The Savoy Receives Three Finalist Nominations For Tales Of The Cocktail, New Orleans 2014
London, June 09, 2014
THE SAVOY RECEIVES THREE FINALIST NOMINATIONS FOR
TALES OF THE COCKTAIL, NEW ORLEANS 2014
- The Beaufort Bar nominated for World’s Best Hotel Bar
- The American Bar nominated for Best International Bar Team
- Tom Walker, the American Bar, nominated for Best International Bartender
Monday 9 June 2014, London – The Savoy is proud to have received three nominations for the finals of the 8th annual Spirited Awards, Tales of The Cocktail, New Orleans. With four finalists in each category, the American Bar will compete for Best International Bar Team, with Tom Walker also up for Best International Bartender, while the Beaufort Bar vies for World’s Best Hotel Bar. The Savoy remains the only hotel in the world to have achieved nominations for two of its bars in the same year.
Widely regarded as the world’s premier cocktail festival and celebrating its 12th Anniversary this year, Tales of the Cocktail brings the most influential bartenders and spirit lovers from around the globe to New Orleans for five days of mixology-themed celebration. The Spirit Awards, which will take place on Saturday 19 July 2014, recognizes both national and international honorees across 23 categories. The nominees have been selected from hundreds by an American and International judging committee comprising of the most respected minds in the cocktail industry.
The American Bar - nominated for Best International Bar Team and Tom Walker nominated for Best International Bartender
The term ‘American Bar’ refers to a bar serving mixed or ‘American’ style drinks, more commonly known as cocktails. As transatlantic travel became more popular in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, many American Bars opened throughout London. The American Bar at The Savoy is the longest surviving of these bars and one of the most iconic cocktail bars in the world.
In 1903 the first truly ‘famous’ bartender arrived at The American Bar, a lady named Ada ‘Coley’ Coleman, who’s signature cocktail was the Hanky Panky, still a popular choice today. Ada’s successor was the inspirational Harry Craddock, who not only created a number of classic cocktails but who notoriously compiled these recipes into the legendary Savoy Cocktail book, still regarded today as the bartender’s bible.
Following The Savoy’s restoration, the American Bar appointed its eleventh head bartender, Erik Lorincz. A world-renowned bartender himself, Erik was officially recognised as such in 2011 when he was awarded Best International Bartender at Tales of The Cocktail. The American Bar itself also picked up World’s Best Hotel Bar at these same awards as well as Best Bar in the Virtuoso Best of the Best Awards. And as further testament to the talent found within the American Bar, bartender Tom Walker was most recently crowned World Champion of the Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition 2014 with his creation, the Maid in Cuba
The Beaufort Bar – nominated for World’s Best Hotel Bar
The Beaufort Bar provides a theatrical, art deco setting in which to enjoy cocktails that push the boundaries. Award-winning head bartender, Chris Moore, and his expert team have created a menu designed to intrigue and excite guests with each drink listed entirely unique to the Beaufort Bar. Character Cocktails, served in era-specific vintage glassware and garnished tableside, pay tribute to four of The Savoy’s most famous personalities, and The Impressionist, one of the Beaufort Bars most popular cocktails, arrives at the table with a smoking rose for that element of drama. For guests with more of a taste for champagne, the Beaufort Bar boasts an impressive selection of vintage and non-vintage champagne by the glass and bottle.
The bar itself stands on the hotel’s former cabaret stage, which was graced by such luminaries as Carol Gibbons, the Savoy Orpheans and George Gershwin. A tradition of live entertainment continues to this day with nightly performances by both renowned and up and coming talent, as well as monthly evenings of Cabaret and Burlesque.
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