Tales of triumph

Drinks: Drinks

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

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