Three UK bars among winners in international Spirited Awards

Kwant London bar

Three London bars were today named among the best in the world in the annual Spirited Awards from the organisers of the Tales of the Cocktail festival.

Kwãnt (pictured) in Mayfair was named best new international cocktail bar after being opened last year by Erik Lorincz, the former head bartender at The American Bar at London’s Savoy hotel.

The world’s best international hotel bar was Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London in Holborn while the award for best international bar team went to the Connaught Bar at The Connaught hotel in Mayfair.

The title of best new American cocktail bar went to Silver Lyan in Washington DC – a bar opened by the UK-based Mr Lyan team, led by British bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana, which also operates Super Lyan and Lyaness in London.

They were among the first round of winners announced in the 14th annual Spirited Awards for the global bar industry, usually held alongside Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans each July. Due to the global pandemic, they are being announced online.

Other winning bars in the international categories, which exclude the USA, included best international cocktail bar Native in Singapore, best international high-volume cocktail bar Licorería Limantour in Mexico City, and best international restaurant bar Sober Company in Shanghai.

The title of world’s best cocktail menu went to Atlas in Singapore, while the award for world’s best spirits selection was won by Amor y Amargo in New York City.

Writing, media and product winners were also announced, including best new spirit or cocktail ingredient, Tequila Fortaleza Winter Blend 2019.

The rest of the Spirited Awards winners will be announced in a live digital ceremony on September 24 at talesofthecocktail.org, including international bartender of the year and the Pioneer Award.

The Raise a Glass 2020 Spirited Awards Pre-Show will be hosted on September 24 at 9pm UK time, featuring live interviews with nominees and winners, hosted by international rum ambassador Ian Burrell and leading bartender Lynnette Marrero. The awards presentation will begin at 10pm UK time.

2020 Spirited Awards Winners announced September 21

International categories (excluding USA)
Best International Bar Team (presented by House of Angostura): The Connaught Bar, London, UK
Best International Cocktail Bar (presented by Tequila Fortaleza): Native, Singapore
Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar (presented by Beam Suntory): Licorería Limantour, Mexico City, Mexico
Best International Hotel Bar (presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation): Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London, UK
Best International Restaurant Bar (presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation): Sober Company, Shanghai, China
Best New International Cocktail Bar (presented by Perrier): Kwãnt, London, UK
Best International Brand Ambassador (presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation): Camille Austin, Casa Lumbre Spirits

Writing and media categories
Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication (presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation): Half Full
Best Cocktail & Spirits Writing (presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation): “JaNee: Where is She Now” by Aaron Goldfarb for Punch
Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book (presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation): The Martini Cocktail: A Meditation on the World’s Greatest Drink, with Recipes by Robert Simonson
Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits (presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation): Last Call: Bartenders on Their Final Drink and the Wisdom and Rituals of Closing Time by Brad Thomas Parsons
Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series (presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation): WhiskyCast

Global categories (including USA)
Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient (presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation): Tequila Fortaleza Winter Blend 2019
World’s Best Cocktail Menu (presented by Perrier): Atlas, Singapore
World’s Best Spirits Selection (presented by Beam Suntory): Amor y Amargo, New York City

American categories
Best American Bar Team (presented by William Grant & Sons): Café La Trova, Miami, Florida
Best American Brand Ambassador (presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation): Robin Nance, Beam Suntory
Best American Cocktail Bar (presented by Pernod Ricard): Pacific Cocktail Haven, San Francisco, California
Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar (presented by Diageo Bar Academy): ABV, San Francisco, California
Best American Hotel Bar (presented by Diageo Bar Academy): The Spare Room at The Hollywood Roosevelt, Los Angeles, California
Best American Restaurant Bar (presented by Woodford Reserve): The Silver Dollar, Louisville, Kentucky
Best New American Cocktail Bar (presented by Elijah Craig): Silver Lyan, Washington, DC

Click here for a full list of 2020 nominees

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