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SA's Best cocktail bar for 2018 - announced

Members of SA's bar and mixology community gathered in Cape Town on Monday evening to celebrate and honour the talented barmen and women in this flourishing industry.

30 Jan 2018

(image: Leah van Deventer)

Last night saw South Africa’s bar community celebrating their own at the annual Bartending Accolades and Recognition (BAR) Awards, held at the Westin Cape Town Hotel.

Organised by industry stalwarts Travis and Leigh Kuhn, the awards recognise exceptional achievements within the trade, from best bartender to best cocktail bar. Some 70 leading bartenders, bar owners, brand ambassadors and generally bar-savvy people were asked to vote (including Food24’s resident cocktail and spirits writer, Leah van Deventer). 

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These were the winners:

Best Cocktail Bar: Sin+Tax in Joburg

Bartender of the Year: Julian Short (from Sin + Tax)

Trailblazer Award: Mootee Bar in Joburg

Best Hotel Cocktail Bar: Twankey

Social Media Award: AJ Snetler 

Best Pop up Bar:  The Polynesian Pearl Diver 

Brand Ambassador of the Year: Marson Strydom

International Footprint Award: Julian Short (from Sin + Tax)

Best High Volume Bar: Orphanage in Cape Town

New Comer of the Year: Burdett Geiling 

Bartenders Brand of Choice: Bulleit Bourbon 

Best Brand Campaign: World Class


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