The Tales of the Cocktail Foundation have recently released the winners and finalists of their 13th annual Spirited Awards, which covers global, international and American categories and from which one award has stood out from the rest.
Here at Hunter and Bligh, we are always looking for the next best cocktail bar, and through the finalists and winner of the Best New International Cocktail Bar award, we have been handed an entire list of them, and the best part is that the winner is a bar based in Sydney.
As the winner of the Best New International Cocktail Bar award, it can be assumed that if you’re going out for a cocktail in Sydney, this is the place to go. MAYBE SAMMY is inspired by the 1950’s, which in the creators’ eyes was the rebirth of cool and a time where glamour was revered. Their signature drinks are named after some of the creators’ favourite ‘haunts’ on the Vegas strip, while their passions are for drinks, music and people who like taking it easy from time to time, which is the basis of their bar and the reason it has been so successful.
MAYBE SAMMY – 115 Harrington St, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
In Rome’s Monti district, Drink Kong is the latest creation by celebrity bartender Patrick Pistolesi. The interior of the bar is influenced by the 1980’s neo-noir science fiction film Blade Runner, and throughout the four distinct rooms, there is subdued light, neon signs, live music and a lighted bar that is overflowing with liquor. The bar is self-proclaimed as an ‘instinct bar’ which means that while the menu has options, it does not divulge the ingredients, but goes off hue (aquamarine being light and easy to drink and red being fiery and strong).
Drink Kong – Piazza di S. Martino Ai Monti, 8, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
The Donovan Bar
The recently reopened Donovan Bar has been redesigned with luxury in mind, taking inspiration from the ’60’s photographer Terence Donovan. Both the decor and menu have been upgraded, now with a palette of racing green, gold, pale blue and white and some of Sir Terence Donovan’s most iconic photographs. The bar incorporates the history of where it is located in its drinks, such as the Lady Forte cocktail, which combines Don Julio Blanco Tequila distilled with Timur pepper, blood orange and grapefruit juice, agave and Moët & Chandon Champagne.
The Donovan Bar – Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BP
The SG Club
The new bar named The SG Club (‘S’ referring to sip and ‘G’ referring to guzzle) is a living piece of historical fiction that is chock-full of cross-cultural references and is divided into two bars, each space with a different vibe. The more casual of the two, Guzzle, is located on the ground floor and modelled after a 19th-century saloon, which when you look closely has Japanese detailing throughout, highlighted with sake cups and kimono designs on the menu. Downstairs, Sip is a large area that channels an upscale speakeasy, where you can enjoy a drink while your footwear is polished. The drinks are sufficiently more expensive in Sip, but that is the true genius of the place; you have casual, you have high end, but most importantly you have true quality.
The SG Club – 1 Chome-7-8 Jinnan, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0041, Japan
Electric Bing Sutt
If you’re looking for the best, new and coolest bar in Beirut, you have found it. Electric Bing Sutt is a funky and neon-dazzled Asian middle eastern all-day bar in the heart of Beirut. They have modern Asian middle eastern cocktails, authentic Asian food, natural wine, craft coffee and self-proclaimed New York funk. There is an eclectic mix of cocktails to choose from, including the Jukebox Sunrise, which has distilled whisky ginger, kaffir lime leaf, bing sutt pomegranate molasses and fuzzy orange juice.
Electric Bing Sutt – Next to st.Nicolas Stairs, Gemmayze, Beirut, Lebanon
Dark accents, shining marble top tables and some of the most interesting lighting out of all these bars. With a radically modern approach, the new bar is equipped with innovative and experimental cocktails. The bar focuses on high quality and is an experience from start to finish. From the lighting, atmosphere, drinks and food, you will be transported on a cool and mysterious journey without having to leave your seat.
Aperture – 2 Rue des Trésorier de la Bourse, 34000 Montpellier, France
The first bar from the Irish duo Aaron Wall and Ciarán Smith, Homeboys intention is to bring together good, old Irish hospitality, home comforts and delicious drinks paired with even more delicious food. The cocktails are founded on three pillars; Irish Whisky (what else?), contemporary techniques and classics, paying homage to some of the classic cocktails.
HomeBoy Bar – N1 8LX, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Scout is a bar within a bar, headed by the “talented Mr Fox” Matt Whiley and supported by Icebergs’ Maurice Terzini, perched above Crown street on the top floor of the Dolphin Hotel. Matt Whiley, one of the world’s most celebrated mixologists, has evolved the drinks list from his award-winning Scout bar London and has now taken up residence in the Surry Hills location, in Sydney.
Scout Bar – The Dolphin Hotel, Level 2/412 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Punch Room, The Barcelona EDITION
Punch Room – The Barcelona EDITION – Av. de Francesc Cambó, 14, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Lyaness is the brand new bar from the award-winning Mr Lyan and team, continuing their collaboration with Sea Containers London and the iconic space overlooking the Thames. The Lyaness team celebrate the unusual, alien and outright weird and their menu is sectioned around ingredients instead of cocktails; it might seem a little odd, but the Lyaness team can connect you to your ideal drink.
Lyaness – 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD, UK