The 2017 Spirited Awards Name the World’s Best Bars, Bartenders, and Booze

The Dandelyan bar team — don't you want a drink served by these guys? | © Jennifer Mitchell Photography
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NYC Food & Drink Editor
Updated: 24 July 2017
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Tales of the Cocktail is the bar and spirits industry’s biggest gathering, held each year in New Orleans. The weeklong boozy bash culminates with a lively awards ceremony called the Spirited Awards, informally known as the Oscars of the cocktail world.

This year, the title of World’s Best Cocktail Bar was awarded to Dandelyan, in London, which also won the Best International Hotel Bar and Best International Bar Team categories. The bar, founded in 2014 by Ryan Chetiyawardana (who also heads up Super Lyan, also in London), said on its Instagram account, “We’re of course proud of our drinks and our pretty-as-hell bar, but this wonderful little nod is for the huge number of people that throw passion & hard work into making Dandelyan what it is… We’re really proud of the culture, honesty and family that goes into Team Lyan and are very appreciative of this award to celebrate that.”

See below for the winners of the biggest categories, and visit the Tales of the Cocktail’s website for the full list of Spirited Awards winners. And, frankly, we feel that all of the finalists were deserving and any of them could’ve taken home the award in their respective categories, so be sure to check out the finalists in each category as well—and we strongly encourage you to also visit their bars in-person to see what makes each so great!

World’s Best Cocktail Bar
Dandelyan (London)

Best American Bar Team
The NoMad Bar (New York)

American Bartender of the Year
Jeff Bell of PDT (New York)

Best American Cocktail Bar
Columbia Room (Washington, D.C)

Best New American Cocktail Bar
BlackTail (New York)

Best International Bar Team
Dandelyan (London)

International Bartender of the Year
Shingo Gokan of Speak Low (Shanghai)

Best International Cocktail Bar
Black Pearl (Melbourne)

Best New International Cocktail Bar
Swift (London)

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient
ITALICUS – Rosolio di Bergamotto (Italy)

World’s Best Spirits Selection
canon: whiskey and bitters emporium (Seattle)

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