TOTC names Spirited Awards 2020 winners

22nd September, 2020 by Nicola Carruthers

Tales of the Cocktail (TOTC) has revealed the winners in the first phase of its online 2020 Spirited Awards, with Native in Singapore named Best International Cocktail Bar.

Eric Lorincz's Kwānt in London won Best New International Cocktail Bar

Eric Lorincz’s Kwānt in London won Best New International Cocktail Bar

Last month, Tales of the Cocktail unveiled the shortlist for its 14th annual Spirited Awards. The Tales of the Cocktail Foundation kicked off this year’s four-day festival yesterday (21 September) in a digital format for the first time due to Covid-19.

The Spirited Awards ceremony will be held on 24 September, beginning with a pre-show at 3pm CST, followed by the awards presentation at 4pm CST.

The awards will be rolled out in two phases, with specific category winners revealed on TOTC’s website yesterday (21 September) by overall chair Charlotte Voisey, followed by a pre-recorded online ceremony for the remaining categories on 24 September.

This year there were a number of changes to the format of the Spirited Awards, including an update to its policy on repeat winners to ensure others have the opportunity to be recognised for their work.

The majority of the winners have been revealed across American, International, Global and Writing and media categories such as Best International Cocktail Bar and Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book.

The World’s Best Bar category has also been scrapped this year as judges were unable to visit the nominated venues to assess them due to restrictions on travel.

“Congratulations to this year’s Spirited Award winners,” said Caroline Rosen, Tales of the Cocktail Foundation president.

“In a year that has caused us to all contemplate so much, there is no question that these individuals and establishments are worthy of celebration on a global stage. Their contributions are advancing this industry forward at a much needed time for change and we are honoured to have the opportunity to recognise them.”

The following accolades will be announced on 24 September during the digital Spirited Awards ceremony: Best American Bar Mentor, presented by Bar Smarts; Best International Bar Mentor, presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation; American Bartender of the Year, presented by Pernod Ricard and International Bartender of the Year, presented by Martini & Rossi.

Other awards announced later this week include: Timeless American, presented by Q Mixers; Timeless International, presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation; Helen David Lifetime Achievement, presented by William Grant & Sons; Philanthropy, presented by Santa Teresa 1796 Rum; and the Pioneer Award, presented by Diageo Bar Academy.

Click through to the following pages to see the Spirited Awards 2020 winners.

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