London’s Lyaness wins top honor at 16th Spirited Awards

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LLyaness d’Ondon picked up the win at the 16th Annual Spirited Awards at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. Ryan Chetiyawardana, a longtime darling of the global hospitality awards circuit, beat out Fifty Mils, Charles H. Seoul and the American Bar at The Stafford, its famous cocktail cathedral being named the best bar in the world in 2022 .

Lyaness, above, was also honored as Best International Hotel Bar and Chetiyawardana received further recognition as her Washington DC outpost Silver Lyan (which picked up the Best New Cocktail Bar award American in 2020), was recognized as America’s Best Hotel Bar for 2022.

“We’ve been very lucky with the awards over the years, and they’ve covered everything from our teams, to design, to menus, to spaces,” Chetiyawardana (aka “Mr. Lyan”) said. “But there have also been a lot of changes. We closed Dandelyan to pave the way for Lyaness and to challenge a new side of the food and drink world that we thought was super important, and to pay homage to the success we had had with the bar.

Another feline-inspired watering hole, Masahiro Urushido’s Katana Kitten in Manhattan, was voted America’s best cocktail bar (ahead of New York’s Bar Goto, Austin’s Roosevelt Room and Los Angeles’ Thunderbolt). Urushido also won awards in two other major categories: Best American Bar Crew and Best New Cocktail or Bartender Book for its 2021 tome. The Japanese art of cocktails.

Urushido and Chetiyawardana weren’t the only ones to win multiple accolades. A bar with shapes for a name in London has been honored as this year’s best new international cocktail bar and its founder, Remy Savage, has been celebrated as international bartender of the year. Locally, New Orleans’ beloved Jewel of the South was named America’s Best Restaurant and Bar, and founder Chris Hannah won America’s Bartender of the Year. Australian perennial awards favorite Maybe Sammy won Best International Bar Team and creative director Martin Hudak won Best International Brand Ambassador for Mr Black Spirits.

Geographically speaking, London topped the awards in international categories with an outstanding five wins out of eight awards. Along with Lyaness and A Bar With Shapes for a Name, Tayēr + Elementary by Monica Berg and Alex Kratena in Shoreditch was named best international cocktail bar (ahead of Pujol, Le Marie Celeste and Danico). And Sexy Fish, Mayfair’s Asian hotspot, is this year’s top international bar and restaurant.

The Spirited Awards, which closed the 20th annual Tales of the Cocktail festival, returned in person for the first time since 2019 and audiences in the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans ballroom celebrated the winners with multiple standing ovations while throughout the night. (Full disclosure: Forbes is the official media partner of the Spirited Awards.)

“The ingenuity and resilience of the beverage industry is absolutely unique and deserves to be celebrated,” said Eileen Wayner, CEO of the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. “Bringing this community together in New Orleans, the hospitality capital of the world, to commemorate 20 years of progress is going to be a pivotal moment. I hope this serves as a reminder, that this industry not only provides a space to come together, find joy and community, but also to experience the innovation of bartenders and products across the bar across the globe. The return of the Spirited Awards, after a necessary hiatus due to the devastating impact of Covid, will reinforce the excellence and innovation of the bars, bartenders, writers and products that drive global hospitality trends.

The evening’s big winner, Chetiyawardana, echoed that sentiment. “This year’s nominations were extremely important to us,” he said. “It helps convince us that we’re making valuable decisions and that resonates with our peers, but primarily to help build that belief and enthusiasm for our teams and all the hard work and passion they put into doing something so different.

“All of this is exacerbated by the pandemic,” Chetiyawardana continued. “Being able to come back and have positives to celebrate is amazing. But the pandemic has also accelerated a lot of the things that we wanted to address with venues, so it seems even more important to get that recognition and that reminder to continue to fight for the issues we want to change and challenge.

Check out the full list of 2022 Spirited Awards winners below:

TALES FROM THE COCKTAIL SPIRITED AWARDS 2022

INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES


International Bartender of the Year: Remy Savage, 🔵🟥🔶 A bar with shapes for a name (London, UK)

Best International Bar Mentor: Lauren Mote

Best International Brand Ambassador: Martin Hudak, Mr Black Spirits

Best International Bar Team: Maybe Sammy (Sydney, Australia)

Best international cocktail bar: Tayēr + Elementary (London, UK)

Best international hotel bar: Lyaness at Sea Containers London (London, UK)

Best international restaurant and bar: Sexy Fish (London, UK)

Best New International Cocktail Bar: 🔵🟥🔶 A bar with shapes for a name (London, UK)

AMERICAN CATEGORIES


American Bartender of the Year: Chris Hannah, Jewel of the South (New Orleans, LA)

Top U.S. Bar Mentor: Sean Kenion

Best American Brand Ambassador: Lynn House, Sky Hill

Best American Bar Team: Katana Kitten (New York, NY)

America’s Best Cocktail Bar: Katana Kitten (New York, NY)

America’s Best Hotel Bar: Silver Lyan at Riggs Washington DC (Washington, DC)

Best American restaurant and bar: Jewel of the South (New Orleans, LA)

America’s Best New Cocktail Bar: Happy Accidents (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

WRITING AND MEDIA CATEGORIES


Best Cocktails & Spirits Publication: VinePair

Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series: The podcast for cocktail lovers

Best Cocktails and Spirits Writing: “Get Real: The world of the bar goes beyond wellness measures on sustainability and climate change” by Max Falkowitz for Imbibe Magazine

Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book: The Japanese art of cocktails by Masahiro Urushido and Michael Anstendig

Best New Book in Beverage Culture, History or Spirits: The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails edited by David Wondrich with Noah Rothbaum

GLOBAL CATEGORIES


The best bar in the world: Lyaness at Sea Containers London (London, UK)

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient: Italian orange without alcohol from Lyre

The best cocktail menu in the world: The Little Red Door (Paris, France)

Selection of the best spirits in the world: Jack Rose Dining Saloon (Washington, DC)

Pioneer Award: Amanda Gunderson, CEO and co-founder of Another Round Another Rally

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

Timeless American Award: Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle (New York, NY)

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

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