Following the largest nomination pool in the history of the show, the winners for each category of the 10th Annual Spirited Awards were announced.
Ultimately it was The Connaught Bar at the Connaught hotel in London that took home the Spirited Award for World’s Best Bar.
The winner of the World’s Best Bar award was determined by the most total votes for both American and International finalists in the following categories: Best High Volume Cocktail Bar, Best Hotel Bar, Best Restaurant Bar, Best Cocktail Bar or World’s Best Cocktail Menu.
While a number of Australian bars and bar industry members were again nominated this year, none were successful in taking home a trophy.
“Every year these awards get harder and harder to win as the talent in our industry continues to grow.” said Ann Tuennerman, Founder of Tales of the Cocktail®. “I want to thank our judges who were up for the tallest of tasks in deciding the best among all the incredible and deserving nominees.”
“With this being my last year as chairman, it was a very special Spirited Awards for me. And, of course, the industry did not disappoint with such strong nominees in every category,” said Simon Ford, Spirited Awards Chairman. “Congratulations to the winners. You absolutely earned this honour.”
For the past nine years, The Spirited Awards have recognized the year’s best bars, bartenders, writers and experts.
In addition to this year’s judged award winners, Georgette Moger-Petraske, Sasha Petraske’s wife, accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award on Sasha’s behalf.
For a full list of winners see the Tales of the Cocktail website.