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These Are the Best Bars and Bartenders in the World, According to Tales of the Cocktail

Tales of the Cocktail announced its 2022 Spirited Award winners, and a New Orleans bar is on the list

A Brandy crusta from Jewel of the South,named best U.S. restaurant bar at Tales of the Cocktail.
Denny Culbert/Jewel of the South

After two years of taking place in a mostly digital format, spirits conference Tales of the Cocktail closed out its 2022 event this week by crowning the best bars and bartenders in the world — in person — at New Orleans’s Ritz Carlton Hotel. Two of the organization’s biggest awards, U.S. Restaurant Bar of the Year and U.S. Bartender of the Year, went to French Quarter cocktail bar Jewel of the South and the bar’s co-founder Chris Hannah, respectively.

Below is this year’s list of the best bars and bartenders in the U.S. and globally, as voted on by a mix of veteran bartenders, bar owners, historians, and writers. For a full list of international Spirited Award winners, media winners, and a list of judges, see Tales of the Cocktail’s website.

Philip Whitmarsh, Chris Hannah, and Paul Greagoff of Jewel of the South, which took home best U.S. restaurant bar at the 2022 TOTC Spirited Awards.
Corey Fontenot/Tales of the Cocktail

U.S. Categories

Best U.S. Cocktail Bar: Katana Kitten — New York, NY

U.S. Bartender of the Year: Chris Hannah — Jewel of the South, New Orleans, LA

Best U.S. Restaurant Bar: Jewel of the South — New Orleans, LA

Best New U.S. Cocktail Bar: Happy Accidents — Albuquerque, NM

Best U.S. Hotel Bar: Silver Lyan at the Riggs — Washington, DC

Best U.S. Bar Team: Katana Kitten — New York, NY

Best U.S. Bar Mentor Sean Kenyon

Best U.S. Brand Ambassador: Lynn House — Heaven Hill

Global Categories

World’s Best Bar: Lyaness at Sea Containers London — London, UK

World’s Best Spirits Selection: Jack Rose Dining Saloon — Washington, DC

Timeless International Award: Harry’s New York Bar — Paris, France

World’s Best Cocktail Menu: Little Red Door — Paris, France

Pioneer Award: Amanda Gunderson – CEO and Co-founder, Another Round Another Rally

Timeless U.S. Award: Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel — New York, NY

Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award: Julie Reiner — Co-founder Clover Club, Leyenda, Social Hour Cocktails, and Mixtress Consulting

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient: Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic — Italian Orange

Jewel of the South

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