The nominations are in for the 2018 Spirited Awards and Australian bars and bartenders have been given some huge nods. The awards are the centrepiece of the Tales of the Cocktail summit held in New Orleans each year, and are considered the most prestigious independent bar awards in the world.
First up is Melbourne bartender Chris Hysted-Adams who has been nominated for International Bartender of the Year for the second year running. Hysted-Adams was a long-time staff member of much-loved Melbourne cocktail bar Black Pearl, which he recently left to launch new bar Fancy Free.
Black Pearl has also been nominated for the Best International Bar Team award alongside Sydney’s The Baxter Inn. In 2017, Black Pearl won the Best International Cocktail Bar award, and in 2015 took out Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar.
The Baxter Inn also scored nominations for World’s Best Spirits Selection and Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar this year, along with Melbourne’s Eau De Vie.
Sydney bars have been recognised in other major categories too. Bulletin Place has been acknowledged in the Best International Cocktail Bar category and Maybe Frank for Best International Restaurant Bar.
Tales of the Cocktail will be hosted in New Orleans from July 17 to 22, 2018. The Spirited Awards winners be announced on July 21.