Phoenix’s Century Grand was named America’s Best Cocktail Bar at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, and New York’s Martini’s was named America’s Best New Cocktail Bar.
Sips, the innovative Barcelona drinkery house known for its “haute couture cocktails at ready-to-wear prices”, was named World’s Best at the 17th Annual Spirited Awards held at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. Selected as a bar. Cocktail legends Simone Caporale (International Bartender of the Year 2014 for her mixological wizardry at the Artesian in London’s Langham Hotel) and Mark Alvarez (Spanish bartender of the year by Ferran and Albert Adrià) Founded in 2021 by (former beverage director of the acclaimed El Bali Culinary Group), Sips quickly shocked the cocktail world with its inventive cocktails served in fanciful and often fanciful containers. I won an award for my work.
As a prelude to the night’s big awards, Ships will be competing with Montreal’s Atwater Cocktail Club, London’s A Bar with Shapes for a Name, and Cartagena’s Arquimico (which won Best International Bar Team). ) was also named Best International Cocktail Bar. .
The Connaught Bar in London also won two awards. Director of Mixology Agostino Perrone is a long-time giant in the cocktail industry and was awarded Best International Bar Mentor. Giorgio Bargiani, the bar’s assistant director of mixology, was named International Bartender of the Year.
“A mentor is someone everyone needs, especially when it comes to their career. Just like Ago was for me,” Bargiani says of Perrone. “He’s not the one who tells you what to do every day, but he’s the one who helps you shape your dreams.”
As for the U.S. category, New York has two big Spirited Award winners. Fei Chen and GN Chan’s Double Chicken Please on the Lower East Side won World’s Best Cocktail Menu. That’s an impressive feat for a bar that started as a pop-up in 2017 and opened in November 2020 during the pandemic. The Angel’s Share alum (he was its head bartender for eight years) won the Best New US Cocktail Bar award at Martiny’s, a three-story bar in Gramercy.
Happy Accidents, Kate Gerwin’s distillery and bar in Albuquerque (2022 Best New Cocktail Bar in the U.S.), was named to the Best U.S. Bar team. And Phoenix’s Jason Asher and Rich Furnali’s locomotive-themed Century Grand (a finalist for Best New American Bar in 2020) has delivered on its original promise, winning Best American Cocktail Bar. I received an award.
Geographically, Singapore dominated the awards with three wins in two categories. Amara Hotel’s Jigger and Pony, led by husband-and-wife duo Indra Kantono and Gan Guoi, was named Best International Hotel Bar (beating Hong Kong’s Argo, Bangkok’s BKK Social Club and Vancouver’s Botanist). Ta). Cantono, who won the Spirit Award, explained one of his secrets to his success: “Our hotel bar is the living room of the world, and we can’t wait to welcome you to our living room.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Vijay Mudaliar from Singapore received further honours. Mudaliar’s second endeavor, Analog His Initiative, is a sustainable concept that further strengthens his zero-waste ethos with an entirely plant-based menu, and he won Best International Restaurant of the Year. was selected as a bar. And the legendary Long His Bar at Raffles Hotel, the birthplace of the Singapore His Sling, has won the prestigious Timeless International Award.
One of the most moving speeches of the night came from Tiffany Barriere, a spirit educator who received the Tales Visionary Award. “This is for black champions,” she said to loud applause. “This is for the juke joints that first introduced bottle service. This is for the World War I GIs who brought cognac to America. This is for the Harlem Renaissance. This is for mints. It’s for Julep. This is for the South, who always has something to say, but to the men and women of the company who had to serve on the plantations, this is for you.”
Amid applause, Barriere continued: This is for black champions of charity. This is for black champions who rewrite their resumes just to be recognized. This is for the Black Champions you see on social media sharing content, photos, wins, and questions. This is for the Black Champions, both women and men, who have worked at the distillery, past and present. This is for black sharecroppers and black bartenders who worked all night in restaurants where they couldn’t even eat. this is for you. ”
In the writing category, journalist Emma Janzen, a two-time James Beard Foundation Award winner, won two major honors. Janzen’s “The Great Mezcal Heist,” in which she delves into mezcal’s flawed certification process, won the award for Best Cocktail and Spirits Writing.and bartender declarationCo-authored with mixology master Toby Maloney, this is the year’s best new cocktail or bartending book.
Next year, Tales of the Cocktail will have a show at a satellite festival in Singapore. “We see many similarities between the multicultural regions of New Orleans and Singapore,” says Eileen Weiner, CEO of Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF), which organizes the festival and awards. . “And we believe the growth of Singapore’s cocktail scene exemplifies the industry’s innovation, community spirit and collective drive for excellence.”
Aside from the annual Spirited Awards, the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, created in 2018 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, also funds programs and events to support the hospitality community . “TOTCF has awarded more than $350,000 to projects that improve the global hospitality environment, and this year we will award an additional $100,000, with a focus on bartender benefits and well-being. We plan to fund these efforts,” Weiner said. Some of the organizations receiving support include Diversity Distilled, which focuses on DEI strategies and training, and Turning Tables NOLA, which provides attorney training and career opportunities.
The overall emotion of the night was perfectly captured in International Bartender of the Year Giorgio Bargiani’s acceptance speech. “Stay in style and don’t forget to smile.”
See the complete list of 2023 Spirited Awards winners below.
Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards 2023
International Bartender of the Year: Giorgio Bargiani (Connaught Bar, London)
Best International Barmenter:Agostino Perrone
Best International Brand Ambassador: Nicola Riske (The Macallan)
Best International Bar Team: Alquimico (Cartagena, Colombia)
Best International Cocktail Bar:SIPS (Barcelona, Spain)
Best International Hotel Bar: Jigger & Pony at Amara Hotel (Singapore)
Best International Restaurant Bar:Analog Initiative (Singapore)
Best New International Cocktail Bar: Rhine Athens (Athens, Greece)
US Bartender of the Year: Christine Wiseman, Marygold’s Brasserie / Broken Shaker (Miami)
America’s Best Barmenter: Chris Patino
Best US Brand Ambassador: Vance Henderson (Hendrix Gin)
America’s Best Bar Team: Happy Accidents (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
America’s Best Cocktail Bars: Century Grand (Phoenix, Arizona)
Best US Hotel Bar: Hey Love at The Jupiter (Portland, Oregon)
America’s Best Restaurant Bar: Cafe La Trova (Miami)
America’s Best New Cocktail Bars: Martini’s (New York)
writing and media
Best Cocktails & Spirits Publications:punch
Best Broadcast, Podcast, or Online Video Series: Speakeasy Podcast
Best Cocktail & Spirits Writing: “The Great Mezcal Heist” by Emma Janzen, for Eater
Best Cocktail or Bartending New Book: bartender declaration Written by Toby Maloney and Emma Janzen
Best new book on drinks culture, history and spirits: Modern Caribbean Rum: A contemporary expression of the region’s essential spirit Written by Matt Pietrek and Carrie Smith
best bar in the world: Ships (Barcelona)
Best new spirit or cocktail ingredients: Martini & Rossi Floreale Non-Alcoholic Aperitivo
The world’s best cocktail menu: Double Chicken Please (New York)
World’s Best Spirits Selection: Raised by Wolves (San Diego, California)
Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award: Desmond Payne (MBE)
Timeless International Award:Long Bar at Laffy’s Hotel Singapore (Singapore)
Timeless American Awards:Tikiti (Los Angeles)
Tales Visionary Award: Tiffany Barriere
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