Long list for Spirited Awards honours Britain’s ‘best cocktail bars’

The Lucky Liquor Edinburgh

Britain’s best cocktail bars, judged by people in the drinks and hospitality industries, have been revealed as part of the long list for the annual international Spirited Awards.

Amid uncertainty whether The Tales of the Cocktail festival in New Orleans and its awards ceremony in July can go ahead because of the global pandemic, the Spirited Awards are continuing to their current schedule.

This week, the organisers announced the top 10 “honorees” in each of its regions around the world, from the east, west and central zones of the USA to Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The UK – being part of Europe – has 27 different bars in the top 10 lists, all in London apart from The Lucky Liquor Co (pictured) and Panda & Sons in Edinburgh.

London’s hotel bars make up around half of the UK’s nominations, with two each for Artesian at The Langham, Lyaness at Sea Containers London and The Donovan Bar at Brown’s Hotel.

Judging draws on the expertise of a collection of respected bartenders, bar owners, educators and writers from across the globe.

In line with the original schedule before the coronavirus, the top four finalists will be revealed on 1 June 2020 and the winners will be “celebrated” in some form on 25 July 2020.

Caroline Rosen, president of Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, said: “In unprecedented times, it’s more important than ever to stay connected to and celebrate our phenomenal community. These professionals have worked tirelessly for years, honing their craft and, really, taking care of others. We are honoured to take this opportunity to thank them for their contributions.”

You can’t visit any of them right now but, once shutdown is over, here’s the awards’ list of the UK’s top 27 bars and restaurants for cocktails:

The American Bar
The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EZ

The Langham, 1C Portland Place, Regent Street, London W1B 1JA

The Beaufort Bar
The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EZ

Callooh Callay Chelsea
316-318 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5UH

Callooh Callay Shoreditch
65 Rivington Street, Shoreditch London EC2A 3AY

The Cocktail Trading Co
68 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London E1 6GQ

The Connaught Bar
The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL

The Coral Room
The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3NN

Davies and Brook
Claridge’s, Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR

The Donovan Bar
Brown’s Hotel, 33 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4BP

108 Essex Road, Islington, London N1 8LX

25 Heddon Street, Mayfair, London W1B 4BH

Laki Kane
144-145 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 1QY

The Lobby Bar
The London Edition hotel, 10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NP

The Lucky Liquor Co
39A Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 3NH

Sea Containers London hotel, 20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD

The Mezzanine
The Stratford Hotel, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 20 International Way, London E20 1FD

Murder Inc
36 Hanway Street, Soho, London W1T 1UP

Panda & Sons
79 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 4NF

Punch Room
The London Edition hotel, 10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NP

Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN

224 Graham Road, Hackney, London E8 1BP

Sexy Fish
Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6BR

12 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D 4TQ

Tayēr + Elementary
152 Old Street, London EC1V 9BW

Trailer Happiness
177 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2DY

Three Sheets
510B Kingsland Road, Hackney, London E8 4AE

Europe’s top 10 honourees by category

Best International Bar Team
Artesian at The Langham — London, UK
Baba Au Rum House of Spirits – Athens, Greece
Boutiq’Bar — Budapest, Hungary
El Copitas Bar — St Petersburg, Russia
Lyaness — London, UK
Paradiso — Barcelona, Spain
The Clumsies — Athens, Greece
The Connaught Bar — London, UK
The Donovan Bar —  London, UK
Two Schmucks — Barcelona, Spain

Best International Cocktail Bar
1930 Cocktail Bar — Milan, Italy
Candelaria — Paris, France
Homeboy — London, UK
Le Syndicat — Paris, France
Little Red Door — Paris, France
Officina Milano — Milan, Italy
Paradiso — Barcelona, Spain
Salmon Guru — Madrid, Spain
Scout London — London, UK
Swift — London, UK
The Lucky Liquor Co — Edinburgh, UK
Three Sheets — London, UK
Two Schmucks — Barcelona, Spain
*Includes 13 honourees due to a tie

Best International High-Volume Cocktail Bar
Baba Au Rum House of Spirits — Athens, Greece
Callooh Callay (Shoreditch) — London, UK
Drink Kong — Rome, Italy
Freni e Frizioni — Rome, Italy
HIMKOK — Oslo, Norway
Laki Kane — London, UK
Panda & Sons — Edinburgh, UK
The Clumsies — Athens, Greece
The Cocktail Trading Co — London, UK
Trailer Happiness — London, UK

Best International Hotel Bar
Artesian at The Langham — London, UK
Lyaness at Sea Containers London — London, UK
Provocateur Bar in the Provocateur Hotel — Berlin, Germany
Punch Room at The Barcelona Edition — Barcelona, Spain
Punch Room at The London Edition — London, UK
Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London — London, UK
The American Bar at The Savoy — London, UK
The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy — London, UK
The Coral Room at The Bloomsbury Hotel — London, UK
The Donovan Bar at Brown’s Hotel — London, UK
The Lobby Bar at The London Edition — London, UK
*Includes 11 honourees due to a tie

Best International Restaurant Bar
Baccano — Rome, Italy
Bonhomie — Paris, France
Café Moderne — Paris, France
Ceresio 7 — Milan, Italy
Danico — Paris, France
Le Mary Celeste — Paris, France
Octavius Bar at The Stage — Milano, Italy
Paloma Cantina — St Petersburg, Russia
Sexy Fish — London, UK
The Craftsman — Reggio Emilia, Italy
Tjoget —  Stockholm, Sweden

Best New International Cocktail Bar
A Bar Called Gemma — Stockholm, Sweden
Barro Negro — Athens, Greece
Callooh Callay Chelsea — London, UK
Davies and Brook — London, UK
Kwānt — London, UK
Lucy’s Flower Shop — Stockholm, Sweden
Monkey Mash — Lisbon, Portugal
Murder Inc — London, UK
Tayēr + Elementary — London, UK
The Mezzanine — London, UK

Click here for the full list for every region around the world.

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