UK bars among best in the world in top four Spirited Awards finalists

Spirited Awards 2019

Bars in Edinburgh and London have been listed among the best in the world in the line-up of “Top 4” finalists in the annual Spirited Awards.

They include Panda & Sons in Edinburgh and London’s The Connaught Bar, Swift, Punch Room at The London Edition and Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London. Sexy Fish in London is up for two categories: best restaurant bar and best spirits collection.

Two London bars feature in the top four finalists for best new cocktail bar internationally: Kwānt and Tayēr + Elementary. The latter is also up for the title of world’s best cocktail menu.

Alex Kratena, co-founder of Tayēr + Elementary, is also a finalist for the title of Best Bar Mentor alongside Ago Perrone from The Connaught Bar, Simone Caporale and Diageo Reserve’s Lauren Mote.

Among the American categories, finalists for best new cocktail bar include Silver Lyan, the Washington DC bar opened by Ryan Chetiyawardana’s Mr Lyan which runs Super Lyan and Lyaness in London.

The Spirited Awards, normally held as part of the now-postponed Tales of the Cocktail festival in New Orleans in July, take place online on September 24 at 8pm (UK time). However, many of the winners including nearly all of the international awards will be announced via talesofthecocktail.org on September 21.

Caroline Rosen, president of organiser Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, said: “For many months now, we debated whether an awards ceremony is what the world needs right now. Ultimately, we decided yes, we do need to continue to celebrate the resilience of our peers.”

The awards are judged by a collection of respected bartenders, bar owners, educators and writers from across the globe.

The Tales of the Cocktail conference will now be held online from September 21 to 24. Click here for more information.

2020 Spirited Awards Top 4 Finalists

International categories (excluding the USA)

Best International Bar Team presented by House of Angostura 
La Factoría — San Juan, Puerto Rico
Maybe Sammy — Sydney, Australia
The Clumsies — Athens, Greece
The Connaught Bar — London, UK
Winner announced September 21

International Bartender of the Year presented by Martini & Rossi
Bannie Kang — MU, Taipei, Taiwan
Kelsey Ramage —  Supernova Ballroom, Toronto, Canada
Rémy Savage — Le Syndicat, Paris, France
Kaitlyn Stewart — Royal Dinette, Vancouver, Canada
Winner announced September 24 

Best International Cocktail Bar presented by Tequila Fortaleza
Floreria Atlántico — Buenos Aires, Argentina
Maybe Sammy — Sydney, Australia
Native — Singapore
Swift — London, UK
Winner announced September 21

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar presented by Beam Suntory
La Factoría — San Juan, Puerto Rico
Licorería Limantour — Mexico City, Mexico
Panda & Sons — Edinburgh, Scotland
The Baxter Inn — Sydney, Australia
Winner announced September 21

Best International Hotel Bar
Fifty Mils at the Four Seasons Hotel — Mexico City, Mexico
Punch Room at The London Edition — London, UK
Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London — London, UK
The Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental — Bangkok, Thailand
Winner announced September 21

Best International Restaurant Bar
ámaZ — Lima, Peru
Le Mary Celeste — Paris, France
Sexy Fish — London, UK
Sober Company — Shanghai, China
Winner announced September 21

Best New International Cocktail Bar presented by Perrier
Byrdi — Melbourne, Australia
Kwānt — London, UK
Tayēr + Elementary — London, UK
Tres Monos — Buenos Aires, Argentina
Winner announced September 21

Best International Bar Mentor
Simone Caporale 
Alex Kratena 
Lauren Mote 
Agostino Perrone
Winner announced September 24 

Best International Brand Ambassador
Camille Austin — Casa Lumbre Spirits
Martin Hudák — Mr Black Spirits
Daniyel Jones — The House of Angostura
Dave Mitton — Lot No. 40 & J.P. Wiser’s Canadian Whisky
Winner announced September 21

Global categories

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient
Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal Las Milpas
Heaven Hill 7 Year Bottled-in-Bond
Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice
Tequila Fortaleza Winter Blend 2019
Winner announced September 21

World’s Best Cocktail Menu presented by Perrier
Atlas Bar — Singapore
Little Red Door — Paris, France
Raised by Wolves — San Diego, CA
Tayēr + Elementary — London, UK
Winner announced September 21

World’s Best Spirits Selection presented by Beam Suntory
Amor y Amargo – New York, NY
Raised by Wolves — San Diego, CA
Sexy Fish — London, UK
The Office — Chicago, IL
Winner announced September 21

Timeless American Award presented by Q Mixers
Angel’s Share — New York, NY

Timeless International Award
Boadas Cocktails — Barcelona, Spain

Writing and media categories

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication
Drink Magazine Asia
Half Full
The Spirits Business
VinePair
Winner announced September 21

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writing
“Mixopedia: Under Foot” by Wayne Curtis for Imbibe (US)
“JaNee: Where is She Now” by Aaron Goldfarb for Punch
“Can There Be Terroir in Spirits?” by Kara Newman for Wine Enthusiast
“The Case for Drinking Scotch in Tiki Cocktails” by Becky Paskin for The Daily Beast 
Winner announced September 21

Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book
Cocktails with a Twist by Kara Newman
The NoMad Cocktail Book by Leo Robitschek
The Martini Cocktail: A Meditation on the World’s Greatest Drink, with Recipes by Robert Simonson
Minimalist Tiki: A Cocktail Wonk Look at Classic Libations and the Modern Tiki Vanguard by Matt Pietrek and Carrie Smith
Winner announced September 21

Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits
Drunk in China: Baijiu and the World’s Oldest Drinking Culture by Derek Sandhaus
Last Call: Bartenders on Their Final Drink and the Wisdom and Rituals of Closing Time by Brad Thomas Parsons
Understanding Spirits: Explaining Style and Quality by Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)
Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World by Derek Brown and Robert Yule
Winner announced September 21

Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series
Difford’s Guide
Happy Hour History
The Speakeasy
WhiskyCast
Winner announced September 21

US categories

Best American Bar Team presented by William Grant & Sons
Café La Trova — Miami, FL
Jewel of the South — New Orleans, LA
Nickel City — Austin, TX
Pacific Cocktail Haven — San Francisco, CA
Winner announced September 21 

Best American Bar Mentor presented by BarSmarts
Bridget Albert 
Alex Day 
Lynn House 
Don Lee 
Winner announced September 24

American Bartender of the Year presented by Pernod Ricard
Kevin Diedrich — Pacific Cocktail Haven, San Francisco, CA
Mary Palac — Paper Plane, San Jose, CA
Masahiro Urushido — Katana Kitten, New York, NY
Christine Wiseman — Broken Shaker, Los Angeles, CA
Winner announced September 24

Best American Brand Ambassador
Tad Carducci — Amaro Montenegro 
Vance Henderson — Hendrick’s Gin
Robin Nance — Beam Suntory 
Dominic Venegas — Pernod Ricard USA
Winner announced September 21

Best American Cocktail Bar presented by Pernod Ricard
Best Intentions — Chicago, IL
Katana Kitten — New York, NY
Pacific Cocktail Haven — San Francisco, CA
Raised by Wolves — San Diego, CA
Winner announced September 21

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar presented by Diageo Bar Academy
ABV — San Francisco, CA
Anvil Bar & Refuge — Houston, TX
Café La Trova — Miami, FL
Nickel City — Austin, TX
Winner announced September 21

Best American Hotel Bar presented by Diageo Bar Academy
Death & Co at the Ramble Hotel — Denver, CO
Libertine Social at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino — Las Vegas, NV
Mr Coco at the Palms Casino Resort — Las Vegas, NV
The Spare Room at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel — Los Angeles, CA
Winner announced September 21

Best American Restaurant Bar presented by Woodford Reserve 
Cleaver — Las Vegas, NV
Jewel of the South — New Orleans, LA
Jimmy’s — Aspen, CO
The Silver Dollar — Louisville, KY
Winner announced September 21

Best New American Cocktail Bar presented by Elijah Craig
Bar Goto Niban — Brooklyn, NY
Century Grand — Phoenix, AZ
Silver Lyan — Washington DC
Thunderbolt — Los Angeles, CA
Winner announced September 21

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