The 2018 Spirited Awards Top Ten Lists Announced

Tales of the Cocktail Announce Nominee Long-Lists for 2018 Spirited Awards

BarLIfeUK News - The 2018 Spirited Awards Top Ten Lists AnnouncedThe initial judging stage for the 2018 Spirited Awards has been completed, with the organisation reporting an initial nominee list over 1000 strong, and category long lists of 10 nominees have been announced. Another round of judging will further reduce the field, with four finalists for each category to be announced on June 22nd. The Spirited Awards ceremony itself will take place on 21st July, 2018, in New Orleans.

The Top Ten Nominees

International Categories

International Bartender of the Year presented by Bacardi USA

Sullivan Doh, La Commune
Marcis Dzelzainis, Sager and Wilde
Roman Foltan, ATLAS Singapore
Chris Hysted-Adams, Black Pearl
Chris Moore, Coupette
Tess Posthumus, Flying Dutchmen Cocktails
Remy Savage, Artesian
Joe Schofield, Tippling Club
Kaitlyn Stewart, Royal Dinette
Luke Whearty, Operation Dagger

Best International Brand Ambassador presented by G.H. Mumm

Georgie Bell, Malts – Bacardi
Ian Burrell, Global Rum Ambassador
Dickie Cullimore, Bacardi
Gareth Evans, Absolut Elyx
Daniyel Jones, Angostura
Roberta Mariani, Martini
Joe McCanta, Grey Goose
Raj Nagra, Bombay Sapphire
George Nemec, Becherovka
Nicola Riske, Macallan & Edrington Malts
Meimi Sanchez, Havana Club International

Best International Bar Team presented by The House of Angostura

Baxters Inn – Sydney
Black Pearl – Melbourne
Licoreria Limantour – Mexico City
Lost & Found Drinkery – Cyprus
Manhattan Bar – Singapore
Swift – London
The American Bar, The Savoy – London
The Clumsies – Athens
The Connaught Bar – London
Tippling Club – Singapore

Best International Cocktail Bar presented by Pernod Ricard

ATLAS – Singapore
Bulletin Place – Sydney
Happiness Forgets – London
Le Syndicat – Paris
Licoreria Limantour – Mexico City
Lost and Found Drinkery – Cyprus
Native – Singapore
Operation Dagger – Singapore
Speak Low – Shanghai
The Gibson – London
Three Sheets – London

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar

Baba Au Rum – Athens
Baxters Inn – Sydney
Callooh Callay – London
Central Station – Beirut
Dirty Dick – Paris
Eau-de-Vie – Melbourne
HIMKOK – Oslo, Norway
La Factoria – San Juan
Oriole Bar – London
Panda and Sons – Edinburgh
Super Lyan – London
The Barber Shop – Sydney
The Clumsies – Athens

Best International Hotel Bar presented by Japan Shochu and Sake Maker Association

Bamboo Bar – Bangkok
Charles H – Seoul
DUKES – London
Fifty Mils – Mexico City
Lobster Bar – Hong Kong
Manhattan Bar – Singapore
Punch Room at London Edition
Scarfes Bar, Rosewood – London
The American Bar, The Savoy – London
The Lobby Bar at The London EDITION

Best International Restaurant Bar

Blind Pig – London
Cub – Londo
Danico – Paris
Hawksmoor Spitalfields – London
Maybe Frank – Sydney
Sager & Wilde – London
Sexy Fish – London
Sober Company – Shanghai
The Clove Club – London
Tjoget/Linje Tio – Stockholm
Zuma Dubai – Dubai

Best New International Cocktail Bar presented by Maison Ferrand USA

Botanist – Vancouver, Canada
Coupette – London
Flying Dutchmen Cocktails – Amsterdam
Les Grands Verres – Paris
MOOTEE – Johannesburg
Scout – London
The Mint Gun Club – London
The Old Man – Hong Kong
The Strangers Club – Panamá
Two Schmucks – Barcelona
Waeska Bar at the Mandrake – London

Writing Categories

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication

1806 Magazine
Difford’s Guide
Fine Drinking Magazine
Liquor.com
Neat Pour
Rumporter Magazine
The Daily Beast Half Full Section
The Spirits Business
VinePair
Whisky Advocate

Best Cocktail and Spirits Writer presented by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

M. Carrie Allan, The Washington Post and more
Simon Difford, Difford’s Guide
Aaron Goldfarb, PUNCH
Pableaux Johnson, New York Times, Imbibe, and more
Matt Pietrek, Cocktail Wonk
Clay Risen, New York Times
Noah Rothbaum, The Daily Beast
Robert Simonson, The New York Times
Hamish Smith, Class Magazine, Drinks International
Max Watman, The Daily Beast

Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book presented by Gra’it Grappa

Cocktail Chameleon by Mark Addison
FEVER-TREE The Art of Mixing Simple Long Drinks & Cocktails From The World’s Leading Bars by Charles Rolls and Tim Warrillow
Gin Tonica by David T. Smith
L’Heure du Cocktail / The Cocktail Hour by Marcel Requien & Lucien Farnoux-Reynaud
One-Bottle Cocktail by Maggie Hoffman
Meehan’s Bartender Manual by Jim Meehan
The Imbible by Micah LeMon
3 Ingredient Cocktails by Robert Simonson
The Cocktail Competition Handbook by Andy Ives
The Cocktail Guy’ by Rich Woods

Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits

Barrel Strength Bourbon: The Explosive Growth of America’s Whiskey by Carla Harris Carlton
Beachbum Berry’s Sippin Safari by Jeff Berry
By the Smoke and the Smell by Thad Vogler
Distillery Cats by Brad Thomas Parsons
Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy by Richard E. Ocejo
Mezcal by Emma Janzen
Rum Curious: The Indispensable Tasting Guide to the World’s Spirit by Fred Minnick
STRAIGHT UP The insiders’ guide to the world’s most interesting bars and drinking experiences by Joel Harrison & Neil Ridley
The Curious Bartender’s Rum Revolution by Joel Harrison
The Way of Whisky: A Journey Around Japanese Whisky by Dave Broom, Photography by Kohei Take

Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series

Bar None Podcast
BarChick Media Ltd.
Bartender At Large
Cocktails For You
Difford’s Guide
Gin Foundry
Life Behind Bars
Liquor.com
Shift Drink podcast with Ed Rudisell and Arthur Black
The Speakeasy
WhiskyCast

Global Categories

Best Bar Mentor presented by Barsmarts

Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist
Bridget Albert, Southern Wine and Spirits
Ryan Chetiyawardana, Mr Lyan
Alex Kratena, Pour
Francesco Lafranconi, Bar consultant
Christopher Lowder, Proof & Company, China
Dre Masso, Mentor
Nectaly Mendoza, Herbs & Rye
Mike Ryan, Kimpton Hotels
Andy Seymour, Liquid Productions, INC

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient

Creme de Banane, Tempus Fugit Spirits
Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal Jabali
J. Rieger & Co. Monogram Whiskey 2018 Sherry Bota
Laird’s Straight Applejack 86
MARTINI Riserva Speciale Bitter
Old Duff Single Malt Genever
Paranubes Oaxacan Rum
Privateer Rum Pot Stilled Overproof Rum- Tres Aromatique
Tequila Siembra Valles Blanco Ancestral
The Bitter Truth Bogart’s Bitters

World’s Best Cocktail Menu presented by Peroni

American Bar, The Savoy – Every Moment Tells a Story – London
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour – Phoenix, AZ
BlackTail – New York City, NY
Canon – Seattle, WA
Charles H, Four Seasons Hotel – Seoul
Dandelyan – London
Dante – New York City, NY
MACE bar – New York City, NY
The Aviary – Chicago, IL
Tippling Club – Singapore

World’s Best Spirits Selection

Amor y Amargo – New York, NY
ATLAS – Singapore
Mabel – Paris, France
Old Crow – Zürich, Switzerland
Rumba – Seattle, WA
Sexy Fish – London
Sweet Liberty – Miami, FL
The Baxter Inn – Sydney, Australia
The Office – Chicago, Illinois
Trick Dog – San Francisco, CA
Whitechapel – San Francisco, CA

American Categories

American Bartender of the Year presented by Bacardi USA

Tyson Buehler, Death & Co Denver
Kevin Diedrich, Pacific Cocktail Haven
Marcovaldo Dionysos, ABV
Abigail Gullo, Compère Lapin at The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery
ms. franky marshall, Le Boudoir
Micah Melton, The Alinea Group
Ezra Star, Drink
Kellie Thorn, Empire State South
Yael Vengroff, Spare Room
Jillian Vose, Dead Rabbit
Christine Wiseman, Broken Shaker Los Angeles

Best American Brand Ambassador

Kiowa Bryan, Spiribam
Tim Cooper, 86 Co.
Gardner Dunn, Suntory Whiskies
Erin Hayes, House Spirits
Vance Henderson, Monkey Shoulder
Lynn House, Heaven Hill
Anne Louise Marquis, Campari
Jessamine McLellan, Pernod Ricard
Robin Nance, Beam Suntory
Trevor Schneider, Reyka

Best American Bar Team presented by William Grant & Sons

Clover Club – Brooklyn, NY
Columbia Room – Washington D.C.
Dante – New York City, NY
Drink – Boston, MA
Herbs & Rye – Las Vegas, NV
Leyenda – Brooklyn, NY
Pacific Cocktail Haven – San Francisco, CA
Sportsman’s Club – Chicago, IL
Sweet Liberty – Miami, FL
Williams & Graham – Denver, CO

Best American Cocktail Bar presented by Pernod Ricard

ABV – San Francisco, CA
Amor Y Amargo – New York City, NY
Anvil – Houston, TX
Bar Goto – New York City, NY
BarMini by Jose Andres – Washington, D.C.
Lost Lake – Chicago, IL
Pacific Cocktail Haven – San Francisco, CA
PDT – New York City, NY
Pouring Ribbons – New York City, NY
Trick Dog – San Francisco, CA

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar presented by William Grant & Sons

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour – Phoenix, AZ
Drink – Boston, MA
Harvard and Stone – Los Angeles, CA
Occidental – Denver, CO
Pagan Idol – San Francisco, CA
Polite Provisions – San Diego, CA
Roosevelt Room – Austin, TX
Sportsman’s Club – Chicago, IL
The Anderson – Miami, FL
The NoMad Bar – New York City, NY

Best American Hotel Bar presented by Bacardi USA

Brother’s and Sister’s at The Line Hotel – Washington D.C.
Charmaine’s at The Proper Hotel – San Francisco, CA
Compère Lapin at The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery – New Orleans, LA
Covina – New York City, NY
Libertine Social – Las Vegas, NV
Midnight Rambler – Dallas, TX
Sable Kitchen & Bar in Chicago – Chicago, IL
The Broken Shaker Miami – Miami, FL
The Living Room at The Dewberry Hotel – Charleston, SC
The Roof at Park South – New York City, NY
The Spare Room – Los Angeles, CA

Best American Restaurant Bar presented by Woodford Reserve

Bad Hunter – Chicago, IL
Bar Agricole – San Francisco, CA
Cherry Circle Room – Chicago, IL
Clyde Common – Portland, OR
Gramercy Tavern – New York City, NY
Kimball House – Decatur, GA
LihoLiho Yacht Club – San Francisco, CA
No. 9 Park – Boston, MA
Nopa – San Francisco, CA
Silver Dollar – Louisville, KY

Best New American Cocktail Bar presented by Maison Ferrand USA

Attaboy Nashville – Nashville, TN
Broken Shaker LA – Los Angeles, CA
Death or Glory – Delray Beach, FL
Diamond Reef – Brooklyn, NY
Navy Strength – Seattle, WA
Nickel City – Austin, TX
NoMad LA Giannini Bar – Los Angeles, CA
Prairie School – Chicago, IL
The Aviary NYC – New York City, NY
The Pool Lounge – New York, NY

World’s Best Bar presented by Italicus

World’s Best Bar is awarded to one of the winners in the bar categories: Best American and International Cocktail Bar, Best American and International Restaurant Bar, Best American and International Hotel Bar and Best American and International High Volume Bar. The winner will be announced at the 2018 Spirited Awards.

Lifetime Achievement presented by William Grant & Sons

The recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced soon.

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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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