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These Are the Best Bars and Bartenders in the World in 2023, According to Tales of the Cocktail

Tales of the Cocktail announced its 2023 Spirited Award winners in New Orleans last night

The World’s Best Bar award went to SIPS in Barcelona.
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World-renowned spirits conference Tales of the Cocktail closed out its week-long 2023 event last night by crowning the best bars and bartenders in the world at the Filmore in New Orleans. Though no New Orleans bars or bartenders were awarded this year, (Jewel of the South and the bar’s co-founder Chris Hannah took home a few top honors in 2022) the list of 2023 winners reads like a global Who’s Who of cocktail tastemakers.

Below is this year’s list of the best bars and bartenders in the U.S. and internationally, 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 — including Punch and Eater — and a list of judges, see Tales of the Cocktail’s website.

U.S. Categories

Best U.S. Cocktail Bar: Century Grand — Phoenix, AZ

U.S. Bartender of the Year: Christine Wiseman — Marygold’s Brasserie / Broken Shaker, Miami, FL

Best U.S. Restaurant Bar: Café La Trova — Miami, FL

Best New U.S. Cocktail Bar: Martiny’s — New York, NY

Best U.S. Hotel Bar: Hey Love at The Jupiter — Portland, OR

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

Best U.S. Bar Mentor Chris Patino — Raised by Wolves, San Diego, CA

Best U.S. Brand Ambassador: Vance Henderson — Hendrick’s Gin

Global Categories

World’s Best Bar: SIPS – Barcelona, Spain

World’s Best Spirits Selection: Raised by Wolves — San Diego, CA

World’s Best Cocktail Menu: Double Chicken Please — New York, NY

International Bartender of the Year: Giorgio Bargiani — Connaught Bar, London, UK

Best International Bar Team: ALQUÍMICO — Cartagena, Colombia

Best International Hotel Bar: Jigger & Pony at the Amara Hotel — Singapore

Best International Restaurant Bar: Analogue Initiative — Singapore

Best New International Cocktail Bar: Line Athens — Athens, Greece

Timeless International Award: Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel Singapore — Singapore

Timeless U.S. Award: Tiki-Ti — Los Angeles, CA

Tales Visionary Award: Tiffanie Barriere

Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award: Desmond Payne, Beefeater Master Distiller Emeritus