Should bars be given Michelin stars?

27th March, 2018 by Nicola Carruthers

Would the prestigious award add kudos to bars or is it too difficult to pin down the elements of what makes a drinking venue great? Two experts go head to head to debate the issue.

An important part of the fine-dining world, Michelin stars place an emphasis on food including the quality of ingredients, skill in preparation and the combination of flavours. Given that the worlds of food and drink often collide, it’s no surprise that the industry has begun to question whether a Michelin-like system could work in bars.

The topic came to light at a P(our) collective event, held in January last year, as part of a wider debate on whether too much emphasis is placed on awards in the on-trade, and whether bars would benefit from the introduction of objective criteria – such as a Michelin Guide.

The bar world already benefits from the highest accolades given to venues around the world in Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards, and the World’s 50 Best Bars, but would a Michelin star system be too much?

Click through the following pages to see what two top industry experts have to say about the topic.

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