Spirited Awards 2016 Top Four Nominees Announced

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Tales of the Cocktail’s ‘Spirited Awards’ have announced the top four lists for this year’s categories.

International Categories

Best International Bar Team
American Bar at the Savoy (London, United Kingdom)
Black Pearl (Melbourne, Australia)
Connaught Bar (London, United Kingdom)
Dandelyan (London, United Kingdom)

International Bartender of the Year
Marcis Dzelzainis of Sager + Wilde Paradise Row (London, United Kingdom)
Iain Griffiths of White Lyan and Dandelyan (London, United Kingdom)
Zdenek Kastanek of 28 Hong Kong Street (Singapore)
Hidetsugu Ueno of Bar High Five (Tokyo, Japan)

Best International Brand Ambassador
Best International Brand Ambassador
Ian Burrell (Rum Ambassador)
Dean Callan (Monkey Shoulder)
Camille Vidal (St-Germain)
Max Warner (Chivas Regal)

Best International Cocktail Bar

Bar High Five (Tokyo, Japan)
Bramble Bar (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
Happiness Forgets (London, United Kingdom)
Le Lion Bar de Paris (Hamburg, Germany)

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar
Callooh Callay (London, United Kingdom)
The Clumsies (Athens, Greece)
Eau De Vie (Melbourne, Australia)
Trailer Happiness (London, United Kingdom)

Best International Hotel Bar

American Bar at The Savoy (London, United Kingdom)
The Connaught Bar at The Connaught (London, United Kingdom)
Dandelyan at the Mondrian, London (London, United Kingdom)
Punch Room at The London EDITION (London, United Kingdom)

Best International Restaurant Bar
Duck & Waffle (London, United Kingdom)
Hawksmoor Spitalfields (London, United Kingdom)
Le Mary Celeste (Paris, France)
Tippling Club (Singapore)

Best New International Cocktail Bar

Charles H. (Seoul, South Korea)
The Dark Horse (Bath, United Kingdom)
Gibson Bar (Singapore)
Oriole (London, United Kingdom)

Writing Categories



Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication
Australian Bartender
Cocktail Lovers
Difford’s Guide
Liquor.com

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer

Sandrae Lawrence
Jeffrey Morgenthaler
Robert Simonson
Naren Young

Best New Cocktail & Bartending Book
Good Things to Drink with Mr Lyan and Friends by Ryan Chetiyawardana
The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual: Secret Recipes and Barroom Tales fromTwo Belfast Boys Who Conquered the Cocktail World by Sean Muldoon, Jack McGarry and Ben Schaffer
The Craft Cocktail Party: Delicious Drinks for Every Occasion by Julie Reiner
The NoMad Cocktail Book by Leo Robitschek

Best New Spirits Book

Divided Spirits – Tequila, Mezcal and the Politics of Production by Sarah Bowen
Vermouth: The Revival of the Spirit that Created America’s Cocktail Culture by Adam Ford
Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker by Fred Minnick
Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey by Reid Mitenbuler

Global Categories



Best Bar Mentor
Bridget Albert
Francesco Lafranconi
Dré Masso
Angus Winchester

World’s Best Cocktail Menu

Dandelyan (London, United Kingdom)
Little Red Door (Paris, France)
Mace (New York, United States)
Trick Dog (San Francisco, United States)

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient
Caña Brava 7-year Reserva Añeja Rum by the 86 Co. (Panamá)
Lagavulin 8-Year Old – 200th Anniversary Edition (United Kingdom)
Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Rum (Barbados)
Rutte Celery Dry Gin by Rutte Spirits (Netherlands)

World’s Best Spirits Selection
The Baxter Inn (Sydney, Australia)
Multnomah Whiskey Library (Portland, United States)
Old Lightning (Marina Del Rey, United States)
Tommy’s (San Francisco, United States)

American Categories

Best American Bar Team
ABV (San Francisco)
Attaboy (New York)
The Dead Rabbit (New York)
Williams & Graham (Denver)

American Bartender of the Year
Bobby Heugel of Anvil Bar & Refuge (Houston)
John Lermayer of Sweet Liberty (Miami Beach)
Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Clyde Common (Portland)
Naren Young of Dante (New York)

Best American Brand Ambassador
Colin Asare-Appiah (Bacardi)
Tim Cooper (The 86 Co.)
Anne Louise-Marquis (Marnier Lapostolle)
Chris Patino (Pernod Ricard)

Best American Cocktail Bar
canon: whiskey and bitters emporium (Seattle)
The NoMad (New York)
Prizefighter (Emeryville)
Smuggler’s Cove (San Francisco)

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar
Flatiron Lounge (New York)
Harvard & Stone (Los Angeles)
Herbs & Rye (Las Vegas)
Polite Provisions (San Diego)

Best American Hotel Bar
The Elephant Bar at The NoMad (New York)
The Hawthorne at the Commonwealth Hotel (Boston)
Sable Kitchen & Bar at Hotel Palomar (Chicago)
The Spare Room at The Hollywood Roosevelt (Los Angeles)

Best American Restaurant Bar
Cane & Table (New Orleans)
Gramercy Tavern (New York)
nopa (San Francisco)
Saxon + Parole (New York)

Best New American Cocktail Bar
Dante (New York)
Leyenda (Brooklyn)
Suffolk Arms (New York)
Sweet Liberty (Miami Beach)

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Andy Ives has over 10 years hospitality publishing to his name and has written for trade magazines such as CLASS and Theme. Most recently he worked as editor of Industry magazine (the Australian version of Theme), bars editor of Australian Bartender magazine, and launched (with Simon) www.4bars.com.au, which is now Australia’s leading bar industry website.

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