Red Light, the late-night drinking den opened a year ago by bartender Richard Tring, was the biggest winner in the Bristol Cocktail Week Awards.
It triumphed in three of the four categories, gaining the titles of best all-round bar, the bar with the best atmosphere and bar with the best cocktail list. Richard (pictured above right) was previously at The Milk Thistle before opening his own cocktail bar in Unity Street last year.
The award for bar with best service went to Hausbar in Upper Belgrave Road, which is one of Bristol’s leading cocktail bars after opening eight years ago.
The winners were decided by a public vote via the Bristol Cocktail Week website, allowing only one vote per person. A total of 1,652 votes were registered for 35 different bars.
The organisers also announced the winner of Bristol’s best bartender as Emilio Di Salvo of Red Light. Taking home the Bristol Cocktail Cup, he came out top in a competition held during Bristol Cocktail Week. In second place was James McGovern, also from Red Light.
The category for bar with best atmosphere, sponsored by Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum, saw second place go to The Doghouse with Hausbar in third and The Milk Thistle fourth.
Second place for bar with best cocktail menu, sponsored by Portobello Road Gin, went to Hausbar with The Doghouse in third place and The Milk Thistle in fourth.
It was a similar line-up for bar with best service, sponsored by Gentleman Jack whiskey, where Red Light was in second place, with The Doghouse third and The Milk Thistle fourth.
Hausbar and The Doghouse took joint second place for best all-round bar, sponsored by Herradura tequila. They were followed by The Milk Thistle in third, Amoeba and Pata Negra in joint fourth and Flipside Cocktail Club and Hyde & Co in joint fifth.
Pictured with Richard Tring are James McGovern and Emilio Di Salvo.