Winners announced in Scottish Bartenders Network awards

Blythswood Square hotel bar

Bars and bartenders from Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh triumphed in the 2015 Scottish Bartenders Network awards last night.

Winners in Edinburgh included The Lucky Liquor Co which was named Scotland’s best cocktail bar and Hoot the Redeemer which won the award for best new bar.

In Glasgow, Blythswood Square Hotel (pictured) gained the title of best hotel bar and The Tippling House in Aberdeen won the award for best cocktail menu.

Michael Cameron of Guy’s Restaurant in Glasgow was named bartender of the year, boosted by achievements such as winning the 2015 Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind competition.

From Aberdeen, Martin Farmer of Orchid was named bar manager of the year and Ciarán Russell of The Tippling House won the award for young bartender of the year.

Other awards included recognition of the best whisky advocate which went to Steven Cooney from Tigerlily bar in Edinburgh and the title of beer champion for Jehad Hatu from craft beer shop Grunting Growler in Glasgow.

The Legend Award, recognising the achievements of an industry legend, went to Frank Murphy of The Pot Still in Glasgow which has become a destination for whisky lovers.

The awards were held yesterday after Scotland’s Boutique Bar Show at Saint Luke’s in Glasgow. For more details, visit

Click here for the full list of regional winners announced earlier this week.

Full list of winners

Young Bartender of the Year in association with Red Squirrel Gingernut Liqueur
Ciarán Russell of The Tippling House, Aberdeen

Bartender of the Year in association with Star of Bombay Gin
Michael Cameron of Guy’s Restaurant, Glasgow

Cocktail Bar of the Year in association with Daffy’s Gin
The Lucky Liquor Co, Edinburgh

Hotel Bar of the Year in association with Solid Liquids
Blythswood Square Hotel, Glasgow

Cocktail Menu of the Year in association with Campari
The Tippling House, Aberdeen

Bar Manager of the Year in association with Skipper Rum
Martin Farmer of Orchid, Aberdeen

Whisky Advocate with Wemyss Malts
Steven Cooney from Tigerlily, Edinburgh

Beer Champion in association with The Hanging Bat Brewing Co
Jehad Hatu from Grunting Growler, Glasgow

Best New Bar of 2015 in association with Pickering’s Gin
Hoot the Reedemer, Edinburgh

The Legend Award in association with Eden Mill Distillery & Brewery
Frank Murphy of The Pot Still, Glasgow

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