Bartenders' Choice Awards

Words by Simon Difford

Photography by Bartenders' Choice Awards

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I must begin by saying a huge thank you to the 380 Nordic hospitality industry professionals who voted us Best Publication once again. THANK YOU! And my congratulations to all the other winners. These awards are a recognition of excellence by others in the industry and in what has been a tough year for all in hospitality they are a virtual and much-needed pat on the back.

This year the Bartenders' Choice Awards, the 11th such awards, were indeed virtual with the winners announced on 6th December 2020 during a live-streamed gala.

Jakob Sundin, co founder of Bartenders' Choice Awards, said: "We are so proud of our industry, all nominees and winners for doing all they can to keep it together during these hard times. When the time is right we will all be together again and celebrate like never before."

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Bartenders' Choice Awards 2020 winners

Global Categories

Best Product: Empirical Spirits
Best Publication: Difford's Guide [we won again!]
Best Social Media Account: Cocktails For You

Best Cocktail Bar

Denmark winner: Gensyn (Fredriksberg)
Iceland winner: Jungle Cocktail Bar
Norway winner: Amerikalinjen, Pier 42
Sweden winner: A Bar Called Gemma
Finland winner: Chihuahua Julep

Best Cocktail Menu

Denmark winner: Nimb
Iceland winner: Matbar
Norway winner: Britannia Bar
Sweden winner: Häktet Vänster
Finland winner: DeLorean

Best Bartender

Denmark winner: Harry Bell, Tata
Iceland winner: Bjartur Daly, Skál
Norway winner: Slavomir Kytka, Pier 42
Sweden winner: Hampus Thunholm, Berns
Finland winner: Tony Klärck, Rød

Improver Of The Bar Industry

Denmark winner: Fanny Wandel
Iceland winner: Friðbjörn Pálsson
Norway winner: Yunuz Yildiz
Sweden winner: Stockholms Bränneri
Finland winner: Mauricio Allende

Best Signature Cocktail

Denmark winner: Made In China, Puss Puss
Iceland winner: Block Rockin' Beets, Jungle Cocktail Bar
Norway winner: Claro Colada, Raus
Sweden winner: Thai Basil, Asian Post Office
Finland winner: Opinion Colada, Rød

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Bartenders' Choice Awards 2019 winners

On 8th December 2019 at Stockholm's Grand Hôtel, guests from across the industry in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Iceland and Norway gathered to toast the deserving winners.

Best Cocktail Bar

Denmark winner: Tata
Iceland winner: Slippbarinn
Norway winner: Himkok
Sweden winner: Tjoget
Finland winner: Runar

Best New Cocktail Bar

Denmark winner: Kyros & Co.
Iceland winner: Fjallkonan
Norway winner: Svanen
Sweden winner: A Bar Called Gemma
Finland winner: Paisano

Best Cocktail Menu

Denmark winner: Balderdash
Iceland winner: Slippbarinn
Norway winner: Pjolter & Punsj
Sweden winner: Häktet Vänster
Finland winner: Trillby & Chadwick

Best Atmosphere

Denmark winner: Strøm
Iceland winner: Vedur
Norway winner: Andre til Høyre
Sweden winner: Häktet Vänster
Finland winner: Runar

Best Bartender

Denmark winner: Harry Bell
Iceland winner: Jonas Heidarr
Norway winner: Truls Thomsen
Sweden winner: Hampus Thunholm
Finland winner: Linnea Stenberg

Improver Of The Bar Industry

Denmark winner: Max Scott
Iceland winner: Siggi Sigurdsson
Norway winner: James Greig
Sweden winner: Barkonsult
Finland winner: Helsinki Drink Festival

Best Restaurant

Denmark winner: Toto
Iceland winner: Mat Bar
Norway winner: Le Benjamin
Sweden winner: Ciccio's
Finland winner: The Bull & The Firm

Peoples Choice

Denmark winner: Gedulgt
Iceland winner: Apotek
Norway winner: Pjolter & Punsj
Sweden winner: Stranger
Finland winner: Delorean

Best Signature Cocktail

Denmark winner: Across the Equator
Iceland winner: Dillagin
Norway winner: Colada Milk Punch
Sweden winner: Pennegroni
Finland winner: Toxic Avenger

Global Categories

Best Product: Empirical Spirits
Best International Cocktail Bar: Himkok
Best Publication: Difford's Guide [we won!]
Best Social Media Account: Cocktails For You

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