London triumphs in award for best bar in Europe

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The American Bar at The Savoy in London has been named the best bar in Europe at this year’s Mixology Bar Awards in Berlin.

The awards, held alongside the Bar Convent Berlin trade show this week, also presented the award for best European mixologist to Rémy Savage (pictured below) for his work at Little Red Door in Paris as he prepares to become head bartender at Artesian at The Langham hotel in London in November.

The title of best new European spirit or bar product went to Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto, the aperitivo launched last year by Giuseppe Gallo.

The Europe-wide categories, introduced at the Berlin-based Mixology Bar Awards last year, also included best new European bar which went to Dr Stravinsky in Barcelona, opened by Lito Baldovinos and Enric Rebordosa.

The other finalists in this category were three in London – Coupette, Swift and Untitled – plus Antique American Bar in Bratislava in Slovakia.

The award for The American Bar at The Savoy, and its team including head bartender Erik Lorincz (pictured), followed its rise to the number-one spot in the World’s 50 Best Bars league table last week.

The other finalists for best European bar were Dandelyan at the Mondrian London hotel, Dry Martini in Barcelona, Little Red Door in Paris and Schumann’s in Munich.

The rest of the awards, which cover Germany, Switzerland and Austria, saw one bar sweep three categories: One Trick Pony in Freiburg in south-west Germany won both new bar of the year and bar menu of the year and also the title of mixologist of the year for bar manager Jan Jehli.

The evening also saw the presentation of the Special Award for Lifetime Achievement to veteran Swiss bartender Peter Roth. The Zurich-based bartender has a career spanning more than 40 years behind different bars, over 30 of which he spent as bar manager at Zurich’s Kronenhalle Bar.

Full list of winners

Bar of the Year, Germany (presented by Perrier-Jouët Champagne)
The Chug Club, Hamburg

Bar of the Year, Austria (presented by Del Fabro)
Kleinod, Vienna

Bar of the Year, Switzerland (presented by Xellent Swiss Vodka)
Old Crow, Zurich

New Bar of the Year (presented by Mixology)
One Trick Pony, Freiburg, Germany

Hotel Bar of the Year (presented by Perrier Water)
Bar am Steinplatz, Hotel am Steinplatz, Berlin

Mixologist of the Year (presented by Sierra Milenario Tequila)
Jan Jehli, One Trick Pony, Freiburg, Germany

Host of the Year (presented by Bruichladdich Whisky)
Bettina Kupsa, The Chug Club, Hamburg, Germany

Bar Team of the Year (presented by Asbach)
Schumann’s, Munich

Newcomer of the Year (presented by Nikka Whisky)
Chloé Merz-Salyer, Conto 4056, Basel, Switzerland

Bar Menu of the Year (presented by Gin Mare)
One Trick Pony, Freiburg, Germany

Brand Ambassador of the Year (presented by Thomas Henry)
Axel Klubescheidt, Absolut Vodka/Pernod Ricard Germany (now Monkey 47/Pernod Ricard Germany)

Sales Representative of the Year (presented by Nespresso)
Bernhard Stadler, Diageo Austria

Lifetime Achievement Award (presented by Schott-Zwiesel)
Peter Roth, Zurich

European categories

Best European Bar (presented by Matusalem)
American Bar at The Savoy, London

Best New European Bar (presented by Heineken)
Dr Stravinsky, Barcelona

Best European Mixologist (presented by Linie Aquavit)
Rémy Savage, Little Red Door, Paris

Best New European Spirit or Bar Product (presented by Bar Convent Berlin/Reed Exhibitions)
Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto

Remy Savage Artesian

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