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Regional top 10 finalists for the 2023 Spirited Awards

Melbourne finalist Above Board

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) has announced the regional top 10 honourees for the 17th annual Spirited Awards.

Founded in 2007 to celebrate excellence in the global cocktail community, the Spirited Awards honour beverage professionals, products, establishments, luminaries, and media across every facet of the drinks industry on a global scale.

The Spirited Awards are judged by a collection of respected bartenders, bar owners, educators, and writers from across the globe.

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation’s Spirited Awards Committee says it is dedicated to valuing the inclusion of the communities they serve by ensuring that the judging panel reflects their incredible diversity in terms of race, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality.

“Recognising that inclusion is key to a well-represented committee, TOTCF strives to ensure that we have an equitable representation of gender across the judging panel. The Spirited Awards are not based on popular vote and all nominations will be evaluated by their respective judging committees.”

This year, an large number of Spirited Awards submissions were received across all categories, here are the Regional Top 10 honourees in Asia Pacific (APAC).

Best International Bar Team – Asia Pacific (APAC)
Above Board — Melbourne, Australia
ATLAS — Singapore
COA — Hong Kong, China
DarkSide at Rosewood Hong Kong — Hong Kong, China
Jigger & Pony at the Amara Hotel — Singapore
Manhattan Bar at the Conrad Singapore Orchard — Singapore
PS40 — Sydney, Australia
Republic at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia — Singapore
Stay Gold Flamingo — Singapore
The Baxter Inn — Sydney, Australia
Tropic City — Bangkok, Thailand

Best International Cocktail Bar – Asia Pacific (APAC)
Above Board — Melbourne, Australia
Bar TRENCH — Tokyo, Japan
BYRDI — Melbourne, Australia
COA — Hong Kong, China
Live Twice — Singapore
MAYBE SAMMY — Sydney, Australia
Nutmeg & Clove — Singapore
RE — Sydney, Australia
Sago House — Singapore
Southside Parlor — Seoul, South Korea

Best International Hotel Bar – Asia Pacific (APAC)
Akademi at the Katamama hotel — Bali, Indonesia
ARGO at the Four Seasons — Hong Kong, China
BKK Social Club at Four Seasons Bangkok — Bangkok, Thailand
Charles H. at the Four Seasons Hotel — Seoul, South Korea
DarkSide at Rosewood Hong Kong — Hong Kong, China
Dean & Nancy on 22 at the A by Adina hotel — Sydney, Australia
Jigger & Pony at the Amara Hotel — Singapore
Origin Bar at the Shangri-La Hotel — Singapore
Republic at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia — Singapore
VIRTÙ at the Four Seasons Tokyo Otemachi — Tokyo, Japan
Writers Bar at the Raffles Hotel — Singapore

Best International Restaurant Bar – Asia Pacific (APAC)
Alba Bar & Deli — Brisbane, Australia
Analogue Initiative — Singapore
Bar Torino — Adelaide, Australia
Bombay Canteen — Mumbai, India
Caffe Fernet — Singapore
Continental Deli Bar Bistro — Sydney, Australia
INDULGE Bistro x Spirit of Hven — Taipei, Taiwan
Loewy — Jakarta, Indonesia
No Sleep Club — Singapore
Restaurant Hubert — Sydney, Australia

Best New International Cocktail Bar – Asia Pacific (APAC)
Bar Planet — Sydney, Australia
Caretaker’s Cottage — Melbourne, Australia
Gold Bar at EDITION — Tokyo, Japan
Hickson House — Sydney, Australia
Last Word — Singapore
Mahaniyom — Bangkok, Thailand
Night Hawk — Singapore
One or Two — Melbourne, Australia
Penrose — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Thirsty Shaker — Hong Kong, China

The Overall Top 10 Nominees will be announced on June 1, 2023. Top 4 Finalists will be named on June 21, 2023. And Winners will be celebrated on July 27, 2023 at the 17th Annual Spirited Awards Ceremony at the Fillmore New Orleans.

For the full list of international finalists, click here.

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