TOTC09: Spirit Award Winners

Our friends at LOUNGERATI have pulled together a list of the winners of the Spirited Awards at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail. We join LOUNGERATI in expressing our pride – and our thanks – to the winners representing the New York scene: Audrey Saunders at Pegu Club, Julie Reiner at Clover Club, and Jim Meehan at PDT (finally recognized as the World’s Best Bar!) Congratulations on this well deserved recognition.

  • Best American Bar: Audrey Saunders’ Pegu Club, NYC
  • Best Hotel Bar in the World: The Merchant Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Best Cocktail Writing 2009: David Wondrich of Esquire Magazine
  • Best New Product: Bols Genever
  • Best American Brand Ambassador: Simon Ford for Plymouth Gin
  • World’s Best Drinks Selection: The Merchant Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • American Bartender of the Year: Jim Meehan of PDT, NYC
  • Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book: The Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks by Dale Degroff
  • World’s Best Cocktail Menu: The Merchant Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • International Bartender of the Year: Tony Conigliaro, Lonsdale, London
  • World’s Best New Cocktail Bar: Julie Reiner’s Clover Club, Brooklyn
  • World’s Best Cocktail Bar: Jim Meehan’s PDT, NYC
  • Helen David Life Achievement Award: Peter Dorelli, London

Special congrats as well to Dale DeGroff, winner of Best New Cocktail Book. Dale’s books were the first ones I picked up when I started to learn more about cocktails, and I finally had the chance to meet him this week in New Orleans (which was a thrill for me). This award couldn’t have gone to a nicer (or more deserving) guy.

And as much as I love all of our New York bars, I’m thinking I need to make a trip to Belfast to check out the Merchant Hotel! Right?


Tags: dale degroff, PDT, Pegu Club, Tales of the Cocktail

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