Congratulations to the Spirited Awards Regional Top 10 Lists

Posted on: Jul. 21, 2018 | | By: Gia Vecchio

One of the goals of this year’s Spirited Awards Judging Committee was to encourage nominations from all over the world. This year, we added regional chairs to our International judges for greater regional understanding, which resulted in more cities and more countries being represented than ever before — Not only by the judges on the committee but also through the nominations generated.

Our regions are Europe, Middle East & Africa, Asia Pacific, The Americas (Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada) and in the US we have an East, Central and West region. Using those regions we have compiled a Top 10 list for the six bar categories for each part of the world.

All lists have been arranged in alphabetical order. And we are delighted to share those with you now.


Best Cocktail Bar – Europe
Happiness Forgets – London, UK
Jerry Thomas Speakeasy Bar – Rome, Italy
La Botticella – Rome, Italy
Le Syndicat – Paris, France
Paradiso – Barcelona, Spain
Satan’s Whiskers – London, UK
Tales & Spirits – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Gibson – London, UK
The Kinly Bar – Frankfurt, Germany
Three Sheets – London, UK

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar – Europe
Baba Au Rum – Athens, Greece
Callooh Callay – London, UK
Dirty Dick – Paris, France
HIMKOK – Oslo, Norway
Odori Vermuteria Di Atene – Athens, Greece
Oriole Bar – London, UK
Panda and Sons – Edinburgh, UK
Skyline Rooftop Bar – Venice, Italy
Super Lyan – London, UK
The Clumsies – Athens, Greece

Best Restaurant Bar – Europe
Blind Pig – London, UK
Bonhomie – Paris, France
Cub – London, UK
Danico – Paris, France
Divin Ostilia – Rome, Italy
Hawksmoor Spitalfields – London, UK
Sager & Wilde – London, UK
Sexy Fish – London, UK
The Clove Club – London, UK
Tjoget/Linje Tio – Stockholm, Sweden

Best Hotel Bar – Europe
Atelier Cocktail bar – Gran Canaria, Spain
Bar du Bristol – Paris, France
Dukes Bar at Dukes – London, UK
Punch Room at London Edition – London, UK
Scarfes Bar at Rosewood – London, UK
The American Bar at The Savoy – London, UK
The Distillery/ The Resting Room – London
The Lobby Bar at The London Edition – London
The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell – London
Zetter Townhouse Marylebone – London

Best New Cocktail Bar – Europe
Antique American Bar – Bratislava, Slovakia
Bar Three – London, UK
Coupette – London, UK
Flying Dutchmen Cocktails – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Horatio Street Social Club – London, UK
Les Grands Verres – Paris, France
Scout – London, UK
The Mint Gun Club – London, UK
Two Schmucks – Barcelona, Spain
Waeska Bar at the Mandrake – London, UK

Best Bar Team – Europe
Baba Au Rum – Athens, Greece
Danico – Paris, France
El Copitas Bar – St. Petersburg, Russia
Le Lion Bar De Paris – Hamburg, Germany
Le Syndicat – Paris, France
Panda & Sons – Edinburgh, UK
Swift – London, UK
The American Bar, The Savoy – London, UK
The Clumsies – Athens, Greece
The Connaught Bar – London, UK


Best Cocktail Bar – The Americas
Bar Raval – Toronto, Canada
El Baron – Cartagena, Colombia
Florería Atlántico – Buenos Aires, Agentina
Gift shop bar – Toronto, Canada
Guilhotina Bar – São Paulo, Brazil
Le 4e Mur – Montréal, Canada
Licoreria Limantour – Mexico City, Mexcio
Nosso – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Pretty Ugly – Toronto, Canada
The Keefer Bar – Vancouver, Canada

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar – The Americas
Alejandro’s – Panama City, Panama
Bar Le Mal Nécessaire – Montreal, Canada
Juan Sebastiån Bar – Caracas, Venezuela
Jules Basement – Mexico City, Mexico
La Factoria – San Juan, Puerto Rico
Mahjong Bar – Toronto, Canada
SubAstor – São Paolo, Brazil
Tennessee Tavern – Toronto, Canada
The Box Lounge Groove – Guatemala City, Guatemala
Uptown & the Bronx – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Best Restaurant Bar – The Americas
Acre Restaurant & Cocktail Bar – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Alo – Toronto, Canada
Bar Kismet – Halifax, Canada
Central Restaurant – Lima, Peru
Kaito Izakaya – Mexico City, Mexico
La Casita de Rones – San Juan, Puerto Rico
Oncle Antoine – Quebec City, Canada
Sidecut – Whistler, Canada
The Monkey Beach Club – Cozumel, Mexico
UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar – Vancouver, Canada

Best Hotel Bar – The Americas
Alvear Roof Bar at the Alvear Palace – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Bar Artéfact at the Auberge Saint-Antoin – Quebec City, Canada
Copacabana Piano Bar at the Belmond – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fifty Mils at Four Seasons Hotel- Mexico City, Mexico
Frank Bar at the Maksoud Plaza Hotel – São Paolo, Brazil
Lobby Lounge at the Fairmont Pacific Rim – Vancouver, Canada
Nacarat Bar at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel – Montreal, Canada
Roofbar at the Tantalo – Panama City, Panama
The Drake Hotel – Toronto, Canada
Townhouse Boutique Hotel & Rooftop – Cartagena, Colombia

Best New Cocktail Bar – The Americas
Bar Nacarat – Montréal, Canada
Botanist – Vancouver, Canada
Carmela y Sal – Mexico City, Mexico
Carnaval – Lima, Peru
El Gallo Altanero – Guadalajara, Mexico
Goldie – Toronto, Canada
King Cole Bar – Mexico City, Mexico
Presidente – Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Coldroom – Montreal, Canada
The Strangers Club – Panamá City, Panama

Best Bar Team – The Americas
Civil Liberties – Toronto, Canada
Fifty Mils – Mexico City, Mexico
Guilhotina Bar – São Paulo, Brazil
Kaito Izakaya – Mexico City, Mexico
La Factoria – San Juan, Puerto Rico
Licoreria Limantour – Mexico City, Mexico
Pretty Ugly – Toronto, Canada
Sub Astor Bar – São Paulo, Brazil
The Coldroom – Montréal, Canada
The Keefer Bar – Vancouver, Canada


For Middle East and Africa we had more nominations than ever before but this remains an emerging scene for cocktail culture so we are pleased to be able to share a Top 5 for each category.

Best Cocktail Bar – MEA
Lost & Found – Cyprus
XO – Accra, Ghana
House of Machines – Cape Town, South Africa
Sin and Tax – Johannesburg, South Africa
Weslodge – Dubai, UAE

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar – MEA
Brew Bar – Nairobi, Kenya
Central Station – Beirut, Lebanon
Iris – Dubai, UAE
Miss Lilly’s – Dubai, UAE
Pacifico – Beirut, Lebanon

Best Restaurant Bar – MEA
Buddha Bar – Dubai, UAE
Coya – Dubai, UAE
La Petite Maison – Dubai, UAE
Marble – Johannesburg, South Africa

Best Hotel Bar – MEA
Eau de Vie Bar at the Phoenecia Hotel – Beirut, Lebanon
Gold in 27 at the Burj Al Arab – Dubai, UAE
Hendrick’s Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel – Dubai, UAE
Imperial Cocktail Bar at the Imperial Hotel – Tel Aviv, Israel
Planet Bar at the Mount Nelson Hotel – Cape Town, South Africa

Best New Cocktail Bar – MEA
Botanical Bar – Cape Town, South Africa
Cause & Effect – Cape Town, South Africa
Mootee – Johannesburg, South Africa
Motel – Tel Aviv, Isreal

Best Bar Team – MEA
Central Station – Beirut, Lebanon
Coya – Dubai, UAE
House of Machines – Cape Town, South Africa
Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar – Tel Aviv
Lost & Found – Cyprus


Best Cocktail Bar – ASIA & PACIFIC
28 Hong Kong Street – Singapore
Above Board – Melbourne, Australia
ATLAS – Singapore
Bar Orchard Ginza – Toyko, Japan
Bulletin Place – Sydney, Australia
Caretaker – Auckland, New Zealand
Native – Singapore
Operation Dagger – Singapore
Smoke & Mirrors – Singapore
Speak Low – Shanghai, China

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar – ASIA & PACIFIC
Eau-de-Vie – Melbourne, Australia
KOR Taipei – Taiwan
Molly – Canberra, Australia
Quinary – Hong Kong
Shady Pines Saloon – Sydney, Australia
The Barber Shop – Sydney, Australia
The Baxter Inn – Sydney, Australia
The Everleigh – Melbourne, Australia
The Gresham Bar – Queensland, New Zealand
The Lobo Plantation – Sydney, Australia

Best Restaurant Bar – ASIA & PACIFIC
Cassia – Auckland, New Zealand
Charlie Parker’s – Sydney, Australia
Cut by Wolfgang – Singapore
Hubert’s – Sydney, Australia
Bar Luca – Sydney, Australia
Maybe Frank – Sydney, Australia
NOLA Adelaide Whiskies and Craft Beers – Adelaide, Australia
Otto e Mezzo – Hong Kong
Sober Company – Shanghai, China
Zuma – Hong Kong

Best Hotel Bar – ASIA & PACIFIC
Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental- Bangkok, Thailand
Charles H at the Four Seasons- Seoul, South Korea
Eichardt’s Bar at the Eichardt – Queenstown, New Zealand
Elephant Bar at the Raffles Hotel – Phnom Penh, Cambodia
EQUIS at the Four Seasons – Beijing, China
Lobster Bar at Island Shangri-La- Hong Kong
Manhattan Bar at Regent – Singapore
Pascale Bar and Grill at QT – Melbourne, Australia
The Ritz Carlton Bar & Lounge at The Ritz Carlton – Macau
Social Club Hotel de Arts – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Best New Cocktail Bar – ASIA & PACIFIC
Caffe Fernet – Singapore
COA Hong Kong – Hong Kong
Duke of Clarence – Sydney, Australia
Employees Only – Hong Kong
EQUIS Four Seasons Beijing – Beijing, China
Jungle Bird – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Origin Bar at Shangri-La Hotel – Singapore
The Old Man – Hong Kong
The Parasol & Swing Company – Auckland, New Zealand
Three X Co. – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Best Bar Team ASIA & PACIFIC
Black Pearl – Melbourne, Australia
Manhattan Bar – Singapore
Maybe Frank – Sydney, Australia
Quinary – Hong Kong
Shady Pines Saloon – Sydney, Australia
Sober Company – Shanghai, China
Speak Low – Shanghai, China
The Baxter Inn – Sydney, Australia
The Gresham Bar – Brisbane, Australia
Tippling Club – Singapore


Best American Cocktail Bar – USA – EAST
Amor Y Amargo – New York, NY
Bar Goto – New York, NY
BarMini by Jose Andres – Washington, D.C.
BlackTail – New York, NY
Employees Only – Miami, FL
Mace – New York, NY
PDT – New York, NY
Pouring Ribbons – New York, NY
Proof – Charleston, SC
Ticonderoga Club – Atlanta, GA

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar – USA – EAST
Archipelago – Washington, D.C.
Bathtub Gin – New York, NY
Buffalo and Bergen – Washington, D.C.
Drink – Boston, MA
Jack Rose, Washington, D.C.
Porchlight – New York, NY
R House – Baltimore, MD
The Anderson – Miami, FL
The NoMad Bar – New York, NY
Ward III – New York, NY

Best Restaurant Bar – USA – EAST
27 Restaurant & Bar – Miami, FL
Alter – Miami, FL
Bastion – Nashville, TN
Gramercy Tavern – New York, NY
Kimball House – Atlanta, GA
Nightbell – Asheville, NC
No. 9 Park – Boston, MA
Silver Dollar – Louisville, KY
Teresa’s Next Door – Wayne, PA
The Baldwin Bar – Woburn, MA

Best Hotel Bar – USA – EAST
Analog at Hutton Hotel – Nashville, TN
Brothers and Sisters at The Line Hotel – Washington, D.C
Casimir’s Lounge at The Mansion – Savannah, GA
Covina at Roof Park South – New York, NY
Élevé at The Grand Bohemian Hotel – Charleston, SC
POV at The W – Washington, D.C
The Broken Shaker at The Freehand – Miami, FL
The Living Room at The Dewberry Hotel – Charleston, SC
The Roof at Park South – New York, NY
The Velvet Bar at the Hard Rock – Orlando, FL

Best New Cocktail Bar – USA – EAST
Attaboy Nashville – Nashville, TN
Barely Disfigured – Brooklyn, NY
Blossom Bar – Brookline, MA
Death or Glory – Delray Beach, FL
Madrina’s Bar – Gainesville, FL
Maydān – Washington, D.C
The Aviary – New York, NY
The Edison – Orlando, FL
The Office NYC – New York, NY
The Pool Lounge – New York, NY

Best Bar Team – USA – EAST
Bar Goto – New York, NY
Clover Club – Brooklyn, NY
Columbia Room – Washington, DC
Dante – New York, NY
Drink – Boston, MA
Kimball House – Atlanta, GA
Leyenda – Brooklyn, NY
PDT – New York, NY
Sweet Liberty – Miami, FL
The Dead Rabbit – New York, NY

Best Cocktail Bar – USA – CENTRAL
Anvil – Houston, TX
Downstairs at The Esquire Tavern – San Antonio, TX
Lost Lake – Chicago, IL
Juniper Tar – San Antonio, TX
Manifesto – Kansas City, MO
Planters House – St. Louis, MO
Porco Lounge and Tiki Room – Cleveland, OH
Scofflaw – Chicago, IL
The Aviary – Chicago, IL
The Office – Chicago – IL

Best High Volume Bar – USA – CENTRAL
Atomic Lounge – Birmingham, AL
Celeste – Chicago, IL
Eight Row Flint – Houston, TX
LBM – Lakewood, OH
Marvel Bar – Minneapolis, MN
Roosevelt Room – Austin, TX
Sportsman’s Club – Chicago, IL
The Robin Room – Madison, WI
Three Dots and a Dash – Chicago, IL
Péché – Austin, TX

Best Restaurant Bar USA – CENTRAL
Bad Hunter – Chicago, IL
Balise – New Orleans, LA
Cherry Circle Room – Chicago, IL
Coltivare – Houston, TX
La Petite Grocery – New Orleans, LA
Meauxbar – New Orleans, LA
Sepia – Chicago, IL
Spoke & Steele – Indianapolis, IN
The Rieger – Kansas City, MO
Trattoria Stella – Traverse City, MI

Best Hotel Bar USA – CENTRAL
Alto Bar at the Ace Hotel – New Orleans, LA
Broken Shaker at the Freehand, Chicago, IL
Compère Lapin at The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery – New Orleans, LA
Midnight Rambler at The Joule – Dallas, TX
Sable Kitchen & Bar at The Palomar – Chicago, IL
Sternewirth Tavern at The Emma Hotel – San Antonio, TX
The Commons Club at the Virgin Hotel – Chicago, IL
The Driskill Bar at The Driskill Hotel – Austin, TX
The Iron Horse Hotel – Milwaukee, WI
The Living Room at The W – Minneapolis, MN

Best New Cocktail Bar USA – CENTRAL
Academia Austin – Austin, TX
Beatnik – Chicago, IL
Better Luck Tomorrow – Houston, TX
Eugene’s Monkey Bar & Grill – Mobile, AL
Golden Teardrops – Chicago, IL
LBM – Lakewood, OH
Ludlow Liquors – Chicago, IL
Nickel City – Austin, TX
Prairie School – Chicago, IL
ROCA Restaurant and Bar – Vicksburg, MS

Best Bar Team USA – CENTRAL
Arbella – Chicago, IL
Bar Tonique – New Orleans, LA
Manifesto – Kansas City, MO
Midnight Rambler – Dallas, TX
Porco Lounge and Tiki Room – Cleveland, OH
Sportsman’s Club – Chicago, IL
The Aviary – Chicago, IL
The Esquire Tavern – San Antonio, TX
Violet Hour – Chicago, IL
Vol. 39 – Chicago, IL

Best Cocktail Bar – USA – WEST
ABV – San Francisco, CA
B&GC – Denver, CO
Bar Leather Apron, Honolulu, HI
False Idol, San Diego, CA
Pacific Cocktail Haven – San Francisco, CA
Rumba – Seattle, WA
Trick Dog – San Francisco, CA
Under Tow – Phoenix, AZ
Walker Inn – Los Angeles, CA
Williams & Graham – Denver, CO

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar USA – WEST
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour – Phoenix, AZ
Harvard and Stone – Los Angeles, CA
Melrose Umbrella Co. – Los Angeles, CA
Occidental – Denver, CO
Pagan Idol – San Francisco, CA
Polite Provisions – San Diego, CA
The Double Standard – Oakland, CA
Oven & Shaker – Portland, OR
Zig Zag Café, Seattle, WA
Shady Lady, Sacramento, CA

Best Restaurant Bar USA – WEST
Bar Agricole – San Francisco, CA
Clyde Common – Portland, OR
Gwen – Los Angeles, CA
Hatchet Hall – Los Angeles, CA
Heartwood Provisions – Seattle, WA
Liholiho Yacht Club – San Francisco, CA
Nopa – San Francisco, CA
Otium – Los Angeles, CA
PABU – San Francisco, CA
Redbird – Los Angeles, CA

Best Hotel Bar – USA – WEST
Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails – Phoenix, AZ
Carbon Beach Club / Malibu Beach Inn – Malibu, CA
Charmaine’s at The Proper Hotel – San Francisco, CA
Grant Grill at the US Grant – San Diego, CA
Lehua Lounge at the Andaz – Wailea, HI
Libertine Social at The Mandalay – Las Vegas, NV
Mandarin Bar at Mandarin Oriental – Las Vegas, NV
The Dorsey – Las Vegas, NV
The Spare Room at The Roosevelt Hotel – Los Angeles, CA
YNK – Irvine, CA

Best New Cocktail Bar USA – WEST
Bibo Ergo Sum – Los Angeles, CA
Broken Shaker LA – Los Angeles, CA
Cold Drinks Bar – San Francisco, CA
Navy Strength – Seattle, WA
NoMad LA Gianinni Bar – Los Angeles, CA
Rudolph’s Bar and Tea – Los Angeles, CA
Slipper Clutch – Los Angeles, CA
The Way Back – Denver, CO
True Laurel – San Francisco, CA
Lono – Los Angeles, CA

Best Bar Team USA – WEST
Accomplice Bar – Los Angeles, CA
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour – Phoenix, AZ
Bootlegger Tiki – Palm Springs, CA
Broken Shaker, Los Angeles, CA
Herbs & Rye – Las Vegas, NV
Libertine Social – Las Vegas, NV
Pacific Cocktail Haven – San Francisco, CA
Trick Dog – San Francisco, CA
Valkyrie – Tulsa, OK
Williams & Graham – Denver, CO


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