Top four nominations for the international categories. 

Asia continues to keep its firm grip on the nominations at this year’s Spirited Awards with each category now whittled down to a top four, announced today, just a week after the Tales of the Cocktail website released the top tens.

Among this narrower field of recognition hopefuls, DRiNK columnist Zdenek Kastanek of 28 Hong Kong Street in Singapore and Hidetsugu Ueno of Bar High Five continue to hold on to their International Bartender of the Year noms, while Ueno’s Tokyo spot stays on the Best International Cocktail Bar shortlist.

Elsewhere on the list, Charles H in Seoul drops out of the World’s Best Cocktail Menu running, but retains its Best New International Cocktail Bar position, along with Singapore’s Gibson Bar. Tippling Club represents Singapore and the region in the Best International Restaurant Bar category, and Potato Head’s Dre Masso (in Bali, Jakarta, Singapore and Hong Kong) advances in the Best Bar Mentor prize. Fingers crossed, everyone!

The Spirited Awards winners will be announced on 23 July in New Orleans, as part of the 14th Annual Tales of the Cocktail festival, and via a livestream on Tales of the Cocktail‘s website at 8pm Central Standard Time (9am GMT+8).