Tales’ Spirited Awards Drops Short-List Of 2019 Top Four Finalists

By Neat Pour Staff |

On Monday (6.24), the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation 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 full list of all the finalists, read on.

“The Foundation is thrilled to shine a light on these select talents in our industry and acknowledge their invaluable contributions at the 13th Annual Spirited Awards,” said Caroline Rosen, Executive Director of Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, in a statement. “We extend our congratulations to all nominated and are thrilled to honor such a global group of talent.”

The actual awards ceremony is scheduled for the final night of Tales, Saturday, July 20th, at New Orleans’ historic Orpheum Theater.


American Bartender of the Year

  • Julio Cabrera – Cafe La Trova, Miami, FL
  • Kevin Diedrich – Pacific Cocktail Haven, San Francisco, CA
  • Masa Urushido – Katana Kitten, New York City, NY
  • Jillian Vose – The Dead Rabbit, New York City, NY

Best American Brand Ambassador

  • Megan Breier, Beam Suntory
  • Kiowa Bryan, Spiribam Fine R(h)um Specialists
  • Tim Cooper, Fords Gin
  • Trevor Schneider, Reyka Vodka

Best American Bar Team

  • Clover Club – Brooklyn, NY
  • Herbs and Rye – Las Vegas, NV
  • Lost Lake – Chicago, IL
  • Nickel City – Austin, TX

Best American Cocktail Bar

  • Amor Y Amargo – New York, NY
  • Attaboy – New York, NY
  • Drink – Boston, MA
  • Trick Dog – San Francisco, CA

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar

  • Half Step – Austin, TX
  • Herbs and Rye – Las Vegas, NV
  • Nickel City – Austin, TX
  • The Dead Rabbit – New York, NY

Best American Hotel Bar

  • Broken Shaker at Freehand LA – Los Angeles, CA
  • Compére Lapin at The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery – New Orleans, LA
  • Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NV
  • Midnight Rambler at the Joule – Dallas, TX

Best American Restaurant Bar

  • Better Luck Tomorrow – Houston, TX
  • Dante – New York, NY
  • Gramercy Tavern – New York, NY
  • The Silver Dollar – Louisville, KY

Best New American Cocktail Bar

  • Cafe La Trova – Miami, FL
  • Death & Co. – Denver, CO
  • Existing Conditions – New York, NY
  • Katana Kitten – New York, NY


International Bartender of the Year

  • Moe Aljaff – Two Schmucks, Barcelona, Spain
  • Monica Berg – Tayer and Elementary, London, UK
  • Philippa “Pippa” Guy – The American Bar at The Savoy, London, UK
  • Matt Whiley – Scout, Sydney, Australia

Best International Brand Ambassador

  • Dickie Cullimore, Bacardi Rum
  • Gareth Evans, Absolut Elyx
  • Joe McCanta, Grey Goose
  • Lauren Mote, Diageo Reserve Global Cocktailian

Best International Bar Team

  • Black Pearl – Melbourne, Australia
  • Connaught Bar at The Connaught – London, UK
  • Fifty Mils at the Four Seasons – Mexico City, Mexico
  • Licorería Limantour – Mexico City, Mexico

Best International Cocktail Bar

  • Atlas Bar – Singapore
  • Le Syndicat – Paris, France
  • Native – Singapore
  • Three Sheets – London, UK

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar

  • Baba Au Rum – Athens, Greece
  • Callooh Callay – London, UK
  • HIMKOK – Oslo, Norway
  • Schumann’s Bar – Munich, Germany

Best International Hotel Bar

  • Artesian Bar at The Langham – London, UK
  • Fifty Mils at the Four Seasons – Mexico City, Mexico
  • Manhattan at Regent Singapore – Singapore
  • Punch Room at The London EDITION – London, UK

Best International Restaurant Bar

  • Danico – Paris, France
  • Hawksmoor Spitalfields – London, UK
  • Le Mary Céleste – Paris, France
  • Tippling Club – Singapore

Best New International Cocktail Bar

  • Homeboy Bar – London, UK
  • Lyaness – London, UK
  • MAYBE SAMMY – Sydney, Australia
  • Punch Room at The Barcelona EDITION – Barcelona, Spain



Best Bar Mentor

  • Ago Perrone
  • Colin Asare-Appiah
  • Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero
  • Nectaly Mendoza

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient

  • BERTOUX Brandy
  • Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal Boca del Cerro
  • Fords Gin Officers’ Reserve
  • Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry Rum

World’s Best Cocktail Menu

  • BlackTail – New York, NY
  • Dante – New York, NY
  • Mace – New York, NY
  • Trick Dog – San Francisco, CA

World’s Best Spirits Selection

  • Amor Y Amargo – New York, NY
  • Atlas Bar – Singapore
  • Raised By Wolves – San Diego, CA
  • The Office – Chicago, IL


Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication

  • Cocktail Wonk
  • Neat Pour
  • Scotchwhisky.com
  • SevenFifty Daily

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer

  • Aaron Goldfarb, Esquire, PUNCH, VinePair
  • Kara Newman, Wine Enthusiast, Wall Street Journal, PUNCH
  • Robert Simonson, The New York Times, Imbibe Magazine, PUNCH
  • Wayne Curtis, Imbibe Magazine, The Daily Beast, Garden & Gun

Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book

  • Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions by Alex Day, David Kaplan, and Nick Fauchald
  • Northern Hospitality with The Portland Hunt + Alpine Club: A Celebration of Cocktails, Cooking, and Coming Together by Andrew Volk and Briana Volk
  • The Aviary Cocktail Book by Allen Hemberger, Grant Achatz, and Nick Kokonas
  • The Dead Rabbit Mixology & Mayhem: The Story of John Morrissey and the World’s Best Cocktail Menu by Jack McGarry, Jillian Vose, and Sean Muldoon

Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits

  • A Drinkable Feast: A Cocktail Companion to 1920s Paris by Philip Greene
  • Drinking Like Ladies: 75 Modern Cocktails from the World’s Leading Female Bartenders by Kirsten Amann and Misty Kalkofen
  • From Barley to Blarney: A Whiskey Lover’s Guide to Ireland by Jack McGarry, Sean Muldoon, and Tim Herlihy
  • Hacking Whiskey: Smoking, Blending, Fat Washing, and Other Whiskey Experiments by Aaron Goldfarb

Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series

  • Bartender at Large
  • Bourbon Up with Fred Minnick
  • Cocktails For You
  • WhiskyCast
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