Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards 2019 shortlists some of Miami’s best!

As we mentioned in the past, the Spirited Awards is one of the most prestigious awards in the hospitality industry.  To be nominated is an honor.  Nominees first get nominated by their fellow peers followed by a voting process that shortlists the nominees twice more.

The shortlist of 10 was just released and Miami is mentioned in some of the most prestigious categories.  There will be another announcement on June 24th which shortens the list once again where these will be taken the stage and selected at the Spirited Awards at Tales of the Cocktail next month!  Congrats to all the nominees as the list gets harder and harder to select each year with some of the world’s top talent represented.

The first part of the process is the regional top ten honorees, which is then shortlisted to the top 10 national finalists.  Many of these nominees have also won a Spirited Miami Pineapple Award!

A big congrats to Laura Cullen, Julio Cabrera, Jaguar Sun, Cafe La Trova, Kaido, Bar Lab and Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar at the Four Seasons Surfside. See how it all went down below!

From the regional top ten:

Best Hotel Bar – USA (East)

Congrats to Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar on being selected!

  • Bar Fiori at The Langham New York, Fifth Avenue – New York, NY
  • Brothers and Sisters at Line Hotel – Washington, D.C.
  • Covina at Park South Hotel – New York, NY
  • Diego at the Public Hotel – New York, NY
  • L27 Rooftop Lounge at the Westin – Nashville, TN
  • Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar at Four Seasons Hotel – Miami, FL
  • Roof at Park South Hotel – New York, NY
  • The Hawthorne at the Hotel Commonwealth – Boston, MA
  • The Living Room at The Dewberry Hotel – Charleston, SC
  • Westlight at the William Vale Hotel – New York, NY

Best New Cocktail Bar – USA (East)

Congrats to Cafe La Trova, Jaguar Sun and Kaido!

  • Cafe La Trova – Miami, FL
  • Dear Irving on Hudson – New York, NY
  • Existing Conditions – New York, NY
  • Jaguar Sun – Miami, FL
  • KAIDO – Miami, FL
  • Katana Kitten – New York, NY
  • Manhatta – New York, NY
  • The Green Zone – Washington, D.C.
  • The Polynesian – New York, NY
  • Undercote – New York, NY

Best Bar Team – USA (East)

Lastly, Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar’s wonderful team got regionally listed as Best Bar Team

  • Amor Y Amargo – New York, NY
  • Barmini by José Andrés – Washington, D.C.
  • Clover Club – New York, NY
  • DANTE – New York, NY
  • Eastern Standard – Boston, MA
  • Ghost Donkey – New York, NY
  • Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar at Four Seasons Hotel – Miami, FL
  • Leyenda – New York, NY
  • Proof – Charleston, SC
  • The NoMad – New York, NY

Yesterday, the list was shortened to the national finalists.  Here individuals were represented as well including the prestigious Bartender of The Year Award will Julio Cabrera from Cafe La Trova was nominated.

American Bartender of the Year presented by Amaro Montenegro
Julio Cabrera – Café La Trova, Miami, FL
Kevin Diedrich – Pacific Cocktail Haven, San Francisco, CA
Ignacio “Nacho” Jimenez – Ghost Donkey, New York, NY
Julia Momose – Kumiko, Chicago, IL
Mary Palac – Paper Plane, San Jose, CA
Ezra Star – Drink, Boston, MA
Sother Teague – Amor y Amargo, New York City, NY
Masa Urushido – Katana Kitten, New York City, NY
Jillian Vose – The Dead Rabbit, New York City, NY
Christine Wiseman – The Broken Shaker, Los Angeles, CA
Bar Lab’s LA outpost of the Broken Shaker was also nominated for Best American Hotel Bar!
Best American Hotel Bar presented by Altos Tequila
Broken Shaker at Freehand LA – Los Angeles, CA
Compére Lapin at The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery – New Orleans, LA
Libertine Social at the Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NV
Midnight Rambler at the Joule – Dallas, TX
Sable Kitchen & Bar at the Palomar Hotel – Chicago, IL
The Hawthorne at the Hotel Commonwealth – Boston, MA
The Living Room at The Dewberry Hotel, Charleston, SC
The NoMad Rooftop Bar at the NoMad Hotel – Los Angeles, CA
The Normandie Club at the Hotel Normandie – Los Angeles, CA
The Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel – New Orleans, LA
The Spare Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel – Los Angeles, CA
For Best New American Cocktail Bar, both Jaguar Sun and Cafe La Trova got shortlisted as national finalists!
Best New American Cocktail Bar presented by Elijah Craig Bourbon
Cafe La Trova – Miami, FL
Cleaver- Butchered Meats, Seafood and Classic Cocktails – Las Vegas, NV
Death & Co. – Denver, CO
Existing Conditions – New York, NY
Jaguar Sun – Miami, FL
Katana Kitten – New York, NY
Mr. Coco – Las Vegas, NV
Pearl Diver – Nashville, TN
Raised by Wolves – San Diego, CA
The Polynesian – New York, NY
In another one of the more prestigious categories, Miami’s own Laura Cullen, former owner of Clarke’s and industry mentor who has championed the education of bartenders throughout the world, joins a long list of extraordinary contributors to the bar world!
Best Bar Mentor presented by BARSMARTS
Tony Abou-Ganim
Bridget Albert
Colin Asare-Appiah
Jackson Cannon
Dinos Constantinides
Laura Cullen
Iain Griffiths
Nectaly Mendoza
Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero
Ago Perrone
Stay tuned for June 24th when they shortlist again!  Either way, a big win for Miami and congrats to all the finalists!