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Top 4 bars and bartenders up for awards at DMBA 2019 announced

This is it! The DMBA Top 4s!

After successfully celebrating China’s bar scene at the inaugural DMBA in 2016, 2017 saw the ceremony expanded to include its first ever categories recognising the Asia region. For the third year running, two of the awards will be dedicated to the wider Asia industry – Asia Bartender of the Year and Asia Bar of the Year, with the addition of a brand new award for 2019 – Bar Team (Asia).

The three Asia awards and International Bartender of the Year were nominated by this year’s Asia academy, made up of industry experts based across the region.

Below are the Top 4 bars in the running for all DMBA awards in China and Asia. The internally-decided Founders Award and Asia academy-decided International Bartender of the Year awards will remain top secret until the ceremony itself at the Jing An Shangri-La in Shanghai on December 9.

Here are the Top 4s, listed in alphabetical order:

Sustainability Award
Presented by: Bacardi

The Hope & Sesames
Michael Chen
The Tahona Society Collective Spirit
Wild Turkey 101 – One Drink, One Tree

Innovation Award
Presented by: U.S. Cranberry

 24/7 by Secoo
Arch by Taste Buds, Shanghai
Ask Jerry
Charlie’s, Guangzhou 

Bartender Brand
Presented by: DRiNK Magazine

Chivas Regal
Fernet Branca
Michter’s
Peddlers Gin 

Brand Ambassador
Presented by: Small Batch Learning

Craig Swindell – Chivas Regal
Cross Yu – Maker’s Mark
Eddy Yang – Fever-Tree
Jamie He – East Imperial 

Design Award
Presented by: Campari

Arch by Taste Buds, Shanghai
Flavor Tiki, Chongqing
Scandal, Beijing
The Odd Couple, Shanghai 

Music Program
Presented by: Chandon

E.P.I.C., Shanghai
Hope & Sesame, Guangzhou
The Odd Couple, Shanghai
UP, Shanghai  

Wine Program
Presented by: Ray Fine Wines

8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA, Shanghai
Hakkasan, Shanghai
Napa Wine Bar & Kitchen, Shanghai
Villa Le Bec, Shanghai

Beer Program
Presented by: Viola

18号酒馆, Wuhan
Beer Lady, Shanghai
Boxing Cat Brewery, ShanghaiStone Brewing Tap Room, Shanghai

Service Award
Presented by: Rémy Martin

Ars & Delecto, Shanghai
E.P.I.C., Shanghai
Hope & Sesame, Guangzhou
The Union Trading Company, Shanghai 

Restaurant Bar
Presented by: Select Aperitivo

Arch by Taste Buds, Shanghai
Hakkasan, Shanghai
The Cannery, Shanghai
The Nest, Shanghai 

High Volume Bar
Presented by: Woodford Reserve

Atelier by Taste Buds, Shanghai
Song’s Club, Guangzhou
The Nest, Shanghai
UP, Shanghai 

Hotel Bar
Presented by: Fever-Tree

The 1515 West Chophouse & Bar,Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai
Café Gray Deluxe – The Middle House, Shanghai
MO Bar – Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing
Punch Room – The Shanghai EDITION 

Cocktail Program
Presented by: Cointreau

Arch by Taste Buds, Shanghai
Ars & Delecto, Shanghai
E.P.I.C., Shanghai
Sober Company, Shanghai

Entrepreneurship Award
Presented by: Hennessy

24/7 by Secoo
LAIBA
Taste Buds
The Hope & Sesames 

Founders Award
Presented by: Thirsty Work Productions

The recipient of this year’s Founders Award will be announced on the night of DMBA.

Bar Team (Asia) New for 2019
Presented by: Luxardo

Jigger & Pony, Singapore
Manhattan, Singapore
Native, Singapore
The Old Man, Hong Kong 

Bartender of the Year (Asia)
Presented by: Peddlers Gin

Bannie Kang
Jay Khan
Shingo Gokan
Vijay Mudaliar 

Bar of the Year (Asia)
Presented by: Amaro Montenegro

Atlas, Singapore
COA, Hong Kong
Jigger & Pony, Singapore
Native, Singapore

International Bartender of the Year
Presented by: JIANGXIAOBAI

International Bartender of the Year will be announced on the night of DMBA.

Bar Team
Presented by: Chivas Regal

Birds of Paradise, Shanghai
E.P.I.C., 上海Shanghai
Hope & Sesame, Guangzhou
Speak Low, Shanghai 

Bartender of the Year
Presented by: Monkey 47

Cross Yu
Jimmy Zhang
Michael Chen
Yao Lu

Bar of the Year
Presented by: Maker’s Mark

Ars & Delecto, Shanghai
Atelier by Taste Buds, Shanghai
E.P.I.C., Shanghai
Sober Company, Shanghai

For an interactive brochure with more information on the awards, nominees and DMBA 2019, click here (optimised for mobile phone)

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