Tales Of The Cocktail Announces The Four Finalists For The 16th Annual Spirited Awards

After two years of celebrating the Spirited Awards virtually, the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is finally ready to celebrate the honorees and winners of the year in New Orleans in July, much to the delight of the industry.

Long recognized as one of the highest accolades in the hospitality industry, the Spirited Awards honor the best bars, bartenders, brand ambassadors, educators and journalists from around the world. It is also known for propelling winners to massive success and notoriety in the world of mixology.

“After winning Best Bar in the World at the Spirited Awards in 2019, we saw a spike in activity immediately after the awards show, especially during the day,” says Linden Pride, owner of Dante, l Greenwich Village institution renowned for its Negronis. “And there were constant crowds outside the restaurant at peak times. It was humbling to receive such recognition from our peers and it has certainly helped open doors to new business opportunities and partnerships within the industry. »

But one important thing to note about this year’s upcoming ceremony is that bars and bartenders are once again included in this year’s award categories after being put on hiatus during the height of the pandemic, as it there really was no way to judge them fairly given all the closures. . (Last year, only writing and media awards were given.)

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“We realized there really was no way to reward bars or bartenders on an equal footing [in 2021]said Eileen Wayner, CEO of Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, of last year’s ceremony. “Bars were closed – some permanently – and many bartenders and staff were out of work for long periods. And globally, restrictions for bars varied widely.

Among this year’s list of finalists, you’ll see many of the usual suspects who have made a name for themselves on the awards circuit, namely Katana Kitten in Manhattan, Two Schmucks in Barcelona, ​​Maybe Sammy in Sydney and The Clumsies in Athens. .

But there are also a number of exciting new entries: A Bar with Shapes for a Name in London, Alquímico in Cartagena, Charles H. Seoul in Seoul and Half Step in Austin.

See the full list of the top 10 nominees for this year’s Spirited Awards below.


International Bartender of the Year

● Lorenzo Antinori, ARGO at the Four Seasons Hotel (Hong Kong, China)

● Keith Motsi, Charles H. Seoul at the Four Seasons Hotel (Seoul, South Korea)

● Rémy Savage, A Bar with Shapes for a Name (London, UK)

● Matt Whiley, RE (Sydney, Australia)

Best International Bar Mentor

● Monique Berg

● Renato “Tato” Giovannoni

● Lauren Mote

● Agostino “Ago” Perrone

Best International Brand Ambassador

● Martin Hudak, Mr. Black Spirits

● Daniyel Jones, House of Angostura

● Ricardo Nava, Bacardí Latin America

● Nicola Riske, The Macallan

Best International Bar Team

● Alquímico (Cartagena, Colombia)

● Maybe Sammy (Sydney, Australia)

● The Clumsies (Athens, Greece)

● Two Schmucks (Barcelona, ​​Spain)

Best international cocktail bar

● Maybe Sammy (Sydney, Australia)

● Satan’s Whiskers (London, UK)

● Tayēr + Elementary (London, UK)

● Two Schmucks (Barcelona, ​​Spain)

Best international hotel bar

● Charles H. Seoul at the Four Seasons Hotel (Seoul, South Korea)

● Fifty Mils at the Four Seasons Hotel (Mexico City, Mexico)

● Lyaness at Sea Containers London (London, UK)

● The American Bar at The Stafford London (London, UK)

Best international restaurant and bar

● Danico (Paris, France)

● The Mary Celeste (Paris, France)

● Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico)

● Sexy Fish (London, UK)

Best New International Cocktail Bar

● A bar with shapes for a name (London, UK)

● ARGO at the Four Seasons Hotel (Hong Kong, China)

● Schofield’s Bar (Manchester, UK)

● SIPS (Barcelona, ​​Spain)


American Bartender of the Year

● Josh Davis, 16th Street Bar (Chicago, IL)

● Chris Hannah, Jewel of the South (New Orleans, LA)

● Masahiro “Masa” Urushido, Katana Kitten (New York, NY)

● Christine Wiseman, BarLab Hospitality Group (Miami, Florida)

Top U.S. Bar Mentor

●Meaghan Dorman

●Sean Kenyon

● Nectali Mendoza

● Jeffrey Morgenthaler

Best American Brand Ambassador

● Chris Cabrera, Bacardí United States

● Tad Carducci, Gruppo Montenegro

● Vance Henderson, Hendrick’s Gin

● Lynn’s house, Heaven Hill

Best American Bar Team

● Half-step (Austin, TX)

● Jewel of the South (New Orleans, LA)

● Kitten Katana (New York, NY)

● The Roosevelt Hall (Austin, Texas)

America’s Best Cocktail Bar

● Bar Goto (New York, NY)

● Kitten Katana (New York, NY)

● The Roosevelt Hall (Austin, Texas)

● Thunderbolt (Los Angeles, California)

America’s Best Hotel Bar

● Dear Irving on Hudson at the Aliz Hotel (New York, NY)

● Hey Love at Jupiter (Portland, OR)

● Little Rituals at Residence Inn/Courtyard by Marriott (Phoenix, AZ)

● Silver Lyan at Riggs Washington DC (Washington, DC)

Best American restaurant and bar

● Café La Trova (Miami, Florida)

● Cleaver: butcher meats, seafood and classic cocktails (Las Vegas, NV)

● Jewel of the South (New Orleans, LA)

● Kumiko (Chicago, Illinois)

America’s Best New Cocktail Bar

● Double Chicken Please (New York, NY)

● Happy Accidents (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

● Temple Bar (New York, NY)

● Yacht Club (Denver, CO)


Best Cocktails & Spirits Publication

● CLASS Review

● Discard the zine

● Vine Pair

● Whiskey magazine

Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series

● Soak radio

● Shōshin Art Club

● The podcast for cocktail lovers

● The Speakeasy podcast

Best Cocktails and Spirits Writing

● “Get Real: The bar world is looking beyond wellness measures to sustainability and climate change” by Max Falkowitz, for Imbibe Magazine

● “Has the coronavirus pandemic destroyed American bar culture?” by Jeffrey Morgenthaler, for Daily Beast

● “Meet the eco-packaging innovations transforming the beverage industry” by Betsy Andrews, for SevenFifty Daily

● “The greatest drinking contest in history” by David Wondrich, for Daily Beast

Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book

● Death & Co: Welcome Home by Alex Day, Nick Fauchald and David Kaplan

● Brian D. Hoefling’s Cocktail Seminars

● The Japanese art of cocktails by Masahiro Urushido and Michael Anstendig

● The Cocktail Way: Japanese Traditions, Techniques and Recipes by Julia Momosé with Emma Janzen

Best New Book in Beverage Culture, History or Spirits

● Bourbon: The History of Kentucky Whiskey by Clay Risen

● Drunk: How we sipped, danced and stumbled on our way to civilization by Edward Slingerland

● Girly Drinks: A Global History of Women and Alcohol by Mallory O’Meara

● The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails edited by David Wondrich with Noah Rothbaum


Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient

● Abasolo ancestral corn whiskey

● Citadel Gin Summer Garden

● Non-alcoholic Italian orange from Lyre

● Nixta Elote Liqueur

The best cocktail menu in the world

● Little Red Door (Paris, France)

● Lyaness at Sea Containers London (London, UK)

● Swift Soho (London, UK)

● Tayēr + Elementary (London, UK)

Selection of the best spirits in the world

● In Situ Mezcaleria (Oaxaca City, Mexico)

● Jack Rose Dining Room (Washington, DC)

● Sexy Fish (London, UK)

● Swift Soho (London, UK)

Pioneer Award

● Amanda Gunderson

Timeless International Award

● Harry’s New York Bar (Paris, France)

Timeless American Award

● Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel (New York, NY)