And the Award for Best Bar in the World Goes to . . .

Each year at Tales of the Cocktail the event dishes out awards for the best bars, bartenders and alcohol professionals on the planet. The event announced the 2017 winners (pictured atop) last week during its 11th Annual Spirited Awards.

Each winners was announced in front of a crowd of their peers at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans, hosted by comedian and actor Michael Ian Black. In addition to the judged winners, Tales also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award to Charles Schumann.

Winners were voted on by two panels of more than 100 industry experts, led by Charlotte Voisey (chairperson), Jacob Briars (international judging committee chairman), Paul Clarke (writing committee chairman) and Brooke Arthur, Bridget Albert and Derek Brown (U.S. judging committee chairs).


The World’s Best Bar award compiles gross votes for both American and international finalists in the categories of Best High Volume Cocktail Bar, Best Hotel Bar, Best Restaurant Bar, Best Cocktail Bar or World’s Best Cocktail Menu.

The 2017 Winners:


Best American Bar Team


Presented by William Grant & Sons 

The NoMad Bar (New York)

Best American Brand Ambassador

Presented by NOCCPS

Misty Kalkofen (Del Maguey)

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar

Presented by William Grant & Sons 

Sweet Liberty Drinks and Supply Co. (Miami, FL)

Best American Restaurant Bar

Presented by Suze

Dante (New York)

American Bartender of the Year

Presented by Bacardi

Jeff Bell (New York)

Best American Cocktail Bar

Presented by Lillet

Columbia Room (Washington, D.C)

Best American Hotel Bar

Presented by Elijah Craig

The Hawthorne at Hotel Commonwealth (Boston)

Best New American Cocktail Bar

Presented by Luxardo

BlackTail (New York)


Best International Bar Team

Presented by Angostura

Dandelyan (London)

Best International Brand Ambassador

Presented by Rutte

Camille Ralph Vidal (St. Germain)

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar

Presented by 1724 Tonic Water

Trailer Happiness (London)

Best International Restaurant Bar

Presented by Suze

Tippling Club (Singapore) 

International Bartender of the Year

Presented by Bacardi

Shingo Gokan (Shanghai)

Best International Cocktail Bar

Presented by Chivas

Black Pearl (Melbourne)

Best International Hotel Bar

Presented by Bound Bar

Dandelyan at the Mondrian (London)

Best New International Cocktail Bar

Presented by Pierre Ferrand

Swift (London)


Best Cocktail and Spirits Publication

Presented by Gin Mare

Hot Rum Cow

Best New Cocktail & Bartending Book

Presented by Nikka Whisky

Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki by Martin and Rebecca Cate

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer

Presented by Beam Suntory

Wayne Curtis

Best New Spirits Book

Presented by Pierre Ferrand

Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey by Fred Minnick


Best Bar Mentor

Presented by BarSmarts

David Wondrich

World’s Best Cocktail Menu

Presented by Beam Suntory

Trick Dog (San Francisco)

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient

Presented by Bound Bar

ITALICUS – Rosolio di Bergamotto (Italy)

World’s Best Spirits Selection

Presented by Montecristo Cigar Bar

canon: whiskey and bitters emporium (Seattle)

World’s Best Cocktail Bar

Presented by Elijah Craig

Dandelyan (London)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented by William Grant & Sons

Charles Schumann


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