2014 - Top 4 Spirited Awards Nominee Announcement
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Tales of the Cocktail
Would Like to Formally Announce the
Top 4 Finalists
 for the 
2014  Spirited Awards®

To view the LIVE announcement, hosted by Simon Ford: Click Here

Finalists are invited to attend the Black and White themed Awards Show
NEW ORLEANS - June 6, 2014 - Following the largest nomination pool in the history of the show and a rigorous judging process by the most respected minds in the cocktail industry, the Top Four finalists have been selected for the 8th Annual Spirited Awards®. The top four are invited to attend the Spirited Awards® on July 19, 2014 at the Sheraton New Orleans.
Through its annual Spirited Awards®, Tales of the Cocktail® recognizes those that continue to represent the cocktail industry in exciting new spotlights. To embody the ideals in which Tales of the Cocktail® was originally founded, these awards were developed to recognize both national and international honorees across twenty-three categories. Each award recipient will receive an exclusive Riedel Crystal trophy.
We are proud to announce that our sponsors include 86 Company, American Harvest, Angostura, Bacardi USA, Beverage Media Group, Crystal Head Vodka, Imbibe Magazine, Nicolas Feuillatte, Pernod Ricard USA, Pierre Ferrand, and William Grant & Sons.
Tickets to the Spirited Awards® ceremony can be purchased online at for $125 per individual ticket and $1250 per table of 10 seats. The Spirited Awards® are just one part of the exciting 12th Anniversary Tales of the Cocktail® taking place in New Orleans, July 16-20, 2014. Visit to learn more about the many other spirited events.
Please see below for the complete list of nominees according to category.

American Bartender of the Year
Jeff Bell (New York)
Marcovaldo Dionysos (San Francisco)
Bobby Heugel (Houston)
Sean Kenyon (Denver)
Best American Bar Team
Attaboy (New York)
Employees Only (New York)
Trick Dog (San Francisco)
Williams & Graham (Denver)
Best American Brand Ambassador
Brooke Arthur (House Spirits)
Chris Patino (Pernod Ricard USA Portfolio)
Neyah White (Suntory Japanese Whiskies)
Angus Winchester (Tanqueray Gin)
Best American Cocktail Bar
Canon (Seattle)
The Dead Rabbit (New York)
Smuggler’s Cove (San Francisco)
Williams & Graham (Denver)
Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar
Employees Only (New York)
Honeycut (Los Angeles)
Polite Provisions (San Diego)
Trick Dog (San Francisco)
Best American Hotel Bar
Clyde Common (Portland)
The Hawthorne (Boston)
Sable Kitchen & Bar (Chicago)
The Spare Room (Los Angeles)
Best American Restaurant Bar
Clyde Common (Portland)
Gramercy Tavern (New York)
The NoMad (New York)
nopa (San Francisco)
Best New American Cocktail Bar
Attaboy (New York)
Half Step (Austin)
Three Dots and A Dash (Chicago)
ZZ’s Clam Bar (New York)

International Bartender of the Year
Simone Caporale (London)
Zdenek Kastanek (Singapore)
Hidetsugu Ueno (Tokyo)
Tom Walker (London)
Best International Bar Team
28 Hong Kong Street (Singapore)
The American Bar at The Savoy (London)
Artesian at the Langham (London)
The Black Pearl (Melbourne)
Best International Brand Ambassador
David Cordoba (Bacardi)
Giuseppe Gallo (Martini)
David Piper (Hendrick’s Gin)
Claire Smith (Belvedere Vodka)

Best International Cocktail Bar
28 Hong Kong Street (Singapore)
Bramble Bar (Edinburgh)
Candelaria (Paris)
Door 74 (Amsterdam)
Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar
Eau de Vie (Melbourne)
The Black Pearl (Melbourne)
London Cocktail Club (London)
Schumann’s (Munich)

Best International Hotel Bar
Artesian at the Langham (London)
Beaufort Bar at The Savoy Hotel (London)
Black Angel’s Bar (Prague)
Connaught Bar at the Connaught (London)
Best International Restaurant Bar
The Bon Vivant (Edinburgh)
Delicatessen (Moscow)
Spitalfields Bar at Hawksmoor (London)
Blind Pig at Social Eating House (London)
Best New International Cocktail Bar
Blind Pig at Social Eating House (London)
Hello Sailor (Sydney)
NOLA (London)
White Lyan (London)

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication (United States)
Imbibe Magazine (United States)
PUNCH ( (United States)
Ginger Magazine (France)
Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer
Toby Cecchini (United States)
Paul Clarke (United States)
Jeffrey Morgenthaler (United States)
Robert Simonson (United States)
Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book
Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Caribbean by Jeff Berry
Cocktail Culture by Shawn Soole & Nate Caudle
The Curious Bartender by Tristan Stephenson
The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart

Best Bar Mentor
Jacob Briars
Jackson Cannon
Jim Meehan
Dushan Zaric
Best New Product
Ancho Reyes
Crawley’s Imperial Shaker Machine
Del Maguey Ibérico mezcal
Martini Gran Lusso Vermouth
World’s Best Cocktail Menu
The Aviary (Chicago)
The Nightjar (London)
Pouring Ribbons (New York)
Trick Dog (San Francisco)
World’s Best Drinks Selection
Connaught Bar at the Connaught (London)
The Dead Rabbit (New York)
Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library (Portland)
Tommy’s (San Francisco)

For more information on past winners of the Spirited Awards, voting procedures and protocol for judging or category criteria, visit

About Tales of the Cocktail®
Tales of the Cocktail® is the world’s premier cocktail festival, bringing together the international spirits community for five days of what’s now, what’s new and what’s next in bartending. Held annually in New Orleans, Tales of the Cocktail® has something for bartenders and spirits professionals with opportunities to mix and mingle with the brightest minds in mixology during an always-spirited schedule of seminars, dinners, competitions, tasting rooms and new product launches. Join us in New Orleans July 16-20 for the 12th Annual Tales of the Cocktail® where for five days the cocktail reigns supreme. All Hail the Cocktail!
About the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society
The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society (NOCCPS) is a non-profit organization committed to preserving the unique cocktail culture in New Orleans and around the world. Every year the NOCCPS produces a number events including Tales of the Cocktail®, Tales of the Cocktail® on Tour, and Tales of the Toddy® with proceeds being invested back into the international spirits community through scholarships, training programs and financial aid.
For more information on Tales of the Cocktail®, visit the website at or call 504-948-0511.
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