Tales Announces Spirited Awards Finalists

By Neat Pour Staff |

On Friday (6.22), Tales of the Cocktail announced the Top Four Finalists in each category for this year’s 12th Annual Spirited Awards. Neat Pour was honored to receive a nomination for Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication. For the fill list of all the finalists, read on.
“Yet again we see the continued vibrancy of the cocktail world come into focus with this great, varied list of finalists,” says Jacob Briars, International Spirited Awards Chair in a statement. “This shows the strength of the bar scene, and the people who make it, in America and around the world.”
The Spirited Awards winners will be announced at the Spirited Awards ceremony on July 21st, 7:00p.m. (CST) at New Orleans’ Orpheum Theatre.

American Categories

American Bartender of the Year

Kevin Diedrich, Pacific Cocktail Haven – San Francisco, CA

Marcovaldo Dionysos, ABV – San Francisco, CA

Yael Vengroff, Spare Room – Los Angeles, CA

Jillian Vose, Dead Rabbit – New York, NY


Best American Brand Ambassador

Tim Cooper, 86 Co.

Lynn House, Heaven Hill

Anne Louise Marquis, Campari America

Robin Nance, Beam Suntory


Best American Bar Team

Columbia Room – Washington D.C.

Drink – Boston, MA

Herbs & Rye – Las Vegas, NV

Sweet Liberty – Miami, FL


Best American Cocktail Bar

Anvil – Houston, TX

Bar Goto – New York City, NY

Lost Lake – Chicago, IL

PDT – New York City, NY


Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar

Drink – Boston, MA

Polite Provisions – San Diego, CA

Harvard & Stone – Los Angeles, CA

The NoMad Bar – New York City, NY


Best American Hotel Bar

Compère Lapin at The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery – New Orleans, LA

Midnight Rambler  at The Joule – Dallas, TX

The Broken Shaker at The Freehand – Miami, FL

The Spare Room at The Roosevelt Hotel – Los Angeles, CA


Best American Restaurant Bar

Clyde Common – Portland, OR

Gramercy Tavern – New York City, NY

Nopa – San Francisco, CA

Silver Dollar – Louisville, KY


Best New American Cocktail Bar

Attaboy Nashville – Nashville, TN

Broken Shaker LA – Los Angeles, CA

Navy Strength – Seattle, WA

The Aviary NYC – New York City, NY


International Categories

International Bartender of the Year

Roman Foltan, ATLAS – Singapore

Tess Posthumus, Flying Dutchmen Cocktails –  Amsterdam

Remy Savage, Artesian – London

Joe Schofield, Tippling Club –  Singapore


Best International Brand Ambassador

Ian Burrell, Global Rum Ambassador

Dickie Cullimore, Bacardi

Joe McCanta, Grey Goose

Nicola Riske, Macallan & Edrington Malts


Best International Bar Team

Licoreria Limantour – Mexico City

The American Bar, The Savoy – London

The Clumsies – Athens

The Connaught Bar – London


Best International Cocktail Bar

ATLAS – Singapore

Happiness Forgets – London

Le Syndicat – Paris

Licoreria Limantour – Mexico City


Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar

The Baxter Inn – Sydney

Callooh Callay – London

La Factoria – San Juan

The Clumsies – Athens


Best International Hotel Bar

Fifty Mils at Four Seasons Hotel – Mexico City

Manhattan Bar at Regent – Singapore

Punch Room at London Edition – London

The American Bar at The Savoy – London


Best International Restaurant Bar

Danico – Paris

Hawksmoor Spitalfields – London

Sager & Wilde – London

Sexy Fish – London


Best New International Cocktail Bar

Coupette – London

Scout – London

The Mint Gun Club – London

Two Schmucks – Barcelona


Writing Categories

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication

1806 Magazine

Neat Pour

The Daily Beast Half Full Section

Whisky Advocate


Best Cocktail and Spirits Writer

M. Carrie Allan, The Washington Post and more

Matt Pietrek, Cocktail Wonk

Noah Rothbaum, The Daily Beast

Robert Simonson, The New York Times


Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book

Gin Tonica by David T. Smith

One-Bottle Cocktail by Maggie Hoffman

Meehan’s Bartender Manual by Jim Meehan

3 Ingredient Cocktails by Robert Simonson


Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits

Beachbum Berry’s Sippin Safari by Jeff Berry

By the Smoke and the Smell by Thad Vogler

Mezcal by Emma Janzen

The Way of Whisky: A Journey Around Japanese Whisky by Dave Broom, Photography by Kohei Take


Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series

Bartender At Large

Life Behind Bars

The Speakeasy



Global Categories

Best Bar Mentor

Bridget Albert, Southern Wine and Spirits

Ryan Chetiyawardana, Mr Lyan

Alex Kratena, Pour

Andy Seymour, Liquid Productions, INC


Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient

Creme de Banane, Tempus Fugit Spirits

Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal Jabali

MARTINI Riserva Speciale Bitter

Old Duff Single Malt Genever


World’s Best Cocktail Menu

BlackTail – New York City, NY

Dandelyan – London

Dante – New York City, NY

The American Bar, The Savoy – Every Moment Tells a Story – London


World’s Best Spirits Selection

ATLAS – Singapore

Sweet Liberty – Miami, FL

The Office – Chicago, IL

Whitechapel – San Francisco, CA

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