Australians make Top 4 final lists

June 22, 2022
By Ioni Doherty

Australian bartender Matt Whiley of RE in Sydney is a Top 4 Finalist in the internationally renowned Spirited Awards while Maybe Sammy features in the Top 4 lists in two categories: International Bar Team and Best International Cocktail Bar. Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic-Italian Orange is in the Top 4 for Best New Spirit of Cocktail Ingredient.

The winners will be announced during the week of the Tales of the Cocktail Conference in New Orleans.

The 16th Annual Spirited Awards celebrate excellence in the drinks industry and recognize professionals, organizations, and establishments during the 2022 Spirited Awards Ceremony

“It is with a degree of relief that we are able to once again celebrate all of the awards this year after the disruption of the pandemic,” says Charlotte Voisey, Spirited Awards Overall Chair. “And while it may not truly be over for everyone, and the industry has indelibly been changed by the pandemic, I believe it is a significant step forward to gather together again and celebrate those bars around the world that continue to thrive. Once more I am floored by the strength and creativity of bars and bartenders everywhere.”


International Bartender of the Year presented by Patrón Tequila

  • Lorenzo Antinori — ARGO at the Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong, China
  • Keith Motsi — Charles H. Seoul at the Four Seasons Hotel, Seoul, South Korea
  • Remy Savage — 🔶🟥🔵 A Bar with Shapes for a Name, London, UK
  • Matt Whiley — RE, Sydney, Australia

Best International Bar Mentor presented by Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic

  • Monica Berg
  • Renato “Tato” Giovannoni
  • Lauren Mote
  • Agostino “Ago” Perrone

Best International Brand Ambassador presented by Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic

  • Martin Hudak — Mr Black Spirits
  • Daniyel Jones — House of Angostura
  • Ricardo Nava — Bacardí Latin America
  • Nicola Riske — The Macallan

Best International Bar Team presented by House of Angostura

  • ALQUÍMICO — Cartagena, Colombia
  • MAYBE SAMMY — Sydney, Australia
  • The Clumsies — Athens, Greece
  • Two Schmucks — Barcelona, Spain

Best International Cocktail Bar presented by Tequila Fortaleza

  • MAYBE SAMMY — Sydney, Australia
  • Satan’s Whiskers — London, UK
  • Tayēr + Elementary — London, UK
  • Two Schmucks — Barcelona, Spain

Best International Hotel Bar presented by Perrier

  • Charles H. Seoul at the Four Seasons Hotel — Seoul, South Korea
  • Fifty Mils at the Four Seasons Hotel — Mexico City, Mexico
  • Lyaness at Sea Containers London — London, UK
  • The American Bar at The Stafford London — London, UK

Best International Restaurant Bar presented by Amaro Montenegro and Select Aperitivo

  • Danico — Paris, France
  • Le Mary Celeste — Paris, France
  • Pujol — Mexico City, Mexico
  • Sexy Fish — London, UK

Best New International Cocktail Bar presented by Stranger & Sons

  • 🔶🟥🔵 A Bar with Shapes for a Name — London, UK
  • ARGO at the Four Seasons Hotel — Hong Kong, China
  • SCHOFIELD’S Bar — Manchester, UK
  • SIPS — Barcelona, Spain


Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

  • Abasolo Ancestral Corn Whisky
  • Citadelle Gin Jardin d’été
  • Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic – Italian Orange 
  • Nixta Licor de Elote

Pioneer Award Presented by The Blend

  • Amanda Gunderson

Timeless International Award presented by Jägermeister

  • Harry’s New York Bar — Paris, France

Timeless U.S. Award presented by Johnnie Walker

  • Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel — New York, NY

Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award presented by William Grant & Sons

  • The recipient of the 2022 Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced at the 2022 Spirited Awards
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