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Announcing the Barproof Awards 2017 Winners

News 7.11.2017

Russia’s Barproof Awards went international this year, expanding to include all the former countries of the USSR. Read on to find out who the big winners are for 2017.

This past September, we previewed the much-anticipated second annual Barproof Awards, held in St. Petersburg, Russia. Like the Moscow Bar Show, the Barproof Awards aim to showcase the impressive talent to be found throughout the Russian bar scene. Now, the results are in, and the 21 awards have been handed out to a very diverse group of bars.

This year, the Barproof Awards expanded their scope beyond Russia, extending the awards to all the former Soviet states. About 300 bars from the Baltic to Central Asia took part in what was an historic follow up to the inaugural Barproof Awards last year.

At the black tie gala awards ceremony, attended by the best of the Eastern European bar scene, the mood was festive. Bar owner and Barproof Awards organizer Dmitry Sokolov highlighted the importance of the awards’ international outlook. “Barproof is the first global bar awards for countries of the former USSR,” he said. “We want to develop and increase our cocktail culture and to make our bars more famous all over the world.” One of Sokolov’s colleagues at the Barproof Awards, Vyacheslav Lankin, says the awards are doing an important job. “Barproof is an award which has been needed for a long time now. We simply formulated the needs of the industry,” said Lankin.

Barproof Awards in a wonderful, historic Venue

The Variety Theater A. Raikin was a fitting venue for these trailblazing awards, since it once housed the first cocktail bar in Russia, which was opened in the early 20th century. The awards ceremony attracted international interest, with bar industry guests from as far away as Japan, Germany, and the USA in attendance.

And it wasn’t just the guests – the award winners came from countries as diverse as Estonia, Belarus, and Ukraine, as well as, of course, Russia. The biggest surprise of the night was the winner of the Best New Spirit award: Germany’s HirschRudel. The contemporary herbal liqueur proved popular in Russia, even beating out new vodka brands to take home the trophy.

The other big winner of the night was Parovoz Speak Easy in Kiev, which managed to sweep three of the biggest awards: Best Cocktail Bar, Best Bartender, and Best Bar Manager. In fact, bars from Kiev netted five trophies in total, cementing Ukraine’s reputation for a lively and creative bar scene.

To accommodate all the new entrants this year, the majority of the awards were split into a Russia-only category, and an Open category, in which bars and bartenders from across the former USSR, including Russia, competed with their peers from neighboring countries. The winners, and their respective categories, are listed below. Congratulations to everyone who participated!

The Winners of the Barproof Awards 2017

Open Categories

Best Craft Bar

Vse Tvoi Druzya, Moscow

Best Wine Bar

Golodny Zloy, Moscow

Best Hotel Bar

Bentley’s Bar, Baku

Best Club Bar

El Centro, Tbilisi

Best Restaurant Bar

Restaurant and Bar Barvy, Kiev

Best Cocktail Bar

Parovoz Speak Easy, Kiev

Best Spirits Selection

BarmanDictat, Kiev

Best Cocktail Menu

Sigmund Freud Bar, Tallinn

Best Bartender

Dmitriy Kolomiets, Parovoz Speak Easy, Kiev

Best Bar Lady

Aleksandra Abibok, Banki Butylki, Minsk

Best Bar Manager

Dmitriy Shovkoplyas, Parovoz Speak Easy, Kiev

Best Internet Resource

Bartenders School by Bacardi & Martini

Best Signless Bar

Chainaya Tea and Cocktails, Moscow

Best Themed Bar

Gin Tonic, St. Petersburg

Best Bar Design

The Fitz, Odessa

Best New Bar

Bar Kurilka, Minsk

Special Awards

Best New Spirit 

Hirschrudel

Best Spirits Book

Strong Alcoholic Beverages by Erkin Tuzmuhamedov

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Panasyan Ruben Gennadievich

Silovs Yury Vikentievich

Russian Categories

Best Craft Bar

Rule Taproom, Moscow

Best Wine Bar

Vinniy Bazar na Petrovskom Bulvare, Moscow

Best Hotel Bar 

Moskovsky Bar, Mosow

Best Club Bar

Cocos Bar, Sochi

Best Restaurant Bar

Fahrenheit, Moscow

Best Cocktail Bar

Public, Moscow

Best Spirits Selection

Mednye Truby, Nizhny Novgorod

Best Cocktail Menu

Orthodox Russian Bar, Saint Petersburg

Best Bartender

Maksim Gladyshkevich, Friends Bar, Novosibirsk

Best Bar Lady

Aleksandra Churilova, Noor Bar, Moscow

Best Bar Manager

Arthur Galaichuk, ReLab Cocktail Bar, Kazan

Best Brand Ambassador

Maksim Shirokov

Best Signless Bar

Kot Shrodingera, Moscow

Best Bar Tools

Cocktail Design

Best Themed Bar

Hudojestvenniy, Sochi

Best Bar Design

Antiquarny Boutique & Bar, Moscow

Best New Bar 

Korobok, Moscow

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