Bartenders' Choice Awards

Words by Sammy Hemmings

Photography by Bartenders' Choice Awards

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of Bartenders' Choice Awards, an annual awards ceremony recognising and celebrating greatness in the Nordic hospitality industry.

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

2019 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

About the awards

Bartenders' Choice Awards was established in 2010 by Purfict consultancy run by four Swedish bartenders, thus created by bartenders for bartenders, and has grown to be one of the most prestigious awards in the Nordic bar and restaurant industry.

Jakob Sundin, co-founder of Bartenders' Choice Awards said, "An absolutely fantastic evening with a record-breaking crowd and international industry stars everywhere. We couldn't imagine a better way to celebrate 10 years as an industry award. A big congratulations to all the nominees, the winners and the whole Nordic bar scene!"

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Co-founders of the awards, Joel Katzenstein, Michael Bergström, Jakob Sundin & Andreas Näslund

Winners, sponsors, supporters and jury members came together at the awards party to recognise and celebrate their peers in the industry.

Once again, the distinctive statues decorated with gold and silver, handcrafted by Swedish jewellery designer Yasar Aydin, were presented to each of the forty-nine winners.

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Over 360 professionals from the Nordic hospitality industry formed the judging panel for this year's awards. And following careful deliberation, each judge voted for their favourites in all categories. Congratulations to all nominees and winners of the night. We're delighted to have been recognised as Best Publication for a second year running.

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