Alex Kratena of Artesian bar at The Langham

We always knew London’s bars are the best in the world. And the results from last night’s Spirited Awards at Tales of the Cocktail prove that we’re right.

London bars picked up six major awards at the prestigious event in New Orleans including World’s Best Hotel Bar, World’s Best New Cocktail Bar, World’s Best Cocktail Menu and International Bartender of the Year. Not too shabby, eh? To find out who will be displaying the trophies behind their fabulous bars, check out the results:

International Bartender of the Year
Alex Kratena

World’s Best Hotel Bar
Artesian at The Langham hotel

World’s Best Cocktail Bar
The Connaught Bar

World’s Best Cocktail Menu
Callooh Callay

World’s Best New Cocktail Bar
Zetter Townhouse bar

World’s Best Drinks Selection
Salvatore at Playboy Club London

But it wasn’t just about Team GB, the other stars of the evening were:

Best International Brand Ambassador
Angus Winchester (another Brit)

Best Bar Mentor
Steve Olson

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar
Eastern Standard – Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Best Cocktail Writing – Author
Gary Regan

Best Cocktail Writing – Non Book
Liquor.com

Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book
PDT Cocktail Book

Best New Product
Cognac Pierre Ferrand 1840 Formula

Best Restaurant Bar
Slanted Door – San Francisco, California

American Bartender of the Year
Joaquin Simo

Best American Brand Ambassador
Jim Ryan

Best American Cocktail Bar
The Varnish – Los Angeles, California

And a huge fanfare to Gary Regan who picked up the well-deserved Helen David Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award.


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