Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards 2012


On Saturday night, New Orleans played host to the 5th Annual Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards, which recognises bars, brands and books from around the world. It seems only fitting that in the year of the London Olympics, the Brits took home a number of awards including World’s Best Cocktail Bar and International Bartender of the Year, among others. The southern hemisphere was light on awards this year but we’re hoping that in 2013, our adopted Australian son, Jacob Briars (ok, ok, we know he’s a kiwi!) goes on to take out the Brand Ambassador prize! But we are very happy to report that Gaz Regan Bartender magazine contributor and all-round legend was honoured for his writing and given the lifetime achievement award. Read on to see the full list of winners…

  • World’s Best New Cocktail Bar
    Zetter Townhouse, London
  • World’s Best Hotel Bar
    Artesian at The Langham hotel, London
  • Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book
    PDT Cocktail Book by Jim Meehan
  • Best Cocktail Writing – Non Book
  • World’s Best Cocktail Menu
    Callooh Callay, London
  • Best New Product
    Cognac Pierre Ferrand 1840 Formula
  • Best American Brand Ambassador
    Jim Ryan, Hendricks Gin
  • Best Restaurant Bar
    Slanted Door – San Francisco, California
  • Best Cocktail Writing – Author
    Gary Regan
  • Best Drinks Selection
    Salvatore Calabrese – Playboy Club, London
  • Best International Brand Ambassador
    Angus Winchester, Tanqueray Gin
  • Best Bar Mentor
    Steve Olson
  • Best High Volume Cocktail Bar
    Eastern Standard – Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • International Bartender of the Year
    Alex Kratena – Atesian at the Langham, London
  • Best American Cocktail Bar
    The Varnish – Los Angeles, California
  • American Bartender of the Year
    Joaquin Simo, Death & Co.
  • World’s Best Cocktail Bar
    The Connaught Bar, London

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