Dandelyan, NoMad, Bell Among Big Winners at TOTC 2017



Tales of the Cocktail wrapped up today in New Orleans, once again not disappointing the cocktail loving world. The event who seems to grow bigger every year in Coachella - esque fashion announced the winners of this year's Spirited Awards last night as the event wrapped up.

Credit: Instagram:  @Dandelyanbar

Credit: Instagram: @Dandelyanbar

Among the big winners, Dandelyan, the swanky Mondrian hotel bar in London took home 3 awards while bartenders Jeffrey Bell from Please Don't Tell (New York, NY) / Columbia Room (Washington, DC) and Shingo Gokan of Speak Low (Shanghai, China) took home Best Bartender awards for US and World respectively. Among other winners, the incredible NoMad Bar (New York, NY) took home the title of best American Bar Team, rounding up New York's supremacy in the competition. 

As for 2018, no one knows what's next. As people leave Tales this year, the community takes home some great new ideas, some exciting new bottles and some even better reads in the search for better cocktails everywhere.

It's been exactly one day since the Spirited Awards and we are already wondering what's on deck for the summer of 2018. We will most certainly be there to find out.


The complete list of winners for this year's Tales of the Cocktail 2017


Best American Bar Team

The NoMad Bar (New York, NY)

American Bartender of the Year

Jeffrey Bell - PDT / Please Don't Tell (New York, NY)

Best American Brand Ambassador

Misty Kalkofen (Del Maguey)

Best American Cocktail Bar

Columbia Room (Washington, DC)

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar

Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company (Miami, FL)

Best American Hotel Bar

The Hawthorne at The Commonwealth Hotel (Boston, MA)

Best American Restaurant Bar

Dante NYC (New York, NY)

Best New American Cocktail Bar

BlackTail (New York, NY)


Best International Bar Team

Dandelyan (London, UK)

International Bartender of the Year

Shingo Gokan of Speak Low (Shanghai, China)

Best International Brand Ambassador

Camille Ralph Vidal (St-Germain)

Best International Cocktail Bar

Black Pearl (Melbourne, Australia)

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar

Trailer Happiness (London, UK)

Best International Hotel Bar

Dandelyan at The Mondrian (London, UK)

Best International Restaurant Bar

Tippling Club (Singapore)

Best New International Cocktail Bar

Swift (London, UK)


Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication

Hot Rum Cow

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer

Wayne Curtis

Best New Cocktail & Bartending Book

Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki by Martin & Rebecca Cate

Best New Spirits Book

Bourbon: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of An American Whiskey by Fred Minnick


Best Bar Mentor

David Wondrich

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient

ITALICUS – Rosolio di Bergamotto (Italy)

World’s Best Cocktail Menu

Trick Dog (San Francisco, United States)

World’s Best Spirits Selection

Canon: whiskey and bitters emporium (Seattle, WA)

World’s Best Cocktail Bar

Dandelyan Bar


Charles Schumann


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