Find out who won what at this year’s spectacular DMBA in Shanghai. By Holly Graham.

Though there may be a few sore heads and bleary eyes in the morning, DMBA 2018 was an unforgettable awards ceremony celebrating the best bars, brands and hospitality heroes in China and Asia for the third year running.

The awards took place at the Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai, with a rhythm-themed ceremony – a tribute to the beating heart of our industry and the shared pulse that connects us all from soul to shaker – punctuated by an opening percussion and dance performance. Guests dined on a four-course dinner paired with cocktails from world renowned bars Happiness Forgets (London), Native (Singapore), Coupette (London), The Dead Rabbit (New York), The Odd Couple (Shanghai) and Ago Perrone of Connaught Bar (London).

After the awards, the official afterparty is continuing at 1515 West Chophouse & Bar as we speak, with Fancy Free (Melbourne) slinging drinks and rare batch bottlers The Last Drop sharing drams of an exceptional 47-year-old whisky with the night’s winners.

Without further ado, here are all the winners of DMBA 2018:

Bartender of the Year (Asia), presented by Peddlers Gin
Agung Prabowo

Bar of the Year (Asia), presented by Montenegro
The Old Man, Hong Kong

International Bartender of the Year (New for 2018), presented by Cityson
Erik Lorincz 

DMBA 2018 Bartender of the Year (China), presented by Gotham East, Luxardo, Cocchi, Nouaison
Jackie Lo 卢雪君

Bar of the Year (China), presented by Perrier
Hope & Sesame, Guangzhou

Sustainability (New for 2018), presented by Nespresso
BACARDI No Straws Campaign

Innovation (New for 2018), presented by RATIO Coffee and Cocktail Bar

Bartender Brand, presented by Thirsty Work Productions

Brand Ambassador, presented by Thirsty Work Productions
Ethan Liu 刘明, Proof & Company 

Design, presented by Orrefors
Atelier by Taste Buds, Shanghai 

Music Program, presented by K-Array
Shake, Shanghai

Wine Program, presented by Penfolds
Le Verre a Vin, Shanghai

Beer Program, presented by Boxing Cat Brewery
Jing-A Brewpub, Beijing

Service, presented by Small Batch Learning
Sober Company, Shanghai

Restaurant Bar of the Year, presented by Licor 43
Sober Company, Shanghai

High Volume Bar, presented by Jack Daniel’s
Le Baron, Shanghai

Hotel Bar, presented by Summergate Fine Wine & Spirits
EQUIS, Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Cocktail Program, presented by Havana Club
Hope & Sesame, Guangzhou

Bar Team, presented by Chivas Regal
Sober Company, Shanghai

Entrepreneurship (New for 2018), presented by Hennessy
金衆磊 Kin, Constellation

Founders Award, presented by Thirsty Work Productions
杨大庆 Eddy Yang