Our Friends at the Spirited Awards 2016
With the World’s 50 Best Bars, Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards are one of the most prestigious of them and we’re really proud to see among the numerous great people on this year’s shortlists so many Havana Club friends, people who have competed, judged, worked at the Havana Club Grand Prix or bars we have covered here on BarNews.
The overall winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on July the 23rd. If we can play favourites, we’d like to show support for the following nominees:
For Best American Bar Team, the great people at Dead Rabbit, who are about to launch a Cuban-themed bar called BlackTail at Pier A. We’re also extremely happy to see New Orleans’ Cane & Table with a chance of winning Best American Restaurant Bar. We talked with them a few months ago and loved their passion.
Moving on to the international categories, 2014 Grand Prix finalist Nathan Beasley and his colleagues at Black Pearl in Melbourne will hope to win Best International Bar Team but will face strong competition from Dandelyan, a London bar owned by Ryan Chetiyawardana, who came second at the 2012 Grand Prix. Ryan is involved in no less than four (yes, 4!) categories: Dandelyan will also compete for World’s Best Cocktail Menu and Best International Hotel Bar while Ryan is individually nominated for Best Cocktail Book with his marvelous ‘Good Things to Drink’.
2010 Grand Prix winner Marcis Dzelzainis is one of four contenders for the prestigious International Bartender of the Year award. Now working at Sager + Wilde Paradise Row, one of London’s trendiest restaurant, Marcis remains at the top of his game and we were very excited to hear of his nomination, but Hidetsugu Ueno, Grand Prix judge both in 2012 and this year will provide serious competition. Ueno’s bar High Five also features in the Best International Cocktail Bar category.
We have to say we are delighted to see Paris’ Le Mary Celeste in the Best International Restaurant Bar category as Josh Fontaine, who supported this year’s Grand Prix competitors as a member of our Bar Team, and his partners have been purveyors of top notch drinks and foods for a few years now. Finally, seeing Ian Burrell, Mr. Rum himself and Grand Prix judge on numerous occasions, nominated as Best Internation Brand Ambassador cannot be classified as a surprise.
We hope most of them will get the awards they undoubtedly deserve at this year’s ceremony. And to all our friends who were on the long lists but didn’t make it to the Top 4 (the Floridita team, Thanos Prunarus and Baba au Rum or Dirk Hany and Widder Bar, for instance), we say: well done and your turn will come – we all know how good you are!