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The Winners of the 2017 Spirited Awards

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The Winners of the 2017 Spirited Awards
August 01
06:12 2017

(Drinking Trends) Every year the eyes of the drinks world focus on New Orleans for Tales Of The Cocktail. Of particular interest is the Spirited Awards gala ceremony, where outstanding achievement is acknowledged.

Notable winners this year include Dandelyan (London), who walked away with Best International Hotel Bar, Best International Bar Team, and the biggest gong of the night, World’s Best Bar. Interesting to note that this is the second year running where the winner of the Best International Hotel Bar went on to win the Best International Bar category. New openings Black Tail (New York) and the mighty Swift (London) -an early Drinking Trends tip – won the Best New Bar categories to no-one’s great surprise. Other notable winners were Trailer Happiness (London) making a storming return to glory, joined in the winners’ circle by other past favourites, with Black Pearl (Melbourne), The NoMad Bar (New York), and Dante (New York) all being rewarded for their continued excellence.

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Bar Swift team (l to r): Edmund Weil, Rosie Stimpson, Mia Johansson and Bobby Hiddleston. Photo: Addie Chinn

While the NY-LON duopoly still holds a strong grip on these awards, it was gratifying to see other towns such as Washington D.C., Singapore,  Boston, Shanghai and Miami gaining well-earned recognition.

Meanwhile, individual accolades were awarded to Camille Ralph Vidal, Jeff Bell, Dave Wondrich, Misty Kalkofen, Wayne Curtis, Shingo Gokan and Charles Schumann.

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Charles Schumann. Image via Pinterest

2017 Spirited Award® Recipients

AMERICAN CATEGORIES

Best American Bar Team

Presented by William Grant & Sons

The NoMad Bar (New York)

Best American Brand Ambassador

Presented by NOCCPS

Misty Kalkofen (Del Maguey)

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar

Presented by William Grant & Sons

Sweet Liberty Drinks and Supply Co. (Miami, FL)

Best American Restaurant Bar

Presented by Suze

Dante (New York)

American Bartender of the Year

Presented by Bacardi

Jeff Bell (New York)

Best American Cocktail Bar

Presented by Lillet

Columbia Room (Washington, D.C)

Best American Hotel Bar

Presented by Elijah Craig

The Hawthorne at Hotel Commonwealth (Boston)

Best New American Cocktail Bar

Presented by Luxardo

BlackTail (New York)

INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES

Best International Bar Team

Presented by Angostura

Dandelyan (London)

Best International Brand Ambassador

Presented by Rutte

Camille Ralph Vidal (St. Germain)

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar

Presented by 1724 Tonic Water

Trailer Happiness (London)

Best International Restaurant Bar

Presented by Suze

Tippling Club (Singapore)

International Bartender of the Year

Presented by Bacardi

Shingo Gokan (Shanghai)

Best International Cocktail Bar

Presented by Chivas

Black Pearl (Melbourne)

Best International Hotel Bar

Presented by Bound Bar

Dandelyan at the Mondrian (London)

Best New International Cocktail Bar

Presented by Pierre Ferrand

Swift (London)

WRITING CATEGORIES

Best Cocktail and Spirits Publication

Presented by Gin Mare

Hot Rum Cow

Best New Cocktail & Bartending Book

Presented by Nikka Whisky

Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki by Martin and Rebecca Cate

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer

Presented by Beam Suntory

Wayne Curtis

Best New Spirits Book

Presented by Pierre Ferrand

Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey by Fred Minnick

GLOBAL CATEGORIES

Best Bar Mentor

Presented by BarSmarts

David Wondrich

World’s Best Cocktail Menu

Presented by Beam Suntory

Trick Dog (San Francisco)

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient

Presented by Bound Bar

ITALICUS – Rosolio di Bergamotto (Italy)

World’s Best Spirits Selection

Presented by Montecristo Cigar Bar

canon: whiskey and bitters emporium (Seattle)

World’s Best Cocktail Bar

Presented by Elijah Craig

Dandelyan (London)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented by William Grant & Sons

Charles Schumann

This year official sponsoring partners of the Spirited Awards ® were 1724 Tonic Water, Bacardi USA, BarSmarts, Beam Suntory, Bound at The Cromwell, Chivas, Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, GH Mumm, Gin Mare, House of Angostura, Lillet, Luxardo, Maison Ferrand, Montecristo Cigar Bar at Caesars Palace, Nikka Whiskey, Rutte Gin, Suze Bitters & Liqueurs and William Grant & Sons.

At DrinkingTrends.com when we see great drinks news we want the world to know, so we have shared it here for your reading pleasure.

Image Credits: TOTC

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A seasoned veteran of the international drinks scene, our Managing Editor, has spent the last decade opening new venues across the globe, consulting for key drinks industry groups, running A-list parties, and advising major spirit and beverage brands. Through his work with All About The Cocktail, Charlie has become a respected figure in on-line, televised and print media for the global drinks industry. If it involves making drinks, chatting about drinks, thinking about drinks, writing about drinking, or drinking drinks, Charlie has been 'biting that bullet' since 2000.

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