We can finally reveal the highly anticipated short list of nominee candidates for the MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS 2017. We would like to congratulate all the nominees on their outstanding performances up to now.We’ve got our fingers crossed on your behalf for the award ceremony at the gala dinner and anniversary night this coming October 10th, 2016. 

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS and we intend to celebrate this special occasion to the fullest! Over the last ten years the prizes awarded at this festive bar industry event have become the most important honors in Europe’s German-language speaking territory. The Mixology Bar Awards highlight unique personalities, bars and products from the GSA beverages and spirits industry.

The trophies are waiting for new owners

Up until now the black crystal trophies from the renowned Schott Zwiesel company have only been awarded to bars and bartenders from Germany, Switzerland and Austria, aka GSA. To mark our 10th anniversary, the MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS 2017 are now going pan-European. For the first time MIXOLOGY is looking beyond the GSA borders and will present four awards at the European level. The winners will be selected by a new advisory board and jury based on the previous identical governing bodies that have supervised the German-language region competitions in the past.

Austrian Erich Wassicek, who operates the Halbestadt bar in Vienna, is the chairman of this year’s GSA Jury. Erich and eight other GSA jury members will select the winners of the twelve GSA awards. The winners of the four European awards, “Best European Bar”, “Best New European Bar”, “Best European Mixologist” and “Best European Spirit/Best Bar Product” will be chosen by a 16-member expert jury under the chairmanship of the bar legend Salvatore Calabrese from London. Contestants from France, Great Britain, Italy, Greece, Finland and Slovakia have been nominated for the European Awards, and the winners among them will be taking home the new European trophies.

This year’s gala dinner and awards ceremony is also coming to a new venue. The 2017 event will welcome a domestic and international crowd of luminaries from the bar scene and representatives from the spirits industry in its debut at the Maritim Hotel Berlin, located at Stauffenbergstraße 26.

Tickets for the night of nights are still available!

Tickets for the 2017 version of Europe’s “Bar Oscars” are easy to purchase at Eventbrite. The ticket price includes a champagne reception, a three-course menu with accompanying wines, water, drinks and cocktails served at the bars operated by the award sponsors. In addition, you also receive your own copy of the MIXOLOGY BAR GUIDE No. 6 and of course a goodies bag full of swag! The ceremony will also be live-streamed to the MIXOLOGY MARKET at the Station Berlin site. Gastronomy and spirits industry representatives will create the finest street food market atmosphere there to herald the beginning of the two-day Bar Convent Berlin. This international bar and beverages trade fair officially opens its doors the next morning.

Each of the nominees has earned the right to walk out on stage as a trophy winner before the assembled guests at Berlin’s Maritim Hotel the night of the anniversary celebration on October 10th. Five candidates are nominated to the short list for each category, and the suspense is already mounting to see who will come out on top. We want to sincerely congratulate all of the nominees, and we are looking forward to this unique evening bringing together a variety of personalities from throughout the industry to celebrate our very special anniversary. Now, let us raise the curtain on the nominees to the MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS 2017 short list!

Nominees for Germany, Austria and Switzerland Awards:

Newcomer of the Year (presented by NIKKA Whisky)

Matthias Ingelmann, Ostbar, Bamberg

Günther Strobl, Clouds Bar, Zurich

Falco Torini, Miranda, Vienna

Noureddine Elmoussaoui, The Parlour, Frankfurt

Alexander Mayer, Schwarz Weiß Bar, Stuttgart


Mixologist of the Year (presented by Sierra Tequila)

Lukas Motejzik, Zephyr Bar & Herzog, Munich

Volker Seibert, Seiberts, Cologne

Stephan Hinz, Little Link, Cologne

André Pintz, Imperii, Leipzig

Dirk Hany, Widder Bar, Zurich


Host of the Year (presented by Bushmills Whiskey)

Sven Riebel,  Seven Swans & The Tiny Cup, Frankfurt

Andreas Till, Pacific Times, Munich

Bettina Kupsa, The Chug Club, Hamburg

Peter Roth, Kronenhalle, Zurich

Roberto Pavlovic, Roberto’s, Vienna


Barteam of the Year (presented by Asbach)

Little Link, Cologne

The Parlour, Frankfurt

Goldene Bar, Munich

Spirits, Cologne

Booze Bar, Berlin


Bar Menu of the Year (presented by Gin Mare)

Zephyr, Munich

The Parlour, Frankfurt

Bar am Steinplatz, Berlin

Little Link, Cologne

Sieferle & Sailer Bar, Mannheim


Brand Ambassador of the Year (presented by Thomas Henry)

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

Markus Heinze, Glenfiddich/Campari-Germany


Sales Representative of the Year (presented by Nespresso) 

Simon Schmidlin, Charles Hofer

Bernhard Stadler, Diageo Reserve

Patrick Wedekind, Diageo

Rainer Claßen, Diageo Reserve

Sonja Erler, Sierra Madre


Hotel Bar of the Year (presented by Perrier)

Roomers, Roomers Hotel, Frankfurt

Bar am Steinplatz, Hotel am Steinplatz, Berlin

Widder Bar, Widder Hotel, Zurich

Hemingway Bar – Victoria Hotel, Freiburg

Twist Bar, Innside by Melia, Dresden


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

Herzog, Munich

Bar Zentral, Berlin

Imperii, Leipzig

The Chug Club, Hamburg

Guts ’n’ Glory, Karlsruhe


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

Little Link, Cologne

Le Lion, Hamburg

Kinly Bar, Frankfurt

Buck & Breck, Berlin

Les Fleurs Du Mal, Munich


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


Bar of the Year Switzerland (presented by Xellent)

Widder Bar, Zurich

Clouds Bar, Zurich

Onyx Bar at Park Hyatt, Zurich

Kronenhalle, Zurich

Baltazar Bar, 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

Remy Savage, Little Red Door, Paris


Best New European Bar (presented by Heineken)

Danico, Paris

Paradiso, Barcelona

The Gibson Bar, London

Oriole Bar, London

Circle, Munich


Best European Bar (presented by MIXOLOGY MAGAZINE)

The Connaught Bar, London

American Bar at The Savoy, London

Jerry Thomas Speakeasy, Rome

Little Red Door, Paris

Hemingway Bar, Prague


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

Three Cents Aegean Tonic, Three Cents Beverages, Greece

Havana Club Tributo 2016 Rum, Pernod Ricard, Cuba

Napue Gin, Kyrö Distillery, Finland

Mancino Chinato Vermouth, Mancino Vermouth, Italy

Plantation Pineapple Rum, Maison Ferrand, France

Translation by John Jeff Collier


Foto: Photo via Katja Hiendlmayer