Red Light and HMSS lead winners in Bristol awards

HMSS Bristol

Red Light and HMSS topped the winners’ list at this year’s Bristol Cocktail Week Awards, voted on by the public and the trade.

Red Light, which was opened two years ago by bartender Richard Tring, was named Bristol’s best cocktail bar and best bar team in the awards on Sunday.

HMSS (pictured), or Her Majesty’s Secret Service, opened only three months ago but picked up the titles of Bristol’s best cocktail list and best atmosphere.

Hausbar picked up the award for best service and The Milk Thistle for best ambience and style while The Ox was named the city’s best restaurant bar.

The Gallimaufry, which was opened three years ago in Gloucester Road in the Bishopston area, was named best neighbourhood bar.

The awards also saw the presentation of the award for Bristol’s best bartender to Will Garnett from Red Light who triumphed against 11 other bartenders in the Bristol Cocktail Challenge on Monday – the first day of Bristol Cocktail Week.

The title of best rep was given to Scott Paine who is senior business development manager at Marussia Beverages whose portfolio includes Mamont vodka, Evan Williams and Teeling whiskeys, Mezan rums and Death’s Door and Aviation gins.

Marussia Beverages was also involved in the Briottet Bristol in a Glass competition throughout Bristol Cocktail Week, which was from October 19 to 25. It challenged bars to create a Bristol-inspired cocktail using Edmond Briottet liqueurs. The winner of best cocktail, voted on by the public online, was Riverstation.

Full list of winners
Best Cocktail Bar: Red Light
Best Cocktail List: HMSS
Best Bar Team: Red Light
Best Neighbourhood Bar: The Gallimaufry
Best Restaurant Bar: The Ox
Best Service: Hausbar
Best Ambience & Style: The Milk Thistle
Best Atmosphere: HMSS
Best Rep: Scott Paine
Briottet Bristol in a Glass: Riverstation
Best Bartender: Will Garnett, Red Light

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