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2020 Spirited Award Winners Announced

The first round of this year’s Spirited Award winners was announced today by the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation.

Since 2007, the Spirited Awards have recognized bar professionals and mentors, bars around the globe, beverage books and authors, and products.

This years global TOTC conference is an entirely digital affair. As with previous years, there’s a theme: Catalyst. The 2020 Spirited Award winners, according to the TOTC Foundation, are “a global class of changemakers.”

Charlotte Voisey, Overall Chair for the Spirited Awards, announced the first round of winners today. A number of awards—including Best American Bar Mentor, American Bartender of the Year, Best International Bar Mentor, and International Bartender of the Year—will be announced Thursday, September 24.

Below is the complete list of 2020 Spirited Award winners announced today. Click the links to follow the winners on Instagram, read an award-winning article, or pick up a new book or spirit.

Congratulations to this year’s Spirited Award winners! Cheers!

American Spirited Award Categories

Best American Bar Team presented by William Grant & Sons: Café La Trova (Miami, FL)

Best American Brand Ambassador presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation: Robin Nance, Beam Suntory

Best American Cocktail Bar presented by Pernod Ricard: Pacific Cocktail Haven (San Francisco, CA)

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar presented by Diageo Bar Academy: ABV (San Francisco, CA)

Best American Hotel Bar presented by Diageo Bar Academy: The Spare Room at The Hollywood Roosevelt (Los Angeles, CA)

Best American Restaurant Bar presented by Woodford Reserve: The Silver Dollar (Louisville, KY)

Best New American Cocktail Bar presented by Elijah Craig: Silver Lyan (Washington, D.C.)

International Spirited Award Categories

Best International Bar Team presented by House of Angostura: The Connaught Bar (London, UK)

Best International Brand Ambassador presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation: Camille Austin, Casa Lumbre Spirits

Best International Cocktail Bar presented by Tequila Fortaleza: Native (Singapore)

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar presented by Beam Suntory: Licorería Limantour (Mexico City, Mexico)

Best International Hotel Bar presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation: Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood Hotel (London, UK)

Best International Restaurant Bar presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation: Sober Company (Shanghai, China)

Best New International Cocktail Bar presented by Perrier: Kwānt (London, UK)

Writing & Media Spirited Award Categories

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation: Half Full

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writing presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation: “JaNee: Where is She Now” by Aaron Goldfarb for PUNCH

Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation: The Martini Cocktail: A Meditation on the World’s Greatest Drink, with Recipes by Robert Simonson

Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation: Last Call: Bartenders on Their Final Drink and the Wisdom and Rituals of Closing Time by Brad Thomas Parsons

Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation: WhiskyCast

Global Spirited Award Categories

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation: Tequila Fortaleza Winter Blend 2019

World’s Best Cocktail Menu presented by Perrier: ATLAS Bar (Singapore)

World’s Best Spirits Selection presented by Beam Suntory: Amor Y Amargo (New York City, NY)

Image: Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

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David Klemt View All

I’ve been studying and writing about the hospitality industry since 2006. Like so many people, I started my journey in this business by working as a host, server and bartender. I was introduced to nightlife in Chicago, learning the ins and outs of nightclubs and after-hours hot spots.

After moving to Las Vegas nearly 20 years ago, I both co-owned a valet company and helped promote the club it serviced. That led to me taking on the role of editor for a Las Vegas hospitality industry publication.

A few short years later, I continued along my journey of hospitality industry reporting. I went from contributing to a major industry outlet to taking on the role of editor and content curator.

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