One more year, one more group of exceptional Spirited Award winners in the books.
According to Tales of the Cocktail, this year saw the largest number of nominations in the history of the awards show. Not only did Jonathan Downey take home a Lifetime Achievement Award and Steve Mannan receive recognition with the Sam Guarino Citation, but 25 other industry professionals also went home with top honors this week.
Liquor.com advisory board member Jim Meehan took home an award for best bar mentor, and New York bartender Ivy Mix was named the best American bartender of the year. Check out the full list of recipients below, and congratulations to all of this year’s Spirited Award Winners!
Best American Bar Team: Employees Only (New York) American Bartender of the Year: Ivy Mix (New York) Best American Brand Ambassador: Brooke Arthur (House Spirits) Best American Cocktail Bar: Williams & Graham (Denver) Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar: Employees Only (New York) Best American Hotel Bar: The Broken Shaker (Miami Beach) Best American Restaurant Bar: Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks (Boston) Best New American Cocktail Bar: ABV (San Francisco)
Best International Bar Team: 28 Hong Kong Street (Singapore) International Bartender of the Year: Ryan Chetiyawardana (London) Best International Brand Ambassador: Claire Smith-Warner (Belvedere Vodka) Best International Cocktail Bar: Artesian (London) Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar: The Black Pearl & The Attic (Melbourne) Best International Hotel Bar: Beaufort Bar, The Savoy (London) Best International Restaurant Bar: Blind Pig at Social Eating House (London) Best New International Cocktail Bar: Dandelyan (London)
Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication: PUNCH Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer: Dave Broom Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book: Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail by Dave Arnold Best New Spirits Book: Whisky: The Manual by Dave Broom
Best Bar Mentor: Jim Meehan (Portland) Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient: Amaro di Angostura World’s Best Cocktail Menu: Dead Rabbit (New York) World’s Best Spirits Selection: Canon (Seattle) World’s Best Bar: Dead Rabbit (New York)