best American Cocktail Bar presented by Select Aperitivo
Amor Y Amargo – New York, NY
Attaboy – New York, NY
barmini by José Andrés – Washington, D.C.
Best Intentions – Chicago, IL
Drink – Boston, MA
Julep – Houston, TX
Leyenda – Brooklyn, NY
Navy Strength – Seattle, WA
Pouring Ribbons – New York, NY
Trick Dog – San Francisco, CA

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar presented by Grey Goose Vodka
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour – Phoenix, AZ
Half Step – Austin, TX
Harvard and Stone – Los Angeles, CA
Herbs and Rye – Las Vegas, NV
Jack Rose Dining Saloon – Washington, D.C.
Nickel City – Austin, TX
Occidental – Denver, CO
Sportsman's Club – Chicago, IL
The Dead Rabbit – New York, NY
The Roosevelt Room – Austin, TX

Best American Hotel Bar presented by Altos Tequila
Broken Shaker at Freehand LA – Los Angeles, CA
Compére Lapin at The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery – New Orleans, LA
Libertine Social at the Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NV
Midnight Rambler at the Joule – Dallas, TX
Sable Kitchen & Bar at the Palomar Hotel – Chicago, IL
The Hawthorne at the Hotel Commonwealth – Boston, MA
The Living Room at The Dewberry Hotel, Charleston, SC
The NoMad Rooftop Bar at the NoMad Hotel - Los Angeles, CA
The Normandie Club at the Hotel Normandie – Los Angeles, CA
The Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel – New Orleans, LA
The Spare Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel – Los Angeles, CA

Best American Restaurant Bar presented by Woodford Reserve
Bar Agricole – San Francisco, CA
Better Luck Tomorrow – Houston, TX
Dante – New York, NY
Empire State South – Atlanta, GA
Gramercy Tavern – New York, NY
Kimball House – Decatur, GA
Nopa – San Francisco, CA
Otium – Los Angeles, CA
The Rieger – Kansas City, MO
The Silver Dollar – Louisville, KY

Best New American Cocktail Bar presented by Elijah Craig Bourbon
Cafe La Trova – Miami, FL
Cleaver- Butchered Meats, Seafood and Classic Cocktails – Las Vegas, NV
Death & Co. – Denver, CO
Existing Conditions – New York, NY
Jaguar Sun – Miami, FL
Katana Kitten – New York, NY
Mr. Coco – Las Vegas, NV
Pearl Diver – Nashville, TN
Raised by Wolves – San Diego, CA
The Polynesian – New York, NY

INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES


International Bartender of the Year presented by BACARDÍ RUM
Moe Aljaff – Two Schmucks, Barcelona, Spain
Lorenzo Antinori – Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong
Monica Berg – Tayer and Elementary, London, UK
Marcis Dzelzainis – Sager and Wilde and Fare Canteen, London, UK
Philippa "Pippa" Guy – The American Bar at The Savoy, London, UK
Vasilis Kyritsis – The Clumsies, Athens, Greece
Tess Posthumus – Flying Dutchman Cocktails, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Kelsey Ramage – PrettyUgly Bar, Toronto, Canada
Remy Savage – The Artesian at The Langham, London, UK
Matt Whiley – Scout, Sydney, Australia

Best International Brand Ambassador presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation
Georgie Bell, Bacardi Limited
Dickie Cullimore, Bacardi Liimited
Gareth Evans, Absolut Elyx
Martin Hudak, Mr Black
Daniyel Jones, The House of Angostura
Roberta Mariani, MARTINI & ROSSI
Joe McCanta, Grey Goose
Luca Missaglia, Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto
Lauren Mote, Diageo Reserve Global Cocktailian
CoCo Prochorowski, Hendrick’s Gin
Meimi Sanchez, Havana Club

Best International Bar Team presented by The House of Angostura
Artesian Bar at The Langham – London, UK
Black Pearl – Melbourne, Australia
Fifty Mils at the Four Seasons – Mexico City, Mexico
Happiness Forgets – London, UK
HIMKOK – Oslo, Norway
La Factoría – San Juan, Puerto Rico
Licorería Limantour – Mexico City, Mexico
Lost + Found Drinkery – Nicosia, Cyprus
Connaught Bar at The Connaught – London, UK
The Old Man – Hong Kong

Best International Cocktail Bar presented by Maison Ferrand
Atlas Bar – Singapore
Candelaria – Paris, France
Le Syndicat – Paris, France
Native – Singapore
Satan’s Whiskers – London, UK
Swift – London, UK
Tales & Spirits – Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Old Man – Hong Kong
Three Sheets – London, UK
Two Schmucks – Barcelona, Spain

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar presented by Beam Suntory
Baba Au Rum – Athens, Greece
Black Pearl – Melbourne, Australia
Callooh Callay – London, UK
Central Station Boutique Bar – Beirut, Lebanon
Dirty Dick – Paris, France
HIMKOK – Oslo, Norway
La Factoría – San Juan, Puerto Rico
Oriole Bar – London, UK
Panda & Sons – Edinburgh, Scotland
Schumann's Bar – Munich, Germany

Best International Hotel Bar presented by Perrier
Artesian Bar at The Langham – London, UK
Beaufort Bar at The Savoy – London, UK
Charles H. at the Four Seasons – Seoul, South Korea
Fifty Mils at the Four Seasons – Mexico City, Mexico
Fragrances at The Ritz-Carlton Berlin – Berlin, Germany
Lobby Bar at The London EDITION – London, UK
Manhattan at Regent Singapore – Singapore
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
Danico – Paris, France
Hawksmoor Spitalfields – London, UK
Le Mary Céleste – Paris, France
Les Grands Verres – Paris, France
Maybe Frank – Sydney, Australia
Sexy Fish – London, UK
The Bon Vivant – Edinburgh, Scotland
Tippling Club – Singapore
Tjoget – Stockholm, Sweden
Zuma Dubai – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Best New International Cocktail Bar presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation
Aperture – Montpellier, France
Drink Kong – Rome, Italy
Electric Bing Sutt – Beirut, Lebanon
Lyaness – London, UK
MAYBE SAMMY – Sydney, Australia
Punch Room at The Barcelona EDITION – Barcelona, Spain
Scout at The Dolphin Hotel – Sydney, Australia
The Donovan Bar – London, UK
The SG Club – Tokyo, Japan
Homeboy Bar – London, UK

GLOBAL CATEGORIES


Best Bar Mentor presented by BARSMARTS
Tony Abou-Ganim
Bridget Albert
Colin Asare-Appiah
Jackson Cannon
Dinos Constantinides
Laura Cullen
Iain Griffiths
Nectaly Mendoza
Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero
Ago Perrone

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient presented by TABASCO® Brand
Bacardi Gran Reserva 10
BERTOUX Brandy
Calle 23 Criollo Tequila
Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal Boca del Cerro
Fords Gin Officers’ Reserve
Future Gin
Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry Rum
Privateer Rum - New England Rum, Bottled in Bond
Probitas by Foursquare Rum Distillery
Westward Whiskey Stout Cask

World’s Best Cocktail Menu presented by Wine & Spirit Education Trust
American Bar at The Savoy – London, UK
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour – Phoenix, AZ
BlackTail – New York, NY
Clover Club – Brooklyn, NY
Dante – New York, NY
Lyaness – London, UK
Mace – New York, NY
Punch Room – London, UK
The Old Man – Hong Kong
Trick Dog – San Francisco, CA

World’s Best Spirits Selection presented by Beam Suntory
Amor Y Amargo – New York, NY
Atlas Bar – Singapore
Bar Swift – London, UK
Leyenda – Brooklyn, NY
Raised By Wolves – San Diego, CA
Rumba – Seattle, WA
Sexy Fish – London, UK
The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy – London, UK
The Hawthorne at the Hotel Commonwealth – Boston, MA
The Office – Chicago, IL


WRITING CATEGORIES


Due to a record number of submissions the Top 10 nominees for 2019 Writing Categories will be announced on Tales of the Cocktail Foundation’s website and newsletter on June 20, 2019. The Top 4 finalists will be announced on June 24, 2019.

SPECIAL AWARDS


World’s Best Bar presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation
The World’s Best Bar award is presented 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 2019 Spirited Awards®.

Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award presented by William Grant & Sons
The recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced at the 2019 Spirited Awards®.

Philanthropy Award presented by Santa Teresa 1796 Rum
The recipient of the 2019 Philanthropy Award will be announced at the 2019 Spirited Awards®.

Timeless American Award
The recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced at the 2019 Spirited Awards®.

Timeless International Award
The recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced at the 2019 Spirited Awards®.

The 2019 Timeless Awards are evaluated by a Committee comprised of U.S. and International representatives. Robert Simonson serves as the International Co-Chair and David Wondrich serves as the U.S. Co-Chair. U.S. Committee Members included Carrie Allen, Colin Asare-Appiah, Kara Newman and Garrett Oliver. International Committee Members included Christine Sismondo (Canada), Alice Lascelles (UK), Luca Picchi (Italy) and François Monti (Spain).