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TOTC2019 Spirited Awards
13th Annual Spirited Awards

The 2019 Spirited Awards nomination process saw a record number of submissions across categories. The Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is thrilled by the hospitality industry’s participation in recognizing the incredible hard work and achievements of our colleagues. In that spirit, the Foundation is proud to announce the Regional Top 10 honorees, broken into regions in the United States (East, Central and West) and Internationally (Europe, Middle East & Africa, Asia Pacific, The Americas (Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada). Through this nomination process, the Foundation is able to continue its efforts to develop and expand the impact and reach of the Spirited Awards to new countries and cities across the world.

Charlotte Voisey, Spirited Awards Chairperson: “This year, I am delighted to see more nominations from more people in every region of the world, recognizing local talent and achievement. We want to continue this trend and encourage judges and individuals to raise the profile of their communities by nominating even more bars, individuals and teams."

The following categories are announced below within their respective regions:

  • Best American Bar Team
  • Best American Cocktail Bar
  • Best American Hotel Bar
  • Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar
  • Best American Restaurant Bar
  • Best NEW American Cocktail Bar
  • Best International Bar Team
  • Best International Cocktail Bar
  • Best International Hotel Bar
  • Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar
  • Best International Restaurant Bar
  • Best NEW International Cocktail Bar

The Spirited Awards? will be hosted on Saturday, July 20th from 7:00 - 10:00 P.M., followed by a Spirited After Hours party that will be held from 10:00 P.M. - 12:00 A.M. to celebrate and toast this year’s winners. General admission tickets to the awards will be available for $100, box seats for $250, and floor seats for $450 each. Purchase of awards tickets include access to Spirited After Hours. For those interested in exclusively attending the Spirited After Hours party, tickets can be purchased separately for $75. Tickets will be available with more information in conjunction with the Top 10 Finalist announcements on June 12, 2019.

All Regional Top 10 lists have been arranged in alphabetical order. We are delighted to share those with you now:


Best Cocktail Bar – Europe

Flying Dutchmen Cocktails – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Le Syndicat – Paris, France

Little Red Door – Paris, France

Paradiso – Barcelona, Spain

Satan’s Whiskers – London, UK

Swift – London, UK

?Tales & Spirits – Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Dark Horse – Bath, UK

Three Sheets – London, UK

Two Schmucks – Barcelona, Spain

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar – Europe

Baba Au Rhum House of Spirits – Athens, Greece

Callooh Callay – London, UK

Dirty Dick – Paris, France

HIMKOK – Oslo, Norway

Odori Vermuteria Di Atene – Athens, Greece

Oriole – London, UK

Panda & Sons – Edinburgh, Scotland

Schumann's – Munich, Germany

The Cocktail Trading Co. - London, UK

The Devil’s Advocate – Edinburgh, Scotland

Best Restaurant Bar – Europe

Bulk Mixology Food Bar – Milan, Italy

Ceresio 7 – Milan, Italy

Danico – Paris, France

Hawksmoor Spitalfields – London,UK

?Le Mary Celeste – Paris, France

Les Grands Verres – Paris, France

Sexy Fish – London, UK

The Bon Vivant – Edinburgh, Scotland

The Craftsman- Reggio Emilia, Italy

Tjoget – Stockholm, Sweden

Best Hotel Bar – Europe

Amano Bar at the Hotel Amano – Berlin, Germany

Artesian at theLangham Hotel – London, UK

Beaufort Bar at the Savoy – London, UK

Berners Tavern at London Edition Hotel – London, UK

Fragrances at the Ritz-Carlton Berlin – Berlin, Germany

Lobby Bar at The London Edition – London, UK

Provocateur Berlin at the Provocateur – Berlin, Germany

Punch Room at The London Edition – London, UK

Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood Hotel –London, UK

Sidecar Bar at the Westbury – Dublin, Ireland

The Coral Room at the Bloomsbury Hotel - London, UK

Widder Bar & Kitchen at Widder Hotel – Zürich, Switzerland

*Includes 12 nominees due to a tie

Best New Cocktail Bar – Europe

Aperture – Montpellier, France

Donovan Bar – London, UK

Drink Kong – Rome, Italy

Homeboy – London, UK

Lady Libertine – Edinburgh, Scotland

Little Mercies – London, UK

?Lyaness – London, UK

Punch Room – Barcelona, Spain

Senios –Athens, Greece

The Cambridge Public House – Paris, France

Best Bar Team – Europe

Artesian – London, UK

El Copitas – St. Petersburg, Russia

Happiness Forgets – London, UK

Himkok– Oslo, Norway

Lost+Found Drinkery – Nicosia, Cyprus

?Panda & Sons – Edinburgh, Scotland

Paradiso – Barcelona, Spain

The Bon Vivant – Edinburgh, Scotland

The Connaught – London, UK

Trailer Happiness – London, UK

THE AMERICAS (Latin America, the Caribbean & Canada)

Best Cocktail Bar – The Americas

Atwater Cocktail Club – Montreal, Canada

Bar Raval – Toronto, Canada

Candelaria Bar – Santiago, Chile

Cloakroom Bar Montreal – Montreal, Canada

The Coldroom – Montreal, Canada

El Barón Cafe & Liquor Bar – Cartagena, Colombia

El Peque?o Bar – Montreal, Canada

Florería Atlantico – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hanky Panky Cocktail Bar – Mexico City, Mexico

PrettyUgly Bar – Toronto, Canada

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar – The Americas

Alquimico Bar – Cartagena, Colombia

Jungle Bird – San Juan, Puerto Rico

La Factoria – San Juan, Puerto Rico

Mahjong – Toronto, Canada

The Strangers Club – Panama, Panama

Subastor – S?o Paulo, Brazil

Tennessee Tavern – Toronto, Canada

Uptown & the Bronx – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Victoria Brown Coffee & Bar – Buenos Aires, Argentina

WALRUS Pub & Beer Hall – Toronto, Canada

Best Restaurant Bar – The Americas

Arca – Tulum, Mexico

Alo – Toronto, Canada

Bar Kismet – Halifax, Canada

Botanist Bar – Vancouver, Canada

Doppelganger Bar – Buenos Aires, Argentina

La Casita de Rones – San Juan, Puerto Rico

Lot Six Bar and Restaurant – Halifax, Canada

Museo del Pisco – Cusco, Peru

Pizza Felix – Mexico City, Mexico

Presidente – Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Diamond –Vancouver, Canada

*Includes 11 nominees due to a tie

Best Hotel Bar – The Americas

Clive's Classic Lounge – Victoria, Canada

Copacabana Piano Bar at the Belmond Copacabana Palace – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fifty Mils at the Four Seasons Hotel – Mexico City, Mexico

Frank Bar at the Maksoud Plaza – S?o Paulo, Brazil

Lobby Lounge and Raw Bar at Fairmont Pacific Rim – Vancouver, Canada

Nacarat – Montreal, Canada

Prohibition at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia – Vancouver, Canada

Casa Malca – Tulum, Mexico

The Drake Minibar at The Drake Hotel – Toronto, Canada

Townhouse Rooftop at Townhouse Boutique Hotel and Rooftop – Cartagena, Colombia

Best New Cocktail Bar – The Americas

à Toi – Toronto, Canada

Gift Shop at Barber & Co. – Toronto, Canada

Little Hong Kong –Edmonton, Canada

Mulberry Bar – Toronto, Canada

Nhau Bar – Montreal, Canada

Paris Paris – Toronto, Canada

Project Gigglewater – Toronto, Canada

The Watch That Ends The Night – Dartmouth, Canada

Tokyo Music Bar – Mexico City, Mexico

Waikiki Tiki Room – Mexico City, Mexico

Best Bar Team – The Americas

Alquimico Bar – Cartagena, Colombia

Fifty Mils at the Four Seasons Hotel – Mexico City, Mexico

Guilhotina – S?o Paulo, Brazil

Huerta Bar Cocteleria Artesanal – Bogotá, Colombia

La Factoria – San Juan, Puerto Rico

Licorería Limantour – Mexico City, Mexico

NOSSO Ipanema – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Subastor – S?o Paulo, Brazil

The Coldroom – Montreal, Canada

The Keefer Bar – Vancouver, Canada


For Middle East and Africa, the number of nominations continues to increase annually but remains an emerging scene for cocktail culture. Please note that in some of these categories, we have included the Top 5 ranked submissions (versus the Top 10).

Best Cocktail Bar* - MEA

The Art of Duplicity – Cape Town, South Africa

AT.MOSPHERE at the Burj Khalifa – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

La Otra – Tel Aviv, Israel

BARBARY Deli + Cocktail Club – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen – Cape Town, South Africa

The Gin Bar – Cape Town, South Africa

The HOUSE of MACHINES – Cape Town, South Africa

Lucky Shaker – Umhlanga, South Africa

Mootee – Johannesburg, South Africa**

Poppy by David Myers at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel – Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Sin + Tax – Randburg, South Africa

*Includes 11 nominees due to a tie

**Mootee recently closed

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar – MEA

Buddha-Bar – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Central Station Boutique Bar – Beirut, Lebanon

Front/Back – Accra, Ghana

Iris – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Miss Lily’s at the Sheraton Grand Hotel – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Mr. Miyagis – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Royale – Randburg, South Africa

Soho Garden – Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Weslodge Saloon at the JW Marriott Marquis – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Zero Gravity – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Best Restaurant Bar - MEA

BB Social Dining – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Brian Lara Rum Eatery – Randburg, South Africa

COYA – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Ferdinand – Beirut, Lebanon

Folly by Nick & Scott – Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Kloof Street House – Cape Town, South Africa

La Petit Maison – Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Masti – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Nola Eatery & Social House – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Zuma Dubai – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Best Hotel Bar – MEA

Bar ThreeSixty at the Le Gray Beirut – Beirut, Lebanon

Churchill Club at the Four Seasons – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Gold On 27 at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

GiGi Rooftop at the Gorgeous George Hotel – Cape Town, South Africa

Hendricks Bar at Four Seasons – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

IMPERIAL at The Imperial Hotel – Tel Aviv, Israel

The Penthouse at FIVE Palm Jumeirah – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Amethyste Bar & Lounge at Phoenicia Hotel – Beirut, Lebanon

Planet Bar in the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel – Capetown, South Africa

Radisson Blu at the Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel – Lagos, Nigeria

Skyview Bar & Restaurant at the Burj Al Arab – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

*Includes 11 nominees due to a tie

Best New Cocktail Bar – MEA

Electric Bing Sutt – Beirut, Lebanon

HOOCH Boutique & Drinkery at The Phoenicia – Beirut, Lebanon

Laurel Bar – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Mama Zonia – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Seven Sisters – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Best Bar Team - MEA

La Otra – Tel Aviv, Israel

Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen – Cape Town, South Africa

Central Station – Beirut, Lebanon

The House of Machines – Cape Town, South Africa

Imperial – Tel Aviv, Israel

Lost+Found Drinkery – Nicosia, Cyprus

Miss Lily’s at the Sheraton Grand Hotel – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Mootee – Johannesburg, South Africa*

Sin + Tax – Randburg, South Africa

Zuma – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

*Mootee recently closed


Best Cocktail Bar - Asia & Pacific

28 HongKong Street – Singapore

Above Board – Melbourne, Australia

Atlas – Singapore

Coa – Hong Kong

Gibson – Singapore

Jigger & Pony – Singapore

Maybe Mae – Adelaide, Australia

Native – Singapore

PS40 – Sydney, Australia

The Old Man – Hong Kong

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar - Asia & Pacific

Beneath Driver Lane – Melbourne, Australia

Black Pearl – Melbourne, Australia

Eau de Vie – Melbourne, Australia

Employees Only – Sydney, Australia

Jigger & Pony – Singapore

KOR - Taipei, Taiwan

Maybe Mae – Adelaide, Australia

Opera Bar – Sydney, Australia

The Lobo Plantation – Sydney, Australia

The Parasol & Swing Company – Auckland, New Zealand

Best Restaurant Bar - Asia & Pacific

8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana – Hong Kong

Bar Torino – Adelaide, Australia

Caffe Fernet – Singapore

Indulge Experimental Bistro – Taipei City, Taiwan

Long Chim Perth – Perth, Australia

Lume Restaurant & Bar – Mumbai, India

Maybe Frank – Australia

The Reservoire – Bangalore, India

Tippling Club – Singapore

Zuma – Hong Kong

Best Hotel Bar - Asia & Pacific

1515 Bar at the Shangri La, Shanghai

Akademi at the Katamama Hotel - Bali, Indonesia

Charles H. at the Four Seasons – Seoul, South Korea

Eichardt’s Bar at Eichardt’s Private Hotel – Queenstown, New Zealand

Lobster Bar and Grill at Island Shangri-La – Hong Kong

Manhattan at Regent Singapore – Singapore

Moon Bar at Banyan Tree – Bangkok, Thailand

Rock Bar at Ayana Resort – Bali, Indonesia

The Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental – Bangkok, Thailand

Vida Rica Bar at Mandarin Oriental - Macau, China

Best New Cocktail Bar - Asia & Pacific

Bar Trigona at the Four Seasons – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Cantina OK! – Sydney, Australia

DarkSide – Hong Kong

Deadshot – Auckland, New Zealand

The Hotel Esplanade – Melbourne, Australia

MAYBE SAMMY – Sydney, Australia

MO Bar – Singapore

Punch Room at The Shanghai Edition – Shanghai, China

The Scout at The Dolphin Hotel – Sydney, Australia

The SG Club – Tokyo, Japan

Best Bar Team - Asia & Pacific

28 HongKong Street – Singapore

Black Pearl – Melbourne, Australia

Charles H. at the Four Seasons – Seoul, South Korea

Jigger & Pony – Singapore

Mea Culpa – Auckland, New Zealand

The Gresham Bar – Queensland, Australia

The Lobo Plantation – Sydney, Australia

The Old Man – Hong Kong

Tropic City – Bangkok, Thailand

Zuma – Hong Kong



Best American Cocktail Bar - USA (East)

Amor Y Amargo – New York, NY

Attaboy – New York, NY

barmini by José Andrés – Washington, D.C.

Drink – Boston, MA

Ghost Donkey – New York, NY

Grand Army – New York, NY

Leyenda –Brooklyn, NY

Pouring Ribbons – New York, NY

Proof – Charleston, SC

Raines Law Room – New York, NY

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar - USA (East)

Bathtub Gin - New York, NY

Buffalo & Bergen - Washington, D.C.

Earls Prudential - Boston, MA

Jack Rose - Washington, D.C.

Merchant & Trade - Charlotte, NC

Porchlight - New York, NY

R House - Baltimore, MD

The Dead Rabbit - New York, NY

The Tippler - New York, NY

Yvonne's - Boston, MA

Best Restaurant Bar - USA (East)

Bar Mezzana - Boston, MA

The Dabney Cellar - Washington, D.C.

?DANTE - New York, NY

Empire State South - Atlanta, GA

Gramercy Tavern - New York, NY

Kimball House - Decatur, GA

No. 9 Park - Boston, MA

Silver Dollar - Louisville, KY

The Baldwin Bar - Woburn, MA

The Modern - New York, NY

Best Hotel Bar - USA (East)

Bar Fiori at The Langham New York, Fifth Avenue - New York, NY

Brothers and Sisters at Line Hotel - Washington, D.C.

Covina at Park South Hotel - New York, NY

Diego at the Public Hotel - New York, NY

L27 Rooftop Lounge at the Westin - Nashville, TN

Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar at Four Seasons Hotel - Miami, FL

Roof at Park South Hotel - New York, NY

?The Hawthorne at the Hotel Commonwealth - Boston, MA

The Living Room at The Dewberry Hotel - Charleston, SC

Westlight at the William Vale Hotel - New York, NY

Best New Cocktail Bar - USA (East)

Cafe La Trova - Miami, FL

Dear Irving on Hudson - New York, NY

Existing Conditions - New York, NY

Jaguar Sun - Miami, FL

KAIDO - Miami, FL

?Katana Kitten - New York, NY

Manhatta - New York, NY

The Green Zone - Washington, D.C.

The Polynesian - New York, NY

Undercote - New York, NY

Best Bar Team - USA (East)

Amor Y Amargo - New York, NY

Barmini by José Andrés - Washington, D.C.

Clover Club - New York, NY

?DANTE - New York, NY

Eastern Standard - Boston, MA

Ghost Donkey - New York, NY

Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar at Four Seasons Hotel - Miami, FL

Leyenda - Brooklyn, NY

Proof - Charleston, SC

The NoMad - New York, NY


Best Cocktail Bar - USA (Central)

Best Intentions - Chicago, IL

Billy Sunday—Chicago, IL

Estereo— Chicago, IL

Julep - Houston, Tx

Latitude 29 - New Orleans, LA

Manifesto—Kansas City, MO

Patterson House - Nashville, TN

Porco Lounge & Tiki Room—Cleveland, OH

The Aviary- Chicago, IL

The Monarch Cocktail Bar & Lounge- Kansas City, MO

Best High Volume Bar - USA (Central)

Atomic Lounge- Birmingham, AL

Ball & Biscuit - Indianapolis, IN

Barrel Proof - New Orleans, LA

Cindy’s- Chicago, IL

Eat Street Social - Minneapolis, MN

Eight Row Flint- Houston, TX

Half Step - Austin, TX

Nickel City- Austin, TX

Sportsman's Club- Chicago, IL

The Roosevelt Room- Austin, TX

Best Restaurant Bar USA - USA (Central)

Bad Hunter- Chicago, IL

Better Luck Tomorrow- Houston, TX

Coltivare - Houston, TX

Justine- New Orleans, LA

Odette- Florence, AL

Sepia- Chicago, IL

Snackbar- Oxford, MS

The Rieger- Kansas City, MO

Ticonderoga Club- Atlanta, GA

Best Hotel Bar USA - USA (Central)

Compere Lapin, New Orleans, LA

Midnight Rambler at the Joule Hotel, Dallas, TX

Sable Kitchen & Bar at the Palomar Hotel - Chicago, IL

Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel - New Orleans, LA

Sternewirth at Hotel Emma - San Antonio, TX

The Berkshire Room at Acme Hotel Company - Chicago, IL

The Driskill Bar at the Hyatt - Austin, TX

The Lobby Bar at the Ace Hotel - New Orleans, LA

VASO Dublin at AC Hotel Columbus - Dublin, OH

Best New Cocktail Bar USA - USA (Central)

Bar Sotano - Chicago, IL

Here Nor There - Austin, TX

Jewel of the South - New Orleans, LA

Kumiko - Chicago, IL

Lost Whale - Milwaukee, WI

Neon Wilderness - Chicago, IL

Pearl Diver - Nashville, TN

Queen’s Park - Birmingham, AL

Young American - Chicago, IL

Z Bar at The Peninsula Chicago - Chicago, IL

Best Bar Team USA - USA (Central)

Bad Hunter - Chicago, IL

Estereo - Chicago, IL

Half Step - Austin, TX

Lost Lake - Chicago, IL

Nickel City - Chicago, IL

Sable Kitchen & Bar at the Palomar Hotel - Chicago, IL

Sportsman's Club - Chicago, IL

The Aviary - Chicago, IL

The Roosevelt Room - Austin, TX

Three Dots and a Dash - Chicago, IL


Best Cocktail Bar - USA (West)

Bar Clacson- Los Angeles, CA

Bar Jackalope - Los Angeles, CA

Bar Leather Apron- Honolulu, HI

Bibo Ergo Sum- Los Angeles, CA

Navy Strength- Seattle, WA

Rumba- Seattle, WA

The Slipper Clutch- Los Angeles, CA

The Varnish- Los Angeles, CA

Trick Dog- San Francisco, CA

UnderTow- Phoenix, AZ

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar - USA (West)

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour- Phoenix, AZ

Ca?a Rum Bar- Los Angeles, CA

Harvard and Stone, Los Angeles, CA

?Herbs and Rye – Las Vegas, NV

Las Perlas – Los Angeles, CA

Melrose Umbrella Co. – Los Angeles, CA

Occidental – Denver, CO

Paper Plane – San Jose, CA

Polite Provisions– San Diego, CA

Shady Lady Saloon – Sacramento, CA

Best Restaurant Bar - USA (West)

Bar Agricole – San Francisco, CA

Eveleigh – West Hollywood, CA

Hatchet Hall – Los Angeles, CA

Kindred – San Diego, CA

Manresa - Los Gatos, CA

Nopa – San Francisco, CA

Oak at Fourteenth- Boulder, CO

Otium – Los Angeles, CA

Redbird – Los Angeles, CA

Republique – Los Angeles, CA

The Saratoga – San Francisco, CA

Best Hotel Bar - USA (West)

Broken Shaker at the Freehand Hotel – Los Angeles, CA

Charmaine's Rooftop Bar & Lounge at San Francisco Proper Hotel – San Francisco, CA

Libertine Social at the Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NV

MiniBar Hollywood at the Best Western Plus, Hollywood Hills Hotel – Los Angeles, CA

Pennyroyal at Kimpton Palladian Hotel – Seattle, WA

The Dorsey at the Venetian Hotel – Las Vegas, NV

The Nest at the Thompson Seattle – Seattle, WA

The NoMad Bar at the NoMad Hotel– Los Angeles, CA

The Normandie Club at the Hotel Normandie – Los Angeles, CA

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

Citizen Rail at Kimpton Hotel Born, Denver, CO

Best New Cocktail Bar - USA (West)

Bon Voyage – San Francisco, CA

Cleaver- Butchered Meats, Seafood and Classic Cocktails – Las Vegas, NV

Death & Co. – Denver, CO

Little Rituals – Phoenix, AZ

Mr. Coco – Las Vegas, NV

NoMad Bar – Las Vegas, NV

Raised by Wolves – San Diego, CA

The Snug – Sacramento, CA

The Streamliner – Los Angeles, CA

Zombie Village – San Francisco, CA

Best Bar Team - USA (West)

Bar Clacson – Los Angeles, CA

?Broken Shaker Los Angeles at Freehand LA – Los Angeles, CA

Herbs and Rye – Las Vegas, NV

NoMad LA – Los Angeles, CA

Polite Provisions – San Diego, CA

Rye – San Francisco, CA

The Normandie Club – Los Angeles, CA

The Varnish – Los Angeles, CA

Trick Dog – San Francisco, CA

UnderTow – Phoenix, AZ

Wildhawk – San Francisco, CA

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