Industry panel picks city’s best bars and bar pros.
Three months after The Bar Awards Hong Kong opened up its nominations process to the city, we have our winners. The crowning party, held this evening (September 25) at Zuma, gave out 13 awards to the best bars, restaurants and bar professionals in the first such industry-driven honours in the city.
The Bar Awards was first organised in Singapore in 2014 by Tron Young, who subsequently involved Fun Size partner Emily Seow in the mix. In Hong Kong, they’re joined by industry vet Sandeep Hathiramani of Beverage and Co, who has aided the team from Singapore with his intimate knowledge of the scene on his home turf.
The Top Tens were compiled from 525 public nominations, and the list was then handed over to a panel of 30 industry leaders in Hong Kong to whittle down the crop to their top fives. The winners were then picked based on the number of votes they received from the Bar Awards panel.
See below for the full list of winners:
Best Young Bartender of the Year, presented by East Imperial
Kervin Unido, Mr and Mrs Fox
Best Restaurant Bar, presented by William Chase
ON Dining Kitchen and Lounge
Best Wine Bar, presented by Berry Bros and Rudd
Best Beer Bar, presented by Pilsner Urquell
Best Nightclub, presented by G H Mumm
Best Bar Food, presented by Aperol and Peroni
Ham and Sherry
Best Hospitality Team, presented by St. George Spirits
Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge
Best Hotel Bar, presented by The Singleton
Lobster Bar and Grill, Island Shangri-La
Most Creative Cocktail Bar, presented by D1
Best New Cocktail Bar, presented by Monkey Shoulder
The Ada Coleman Award, presented by Don Julio
Beckaly Franks (The Pontiac)
Bartender of the Year, presented by Bacardi
Arkadiusz Rybak (Zuma)
Best Cocktail Bar, presented by Stolichnaya