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Spirited Awards 2014

Tales of the Cocktail came to a final crescendo Saturday night with the 8th annual Spirited Awards ceremony. Here are the winners.


imageThe lobby of the Monteleone is finally quiet, top mixologists are working their regular bar shifts for the first time in a week and our social media feeds are getting back to normal. Yes, the annual booze conference known as Tales of the Cocktail has come to an end.

To cap off the week’s events, the who’s who of the cocktail crowd gathered Saturday evening for the 8th annual Spirited Awards ceremony. The world’s top bars, bartenders, and brands were recognized with 24 awards. Here are the winners.

2014 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award winners


American Bartender of the Year: Sean Kenyon (Denver)
Best American Bar Team: Trick Dog (San Francisco)
Best American Brand Ambassador: Neyah White (Suntory Japanese Whiskies)
Best American Cocktail Bar: The Dead Rabbit (New York)
Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar: Polite Provisions (San Diego)
Best American Hotel Bar: Clyde Common (Portland)
Best American Restaurant Bar: The NoMad (New York)
Best New American Cocktail Bar: Three Dots and A Dash (Chicago)


International Bartender of the Year: Simone Caporale (London)
Best International Bar Team: Artesian at The Langham (London)
Best International Brand Ambassador: Giuseppe Gallo (Martini)
Best International Cocktail Bar: 28 Hong Kong Street (Singapore)
Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar: Schumann’s Bar (Munich)
Best International Hotel Bar: Artesian at The Langham (London)
Best International Restaurant Bar: The Bon Vivant (Edinburgh)
Best New International Cocktail Bar: White Lyan (London)


Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication: Imbibe magazine (United States)
Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer: Paul Clarke (United States)
Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book: “Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Caribbean” by Jeff Berry


Best Bar Mentor: Dushan Zaric
Best New Product: Del Maguey Ibérico mezcal
World’s Best Cocktail Menu: The Aviary (Chicago)
World’s Best Drinks Selection: The Dead Rabbit (New York)
Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award: Julio Bermejo (San Francisco)