UK bars finalists for global awards


Alex Kratena at the Artesian BarBars and bartenders from the UK have made it through to the finalists’ list for the international Spirited Awards run as part of Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans.

After a shortlist was published in May, the organisers have revealed the top four finalists in each category before the winners are announced during the annual bar industry event on July 28.

The Connaught Bar at the Connaught Hotel in London and 69 Colebrooke Road in Islington, north London, are in the final four for world’s best cocktail bar while Callooh Callay in Shoreditch, London, is up against Clover Club and Mayahuel in New York City and Black Pearl in Melbourne for world’s best cocktail menu.

The Artesian Bar at London’s Langham hotel is in the final list for world’s best drinks selection alongside Salvatore’s at Playboy, part of the Playboy Club in London. The Artesian is also up for the title of world’s best hotel bar, along with the Zetter Townhouse in London, which was launched last year by the team behind 69 Colebrooke Row. The Zetter Townhouse has also made the final four for world’s best new cocktail bar.

The final line-up for international bartender of the year sees two London bartenders Zdenek Kastanek of Quo Vadis and Alex Kratena from the Artesian Bar (pictured) up against two from New York City: Sam Ross of Milk & Honey and Attaboy and Dushan Zaric of Employees Only.

The list for best international brand ambassador sees three from the UK – rum ambassador Ian Burrell, Belvedere’s Claire Smith and Tanqueray’s Angus Winchester – face off with New Zealander Jacob Briars from Bacardi.

The category for best bar mentor includes British mixologist Wayne Collins, manager of Maxxium’s international bartender training programme Mixxit. Among the finalists for best cocktail writing (non-book) is BarlifeUK, headed by Andy Ives and Simon Webster.

The finalists for best new product are Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Rum, Cognac Pierre Ferrand 1840 Formula, Lillet Rosé and the molecular mixology Perlini System.

The awards, sponsored by Pernod Ricard USA, take place on the fourth day of Tales of the Cocktail, which takes place across New Orleans from July 25 to 29.

Complete list of the top four nominees according to category.

International Bartender of the Year
Zdenek Kastanek
Alex Kratena
Sam Ross
Dushan Zaric

World’s Best Cocktail Bar
69 Colebrooke Row – London, United Kingdom
Black Pearl –Melbourne, Australia
The Connaught Bar – London, United Kingdom
The Varnish – Los Angeles, California

World’s Best Cocktail Menu
Black Pearl – Melbourne, Australia
Callooh Callay – London, United Kingdom
Clover Club – Brooklyn, New York
Mayahuel – Manhattan, New York

World’s Best Drinks Selection
Artesian at The Langham – London, United Kingdom
Death & Co. – Manhattan, New York
Eau de Vie – Sydney, Australia
Salvatore’s at The Playboy – London, United Kingdom

World’s Best Hotel Bar
Artesian at The Langham – London, United Kingdom
Clive’s Classic Lounge – Victoria, British Columbia
Clyde Common – Portland, Oregon
The Zetter Townhouse – London, United Kingdom

World’s Best New Cocktail Bar
Aviary – Chicago, Illinois
Candelaria – Paris, France
Canon – Seattle, Washington
The Zetter Townhouse – London, United Kingdom

Best International Brand Ambassador
Jacob Briars
Ian Burrell
Claire Smith
Angus Winchester

Best Bar Mentor
Bridget Albert
Wayne Collins
Francesco Lafranconi
Steve Olson

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar
Beretta – San Francisco, California
Clover Club – Brooklyn, New York
Eastern Standard – Boston, Massachusetts
La Descarga – Los Angeles, California

Best Cocktail Writing – Author
Gary Regan
Robert Simonson
Dave Wondrich
Naren Young

Best Cocktail Writing – Non Book
Barlife UK
Liquor.com
Shakestir.com
Time Out NY

Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book
The American Cocktail by the Editors of Imbibe
Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-all
Gaz Regan’s Annual Manual for Bartenders 2011
PDT Cocktail Book

Best New Product
Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Rum
Cognac Pierre Ferrand 1840 Formula
Lillet Rose
Perlini System

Best Restaurant Bar
Bar Agricole – San Francisco, California
Rivera – Los Angeles, California
Saxon + Parole – New York, New York
Slanted Door – San Francisco, California

American Bartender of the Year
Eric Alperin
Charles Joly
Jeffrey Morganthaler
Joaquin Simo

Best American Brand Ambassador
Erick Castro
Elayne Duke
Jamie Gordon
Jim Ryan

Best American Cocktail Bar
Anvil Bar & Refuge – Houston, Texas
Clover Club – Brooklyn, New York
Columbia Room – Washington, District of Columbia
The Varnish – Los Angeles, California

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