Monday, July 21, 2014


This weekend saw the 8th Annual Spirited Awards take place as part of the Tales of the Cocktail festival 2014.

Tales of the Cocktail 2014

The ceremony which was held at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans on Saturday night, honoured the world’s best bars, bartenders, writers and cocktail experts.

In addition to the plethora of US and International winners, the UK managed to stand out and shine, with some of the nights biggest awards going to White Lyan and Artesian at The Langham in London and The Bon Vivant in Edinburgh.

Complete list of this year’s winners:

American Bartender of the Year: Sean Kenyon (Denver)
Best American Bar Team: Trick Dog (San Francisco)
Best American Brand Ambassador: Neyah White (Suntory Japanese Whiskies)
Best American Cocktail Bar: The Dead Rabbit (New York)
Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar: Polite Provisions (San Diego)
Best American Hotel Bar: Clyde Common (Portland)
Best American Restaurant Bar: The NoMad (New York)
Best New American Cocktail Bar: Three Dots and A Dash (Chicago)
International Bartender of the Year: Simone Caporale (London)
Best International Bar Team: Artesian at The Langham (London)
Best International Brand Ambassador: Giuseppe Gallo (Martini)
Best International Cocktail Bar: 28 Hong Kong Street (Singapore)
Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar: Schumann’s Bar (Munich)
Best International Hotel Bar: Artesian at The Langham (London)
Best International Restaurant Bar: The Bon Vivant (Edinburgh)
Best New International Cocktail Bar: White Lyan (London)
Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication: Imbibe magazine (United States)
Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer: Paul Clarke (United States)
Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book: Beachbum Berry’s “Potions of the Caribbean” by Jeff Berry
Best Bar Mentor: Dushan Zaric
Best New Product: Del Maguey Ibérico mezcal
World’s Best Cocktail Menu: The Aviary (Chicago)
World’s Best Drinks Selection: The Dead Rabbit (New York)
Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award: Julio Bermejo (San Francisco)

Posted by Steve Rush