Tales of the Cocktail Announces Top Four 12th Annual Spirited Awards Finalists

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Tales of the cocktail, the annual trade show and industry professional gathering that takes place in New Orleans, has announced the top four finalists for the 12th annual Spirited Awards.

In total, there are 27 awards that span four categories: American, International, Writing and Global. Whichever venue wins World’s Best Bar will be one of the winners from Best American and International Cocktail Bar, Best American and International Restaurant Bar, Best American and International Hotel Bar, and Best American and International High Volume Bar, and will be announced Saturday, July 21.

The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced prior to the 12th annual Spirited Awards ceremony.

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While all the finalists are remarkable people, venues, resources, books, and cocktail ingredients, a number should be notable to Nightclub & Bar Show attendees. Herbs & Rye, nominated for Best American Bar Team, is owned and operated by Nectaly Mendoza. Mendoza won the Nightclub & Bar Award for Bartender of the Year in 2016 and has presented several education sessions at multiple Nightclub & Bar Conferences & Trade Shows.

Both Mendoza and Erick Castro, a presenter of several Nightclub & Bar Show sessions and owner of Polite Provisions, finalist for the 2018 Spirited Award for Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar, were recently featured in an article focused on substance abuse and sobriety in the hospitality industry. Castro is also the host of the Bartender At Large podcast, which is up for Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series.

Read this: Regaining Control: Substance Abuse in the Hospitality Industry

The Broken Shaker took home Cocktail Bar of the Year, Lost Lake won New Concept of the Year, and PDT earned Speakeasy of the Year in 2016. In March of this year, BlackTail was awarded Cocktail Bar of the Year by Nightclub & Bar. Each finalist for World’s Best Cocktail Menu at the Spirited Awards is amazing but we’d love to see BlackTail take it this year.

See the full list of award categories, awards, finalists and sponsors below.

American Categories

American Bartender of the Year presented by Bacardi USA

Kevin Diedrich, Pacific Cocktail Haven - San Francisco, CA

Marcovaldo Dionysos, ABV - San Francisco, CA

Yael Vengroff, Spare Room - Los Angeles, CA

Jillian Vose, Dead Rabbit - New York, NY

Best American Brand Ambassador presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Tim Cooper, 86 Co.

Lynn House, Heaven Hill

Anne Louise Marquis, Campari America

Robin Nance, Beam Suntory

Best American Bar Team presented by William Grant & Sons

Columbia Room - Washington D.C.

Drink - Boston, MA

Herbs & Rye - Las Vegas, NV

Sweet Liberty - Miami, FL

Best American Cocktail Bar presented by Pernod Ricard

Anvil - Houston, TX

Bar Goto - New York City, NY

Lost Lake - Chicago, IL

PDT - New York City, NY

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar presented by William Grant & Sons

Drink - Boston, MA

Polite Provisions - San Diego, CA

Harvard & Stone - Los Angeles, CA

The NoMad Bar - New York City, NY

Best American Hotel Bar presented by Bacardi USA

Compère Lapin at The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery - New Orleans, LA

Midnight Rambler at The Joule - Dallas, TX

The Broken Shaker at The Freehand - Miami, FL

The Spare Room at The Roosevelt Hotel - Los Angeles, CA

Best American Restaurant Bar presented by Woodford Reserve

Clyde Common - Portland, OR

Gramercy Tavern - New York City, NY

Nopa - San Francisco, CA

Silver Dollar - Louisville, KY

Best New American Cocktail Bar presented by Maison Ferrand USA

Attaboy Nashville - Nashville, TN

Broken Shaker LA - Los Angeles, CA

Navy Strength - Seattle, WA

The Aviary NYC - New York City, NY

International Categories

International Bartender of the Year presented by Bacardi USA

Roman Foltan, ATLAS – Singapore

Tess Posthumus, Flying Dutchmen Cocktails – Amsterdam

Remy Savage, Artesian – London

Joe Schofield, Tippling Club – Singapore

Best International Brand Ambassador presented by G.H. Mumm

Ian Burrell, Global Rum Ambassador

Dickie Cullimore, Bacardi

Joe McCanta, Grey Goose

Nicola Riske, Macallan & Edrington Malts

Best International Bar Team presented by The House of Angostura

Licoreria Limantour - Mexico City

The American Bar, The Savoy – London

The Clumsies – Athens

The Connaught Bar – London

Best International Cocktail Bar presented by Pernod Ricard

ATLAS – Singapore

Happiness Forgets – London

Le Syndicat – Paris

Licoreria Limantour - Mexico City

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar presented by Rutte Gin

The Baxter Inn – Sydney

Callooh Callay – London

La Factoria - San Juan

The Clumsies – Athens

Best International Hotel Bar presented by Japan Shochu and Sake Maker Association

Fifty Mils at Four Seasons Hotel - Mexico City

Manhattan Bar at Regent – Singapore

Punch Room at London Edition - London

The American Bar at The Savoy – London

Best International Restaurant Bar presented by Mandarine Napoléon

Danico – Paris

Hawksmoor Spitalfields – London

Sager & Wilde – London

Sexy Fish – London

Best New International Cocktail Bar presented by Maison Ferrand USA

Coupette – London

Scout – London

The Mint Gun Club – London

Two Schmucks – Barcelona

Writing Categories

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

1806 Magazine

Neat Pour

The Daily Beast Half Full Section

Whisky Advocate

Best Cocktail and Spirits Writer presented by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

M. Carrie Allan, The Washington Post and more

Matt Pietrek, Cocktail Wonk

Noah Rothbaum, The Daily Beast

Robert Simonson, The New York Times

Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book presented by Gra’it Grappa

Gin Tonica by David T. Smith

One-Bottle Cocktail by Maggie Hoffman

Meehan’s Bartender Manual by Jim Meehan

3-Ingredient Cocktails by Robert Simonson

Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Beachbum Berry's Sippin Safari by Jeff Berry

By the Smoke and the Smell by Thad Vogler

Mezcal by Emma Janzen

The Way of Whisky: A Journey Around Japanese Whisky by Dave Broom, Photography by Kohei Take

Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Bartender At Large

Life Behind Bars

The Speakeasy

WhiskyCast

Global Categories

Best Bar Mentor presented by Barsmarts

Bridget Albert, Southern Wine and Spirits

Ryan Chetiyawardana, Mr Lyan

Alex Kratena, Pour

Andy Seymour, Liquid Productions, INC

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient presented by Maverick Drinks

Creme de Banane, Tempus Fugit Spirits

Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal Jabali

MARTINI Riserva Speciale Bitter

Old Duff Single Malt Genever

World’s Best Cocktail Menu presented by Peroni

BlackTail - New York City, NY

Dandelyan – London

Dante - New York City, NY

The American Bar, The Savoy - Every Moment Tells a Story – London

World’s Best Spirits Selection presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

ATLAS – Singapore

Sweet Liberty - Miami, FL

The Office - Chicago, IL

Whitechapel - San Francisco, CA

World’s Best Bar presented by Italicus

World’s Best Bar is awarded to one of the winners in the bar categories: Best American and International Cocktail Bar, Best American and International Restaurant Bar, Best American and International Hotel Bar and Best American and International High Volume Bar. The winner will be announced at the 2018 Spirited Awards.

Lifetime Achievement Award presented by William Grant & Sons

The recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced soon.