Nominations for the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards are now open

Nominations for the 13th annual Spirited Awards held at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, are now open.

The Spirited Awards are divided into four categories: American category, for USA bars and bartenders; the International category, for bars and bartenders around the world; the Writing & Media category for publications across the globe; and a Global category that sees the world’s best spirit selection and cocktail list (among other things) awarded.

The Spirited Awards, which takes place on Saturday July 20th, recognise not just the best bars and bartenders in the USA but also feature the international bars and bar teams that are kicking goals across the world. Between now and May 13th, you can visit the Spirited Awards and nominate yourself, your venue, or some other bars and bartenders you think are competing with the best in the world.

Click here to go to the registration page and then get your nominations in — let’s see Australia gain even greater recognition for the great drinking we have here, yeah? 


The nominations are judged by a panel of 100-plus industry people, led by Charlotte Voisey (Spirited Awards Chair), Jacob Briars (International Spirited Awards Chair), Paul Clarke (Writing Chair), Bridget Albert and Kiowa Bryan (U.S. Judging Chairs), and Joseph Mortera, Lauren Mote, Claire Warner, Giuseppe Gallo, Micaela Piccolo, Zdenek Kastanek, Kurt Schlechter and Rebecca Sturt (International Judging Chairs).

Tales of the Cocktail runs from July 16th to the 21st, 2019 and takes place in New Orleans.

The Top 10 regional bars — an addition to the Spirited Awards last year — will be announced on May 30th. The Top 10 finalists for the Spirited Awards will be announced online on June 12th, with the Top 4 announced on June 24th.

While you’re in a rewarding frame of mind, have you voted in the Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards yet? Click here to cast your votes for the best bars, bartenders, and bar operators in Australia now.