Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards winners announced

03 August, 2012

The winners of the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards have been announced, with London taking six of the gongs at the New Orleans event.

It was a great night for Artesian at the Langham hotel. The bar picked up World's Best Hotel Bar and its bartender Alex Kratena received the International Bartender of the Year accolade.

Winners are chosen by a process of nominations which are then judged by two panels - one US and one international. Judges cannot vote in categories in which they are nominated and they must report and solicitations to the board. You can read more about the judging process here.

The 2012 winners are:


International Bartender of the Year

Alex Kratena

World’s Best Hotel Bar

Artesian at The Langham hotel, London

World’s Best Cocktail Bar

The Connaught Bar, London

World’s Best Cocktail Menu

Callooh Callay, London

World’s Best New Cocktail Bar

Zetter Townhouse bar, London

World’s Best Drinks Selection

Salvatore at Playboy Club, London


Best International Brand Ambassador

Angus Winchester (Tanqueray)

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


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

Helen David Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award

Gary Regan

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