New York Bartenders the Best in the Country?

Don't be surprised if your favorite bartender is nowhere to be found next month. For five days each July, bartenders from around the country flock to New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail, considered by many in the industry to be the world's preeminent cocktail festival. The nominees for this year's Spirit Awards, held on the last night of the festival, have been announced and--not quite surprisingly--Big Apple bars and bartenders are well represented. And the nominees are...

Best American Cocktail Bar Death & Co., NYC PDT, NYC Pegu Club, NYC

World's Best Cocktail Bar Door 74, Amsterdam High Five Bar, Tokyo PDT, NYC Pegu Club, NYC

World's Best New Cocktail Bar Clover Club, Brooklyn Drink, Boston Quo Vadis, London

American Bartender of the Year Audrey Saunders James Meehan Phil Ward

Oh, and Rainbow Room vet Dale DeGroff's The Essential Cocktail was nominated for best new cocktail book. We can drink to that.


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