This year, the MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS will be awarded for the tenth time on October 10th in what we believe will be a brilliant gala and anniversary night. Previously kept under wraps, we’re very excited to finally release the unanimous nominees of the Long List, as voted by the advisory council and confirmed by the jury. Without further ado, please find the nominees from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the new European categories below.

We’ll be honoring the best and most striking characters at the MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS 2017 on October 10th 2016. For the first time ever, the gala event will take place at Berlin’s Maritim Hotel. In more news: the 16 award categories won’t just be considering German-speaking countries this year. We’ve included four additional categories that cover all of Europe. These are: “Best European Bar”, “Best New European Bar”, “Best European Mixologist”, and “Best European Spirit/Bar Product of the Year”. The deep black, crystal trophies that crown each category were made specially for our awards by the Bavarian Zwiesel Kristallglas AG.

There are two different councils processing the Long List nominations: One with more than 300 people from Germany, Switzerland & Austria who determine the Long List nominees for the 12 awards honoring the GSA-community. The European council consists of more than 120 members from all over Europe. Their votings culminate in the Long Lists for the four European categories.

Generally speaking the awards process is as follows: the winners are determined through a multi-part system. To start off, each jury council (which is made up of bartenders, specialized journalists from various print and online outlets, spirit industry representatives, and gastronomers) nominate their favorites within each category. The Long List is made up from this pool of candidates, which serves as the base for the next step: the Short List. Both juries (see below) pick the winners from the Short List. The winner in each category will be rightly celebrated on October 10th of this year, which so happens to be the eve of the Bar Convent Berlin (BCB).

This year’s GSA jury showcases nine different bar personalities. Some of them, Arnd Henning Heissen for example, remain in our collective memories as award winner from years past. The jury chairman is Erich Wassicek of Vienna’s Halbestadt Bar, who will be supported by Gerhard Kozbach-Tsai (Tür 7, Vienna) and regular MIXOLOGY contributor and bar expert Peter Eichhorn from Berlin. New jury members, who will be familiar to those in the industry, are Thomas Huhn (Les Trois Rois, Basel), Wolfgang Bogner (Tales Bar, Zurich), Torsten Spuhn (Modern Masters, Erfurt), Kent Steinbach (Mojito’s, Dusseldorf), Gabriel Daun (Gekkos Bar, Frankfurt), and Arnd Henning Heissen (Curtain Club & Fragrances, Berlin).

“After decades in this industry serving in this magnificent jury really makes me proud. The bar is the ulitmate theater in the world of hospitality. It’s an honour for me to help choosing a new spirit or bar product that may serve as a canvas for new creations. And to name the best artists and places who make a difference in pushing the boundaries of our trade.“ – Salvatore Calabrese (United Kingdom, Salvatore at Maison Eight)

The European Jury is made up of these fine folk: Salvatore Calabrese (Head of Jury – United Kingdom, Salvatore at Maison Eight & Bound at The Cromwell), Arnd Henning Heissen (Germany, Fragrances & The Curtain Club at The Ritz-Carlton), Ben Belmans (Belgium, Bijou), Dimitar Kosev Dimitrov (Bulgaria, ByTheWay), Erich Wassicek (Austria, Halbestadt), Fernando Castellon (France, Castellon Consulting), Juan Valls (Spain, Fibar El Niño Perdido), Kirsten Holm (Denmark, K-Bar), Luboš Racz (Slovakia, Barkultur), Martin Kraut (Czech Republic, Barlife, Magazine & Prague Barshow), Patrick Pistolesi (Italy, Caffé Propaganda), Thanos Prunarus (Greece, Baba Au Rum & Fine Magazine), Thomas Huhn (Switzerland, Les Trois Rois), Timo Janse (The Netherlands, Perfect Serve Barshow & Door 74), Tomek Roehr (Poland, Wieczorny & Bar Symposium) and Vladimir Zhuravlev (Russia, Clabaratory).

The bar scene has determined its ten nominees per 16 categories. We’re so happy to finally announce their names and wish all of the candidates the best of luck!

Nominees for Germany, Austria and Switzerland Awards:

Newcomer of the Year (presented by NIKKA Whisky)

Matthias Ingelmann, Ostbar, Bamberg

Elaine Müller, The Parlour, Frankfurt

Günther Strobl, Clouds Bar, Zurich

Falco Torini, Miranda, Vienna

Dustin Heimsoth, Al Salam, Cologne

Noureddine Elmoussaoui, The Parlour, Frankfurt

Arash Ghassemi, Green Door, Berlin

Lars Bender, Suderman, Cologne

David Kranabitl, The Sign, Vienna

Alexander Mayer, Schwarz Weiß Bar, Stuttgart


Mixologist of the Year (presented by Sierra Tequila)

Sigrid Schot, Hammond, Vienna

René Soffner, Kinly Bar, Frankfurt

Lukas Motejzik, Zephyr Bar & Herzog, Munich

Volker Seibert, Seiberts, Cologne

Stephan Hinz, Little Link, Cologne

André Pintz, Imperii, Leipzig

Ricardo Albrecht, Immertreu, Berlin

Bert Jachmann, Heuer am Karlsplatz, Vienna

Dirk Hany, Widder Bar, Zurich

David Rippen, Square Bar, Dusseldorf


Host of the Year (presented by Bushmills Whiskey)

Sven Riebel,  Seven Swans & The Tiny Cup, Frankfurt

Alessandro Romano, Ona Mor Bar, Cologne

Volker Seibert, Seiberts, Cologne

Andreas Till, Pacific Times, Munich

Bettina Kupsa, The Chug Club, Hamburg

Christoph Henkel, Shepheard, Cologne

Andrej Busch, Boilerman, Hamburg

Jonas Hald, Le Petit Coq, Stuttgart

Peter Roth, Kronenhalle, Zurich

Roberto Pavlovic, Roberto’s, Vienna


Barteam of the Year (presented by Asbach)

Little Link, Cologne

Bristol Bar, Frankfurt

The Parlour, Frankfurt

Kinly Bar, Frankfurt

Goldene Bar, Munich

Spirits, Cologne

Booze Bar, Berlin

Boilerman, Hamburg

Roomers, Frankfurt

Schumann’s, Munich


Bar Menu of the Year (presented by Gin Mare)

The Bank Bar im Park Hyatt, Vienna

Zephyr, Munich

Widder Bar, Zurich

The Parlour, Frankfurt

Bar am Steinplatz, Berlin

Little Link, Cologne

Sieferle & Sailer Bar, Mannheim

Seiberts, Cologne

Fairytale Bar, Berlin

Hemingway Bar –  Victoria Hotel, Freiburg


Brand Ambassador of the Year (presented by Thomas Henry)

Nils Boese, Jägermeister, Mast Jägermeister-Sweden and Germany

Robert Mischko, Havana Club, Pernod Ricard/Switzerland

Sebastian Schneider, Fernet Branca, Borco

Christian Balke, Havana Club, Pernod Ricard-Germany

Axel Klubescheidt, Absolut Vodka, Pernod Ricard-Germany

Hasan Sivrikaya, Bacardi-Austria and Switzerland

Alexandra Bisanz, Bulleit Bourbon, Diageo-Austria

Markus Heinze, Glenfiddich/Campari-Germany

Coco Prochorowski, Hendricks Gin/Campari-Germany

Mike Meinke, World Class Reserve Brands, Diageo


Sales Representative of the Year (presented by Nespresso) 

Simon Schmidlin, Charles Hofer

Michael Antl, Bauer Spirits

Bernhard Stadler, Diageo Reserve

Patrick Wedekind, Diageo

Rainer Claßen, Diageo Reserve

Sonja Erler, Sierra Madre

Michel Schafer, Pernod Ricard

Benjamin Weih, Jägermeister

Rene Tempel, Bacardi

Nic Hahn, Pernod Ricard


Hotel Bar of the Year (presented by Perrier)

Bristol Bar, Bristol Hotel, Frankfurt

Roomers, Roomers Hotel, Frankfurt

Bar am Steinplatz, Hotel am Steinplatz, Berlin

Amano Bar, Amano Hotel, Berlin

Widder Bar, Widder Hotel, Zurich

D-Bar, Ritz Carlton, Vienna

Hemingway Bar – Victoria Hotel, Freiburg

Twist Bar, INNSIDE Hotels, Dresden

DaCaio Bar, The George Hotel, Hamburg

Das Loft, Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom, Vienna


New Bar of the Year (presented by The Kraken Rum)

Herzog, Munich

Bar Zentral, Berlin

Suderman Bar, Cologne

Imperii, Leipzig

The Chug Club, Hamburg

Sieferle & Sailer Bar, Mannheim

Guts ’n’ Glory, Karlsruhe

Circle, Munich

Kleinod, Vienna

Angel’s Share, Basel


Bar of the Year Germany (presented by Perrier-Jouët Champagner)

Little Link, Cologne

Spirits, Cologne

Le Lion, Hamburg

Boilerman Bar, Hamburg

Kinly Bar, Frankfurt

Seiberts, Cologne

Buck & Breck, Berlin

Les Fleurs Du Mal, Munich

Zephyr, Munich

Square Bar, Dusseldorf


Bar of the Year Austria (presented by Del Fabro)

The Sign Lounge, Vienna

Heuer am Karlsplatz, Vienna

Little Grain, Salzburg

Hammond Bar, Vienna

Eberts Bar, Vienna

Dino’s American Bar, Vienna

Robertos American Bar, Vienna

Miranda Bar, Vienna

Engelhof, Zell am Ziller

Easy Bar, Linz


Bar of the Year Switzerland (presented by Xellent)

Widder Bar, Zurich

George Bar & Grill, Zurich

Clouds Bar, Zurich

Onyx Bar im Hyatt, Zurich

Kronenhalle, Zurich

Baltazar Bar, Basel

Abflugbar, Bern

Beau Rivage Palace, Lausanne

Hinz & Kunz, Basel

Werk 8, Basel


Nominees for the European awards:

Best European Mixologist (presented by Linie Aquavit)

Marian Beke , The Gibson, London

Agostino Perrone, Connaught Bar, London

Ryan Chetiyawardana, White Lyan, London

Luca Cinalli, Oriole Bar, London

Dirk Hany, Widder Bar, Zurich

Dennis Zopi, Smile Tree, Turin

Olivier Jacobs, Jigger’s The Noble Drugstore, Gent

Dario Comini, Nottingham Forest, Milan

Goncalo de Sousa Monteiro, Buck & Breck, Berlin

Remy Savage, Little Red Door, Paris


Best New European Bar (presented by Heineken)

Tiger Bar, Paris

Danico, Paris

Paradiso, Barcelona

The Tailor Bar, Amsterdam

The Gibson Bar, London

Oriole Bar, London

7tales, London

L’Antiquario, Naples

The Dirty Rabbit, Antwerp

Circle, Munich


Best European Bar (presented by MIXOLOGY MAGAZINE)

Jigger’s The Noble Drugstore, Gent

The Clumsies, Athens

Tales & Sprits, Amsterdam

Dandelyan, London

The Connaught Bar, London

Savoy American Bar, London

Buck & Breck, Berlin

Jerry Thomas Speakeasy, Rome

Little Red Door, Paris

Hemingway Bar, Prague


Best European Spirit / Bar Product (presented by Bar Convent Berlin)

Pekoe Supreme Ceylon Tea Liqueur, Pekoe BV, Netherlands

Three Cents Aegean Tonic, Three Cents Beverages, Greece

Angostura Rum No. 1, Angostura, Trinidad & Tobago

Havana Club Tributo 2016 Rum, Pernod Ricard, Cuba

Napue Gin, Kyrö Distillery, Finland

Pontica Vermouth, Ponticadrinks, Austria

Star of Bombay Gin, Bacardi, UK

Rutte Celery Dry Gin, De Kuyper, Netherlands

Mancino Chinato Vermouth, Mancino Vermouth, Italy

Plantation Pineapple Rum, Maison Ferrand, France



Tickets for the Awards Gala can be purchased here online.


Translation by Liv Fleischhacker.


Foto: Photo via Katja Hiendlmayer

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