MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS 2016: The Short List Nominees

It may yet be a little early to start popping champagne corks, but theres still plenty of reason to celebrate: The short list of MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS 2016 finalists is now official! Now that we know the favorites, all we have to do is wait for the big finale in Berlin on October 5th. Congratulations to all the nominees!

Only a little more than three weeks to go now until the MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS 2016 take the stage in the Grand Hyatt Hotel at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. For the crème de la crème of the bar scene pros in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the announcement of the short list signals the start of the homestretch for the German-speaking bar community’s “Oscars”.

The long road to the selection

The nine jury members have travelled a long road of discussions, meetings and protracted secret voting. Year after year, we are pleasantly astonished at the patience, expertise and serious approach the jury applies to this voluntary job. The jury members are Klaus St. Rainer, Attila Kiziltas, Yared Hagos, Stefan Gabányi, Erich Wassicek, Gerhard Kozbach-Tsai, Markus Blattner, Jvan Paszti and MIXOLOGY author Peter Eichhorn.

We are especially looking forward to the outcomes in the “Newcomer of the Year” contest and the new category, “New Bar of the Year”. With the newcomers Gönke Hansen, Sarah Deuss and Paola Labansat, this represents the first time that women outnumber the men among the five nominees.

And with newcomers also coming from lesser-known cities such as Bremen and Essen, we can see that outstanding young talents are also learning to master their craft outside of the more commonly acknowledged big-city cocktail centers. The New Bar nominees are also unequaled in their diversity.

With Berlin’s punch house Lost in Grub Street, the intimate Seven Swans & The Tiny Cup and René Soffner’s The Kinly cellar salon (both in Frankfurt), Stephan Hinz’s upscale Little Link bar and the Tales Bar in Zurich, we get a clear picture of the whole range of current trends in today’s high quality GSA bar culture.

Tickets coming up

The MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS this October 5th will represent the ninth time we have held the awards, and the fourth time the ceremony has been held as part of a festive gala evening. Awards will go to exceptional bars, people and products in a total of 13 categories. Your host for the evening at the Grand Hyatt ballroom will be MIXOLOGY publisher Helmut Adam, and the ceremony will once again be presented by Irish bar expert Phil Duff alongside Hamburg-based bar operator Betty Kupsa. Tickets for the award ceremony are scheduled to go on sale on September 13, 2015 in the Cocktailian Online Shop.

The short list of nominees is below, as always presented simply in alphabetical order with no rating. We wish all the nominees the best of luck and we look forward to a magnificent celebration of bar culture!

Bar of the Year / Germany (presented by Prestige Selection by Pernod Ricard)

Boilerman, Hamburg

Immertreu, Berlin

Les Fleurs du Mal, Munich

Le Lion — Bar de Paris, Hamburg

Seiberts, Cologne


Bar of the Year, Austria (presented by Del Fabro)

Bar 67 im Hotel Post, Ischgl

Albertina Passage, Vienna

Eberts Bar, Vienna

Nightfly’s, Vienna

The Sign Lounge, Vienna


Bar of the Year, Switzerland (presented by Pussanga)

Hotel Rinvington & Sons, Zurich

Kronenhalle, Zurich

Les Trois Rois, Basel

Onyx Bar im Park Hyatt, Zurich

Widder Bar, Zurich


Hotelbar of the Year (presented by Champagne Gosset)

The Curtain Club im The Ritz Carlton, Berlin

Monkey Bar im 25hours Hotel, Berlin

Roomers, Frankfurt

Bar am Steinplatz, Berlin

Widder Bar, Zurich


New Bar of the Year (presented by Beluga Vodka)

Little Link, Cologne

Lost in Grub Street, Berlin

Kinly, Frankfurt

Seven Swans & The Tiny Cup, Frankfurt

Tales Bar, Zurich


Barteam of the Year (presented by Asbach)

Boilerman, Hamburg

Gekkos, Frankfurt

Le Lion — Bar de Paris, Hamburg

Roomers, Frankfurt

Schumann’s, Munich


Host of the Year (presented by Red Bull Cola)

Gabriel Daun, Gekkos, Frankfurt

Emanuele Ingusci, Barroom, Munich

Sven Riebel, Seven Swans & The Tiny Cup, Frankfurt

Alessandro Romano, Ona Mor, Cologne

Andreas Till, Pacific Times, Munich


Mixologist of the Year (presented by Sierra Tequila)

Gabriel Daun, Gekkos, Frankfurt

Stephan Hinz, Little Link, Cologne

Lukas Motejzik, Zephyr, Munich

Dietmar Petri, Les Fleurs du Mal, Munich

Volker Seibert, Seiberts, Cologne


Newcomer of the Year (presented by DeKuyper)

Stefan Bauer, Bar im Heuer, Vienna

Max Bergfried, Gin & Jagger, Essen

Sarah Deuss, Blauer Fasan, Bremen

Gönke Hansen, Onyx Bar, Zurich

Paola Labansat, Trific, Hamburg


Bar Menu of the Year (presented by Gin Mare)

Fairytale, Berlin

The Grand, Berlin

Little Link, Cologne

Lost in Grub Street, Berlin

Zephyr, Munich


Brand Ambassador of the Year (presented by  Thomas Henry)

Christian Balke, Havana Club/Pernod Ricard

Karim Fadl, Bacardi & Bombay Sapphire

Axel Klubescheidt, Absolut Vodka/Pernod Ricard

Andreas Mühlböck, Blue Gin

Hasan Sivrikaya, Bacardi-Martini/Switzerland


Sales Representative of the Year (presented by Nespresso)

Adrian Baldino, Diageo

Sonja Erler, Sierra Madre

Bernhard Stadler, Diageo

Christoph Stocker, Pernod Ricard

René Tempel, Bacardi


Spirit of the Year (Bar Convent Berlin/Reed Exhibitions)

Ferdinand’s Quince

Hudson Baby Bourbon


Pontica Vermouth

Tanqueray Old Tom Gin


Translated by J. J. Collier.


Foto: Photo via S. Liewehr