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Six bars, brands and people from Asia make the Top 4 for this year’s Spirited Awards

The DRiNK Magazine and Thirsty Work Productions team

Plus, a certain publication makes the Top 4 for the first time! By Holly Graham.

Tales of the Cocktail has announced the Spirited Awards 2020 Top 4 nominees, with six bars, brands and people from Asia making the cut. Singapore’s Native and ATLAS scooped nominations for Best International Cocktail Bar and World’s Best Cocktail Menu, and World Class 2019 winner and co-founder of MU (Taipei) Bannie Kang is in for a chance to win International Bartender of the Year.

Shingo Gokan’s Sober Company (Shanghai) bagged a nomination for Best International Restaurant Bar and Bangkok’s The Bamboo Bar could potentially win Best International Hotel Bar.

Last year DRiNK Magazine Asia was shortlisted in the Spirited Awards Top 10 nominees for Best Cocktails and Spirits Publication, but for the first time ever, we are incredibly proud and humbled to have made the Top 4. Good luck to all nominees – we’re thankful to rubbing shoulders with you even though it will be digitally this year!

Some winners (indicated below) will be announced September 21 at 9.30am CST during Tales of the Cocktail and interviewed live during Raise A Glass: 2020 Spirited Awards Pre-Show held on September 24 at 3.00pm CST. The 14th Annual Spirited Awards Ceremony will take place September 24 at 4.00pm CST.

International Bartender of the Year presented by Martini & Rossi
Winner announced at the Spirited Awards Ceremony on September 24
Bannie Kang (MU, Taipei)

Best International Cocktail Bar presented by Tequila Fortaleza
Winner announced on September 21
Native (Singapore)

Best International Hotel Bar presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation
Winner announced on September 21
The Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental (Bangkok)

Best International Restaurant Bar presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation
Winner announced on September 21
Sober Company (Shanghai)

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation
Winner announced on September 21
DRiNK Magazine Asia

World’s Best Cocktail Menu presented by Perrier
Winner announced on September 21
ATLAS (Singapore)

For the full list of Top 4 nominees and the winner announcement schedule, click here

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