It's that time of the year: Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. The epicenter of the bar world during 1 week with more than 15 000 bartenders this year. Many events are happening: tastings, conferences, parties and of course the Spirited Awards.
The winners have been announced and the great winner this year is the Connaught Bar at the Connaught Hotel in London.
Clearly New York City and London are still the bar capitals but we see many cities rising up: Tokyo, Portland, San Francisco, Miami...
The full awards' list is below:
Bartender of the Year: Hidetsugu Ueno for Bar High Five in Tokyo
Best American Bartender of the Year: Jeff Morgen from Clyde Common in Portland
Best American Cocktail Bar: Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco
Best International Cocktail Bar: Happiness Forgets in London
Best Bar Mentor: Angus Winchester from Barmetrix
World's Best Spirits Selection: Tommy's in San Francisco
Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient: Plantation Rum
Best International Bar Team: The Savoy in London
Best American Bar Team: ABV in San Francisco
Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar: Herbs & Rye in Las Vegas
Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar: Callooh Callay in London
Best International Hotel Bar: The Connaught Bar in London
Best American Hotel Bar: The Elephant Bar at the NoMad Hotel in New York City
Best New American Cocktail Bar: Sweet Liberty in Miami
Best New International Cocktail Bar: Oriole in London
Best New Spirits Book: "Divided Spirits" by Sarah Bowen
Best Cocktail and Spirits Publication: The Cocktail Lovers
Best New Cocktail and Bartending Book: The Dead Rabbit
Best Cocktail and Spirits Writer: Jeffrey Morgenthaler from Clyde Common and Pepe Le Moko in Portland
World's Best Cocktail Menu: Dandelyan in London
Best International Restaurant Bar: Hawksmoor Spitalfields in London
Best American Restaurant Bar: Saxon and Parole in New York City
Best International Brand Ambassador: Max Warner for Chivas
Best American Brand Ambassador: Colin Appiah
Congrats to all the winners and participants for this 10th edition of the Spirited Awards! Many bars for you to visit during your travels, enjoy and do not hesitate to write your tips on each bar page on the site.
Special thanks to the Tales of the Cocktail team for their organization and dedication to support the bar scene all over the world.