Darlinghurst cocktail bar, Hello Sailor is one of the top four finalists in the Best New International Cocktail Bar category at the Tales of the Cocktail Awards. The bar is just a year old and the only Australian bar to make the list.

Tales of the Cocktail is an annual, five-day celebration of the world's best bars, bartenders and drinks. Held from July 16 to 20 in New Orleans, the awards are considered the gold standard of the global bar business. Hello Sailor is vying for the top prize in its category alongside three new London bars – Blind Pig at Social Eating House, NOLA and White Lyan. Some other notable Sydney bars made it to the top 10 finalists before it was whittled down to the top four, including The Barber Shop in the same category, Porteño Sydney for Best Restaurant Bar and The Baxter Inn for Best International Bar Team.

Marco Faraone and Luke Redington are behind Hello Sailor and they are thrilled to be nominated for the award. “We have a very supportive hospitality-based clientele who have been behind us from day one. And obviously, they like what we do,” says Redington. “We think our cocktails help set the tone, and we think Hello Sailor is offering something a bit different, with drinks that transport you to different ports around the world.”

Hello Sailor debuted on the Oxford Street strip last year. It combines a nautically themed subterranean bar with a street-level restaurant, the Seafood Shack, which serves lobster rolls, fish and chips and pizzas. Downstairs in the Sailor's Den, the focus is on tropical cocktails. “Believe it or not we sell a tonne of Pina Coladas – they are impossible to resist,” says Redington.

Redington won't be in New Orleans for the awards, leaving co-owner Marco Faraone to attend the ceremony and fly the flag for the bar. But does Redington think Hello Sailor is in with a shot of taking the prize? “You always hope to win, but our competition is very tough. Fingers crossed!”