CLASS Mag Awards UK Honors

By Neat Pour Staff |

Cocktail awards season starts a little earlier across the pond. On Tuesday (2.18.20), CLASS magazine crowned England’s drinks royalty at their annual awards ceremony. This year’s results notably featured an all female sweep of the major individual categories.

Pippa Guy (formerly American Bar at the Savoy, currently Crown Shy NYC) took home Bartender of the Year. Anna Sebastian (Artesian at the Langham) bagged Bar Manager of the Year.

Also notable, London’s Swift (Mia Johansson and Bobby Hiddleston) won Bar of the Year went to Swift in London, owned by Mia Johansson and Bobby Hiddleston. Monica Berg and Alex Kratena (Tayēr + Elementary) finished atop the new Bar Innovator(s) of the Year category.

Erik Lorincz’ high profile solo project, Kwānt notched the honor for Best New Bar of the Year.

The process of determine the winners depends on the specific awards. Eleven categories (all the Bar Awards, Bartender of the Year, Innovator(s) of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and Cocktail of the Year) were determined by a vote of the Class Collective. According to press materials, the Collective is comprised of “70 of the UK’s top bar industry experts drawn from 20 UK towns and cities.”

The remaining categories or Special Recognition Awards were picked by a second, smaller committee. Hannah Lanfear (spirits educator); Hannah Sharman-Cox (London Cocktail Week); Mal Evans (Mojo Group); Blythe Robertson (CLASS reviewer Scotland); Daniel Schofield (consultant), Hamish Smith (editor of CLASS) made up this group.

Check out the full list of winners below.

Bar of the Year sponsored

Swift, London

Bartender of the Year

Pippa Guy, ex-American Bar, London, now Crown Shy NYC

Bar Innovator(s) of the Year

Monica Berg & Alex Kratena, Tayēr + Elementary, London

New Bar of the Year

Kwānt, London

Hotel Bar of the Year

American Bar, The Savoy, London

Restaurant Bar of the Year

Hawksmoor Spitalfields, London

Specialist Bar of the Year

Black Rock, London

Bar Food Menu

Tayēr + Elementary, London

Drinks Menu of the Year

Artesian, London

Cocktail of the Year 

Mirror Margarita, Hacha, London

Lifetime Achievement

Tomas Estes, Agave Ambassador, Portland, US

Emerging Bartender of the Year

Sam Boevey, London Cocktail Club, London

Bar Manager of the Year

Anna Sebastian, Artesian, London

Back Bar Star of the Year sponsored

Geovanni Marenco Rodríguez, Sexy Fish, London

Front of House Star of the Year

Georgi Radev, Laki Kane, London

Social Media Presence of the Year 

Cahoots, London

Sustainable Practices Award

Terroir Tapas, Bournemouth

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