Debating the world’s best bar is like debating the best daiquiri recipe. There is no real answer. However, it doesn’t hurt to try. On Saturday night, the
movers stirrers and shakers of the cocktail world gathered in New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktails‘ annual Spirited Awards ceremony. London’s Dandelyan at the Mondrian led the pack, snagging prizes for Best International Bar Team, Best International Hotel Bar, and World’s Best Cocktail Bar.
Stateside, NYC’s NoMad Bar took home Best American Bar Team and PDT’s Jeffrey Bell was named American Bartender of the Year. The always affable Dave Wondrich was honored as Best Bar Mentor and Charles Schumann received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Winners were voted on by two panels of over 100 industry experts, led by Charlotte Voisey (Chairperson), Jacob Briars (International Judging Committee Chairman), Paul Clarke (Writing Committee Chairman) and Brooke Arthur, Bridget Albert and Derek Brown (U.S. Judging Committee Chairs).
Check out the full list of winners below.
Best American Bar Team
Best American Brand Ambassador
Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar
Best American Restaurant Bar
American Bartender of the Year
Best American Cocktail Bar
Best American Hotel Bar
Best New American Cocktail Bar
Best International Bar Team
Best International Brand Ambassador
Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar
Best International Restaurant Bar
International Bartender of the Year
Best International Cocktail Bar
Best International Hotel Bar
Best New International Cocktail Bar
Best Cocktail and Spirits Publication
Best New Cocktail & Bartending Book
Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer
Best New Spirits Book
Best Bar Mentor
World’s Best Cocktail Menu
Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient
World’s Best Spirits Selection
World’s Best Cocktail Bar
Lifetime Achievement Award