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Spirited Awards 2015: The Results! #TOTC2015

Last saturday night at the Sheraton Hotel New Orleans, Tales of the Cocktail revealed the winners for each category of the 9th Annual Spirited Awards, recognizing the year’s best bars, bartenders, writers and experts. Winners were voted on by a panel of more than 100 industry experts, led by Simon Ford (Chairman), Jackson Cannon (U.S. Judging Committee Chairman), Jacob Briars (International Judging Committee Chairman), and David Wondrich (Writing Committee Chairman). Here we go!


American Categories:

  • Best American Bar Team: Employees Only (New York)
  • American Bartender of the Year: Ivy Mix (New York)
  • Best American Brand Ambassador: Brooke Arthur (House Spirits)
  • Best American Cocktail Bar: Williams & Graham (Denver)
  • Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar: Employees Only (New York)
  • Best American Hotel Bar: The Broken Shaker (Miami Beach)
  • Best American Restaurant Bar: Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks (Boston)
  • Best New American Cocktail Bar: ABV (San Francisco)


International Categories:

  • Best International Bar Team: 28 Hong Kong Street (Singapore)
  • International Bartender of the Year: Ryan Chetiyawardana (LoLondonndres)
  • Best International Brand Ambassador: Claire Smith-Warner (Belvedere Vodka)
  • Best International Cocktail Bar: Artesian (London)
  • Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar: The Black Pearl & The Attic (Melbourne)
  • Best International Hotel Bar: Beaufort Bar, The Savoy (London)
  • Best International Restaurant Bar: Blind Pig at Social Eating House (London)
  • Best New International Cocktail Bar: Dandelyan (London)

Writing Categories:

  • Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication: PUNCH
  • Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer: Dave Broom
  • Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book: Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail par Dave Arnold
  • Best New Spirits Book : Whisky : The Manual par Dave Broom

Overall Categories:

  • Best Bar Mentor: Jim Meehan (Portland)
  • Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient: Amaro di Angostura
  • World’s Best Cocktail Menu: Dead Rabbit (New York)
  • World’s Best Spirits Selection: Canon (Seattle)
  • World’s Best Bar: Dead Rabbit (New York)


Special Recognitions:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Jonathan Downey
  • Sam Guarino Citation: Steve Mannan