These are the city’s best of the best bartenders and bars, picked by their peers. By Natasha Hong.
Hong Kong’s bar and hospitality industry gathered in style at Zuma this evening (August 20) to celebrate this year’s Bar Awards Hong Kong.
Out of 12 categories there were 10 new winners, including Quinary for Best Bar and Devender Kumar for Bartender of the Year, with just The Globe and Lobster Bar & Grill retaining their 2016 gongs in the Best Beer Bar and Best Hotel Bar categories respectively.
Stockton also returned to the stage this year, but adding a Best Hospitality Team plaque to its Best Cocktail Bar award from last year. See below for a full list of this year’s winners.
Hong Kong 2017 was The Bar Awards’ most ambitious week ever, pulling in a bevy of regional guest bar stars for guest shifts around the city – with a total of 15 events organised across seven days.
The process for this year’s honours began on July 1. From a list of 759 Public Nominations received by The Bar Awards, a 46-member Panel of f&b, hospitality and media industry leaders narrowed down the crop of candidates in the 12 categories down to a Top 10 and Top 4 shortlist of nominees before tonight’s winners were unveiled.
The Bar Awards’ 2017 regional campaign will culminate in Kuala Lumpur on October 22 – this will be their first ever run in the city. Nominations open September 1.
The Rising Star, presented by Perrier
For young bartenders born after January 1, 1992.
Ajit Gurung (Stockton)
Best Restaurant Bar, presented by Bulleit Bourbon
8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana
Best Beer Bar, presented by Pilsner Urquell
Best Wine Bar, presented by Mumm Champagne
Best Bar Food, presented by East Imperial
Best Hotel Bar, presented by Tanqueray
Lobster Bar & Grill (Island Shangri-La)
Most Creative Cocktail Bar, presented by Cointreau
Best Hospitality Team, presented by Monkey Shoulder
Best Hospitality Ambassador, presented by Avion
Agung Prabowo (The Old Man)
Best New Cocktail Bar, presented by Campari
Employees Only Hong Kong
Bartender of the Year, presented by Bacardi
Devender Kumar (8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana)
Best Cocktail Bar, presented by Stolichnaya Vodka
DRiNK Magazine is the official publication partner for The Bar Awards 2017.