Tales of triumph
Last year's Spirited Awards at Tales of The Cocktail saw London win big, so hopes were high for 2013. At the ceremony this weekend, however, things didn't pan out quite as well, and although a number of UK on-trade personalities received individual awards, our bars were left out in the cold.
Congratulations must be offered to the excellent Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, whose Manhattan bar, The Dead Rabbit scooped World's Best Cocktail Menu and World's Best New Cocktail Bar, as well as the International Bartender of the Year award going home with McGarry.
Other folk from our shores who walked away with gongs included Tony Conigliaro who won Best New Book for Drinks, gaz regan was awarded Best Cocktail Writing (Author) and The Maestro, Salvatore Calabrese was honoured with The Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award.
Huge congratulations to the nominees and winners, and all at Imbibe wish those suffering from post-Tales hangovers a speedy recovery.
American Bartender of the Year: Charles Joly, The Aviary, Chicago
Best American Brand Ambassador: Todd Richman, Sidney Frank Portfolio
Best American Cocktail Bar: Clover Club, Brooklyn
Best Bar Mentor: Julie Reiner
Best Cocktail Writing (author): gaz regan
Best Cocktail Writing (publication): diffordsguide.com
Best High Volume Cocktail Bar: Clover Club, Brooklyn
Best International Brand Ambassador: Jacob Briars, Bacardi
Best New Book (Cocktail/Bartending): Drinks by Tony Conigliaro
Best New Product: Fords Gin
Best Restaurant Bar: Saxon + Parole, New York
International Bartender of the Year: Jack McGarry, The Dead Rabbit, New York
World’s Best Cocktail Bar: Drink, Boston
World’s Best Cocktail Menu: The Dead Rabbit, New York
World’s Best Drink Selection: Canon: Whiskey and Bitters Emporium, Seattle
World’s Best Hotel Bar: The NoMad Hotel, New York
World’s Best New Cocktail Bar: The Dead Rabbit, New York
The Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award: Salvatore Calabrese, Salvatore at Playboy Club, London