Aug
15
2010

On the Town

Bryan Batt of Mad Men chats w/ red carpet host, Natalie Bovis, LA's Liquid Muse

Bryan Batt chats w/ Natalie Bovis

It was a privilege to attend the Mad Men-themed Spirited Awards Dinner on July 24 as a guest of The Bitter Truth gentleman from Germany, Stephan Berg and Alexander Hauck. Happily, they won for Best New Product with their incomparable celery bitters.

San Francisco represented well with the Rickhouse crew nominated in three major categories, including Best American Cocktail Bar and World’s Best Cocktail Menu.

As a Mad Men fan, it was a treat to meet Bryan Batt (who lives in Nola) and see him as a presenter. The house band played the show’s theme almost ad nauseum every time someone won an award. The ceremony, and following Bartender’s Breakfast after party, were highlights in a week full of memorable events. Here are the 2010 Spirited Awards winners and a few of my photos from the night.

Natalie Bovis talks to Salvatore Calabrese

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World’s Best Drink Selection

Bar Lebensstern in Cafe Einstein, Berlin

Best American Cocktail Bar

Death & Co., New York City

Bitter Truth's Berg & Hauck chat w/ Bovis

World’s Best Cocktail Bar

Death & Co., New York City

World’s Best New Cocktail Bar

Mayahuel, New York City

World’s Best Hotel Bar

The Connaught Bar, The Connaught Hotel, London

American Bartender of the Year

Spirited Awards' house band

Murray Stenson, Seattle

International Bartender of the Year

Agostino Perrone, London

Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book

Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails by Ted Haigh

Best Cocktail Writing

CLASS magazine

Best New Product

Mad Men Sterling Cooper-style stage set-up

Celery Bitters, The Bitter Truth

World’s Best Cocktail Menu

Death & Co, New York City

Best Bar Mentor

Dale DeGroff

Best American Brand Ambassador

Charlotte Voisey, William Grant & Sons Portfolio

Bitter Truth acceptance speech

Best International Brand Ambassador

John Gakuru, Sagatiba

Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award

Brian Rea

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