Bar Termini in Soho was named bar of the year and its neighbour Swift was best new bar in the second annual Time Out London Bar Awards tonight.
Opened over two years ago by cocktail and drinks specialist Tony Conigliaro and coffee expert Marco Arrigo, the tiny Bar Termini (pictured) in Old Compton Street specialises in espresso in the daytime and Negronis at night.
On the opposite side of the street is best new bar, Swift. It was opened in December in the former premises of Lab by Edmund Weil and Rosie Stimpson, the founders of the Nightjar and Oriole bars, with leading bartenders Mia Johansson and Bobby Hiddleston.
Edmund and Rosie also picked up the award for best bar design for Oriole, the basement cocktail destination that they opened in Smithfield a year and a half ago. They worked with Daytrip Studio on the interior design.
The award for most creative drinks list went to Peg + Patriot at the Town Hall Hotel & Apartments in Bethnal Green. It was praised for the innovative ingredients in its creative cocktails, developed under founder Matt Whiley and his team including bar manager Constança Cordeiro.
The award for best “single-focus” bar went to Black Rock, the basement whisky bar opened by Thomas Aske and Tristan Stephenson, the directors of consultancy Fluid Movement, over a year ago in Shoreditch.
Dandelyan bar at the Mondrian London hotel on the South Bank collected the award for best bar team, headed by its founder Ryan Chetiyawardana of Mr Lyan and a talented group of bartenders.
The winners were announced tonight at an event at the Whitechapel Gallery, sponsored by Southern Comfort. See below for a full list of the winners, runners-up and shortlisted bars.
Caroline McGinn, editor-in-chief of Time Out UK, said: “The Time Out Bar Awards celebrate the best and brightest of London’s drinks industry. These global awards showcase the latest bar trends and innovations on an international level, and draw on the expert curation that makes Time Out the ultimate guide for where you should be drinking this year – whether that’s in London, New York and LA, Miami, Chicago, Austin, Paris or Lisbon.
“Many of this year’s shortlisted bars focus on serving up fun along with amazing drinks, from Bad Sports Bar to Three Sheets and Untitled. The winners put pared-back drinking at their core, from best single-focus bar Black Rock, where you can browse whisky in a down-to-earth way, to best new bar Swift, a cool standing bar without table service that still manages to be seriously sophisticated.”
The judging panel included several bartenders: Alex Kratena, formerly of Artesian bar at London’s Langham hotel, Leon Dalloway, the founder of Gin Journey, Davide Segat, bar manager of the Punch Room at the London Edition hotel, Anna Sebastian, bar manager at the Beaufort Bar at The Savoy, and Ryan from Mr Lyan.
Other industry judges included Ian Burrell, global rum ambassador and founder of Rumfest, Sunaina Sethi, operations director and wine buyer for JKS Restaurants, and Hannah Sharman-Cox, founder of DrinkUp.London, the organisers of London Cocktail Week and London Wine Week.
Dan Bolton, managing director of Southern Comfort distributor Hi-Spirits, added: “We’re delighted to sponsor the Time Out Bar Awards and to celebrate London’s very best bars. Southern Comfort is an essential ingredient of so many great nights out in the capital, and we’re committed to supporting London’s vibrant, world-renowned bar industry. We work closely with these great venues, so we know how tough the judges’ task has been, and our congratulations go to all the winners.”
The London event is part of an international programme of awards for cities where Time Out is active, including New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Austin, Paris and Lisbon.
Time Out London Bar Awards 2017 winners, runners-up and shortlisted
Bar of the Year
WINNER: Bar Termini
RUNNER-UP: The Connaught Bar
Punch Room at the London Edition
Best New Bar
RUNNER-UP: Three Sheets
Bad Sports Bar
The Cocktail Trading Company
Best Bar Team
RUNNER-UP: The Connaught Bar
Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar
Best Bar Design
Best Single-Focus Bar
WINNER: Black Rock
RUNNER-UP: Noble Rot
East London Liquor Company
GinTonica at The Distillery
Sager + Wilde Hackney Road
Most Creative Drinks List
WINNER: Peg + Patriot
7 Tales at Sosharu
Bad Sports Bar