Shortlisted bars revealed for Time Out London awards


Punch Room London Edition

The shortlist for this year’s Time Out London Bar Awards has been revealed, recognising not just the best bars but also the best teams.

Punch Room (pictured) at the London Edition hotel leads the shortlist, up for four of the seven categories, followed by The Cocktail Trading Co in Smithfield which is up for three awards.

In one category, it shortlists teams led by Erik Lorincz at The Savoy’s American Bar, The Cocktail Trading Co founders Olly Brading, Andy Mil and Elliot Ball, Ryan Chetiyawardana for Dandelyan at the Mondrian London hotel, Ali Reynolds at Hawksmoor Spitafields Bar, and Davide Segat at Punch Room.

The London awards are part of a new Global Bar Awards programme bringing together Time Out’s awards for New York City and Los Angeles, which were announced last week, as well as Paris and Chicago which are set to take place over the next few weeks.

Caroline McGinn, editor in chief for Time Out UK, said: “We are pretty committed bar fans here at Time Out so we’re very excited about this, our inaugural Global Bar Awards.

“In London, Farringdon’s EC1 area has emerged as the trending area for directional drinking outside the West End, with five nominations across the seven categories. The Cocktail Trading Co, The Gibson and Oriole all appear in the Best New Bar category.”

Judges included Hannah Sharman-Cox, founder of DrinkUp.London which runs London Wine Week and London Cocktail Week, global rum ambassador Ian Burrell, and bartenders Alex Kratena, formerly of The Langham hotel’s Artesian Bar, and Ryan Chetiyawardana whose bars include Dandelyan and White Lyan (although he was not allowed to vote on his own bars). The judges were led by Tania Ballantine, UK food and drink editor at Time Out London.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on June 13 at Rumpus Room at the Mondrian London hotel. Below is the full shortlist.

Bar of the Year
The Blind Pig at Social Eating House
Connaught Bar at The Connaught hotel
Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar
Punch Room at the London Edition hotel
Satan’s Whiskers

Best New Bar
The Cocktail Trading Co Smithfield
The Gibson
Joyeux Bordel
Original Sin
Oriole

Best Bartender or Team
American Bar at The Savoy: Erik Lorincz and team
The Cocktail Trading Co Smithfield: Olly Brading, Andy Mil, Elliot Ball and team
Dandelyan at the Mondrian London hotel: Ryan Chetiyawardana & team
Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar: Ali Reynolds and team
Punch Room at the London Edition hotel: Davide Segat and team

Most Stylish Bar
Bar Termini
Punch Room at the London Edition hotel
Old Tom & English
Oriole
Oskar’s Bar at Dabbous

Most Creative Bar
69 Colebrooke Row
The Cocktail Trading Co Smithfield
Dandelyan at the Mondrian London hotel
Peg + Patriot
White Lyan

Hippest Bar
Frank’s Café
Portobello Star
Satan’s Whiskers
Trailer Happiness
White Lyan

Classiest Bar
Beaufort Bar at The Savoy
Connaught Bar at The Connaught hotel
Dukes Bar at Dukes Hotel
Punch Room at the London Edition hotel
Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell

To for more details on each of the shortlisted bars, visit the Time Out London Bar Awards pages.

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