Tales of the Cocktail Foundation Announces Regional Top 10 Honorees for the 2020 Spirited Awards®

Posted on: Apr. 14, 2020 | | By: Gia Vecchio

The 14th Annual Spirited Awards® Remains Committed to Recognizing the Professionals, Organizations and Establishments Leaving an Indelible Mark on the Spirits Industry

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (April 14, 2020) — Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) is committed to moving forward with the 14th annual Tales of the Cocktail Foundation Spirited Awards® in an effort to recognize the depth of talent across our global spirits community. While events and awards ceremonies are getting postponed and cancelled across the world in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation feels it is more important now than ever to continue to honor the professionals, organizations and establishments that have enhanced the industry.  

Since its founding in 2007, the Spirited Awards® have become one of the most sought-after awards, recognizing beverage professionals, products, and establishments across every facet of the spirits and cocktail community on a global scale. The award categories spotlight a range of talent from bartenders, journalists, and brand ambassadors, to brands and media, to ensure each aspect of the industry is well represented and recognized for its contributions. 

This year, a record number of Spirited Awards® submissions were received across all categories — a testament to the hospitality industry’s continued participation in recognizing the incredible hard work and achievements of our colleagues. In that spirit, the Foundation is proud to announce the Regional Top 10 honorees, broken into regions in the United States (East, Central and West) and Internationally (Europe, Middle East & Africa, Asia Pacific, and The Americas (Canada, Latin America & the Caribbean). 

2020 Spirited Awards®  Honorees (in alpha order):

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Best American Bar Team | Best American Cocktail Bar | Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar | Best American Hotel Bar | Best American Restaurant Bar | Best New American Cocktail Bar

Best International Bar Team | Best International Cocktail Bar | Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar | Best International Hotel Bar | Best International Restaurant Bar | Best New American Cocktail Bar

AMERICAN ESTABLISHMENTS

Best American Bar Team

Central | East | West

Central 

Bad Hunter — Chicago, IL

Copper Spoon — Fort Wayne, IN

Jewel of the South — New Orleans, LA

Johnny’s Gold Brick — Houston, TX

Kumiko — Chicago, IL

Lost Lake — Chicago, IL

Nickel City — Austin, TX

The Roosevelt Room — Austin, TX

Three Dots and a Dash — Chicago, IL

Williams & Graham — Denver, CO

East

Café La Trova — Miami, FL

Dear Irving Gramercy — New York, NY

Employees Only — New York, NY

Existing Conditions —  New York, NY

Ghost Donkey — New York, NY

Katana Kitten — New York, NY

Le Sirenuse Restaurant & Champagne Bar At The Surf Club Miami — Miami, FL

Service Bar DC — Washington, D.C.

Sweet Liberty — Miami, FL

The Long Island Bar — Brooklyn, NY 

West

Death & Co. at the Ramble Hotel  — Denver, CO

Hey Love at The Jupiter — Portland, OR

Navy Strength —  Seattle, WA

Pacific Cocktail Haven — San Francisco, CA

Paper Plane —  San Jose, CA

Polite Provisions —  San Diego, CA

Rumba — Seattle, WA

The Snug — Sacramento, CA

True Laurel — San Francisco, CA

Wildhawk — San Francisco, CA

TOP

Best American Cocktail Bar

Central | East | West

Central*

Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 — New Orleans, LA

Best Intentions — Chicago, IL

Billy Sunday — Chicago, IL

Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge — Milwaukee, WI

Julep — Houston, TX

Manifesto — Kansas City, MO

META — Louisville, KY

Midnight Cowboy — Austin, TX

Porco Lounge & Tiki Room — Cleveland, OH

Sparrow — Chicago, IL 

Standby — Detroit, MI

Sugar House — Detroit, MI

The Atomic Lounge — Birmingham, AL

*Includes 13 honorees due to a tie

East

Banzarbar — New York, NY

Bar Goto — New York, NY

barmini by José Andrés — Washington, D.C.

Basik — Brooklyn, NY

Drink — Boston, MA

Jaguar Sun — Miami, FL

Katana Kitten — New York, NY

Pearl Diver — Nashville, TN

Portland Hunt + Alpine Club — Portland, ME

The Hawthorne — Boston, MA

West

Bar Leather Apron — Honolulu, HI

Brass Tacks — Denver, CO

Duke’s Spirited Cocktails — Healdsburg, CA

Pacific Cocktail Haven — San Francisco, CA

Raised by Wolves — San Diego, CA

Rob Roy — Seattle, WA

Rumba — Seattle, WA

Teardrop Lounge — Portland, OR

The Sea Star — San Francisco, CA

Trick Dog — San Francisco, CA

TOP

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar

Central | East | West

Central

Anvil — Houston, TX

Barrel Proof — New Orleans, LA

Half Step — Austin, TX

Maxine’s Tap Room — Fayetteville, AR

Moneygun — Chicago, IL

Nickel City — Austin, TX

Sportsman’s Club — Chicago, IL

The Roosevelt Room — Austin, TX

The Whistler — Chicago, IL

Three Dots and a Dash — Chicago, IL

East*

Archipelago — Washington, D.C.

Café La Trova — Miami, FL

Dutch Kills Bar — Queens, NY

Existing Conditions — New York, NY

Ghost Donkey — New York, NY

Jack Rose — Washington, D.C.

Sweet Liberty — Miami, FL

The Dead Rabbit — New York, NY

The Long Island Bar — Brooklyn, NY 

The NoMad Bar — New York, NY

Yvonne’s — Boston, MA

*Includes 11 honorees due to a tie

West

ABV — San Francisco, CA

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour — Phoenix, AZ

Hello Stranger — Oakland, CA

Navy Strength — Seattle, WA

Occidental — Denver, CO

Paper Plane —  San Jose, CA

Polite Provisions —  San Diego, CA

The Double Standard — Oakland, CA

The Snug — Sacramento, CA

Zombie Village — San Francisco, CA

TOP

Best American Hotel Bar

Central | East | West

Central*

Bourbon “O” Jazz Bar at Bourbon Orleans Hotel — New Orleans, LA

By George at The Candler Hotel — Atlanta, GA

Candy Bar at The Siren — Detroit, MI

Lazy Bird at The Hoxton — Chicago, IL

Midnight Rambler at the Joule — Dallas, TX

Proof on Main at 21c Museum Hotel — Louisville, KY

Sable Kitchen & Bar at Kimpton Hotel Palomar — Chicago, IL

Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt — New Orleans, LA

The Library at the Detroit Club — Detroit, MI

VASO at AC Hotel Columbus Dublin — Dublin, OH

Vol. 39 at Kimpton Gray Hotel — Chicago, IL

*Includes 11 honorees due to a tie

East*

Ai Fiori at The Langham — New York, NY

Allegory at the Eaton Hotel — Washington, D.C.

Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle — New York, NY

Dear Irving on Hudson at the Aliz Hotel — New York, NY

Elephant Bar at the NoMad Hotel — New York, NY

Le Sirenuse Restaurant & Champagne Bar At The Surf Club Miami — Miami, FL

Merchant & Trade at the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel — Charlotte, NC

POV Rooftop Lounge and Terrace at the W — Washington, D.C.

The Bar Room at Temple Court at The Beekman — New York, NY

The Bygone at Four Seasons Hotel — Baltimore, MD

The Living Room Bar at The Dewberry — Charleston, SC

The Rum House at Edison Hotel — New York, NY

*Includes 12 honorees due to a tie

West

Benjamin Cooper at the Hotel G — San Francisco, CA

Broken Shaker at Freehand Hotel — Los Angeles, CA

Death & Co. at the Ramble Hotel — Denver, CO

Hey Love at The Jupiter — Portland, OR

Libertine Social at the Mandalay Bay — Las Vegas, NV

Little Rituals at the Residence Inn/Courtyard by Marriott — Phoenix, AZ

Mountaineering Club at the Graduate Seattle Hotel — Seattle, WA

Mr. COCO at the Palms Casino Resort — Las Vegas, NV

The Dorsey at the Venetian — Las Vegas, NV

The Spare Room at The Hollywood Roosevelt — Los Angeles, CA

TOP

Best American Restaurant Bar

Central | East | West

Central

Bad Hunter — Chicago, IL

Better Luck Tomorrow — Houston, TX

Grey Ghost — Detroit, MI

Jewel of the South — New Orleans, LA

Kumiko — Chicago, IL

Revel Cafe & Bar — New Orleans, LA

Sepia — Chicago, IL

Spoon & Stable — Minneapolis, MN

Sylvain — New Orleans, LA

The Rieger — Kansas City, MO

East

Chickadee — Boston, MA

Eleven Madison Park — New York, NY

Empire State South — Atlanta, GA

Gramercy Tavern — New York, NY

Kimball House — Decatur, GA

Saxon + Parole — New York, NY

The Baldwin Bar — Woburn, MA

The Dabney — Washington, D.C.

The Silver Dollar — Louisville, KY

Ticonderoga Club — Atlanta, GA

West

Bar Agricole — San Francisco, CA

Cleaver — Las Vegas, NV

Clyde Common — Portland, OR

DAMA — Los Angeles, CA

Jimmy’s — Aspen, CO

Morin — Denver, CO

Nopa — San Francisco, CA

Otium — Los Angeles, CA

Redbird — Los Angeles, CA

True Laurel — San Francisco, CA

TOP

Best New American Cocktail Bar

Central | East | West

Central

Bar Marilou — New Orleans, LA

Belle Époque — New Orleans, LA

Flora Fauna — Chicago, IL

Jet-Setter — San Antonio, TX

Monkey’s Tail — Houston, TX

Pastiche — San Antonio, TX

The Bar at Willett — Bardstown, KY

The Dandy Crown — Chicago, IL

The Hey! Hey! Club — Kansas City, MO

Two Headed Dog — Houston, TX

East*

Bar Goto Niban — Brooklyn, NY

Bar Pisellino — New York, NY

Boat Drinks — St. Augustine, FL

Cardinal Bar — Atlanta, GA

Crown Shy — New York, NY

Hanumanh — Washington, D.C.

Kingfisher Bar — Durham, NC

Rule of Thirds — Brooklyn, NY

Silver Lyan — Washington, D.C.

Sugar Monk — New York, NY

The Sylvester — Miami, FL

*Includes 11 honorees due to a tie

West*

Bar Flores — Los Angeles, CA

California Gold — San Rafael, California

Century Grand — Phoenix, AZ

Elda — San Francisco, CA

LowBoy — Los Angeles, CA

Morning Glory — San Diego, CA

Roquette — Seattle, WA

Scotch Lodge — Portland, OR

The Doctor’s Office —  Seattle, WA

Thunderbolt — Los Angeles, CA

Viridian — Oakland, CA

*Includes 11 honorees due to a tie

TOP

INTERNATIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS

For the Middle East and Africa region, the number of nominations continues to increase annually but remains an emerging scene for cocktail culture, so some categories may not have a full set of 10 honorees.

Best International Bar Team

Asia & Pacific | Canada | Europe | Latin American & Caribbean | Middle East & Africa

Asia & Pacific (APAC)

Bulletin Place — Sydney, Australia

Cantina OK! — Sydney, Australia

DarkSide at Rosewood — Hong Kong, China

Hope & Sesame — Guangzhou, China

Jigger & Pony — Singapore

Manhattan at Regent Singapore — Singapore

MAYBE SAMMY — Sydney, Australia

Old Mate’s Place — Sydney, Australia

Sober Company — Shanghai, China

Tropic City — Bangkok, Thailand

Canada

Atwater Cocktail Club — Montreal, Canada

Bar Raval — Toronto, Canada

Botanist — Vancouver, Canada

Civil Liberties — Toronto, Canada

Lobby Lounge and RawBar at Fairmont Pacific Rim — Vancouver, Canada

Mahjong Bar — Toronto, Canada

The Cloakroom Bar — Montreal, Canada

The Coldroom — Montreal, Canada

The Drake Minibar at The Drake Hotel — Toronto, Canada

The Keefer Bar — Vancouver, Canada

Europe

Artesian at The Langham — London, UK

Baba Au Rum House of Spirits – Athens, Greece

Boutiq’Bar — Budapest, Hungary

El Copitas Bar — St. Petersburg, Russia

Lyaness — London, UK

Paradiso — Barcelona, Spain

The Clumsies — Athens, Greece

The Connaught Bar — London, UK

The Donovan Bar —  London, UK

Two Schmucks — Barcelona, Spain

Latin America & Caribbean*

Alquímico — Cartagena, Colombia

ARCA — Tulum, Mexico

Dodo Café — Querétaro, Mexico

El Barón Café & Liquor Bar — Cartagena, Colombia

Fifty Mils — Mexico City, Mexico

Guilhotina Bar — São Paulo, Brazil

Hanky Panky Cocktail Bar — Mexico City, Mexico

Huerta Coctelería Artesanal — Bogotá, Colombia

Kaito del Valle — Mexico City, Mexico

La Factoría — San Juan, Puerto Rico

Siete Negronis — Santiago, Chile

*Includes 11 honorees due to a tie

Middle East & Africa

Buddha-Bar — Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen – Cape Town, South Africa

Ferdinand — Beirut, Lebanon

Front/Back — Accra, Ghana

Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar — Tel Aviv, Israel

Incognito — Cape Town, South Africa

Lucky Shaker — Umhlanga, South Africa

Sin + Tax — Randburg, South Africa

The Art of Duplicity — Cape Town, South Africa

The House of Machines — Cape Town, South Africa

TOP

Best International Cocktail Bar

Asia & Pacific | Canada | Europe | Latin American & Caribbean | Middle East & Africa

Asia & Pacific (APAC)

Above Board — Melbourne, Australia

Bulletin Place — Sydney, Australia

Cantina OK! — Sydney, Australia

Coa — Hong Kong, China

MAYBE SAMMY — Sydney, Australia

Native —  Singapore

PS40 —  Sydney, Australia

Speak Low — Shanghai, China

The Old Man — Hong Kong, China

The SG Club — Tokyo, Japan

Canada

à toi — Toronto, Canada

Atwater Cocktail Club — Montreal, Canada

Bar Raval — Toronto, Canada

Civil Liberties — Toronto, Canada

El Pequeño Bar — Montreal, Canada

Gift Shop at Barber & Co. — Toronto, Canada

PrettyUgly Bar — Toronto, Canada

Proof Cocktail Bar — Calgary, Canada

The Cloakroom Bar — Montreal, Canada

The Keefer Bar — Vancouver, Canada

Europe*

1930 Cocktail Bar — Milan, Italy

Candelaria — Paris, France

Homeboy Bar — London, UK

Le Syndicat — Paris, France

Little Red Door — Paris, France

Officina Milano — Milan, Italy

Paradiso — Barcelona, Spain

Salmon Guru — Madrid, Spain

Scout London — London, UK

Swift — London, UK

The Lucky Liquor Co. — Edinburgh, UK

Three Sheets — London, UK

Two Schmucks — Barcelona, Spain

*Includes 13 honorees due to a tie

Latin America & Caribbean

Baltra Bar — Mexico City, Mexico

Bebedero — San José, Costa Rica

CARNAVAL — Lima, Peru

El Barón Cafe & Liquor Bar — Cartagena, Colombia

Floreria Atlántico — Buenos Aires, Argentina

Guilhotina Bar —  São Paulo, Brazil

Hanky Panky Cocktail Bar — Mexico City, Mexico

Kaito del Valle — Mexico City, Mexico

Mayo Bar — Lima, Peru

Presidente Bar — Buenos Aires, Argentina

Middle East & Africa*

Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen & Cape Brandy Bar — Cape Town, South Africa

Electric Bing Sutt — Beirut, Lebanon

Lucky Shaker — Umhlanga, South Africa

Nok by Alara — Lagos, Nigeria

PUBLIK Bar — Cape Town, South Africa

Shinko — Cairo, Egypt

Sin + Tax — Randburg, South Africa

The Art of Duplicity — Cape Town, South Africa

The House of Machines — Cape Town, South Africa

TOP

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar

Asia & Pacific | Canada | Europe | Latin American & Caribbean | Middle East & Africa

Asia & Pacific (APAC)

Black Pearl — Melbourne, Australia

Eau de Vie — Melbourne, Australia

Employees Only — Singapore

Hope & Sesame — Guangzhou, China

KOR — Taipei, Taiwan

Old Mate’s Place — Sydney, Australia

Opera Bar —  Sydney, Australia

The Barber Shop — Sydney, Australia

The Baxter Inn — Sydney, Australia

The Odd Couple — Shanghai, China

Canada

Bar Le Lab — Montreal, Canada

Mahjong Bar — Toronto, Canada

Milky Way Cocktail Bar — Montreal, Canada

Miss Thing’s — Toronto, Canada

Pablo — Edmonton, Canada

The Boxcar — Vancouver, Canada

The Coldroom — Montreal, Canada

The Diamond — Vancouver, Canada

The Shameful Tiki Room — Toronto, Canada

The Walrus Pub & Beer Hall — Toronto, Canada

Europe

Baba Au Rum House of Spirits — Athens, Greece

Callooh Callay — London, UK

Drink Kong — Rome, Italy

Freni e Frizioni — Rome, Italy

HIMKOK — Oslo, Norway

Laki Kane — London, UK

Panda & Sons — Edinburgh, Scotland

The Clumsies — Athens, Greece

The Cocktail Trading Company — London, UK

Trailer Happiness — London, UK

Latin America & Caribbean

Alquímico — Cartagena, Colombia

Amano Bar — Panama City, Panama

Floreria Atlántico — Buenos Aires, Argentina

La Factoría — San Juan, Puerto Rico

Licorería Limantour — Mexico City, Mexico

Oh No! Lulu — Buenos Aires, Argentina

Selvática — San José, Costa Rica

The Hormiga Negra Coctel Bar — Puebla, Mexico

Uptown & The Bronx — Buenos Aires, Argentina

Xaman Bar — Mexico City, Mexico

Middle East & Africa

Buddha-Bar — Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Front/Back — Accra, Ghana

Iris — Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Spicehaus — Tel Aviv, Israel

The Republic Bar & Grill — Accra, Ghana

The Royale — Randburg, South Africa

TOP

Best International Hotel Bar

Asia & Pacific | Canada | Europe | Latin American & Caribbean | Middle East & Africa

Asia & Pacific (APAC)

Bar Trigona at the Four Seasons Hotel — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Caprice Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel — Hong Kong, China

Charles H. at the Four Seasons Hotel — Seoul, South Korea

DarkSide at Rosewood — Hong Kong, China

Jigger & Pony at the Amara Hotel — Singapore

Lobster Bar and Grill at Island Shangri-La —  Hong Kong, China

Origin Bar at The Shangri-La Hotel — Singapore

PDT Hong Kong at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental — Hong Kong, China

Punch Room at The Shanghai EDITION — Shanghai, China

The Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental — Bangkok, Thailand

Canada*

Bar Artefact at Auberge Saint-Antoine Hotel — Québec, Canada

Clive’s Classic Lounge at the Chateau Victoria — Victoria, Canada

Gerard Lounge at the The Sutton Place Hotel — Vancouver, Canada

Library Bar at the Fairmont Royal York — Toronto, Canada

Marcus Bar at The Four Seasons Hotel — Montreal, Canada

Nacarat at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth — Montreal, Canada

Six Twelve Lounge at the Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel — Saskatoon, Canada

The Lobby Lounge and Raw Bar at the Hotel Fairmont Pacific Rim — Vancouver, Canada

The Lounge at the Drake Hotel — Toronto, Canada

The Raven Room at the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre — Whistler, Canada

Wilks’ Bar at Langdon Hall — Cambridge, Canada

*Includes 11 honorees due to a tie

Europe*

Artesian at The Langham — London, UK

Lyaness at Sea Containers London — London, UK

Provocateur Bar in the Provocateur Hotel — Berlin, Germany

Punch Room at The Barcelona EDITION — Barcelona, Spain

Punch Room at The London EDITION — London, UK

Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood Hotel — London, UK

The American Bar at The Savoy Hotel — London, UK

The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy Hotel — London, UK

The Coral Room at The Bloomsbury Hotel — London, UK

The Donovan Bar at the Brown’s Hotel — London, UK

The Lobby Bar at The London EDITION — London, UK

*Includes 11 honorees due to a tie

Latin America & Caribbean

ACRE Baja — San José del Cabo, Mexico

Baretto-Londra at Fasano Hotel — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Celajes Lounge Bar at Hotel Belmar — Monteverde, Costa Rica

COMAL at the Chileno Bay Resort — Los Cabos, Mexico

Fifty Mils at the Four Seasons Hotel — Mexico City, Mexico

Frank Bar at the Maksoud Plaza — São Paulo, Brazil

Hotel Casa Awolly — Mexico City, Mexico

Mulberry Project at La Zebra Hotel — Tulum, Mexico

Spirit Copa Bar at Fairmont Hotel — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Townhouse Rooftop at Townhouse Boutique Hotel and Rooftop — Cartagena, Colombia

Middle East & Africa

Frontier by Ideas Cartel — Cape Town, South Africa

Galaxy Bar DIFC — Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Gigi Rooftop Restaurant & Bar at the Gorgeous George Hotel — Cape Town, South Africa

HOOCH Boutique & Drinkery at the Phoenicia Hotel — Beirut, Lebanon

Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar in the Imperial Hotel — Tel Aviv, Israel

Laurel Bar at Caesars Palace Bluewaters — Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Planet Bar at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel — Cape Town, South Africa

Sky 28 at the Kenzi Tower Hotel— Casablanca, Morocco

Tambourin Rooftop Lounge and Bar at the Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel — Nairobi, Kenya

The Willaston Bar at The Silo Hotel — Cape Town, South Africa

TOP

Best International Restaurant Bar

Asia & Pacific | Canada | Europe | Latin American & Caribbean | Middle East & Africa

Asia & Pacific (APAC)*

Bar Torino — Adelaide, Australia

Burnt Ends — Singapore

Caffe Fernet — Singapore

Capitano — Carlton, Australia

Continental Deli Bar Bistro— Newtown, Australia

Icebergs Dining Room Bar — Bondi Beach, Australia

Mjølner — Sydney, Australia

Restaurant Hubert — Sydney, Australia

Rosenbaum & Fuller — Bondi Beach, Australia

Sober Company — Shanghai, China

The Shady Acres — Hong Kong, China

Tippling Club — Singapore

*Includes 12 honorees due to a tie

Canada*

Alo — Toronto, Canada

Bar Kismet — Halifax, Canada

Botanist — Vancouver, Canada

Chantecler — Toronto, Canada

Como Taperia — Vancouver, Canada

ELISA — Vancouver, Canada

Honō Izakaya — Québec, Canada

Kissa Tanto — Vancouver, Canada

Lot Six Bar & Restaurant — Halifax, Canada

Maple Leaf Tavern — Toronto, Canada

The Ostrich Club — Halifax, Canada

*Includes 11 honorees due to a tie

Europe

Baccano — Rome, Italy

Bonhomie — Paris, France

Café Moderne — Paris, France

Ceresio 7 — Milan, Italy

Danico — Paris, France

Le Mary Celeste — Paris, France

Octavius Bar at The Stage — Milano, Italy

Paloma Cantina — St. Petersburg, Russia

Sexy Fish — London, UK

The Craftsman — Reggio Emilia, Italy

Tjoget —  Stockholm, Sweden

Latin America & Caribbean*

A Casa Do Porco — São Paulo, Brazil

ámaZ — Lima, Peru

ARCA — Tulum, Mexico

Carmela Y Sal — Mexico City, Mexico

Jungle Bird — San Juan, Puerto Rico

La Mar Cebichería — Lima, Peru

Mesa Franca — Bogotá, Colombia

Mito Mercato — Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nórtico — Tijuana, Mexico

Room 09 — Santiago, Chile

SubAstor – São Paulo, Brazil

Tan Tan Noodle Bar — São Paulo, Brazil

*Includes 12 honorees due to a tie

Middle East & Africa

BB Social Dining — Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Brew Bistro and Lounge — Nairobi, Kenya

COYA Dubai — Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Ferdinand — Beirut, Lebanon

La Otra — Tel Aviv, Israel

La Petite Maison — Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Masti – Cocktails & Cuisine — Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Fat Goat — Durban, South Africa

Zuma Dubai — Dubai, United Arab Emirates

TOP

Best New International Cocktail Bar

Asia & Pacific | Canada | Europe | Latin American & Caribbean | Middle East & Africa

Asia & Pacific (APAC)

Bar Margaux — Melbourne, Australia

Barbary Coast SG — Singapore

Byrdi — Melbourne, Australia

CLIPPER — Auckland, New Zealand

Happy Stan — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Isabel — Bondi Beach, Australia

Live Twice — Singapore

No Sleep Club — Singapore

Tell Camellia — Hong Kong, China

Will’s — Coogee Beach, Australia

Canada

Bar Biltmore — Toronto, Canada

Bar Mordecai — Toronto, Canada

jjacques — Québec, Canada

Mother Cocktail Bar — Toronto, Canada

Noble – Halifax, Canada

Pablo — Edmonton, Canada

Parliament Pub & Parlour — Montreal, Canada

Stillife — Montreal, Canada

Supernova Ballroom — Toronto, Canada

The Raven Room — Whistler, Canada

Europe

A bar called Gemma — Stockholm, Sweden

Barro Negro — Athens, Greece

Callooh Callay Chelsea — London, UK

Davies and Brook — London, UK

Kwānt — London, UK

Lucy’s Flower Shop — Stockholm, Sweden

Monkey Mash — Lisbon, Portugal

Murder Inc. — London, UK

Tayēr + Elementary — London, UK

The Mezzanine Bar — London, UK

Latin America & Caribbean

Bon Vivants — Nassau, Bahamas

Brasero Atlântico — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Café Ocampo — Mexico City, Mexico

Las Brujas — Mexico City, Mexico

Madre Café — Mexico City, Mexico

Selva Oaxaca Cocktail Bar — Oaxaca, Mexico

Spirit Copa — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ticuchi — Mexico City, Mexico

Tres Monos — Buenos Aires, Argentina

Yellow Bird Bar — Mexico City, Mexico

Middle East & Africa

Amazonico Dubai — Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Gin Club Supreme — Tel Aviv, Israel

Vicious Virgin Bar — Cape Town, South Africa

West — Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

TOP

“In unprecedented times, it’s more important than ever to stay connected to and celebrate our phenomenal community,” shares Caroline Rosen, President of Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. “These professionals have worked tirelessly for years, honing their craft and, really, taking care of others. We are honored to take this opportunity to thank them for their contributions. Congratulations to all of this year’s regional honorees!”

Below is a list of Spirited Awards® Chairs, responsible for overseeing the judging process this year:

Spirited Awards Overall Chair — Charlotte Voisey

Spirited Awards International Chair — Jacob Briars

Central U.S. Co-Chairs —  Bridget Albert, Shaun Traxler

West U.S. Co-Chairs — Kiowa Bryan, Mary Palac

East U.S. Co-Chairs — Laura Cullen, Andy Seymour

Europe Co-Chairs — Guiseppe Gallo, Claire Warner

Canada Co-Chairs — Evelyn Chick, Lauren Mote

Middle East & Africa Co-Chairs — Richard Irwin, Stephanie Simbo

Latin America & Caribbean Co-Chairs — Camille Austin, Tato Giovannini

Asia Pacific Co-Chairs — Hayley Morrison, Micaela Piccolo

Writing & Media Co-Chairs — Paul Clarke, Sandrea Lawrence, Francois Monti, Matthew Rowley

Spirited Awards Chair Charlotte Voisey says, “I have heard from so many bars and bartenders that this is the hardest time they have ever had to get through. First and foremost our thoughts and efforts are focused on doing what we can to help the industry. That said we believe the role of the Spirited Awards to celebrate excellence in the industry remains as important now as ever. I am delighted to see the regional lists come through filled with tremendous bars and teams all over the world. The regional round continues to allow us to celebrate more bars in more places each year.”

Spirited Awards® judges are a collection of respected bartenders, bar owners, educators, and writers from across the globe entrusted with this critical calling. Drawing on their years of experience and their knowledge of the current work being done locally, nationally, and internationally, together the judges can evaluate nominees from far and wide to ensure that the Spirited Awards® represents the breadth and diversity of the global drinks industry. Over the past year, Tales of the Cocktail Foundation worked with the regional chairs to ensure this year’s judging panel would be more geographically diverse and focused on recruiting more judges from mid-sized markets to better represent the range of the industry on a global scale. This is especially evident in the addition of three new Writing & Media Co-Chairs who span the globe for 2020.

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation’s Spirited Awards® Committee is dedicated to valuing the inclusion of the communities we serve by ensuring that our judging panel reflects their incredible diversity in terms of race, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality. Recognizing that inclusion is key to a well-represented committee, TOTCF strives to ensure that we have an equitable representation of gender across the judging panel. The Spirited Awards® are not based on popular vote and all nominations will be evaluated by their respective judging committees. 

In keeping with the original 2020 timeline, overall Top 10 Nominees will be announced on May 4th, 2020, Top 4 Finalists will be named on June 1st, 2020, and Winners will be celebrated on July 25th, 2020.

The Foundation realizes this announcement will raise many valid questions regarding the future of Tales of the Cocktail’s annual festival in New Orleans, currently slated for July 21-26, 2020. Like many organizations and events worldwide, we are continuing to follow the rapidly changing guidance from the CDC and our local and state governments’ advice to arrive at the most appropriate decision that prioritizes the safety and wellbeing of our entire community. We are committed to remaining transparent with you, even when we don’t have all of the answers. Undoubtedly, Tales will look different this year than it has in the past. We are optimistically planning to share a more comprehensive update on our plans come May 2020, when more timely information and guidance becomes available.

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About Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is a non-profit organization that educates, advances and supports the global hospitality industry and creates lasting impact in our host communities. Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is the global leader in spirits education and a platform to tackle issues facing the industry. The pillars of the Foundation are to Educate, Advance and Support the hospitality industry through programs that benefit individuals and organizations in the community and to make a lasting impact in communities that host our events. For more information on Tales of the Cocktail, please visit www.talesofthecocktail.org

Media Inquiries:

Gia Vecchio, gia@foxglovecommunications.com, 917.280.5043


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