World’s Best Bar 2019: New York’s Dante Wins Top Spot at the 13th Annual Spirited Awards

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New York's Dante reached cocktail paradise tonight when it was named World's Best Bar at the 2019 Spirited Awards in New Orleans during this year's Tales of the Cocktail. The bar, which opened in 2015 in what was once a famous Greenwich Village coffee house, Caffe Dante, was also named Best American Restaurant Bar for the second time in three years (which, under the rules of the Spirited Awards, means it is now retired from the the category). Among the American bars, Dante beat out local competitor Gramercy Tavern, Houston's Better Luck Tomorrow, and Louisville's Silver Dollar.

“To anyone that’s been there, thank you,” said Dante’s creative director Naren Young, accepting the top honor at the historic Orpheum Theater. “And to anyone that hasn’t, we look forward to welcoming you.”

The awards ceremony was introduced by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston, who just launched a mezcal called Dos Hombres with his Breaking Bad costar Aaron Paul. “People suggested we call it Methcal,” Cranston joked in his welcoming remarks. Earlier in the week, the two actors were slinging drinks at New Orleans’ iconic Napoleon House and Cranston, who admitted how much more respect he now has for bartenders, confessed that he endured two non-lethal injuries during his three-hour shift—cuts on his hands from the cocktail shakers.

But when it came to handing out the awards, of course, it was easygoing.

Also on top of the world is Singapore's Atlas, which took home two prestigious Spirited Awards: Best International Cocktail Bar (where it topped another Singapore standout, Native, as well as Le Syndicat in Paris and Three Sheets in London) and World's Best Spirits Selection (beating Chicago's The Office, Raised by Wolves in San Diego, and Amor Y Amargo in New York.)

In the American categories, New York City continued to dominate at the Spirited Awards. Besides Dante, Katana Kitten was named Best New American Cocktail Bar and Attaboy received an attaboy from the judges, winning Best American Cocktail Bar. And Las Vegas’ Herbs and Rye had a double shot of luck—named Best American Bar Team and Best American High Volume Bar.

Several individuals also took home awards: Julio Cabrera of Cafe La Trova in Miami was named American Bartender of the Year, while Monica Berg of London's Tāyer and Elementary won International Bartender of the Year. Beloved brand ambassadors were also honored: Tim Cooper of Fords Gin won Best American Brand Ambassador and Joe McCanta of Grey Goose took home the award for Best International Brand Ambassador.

The Spirited Awards also presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Barcelona cocktail legend Javier De Las Muelas of Dry Martini. And the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Germany's Charles Schumann, showed no signs of slowing down at 77—his bar in Munich, Schumann’s, won for Best International Cocktail Bar.

In another highlight of the evening, Speed Rack, a speed bartending competition for women founded by Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero, was honored with the inaugural Philanthropy Award. “The single greatest honor of our lives is to raise awareness for breast cancer charities,” Ivy Mix said, “And to work with all of these badass women.” They also won the Best Bar Mentors award.

And for the first time in its history, the Spirited Awards honored some classic watering holes. El Floridita in Havana–which opened in 1914, but dates back to 1817—won the Timeless International Award (Ernest Hemingway, among other famous patrons, was known to have and have another there), while Napoleon House in New Orleans (which was built in 1794 and began serving drinks in 1914) won the Timeless American Award. And there wasn't a drop of hometown advantage in its winning that award close to its French Quarter location. Napoleon House defines the spirt of the Spirited Awards—it is magnifique.


SPECIAL AWARDS

World’s Best Bar: Dante (New York, NY)

Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award: Javier De Las Muelas 

Philanthropy Award: Speed Rack 

Timeless American Award: Napoleon House (New Orleans, LA)

Timeless International Award: El Floridita (Havana, Cuba)


GLOBAL CATEGORIES

Best Bar Mentor: Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient: Fords Gin Officers’ Reserve

World’s Best Cocktail Menu: Trick Dog (San Francisco, CA)

World’s Best Spirits Selection: Atlas Bar, Singapore


AMERICAN CATEGORIES

American Bartender of the Year: Julio Cabrera (Cafe La Trova, Miami, FL)

Best American Brand Ambassador: Tim Cooper, Fords Gin

Best American Bar Team: Herbs and Rye (Las Vegas, NV)

Best American Cocktail Bar: Attaboy (New York, NY)

Best American High-Volume Cocktail Bar: Herbs and Rye (Las Vegas, NV)

Best American Hotel Bar: Compère Lapin at The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery (New Orleans, LA)

Best American Restaurant Bar: Dante (New York, NY)

Best New American Cocktail Bar: Katana Kitten (New York, NY)


INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES

International Bartender of the Year: Monica Berg (Tayēr and Elementary, London, United Kingdom)

Best International Brand Ambassador: Joe McCanta, Grey Goose

Best International Bar Team: Licorería Limantour (Mexico City, Mexico)

Best International Cocktail Bar: Atlas Bar, Singapore

Best International High-Volume Cocktail Bar: Schumann's Bar (Munich, Germany)

Best International Hotel Bar: Manhattan at Regent Singapore, Singapore

Best International Restaurant Bar: Hawksmoor Spitalfields (London, United Kingdom)

Best New International Cocktail Bar: Maybe Sammy (Sydney, Australia)


WRITING & MEDIA CATEGORIES

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication: SevenFifty Daily

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer: Robert Simonson, The New York Times, Imbibe Magazine, PUNCH

Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book: Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions by Alex Day, David Kaplan, and Nick Fauchald

Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits: A Drinkable Feast: A Cocktail Companion to 1920s Paris by Philip Greene

Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series: Bartender at Large



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New York's Dante reached cocktail paradise tonight when it was named World's Best Bar at the 2019 Spirited Awards in New Orleans during this year's Tales of the Cocktail. The bar, which opened in 2015 in what was once a famous Greenwich Village coffee house, Caffe Dante, was also named Best American Restaurant Bar for the second time in three years (which, under the rules of the Spirited Awards, means it is now retired from the the category). Among the American bars, Dante beat out local competitor Gramercy Tavern, Houston's Better Luck Tomorrow, and Louisville's Silver Dollar.

“To anyone that’s been there, thank you,” said Dante’s creative director Naren Young, accepting the top honor at the historic Orpheum Theater. “And to anyone that hasn’t, we look forward to welcoming you.”

The awards ceremony was introduced by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston, who just launched a mezcal called Dos Hombres with his Breaking Bad costar Aaron Paul. “People suggested we call it Methcal,” Cranston joked in his welcoming remarks. Earlier in the week, the two actors were slinging drinks at New Orleans’ iconic Napoleon House and Cranston, who admitted how much more respect he now has for bartenders, confessed that he endured two non-lethal injuries during his three-hour shift—cuts on his hands from the cocktail shakers.

But when it came to handing out the awards, of course, it was easygoing.

Also on top of the world is Singapore's Atlas, which took home two prestigious Spirited Awards: Best International Cocktail Bar (where it topped another Singapore standout, Native, as well as Le Syndicat in Paris and Three Sheets in London) and World's Best Spirits Selection (beating Chicago's The Office, Raised by Wolves in San Diego, and Amor Y Amargo in New York.)

In the American categories, New York City continued to dominate at the Spirited Awards. Besides Dante, Katana Kitten was named Best New American Cocktail Bar and Attaboy received an attaboy from the judges, winning Best American Cocktail Bar. And Las Vegas’ Herbs and Rye had a double shot of luck—named Best American Bar Team and Best American High Volume Bar.

Several individuals also took home awards: Julio Cabrera of Cafe La Trova in Miami was named American Bartender of the Year, while Monica Berg of London's Tāyer and Elementary won International Bartender of the Year. Beloved brand ambassadors were also honored: Tim Cooper of Fords Gin won Best American Brand Ambassador and Joe McCanta of Grey Goose took home the award for Best International Brand Ambassador.

The Spirited Awards also presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Barcelona cocktail legend Javier De Las Muelas of Dry Martini. And the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Germany's Charles Schumann, showed no signs of slowing down at 77—his bar in Munich, Schumann’s, won for Best International Cocktail Bar.

In another highlight of the evening, Speed Rack, a speed bartending competition for women founded by Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero, was honored with the inaugural Philanthropy Award. “The single greatest honor of our lives is to raise awareness for breast cancer charities,” Ivy Mix said, “And to work with all of these badass women.” They also won the Best Bar Mentors award.

And for the first time in its history, the Spirited Awards honored some classic watering holes. El Floridita in Havana–which opened in 1914, but dates back to 1817—won the Timeless International Award (Ernest Hemingway, among other famous patrons, was known to have and have another there), while Napoleon House in New Orleans (which was built in 1794 and began serving drinks in 1914) won the Timeless American Award. And there wasn't a drop of hometown advantage in its winning that award close to its French Quarter location. Napoleon House defines the spirt of the Spirited Awards—it is magnifique.


SPECIAL AWARDS

World’s Best Bar: Dante (New York, NY)

Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award: Javier De Las Muelas 

Philanthropy Award: Speed Rack 

Timeless American Award: Napoleon House (New Orleans, LA)

Timeless International Award: El Floridita (Havana, Cuba)


GLOBAL CATEGORIES

Best Bar Mentor: Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient: Fords Gin Officers’ Reserve

World’s Best Cocktail Menu: Trick Dog (San Francisco, CA)

World’s Best Spirits Selection: Atlas Bar, Singapore


AMERICAN CATEGORIES

American Bartender of the Year: Julio Cabrera (Cafe La Trova, Miami, FL)

Best American Brand Ambassador: Tim Cooper, Fords Gin

Best American Bar Team: Herbs and Rye (Las Vegas, NV)

Best American Cocktail Bar: Attaboy (New York, NY)

Best American High-Volume Cocktail Bar: Herbs and Rye (Las Vegas, NV)

Best American Hotel Bar: Compère Lapin at The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery (New Orleans, LA)

Best American Restaurant Bar: Dante (New York, NY)

Best New American Cocktail Bar: Katana Kitten (New York, NY)


INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES

International Bartender of the Year: Monica Berg (Tayēr and Elementary, London, United Kingdom)

Best International Brand Ambassador: Joe McCanta, Grey Goose

Best International Bar Team: Licorería Limantour (Mexico City, Mexico)

Best International Cocktail Bar: Atlas Bar, Singapore

Best International High-Volume Cocktail Bar: Schumann's Bar (Munich, Germany)

Best International Hotel Bar: Manhattan at Regent Singapore, Singapore

Best International Restaurant Bar: Hawksmoor Spitalfields (London, United Kingdom)

Best New International Cocktail Bar: Maybe Sammy (Sydney, Australia)


WRITING & MEDIA CATEGORIES

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication: SevenFifty Daily

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer: Robert Simonson, The New York Times, Imbibe Magazine, PUNCH

Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book: Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions by Alex Day, David Kaplan, and Nick Fauchald

Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits: A Drinkable Feast: A Cocktail Companion to 1920s Paris by Philip Greene

Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series: Bartender at Large



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