Strong showing for UK in finalists for global Spirited Awards

Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards

The top four finalists have been announced for the international Spirited Awards at the Tales of the Cocktail festival in New Orleans, featuring many bars and bartenders from the UK.

The American Bar and the Beaufort Bar at The Savoy, Artesian at The Langham, Bar Termini, Blind Pig at Social Eating House, Callooh Callay, Dandelyan at the London Mondrian hotel, Happiness Forgets, Hawksmoor Spitalfields, The Punch Room at the London Edition, Trailer Happiness, White Lyan, and Zetter Townhouse – all in London – have made it through.

In the category of best international hotel bar, all four finalists are in London: The American Bar, the Beaufort Bar, The Punch Room and Zetter Townhouse.

Marian Beke from the Nightjar and Ryan Chetiyawardana from White Lyan and Dandelyan are in the top four for international bartender of the year alongside Zdenek Kastanek from 28 HongKong Street in Singapore and Hidetsugu Ueno of Bar High Five in Tokyo.

Familiar faces from the UK bar scene have made it to the final list for best international brand ambassador: global rum ambassador Ian Burrell, Monkey Shoulder whisky’s Dean Callan and Belvedere Vodka’s Claire Smith-Warner are in the top four alongside Becherovka’s George Nemec. Consultant and former brand ambassador Angus Winchester is a finalist for best bar mentor.

The UK is also well represented in the writing awards, including bartender Tristan Stephenson’s The Curious Bartender: An Odyssey of Malt Bourbon & Rye Whiskies, Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham’s Thinking Drinkers: The Enlightened Imbiber’s Guide to Alcohol, Dave Broom’s Whisky: The Manual, The Cocktail Lovers magazine, and cocktail and drinks website Diffordsguide. Dave, whose current projects include, is also up for best cocktail/spirits writer.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on July 18 as part of Tales of the Cocktail, which runs from July 13 to 19. It follows last week’s announcement of the top 10 longlist.

Full list of finalists

Best International Hotel Bar
American Bar, The Savoy (London)
Beaufort Bar, The Savoy (London)
The Punch Room, London Edition Hotel (London)
Zetter Townhouse (London)

Best International Bar Team
28 HongKong Street (Singapore)
American Bar, The Savoy (London)
Black Pearl (Melbourne)
Le Lion Bar de Paris (Hamburg)

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar
The Black Pearl/The Attic (Melbourne)
Callooh Callay (London)
Eau de Vie (Melbourne)
Trailer Happiness (London)

Best International Cocktail Bar
Artesian, The Langham (London)
Candelaria (Paris)
Happiness Forgets (London)
White Lyan (London)

Best International Restaurant Bar
Blind Pig at Social Eating House (London)
Hawksmoor Spitalfields (London)
Tippling Club (Singapore)
Zuma (Dubai)

Best New International Cocktail Bar
Bar Termini (London)
The Clumsies (Athens)
Dandelyan, London Mondrian (London)
Le Syndicat Cocktail Club (Paris)

World’s Best Cocktail Menu
Artesian, The Langham (London)
Beaufort Bar, The Savoy (London)
The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog (New York)
Trick Dog (San Francisco)

International Bartender of the Year
Marian Beke, Nightjar (London)
Ryan Chetiyawardana, White Lyan and Dandelyan (London)
Zdenek Kastanek, 28 HongKong Street (Singapore)
Hidetsugu Ueno, Bar High Five (Tokyo)

World’s Best Spirits Collection
The Baxter Inn (Sydney)
Canon (Seattle)
Multnomah Whiskey Library (Portland)
Tommy’s (San Francisco)

Best International Brand Ambassador
Ian Burrell (global rum)
Dean Callan (Monkey Shoulder)
George Nemec (Becherovka)
Claire Smith-Warner (Belvedere Vodka)

Best Bar Mentor
Bridget Albert (Chicago)
Francesco Lafranconi (Las Vegas)
Jim Meehan (Portland)
Angus Winchester (“God knows”)

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar
Employees Only (New York)
Flatiron Lounge (New York)
Harvard & Stone (Los Angeles)
Honeycut (Los Angeles)

Best American Cocktail Bar
Prizefighter (Emeryville, California)
Smuggler’s Cove (San Francisco)
Trick Dog (San Francisco)
Williams & Graham (Denver)

American Bartender of the Year
Chris Hannah (New Orleans)
Bobby Heugel (Houston)
Ivy Mix (New York)
Jeffrey Morgenthaler (Portland)

Best American Hotel Bar
The Broken Shaker (Miami Beach)
The Hawthorne (Boston)
Sable Kitchen and Bar (Chicago)
Spare Room (Los Angeles)

Best American Restaurant Bar
Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks (Boston)
Gramercy Tavern (New York)
Nopa (San Francisco)
The Rieger Hotel Grill and Exchange (Kansas City)

Best New American Cocktail Bar
ABV (San Francisco)
Julep (Houston)
Latitude 29 (New Orleans)
The NoMad Bar (New York)

Best American Bar Team
ABV (San Francisco)
The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog (New York)
Employees Only (New York)
Williams & Graham (Denver)

Best American Brand Ambassador
Brooke Arthur (House Spirits)
Colin Asare-Appiah (Bacardi)
Jamie Gordon (Absolut Elyx)
Chris Patino (Pernod-Ricard)

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient
Amaro di Angostura
J. Rieger & Co. Kansas City Whiskey
Mister Katz’s Rock and Rye
Suze Bitters

Best Book
The Bar Book by Jeff Morgenthaler
Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails by David Kaplan, Nick Fauchald, and Alex Day
Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail by Dave Arnold
The Old-Fashioned by Robert Simonson

Best New Spirits Book
The Curious Bartender: An Odyssey of Malt Bourbon & Rye Whiskies by Tristan Stephenson
Sherry by Talia Baiocchi
Thinking Drinkers: The Enlightened Imbiber’s Guide to Alcohol by Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham
Whisky: The Manual by Dave Broom

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication
The Cocktail Lovers
Difford’s Guide

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer
Dave Broom
Camper English
Jeffrey Morgenthaler
Robert Simonson

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