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2016 Spirited Awards Finalists

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The American Bar at the Savoy Hotel in London is up for two awards this year: Best International Hotel Bar and Best International Bar Team.


The annual Tales of the Cocktail is around the corner, and one of the highlights of the event is the Spirited Awards. Now in their 10th year, the awards honor the best and brightest individuals across a variety of industry categories. Read more about this year’s awards ceremony here, and check out the final four nominees in each category.

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication
Australian Bartender
Cocktail Lovers
Difford’s Guide
2015 winner: PUNCH

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer
Jeffrey Morgenthaler
Robert Simonson
Sandrae Lawrence
Naren Young
2015 winner: Dave Broom

Cocktail & Bartending Book
Good Things to Drink with Mr Lyan and Friends by Ryan Chetiyawardana
The Craft Cocktail Party: Delicious Drinks for Every Occasion by Julie Reiner
The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual: Secret Recipes and Barroom Tales from Two Belfast Boys Who Conquered the Cocktail World by Sean Muldoon, Jack McGarry, and Ben Schaffer
The NoMad Cocktail Book by Leo Robitschek
2015 winner: Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail by Dave Arnold

Best New Spirits Book
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
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
2015 winner: Whisky: The Manual by Dave Broom

Best American Bar Team
ABV (San Francisco)
Attaboy (New York City)
The Dead Rabbit (New York City)
Williams & Graham (Denver)
2015 winner: Employees Only (New York)

Best International Bar Team 
Black Pearl (Melbourne, Australia)
Dandelyan (London, United Kingdom)
American Bar at the Savoy (London, United Kingdom)
Connaught Bar (London, United Kingdom)
2015 winner: 28 Hong Kong Street (Singapore)

Best American Brand Ambassador
Anne Louise-Marquis (Marnier Lapostolle)
Chris Patino (Pernod Ricard)
Colin Asare-appiah (Bacardi)
Tim Cooper (The 86 Co.)
2015 winner: Brooke Arthur (House Spirits)

Best International Brand Ambassador
Camille Vidal (St-Germain)
Dean Callan (Monkey Shoulder)
Ian Burrell (Rum Ambassador)
Max Warner (Chivas)
2015 winner: Claire Smith-Warner (Belvedere Vodka)

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar
Flatiron Lounge (New York City)
Harvard & Stone (Los Angeles)
Herbs & Rye (Las Vegas)
Polite Provisions (San Diego)
2015 winner: Employees Only (New York)

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar
Callooh Callay (London, United Kingdom)
Eau De Vie (Melbourne, Australia)
The Clumsies (Athens, Greece)
Trailer Happiness (London, United Kingdom)
2015 winner: The Black Pearl & The Attic (Melbourne)

Best American Cocktail Bar
canon: whiskey and bitters emporium (Seattle)
The NoMad (New York City)
Prizefighter (Emeryville)
Smuggler’s Cove (San Francisco)
2015 winner: Williams & Graham (Denver)

Best International Cocktail Bar
Bramble Bar (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
Bar High Five (Tokyo, Japan)
Le Lion Bar de Paris (Hamburg, Germany)
2015 winner: Artesian (London)

American Bartender of the Year
Bobby Heugel of Anvil Bar & Refuge (Houston)
Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Clyde Common (Portland)
John Lermayer of Sweet Liberty (Miami Beach)
Naren Young of Dante (New York)
2015 winner: Ivy Mix (New York)

International Bartender of the Year
Hidetsugu Ueno of Bar High Five (Tokyo, Japan)
Iain Griffiths of White Lyan and Dandelyan (London, United Kingdom)
Marcis Dzelzainis of Sager + Wilde Paradise Row (London, United Kingdom)
Zdenek Kastanek of 28 Hong Kong Street (Singapore)
2015 winner: Ryan Chetiyawardana (London)

Best American Hotel Bar
The Elephant Bar at The NoMad (New York City)
Sable Kitchen & Bar at Hotel Palomar (Chicago)
The Hawthorne at the Commonwealth Hotel (Boston)
The Spare Room at The Hollywood Roosevelt (Los Angeles)
2015 winner: The Broken Shaker (Miami Beach)

Best International Hotel Bar
Dandelyan at the Mondrian, London (London, United Kingdom)
Punch Room at The London EDITION (London, United Kingdom)
American Bar at The Savoy (London, United Kingdom)
The Connaught Bar at The Connaught (London, United Kingdom)
2015 winner: Beaufort Bar, The Savoy (London)

Best American Restaurant Bar
Cane & Table (New Orleans)
Gramercy Tavern (New York City)
nopa (San Francisco)
Saxon + Parole (New York City)
2015 winner: Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks (Boston)

Best International Restaurant Bar
Duck & Waffle (London, United Kingdom)
Hawksmoor Spitalfields (London, United Kingdom)
Le Mary Celeste (Paris, France)
Tippling Club (Singapore)
2015 winner: Blind Pig at Social Eating House (London)

Best New American Cocktail Bar
Dante (New York City)
Leyenda (Brooklyn)
Suffolk Arms (New York City)
Sweet Liberty (Miami Beach)
2015 winner: ABV (San Francisco)

Best New International Cocktail Bar
Charles H. (Seoul, South Korea)
Oriole (London, United Kingdom)
The Dark Horse (Bath, United Kingdom)
Gibson Bar (Singapore)
2015 winner: Dandelyan (London)

Best Bar Mentor
Bridget Albert
Dré Masso
Francesco Lafranconi
Angus Winchester
2015 winner: Jim Meehan (Portland)

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)
2015 winner: Dead Rabbit (New York)

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)
2015 winner: Amaro di Angostura

World’s Best Spirits Collection
Multnomah Whiskey Library (Portland, United States)
Old Lightning (Marina Del Rey, United States)
The Baxter Inn (Sydney, Australia)
Tommy’s (San Francisco, United States)
2015 winner: Canon (Seattle)


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