mixology bar awards 2018


It’s finally here – the jury is in, and the long list for the MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS 2018 has been decided. It’s a pleasure to see old and new names making an appearance. Congratulations to all the nominees!

Make no mistake: awards season is firmly upon us at MIXOLOGY. It’s already August and that means it’s only a short trip to October 9th and the big MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS gala dinner, the night before Bar Convent Berlin. But there’s still plenty to do before that – as our jury for this year will tell you. While the jury takes a quick breather, let’s have a look at the long list. By the way: Tickets are available from today!

The long list 2018: going beyond London

We all know London is full of world-class bars and bartenders, but sometimes the city’s bright spotlight makes it hard to see the other amazing people and places Europe has to offer. In the long list for the European awards this year, the UK is well-represented of course, but it’s up against a very diverse range of other countries.

The Super League of bartending may be alive and well, but it’s particularly notable that there isn’t a single UK nominee in the Best European Spirit or Bar Product category. With entries from places as wonderfully varied as Germany and Greece, it’s a clear sign that, no matter where Europe’s best bar is, the best ingredients come from across the whole European continent.

The MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS have only included Europe-wide categories since last year, but it was apparent even then that Europe’s bar industry was booming. The MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS long list this year confirms it – there is a wealth of talent scattered behind the bar in cities all over Europe.

More growth in the GSA region

One more thing to be grateful for this year: we’ve never seen such a range of people and cities represented from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Until last year, the MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS were only open to people, products, and bars from the GSA region. In the beginning, familiar names and big cities appeared a lot, but gradually, that began to change. Now, with the competition in its 11th year, such a diverse set of nominees speaks volumes about the bourgeoning bar culture in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.

In particular, the beautiful city of Freiburg on the edge of the Black Forest is represented six times in the GSA categories. Much of the credit for that belongs to Freiburg’s latest bar sensation, One Trick Pony, which has garnered five nominations, including Bar Team of the Year, Mixologist of the Year, and of course New Bar of the Year.

So, without further ado, here are the MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS long list nominees for the 2018. Nominees are presented in alphabetical order.

GSA-Categories (Germany, Switzerland, Austria)

Newcomer of the Year (presented by Nikka Whisky)

Daniel Gsöllpointner, Die Goldene Bar, Munich

Damien Guichard, Velvet, Berlin

Michele Heinrich, The Kinly Bar, Frankfurt

Marcel Katzer, Kleinod, Vienna

Jason Knüsel, The Chedi Andermatt, Andermatt

Anne Linden, Bar am Steinplatz, Berlin

Chloé Merz-Salyer, Conto 4056, Basel

Tarek Nix, Provocateur, Berlin

Florian Saxinger, Herzog, Munich

Florian Springer, Turmbar, Hamburg


Host of the Year (presented by Bruichladdich Whisky)

Fatih Akerdem, The Westin Grand, Frankfurt

Armin Azadpour, Hunky Dory, Frankfurt

Boris Gröner, One Trick Pony, Freiburg

Christian Heiss, Kronenhalle, Zurich

Mo Kaba, Guts & Glory, Karlsruhe

Bettina Kupsa, The Chug Club, Hamburg

Wolfgang Mayer, The Chedi Andermatt, Andermatt

Roberto Pavlovic, Roberto American Bar, Vienna

Sven Riebel, The Tiny Cup, Frankfurt

Indika Silva, Toddy Tapper, Cologne

Mixologist of the Year 
(presented by Sierra Tequila)

Markus Blattner, Old Crow, Zurich

Jan Jehli, One Trick Pony, Freiburg

Stephan Hinz, Little Link, Cologne

Bettina Kupsa, The Chug Club, Hamburg

Lukas Motejzik, Zephyr & Herzog, Munich

André Pintz, Imperii, Leipzig

Marie Rausch, Rotkehlchen, Munster

Volker Seibert, Seiberts, Cologne

Indika Silva, Toddy Tapper, Cologne

René Soffner, The Kinly Bar, Frankfurt


Barteam of the Year (presented by Asbach)

Booze Bar, Berlin

Herzog, Munich

The Kinly Bar, Frankfurt

Kleinod, Vienna

Little Link, Cologne

One Trick Pony, Freiburg

Old Crow, Zurich

Roomers Bar, Baden-Baden

Schumann’s, Munich

Spirits, Cologne


Bar Menu of the Year (presented by Gin Mare)

Bar am Steinplatz, Berlin

Émile Bar, Hilton Vienna Plaza, Vienna

Imperii, Leipzig

Little Link, Cologne

The Parlour, Frankfurt

One Trick Pony, Freiburg

Salut! Classic Bar, Berlin

Seiberts, Cologne

Sieferle & Sailer, Mannheim

Zephyr, Munich


New Bar of the Year (presented by MIXOLOGY)

Bonechina, Frankfurt

Hunky Dory, Frankfurt

Josef Cocktailbar, Vienna

Lausa, Rosenheim

Lieblingsbar, Hannover

The Old Jacob, Bonn

One Trick Pony, Freiburg

Roomers Bar, Baden-Baden

Sir Walter, Dusseldorf

Spitz Bar, Zurich


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

The Chug Club, Hamburg

Die Goldene Bar, Munich

Guts & Glory, Karlsruhe

Imperii, Leipzig

The Kinly Bar, Frankfurt

Miad, Karlsruhe

Seiberts, Cologne

Spirits, Cologne

Zephyr, Munich

Bar Nürnberg, Nuremberg


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

Easy Bar, Linz

Eberts Bar, Vienna

Englhof, Zell am Ziller

Hammond Bar, Vienna

Heuer am Karlsplatz, Vienna

Kleinod, Vienna

Little Grain, Salzburg

Miranda, Vienna

Roberto American Bar, Vienna

The Sign Lounge, Vienna


Bar of the Year, Switzerland (presented by Xellent Swiss Vodka)

Bar 63, Zurich

Abflugbar, Bern

Angels’ Share, Basel

Atelier Classic, Thun

Campari Bar, Basel

Hinz & Kunz, Basel

Kronenhalle, Zurich

Little Barrel, Geneva

Old Crow, Zurich

Werk 8, Basel


Hotel Bar of the Year (presented by Perrier Water)

Baltho Küche & Bar, Marktgasse Hotel, Zurich

Bar am Steinplatz, Hotel am Steinplatz, Berlin

Bristol Bar, Bristol Hotel, Frankfurt

Capella Bar, Breidenbacher Hof, Dusseldorf

D-Bar, The Ritz-Carlton Vienna, Vienna

The Flushing Meadows Bar, The Flushing Meadows, Munich

Hemingway Bar, Best Western Premier Victoria, Freiburg

Mark’s New York Bar, Hotel Winzer, Attersee

Roomers Bar, Roomers, Baden-Baden

Twist Bar, Innside by Meliá, Dresden


Brand Ambassador of the Year (presented by Thomas Henry)

Christian Balke, Havana Club / Pernod Ricard Germany

Alexandra Bisanz, Diageo Austria

Nils Boese, Jägermeister

Markus Heinze, Glenfiddich / William Grant & Sons/Campari Germany

Mario Kappes, Nikka & The Dalmore / Borco Marken-Import

Axel Klubescheidt, Absolut Vodka / Pernod Ricard Germany

Robert Mischko, Havana Club & Absolut Vodka / Pernod Ricard Suisse

Constantin „CoCo“ Prochorowski, Hendrick’s Gin / William Grant & Sons/Campari Germany

Hasan Sivrikaya, Bacardi-Martini Switzerland

Thomas Zilm, Ardbeg & Glenmorangie / LVMH Germany


Sales Representative of the Year (presented by Nespresso)

Martin Börzel, Campari Germany

Matthias Degenhart, Jägermeister

Christian Dobersberger, Bacardi-Martini Austria

Jan Forsberg, Beam-Suntory Germany

Omara Guzman, Jägermeister

Nic Hahn, Pernod Ricard Germany

Sascha Rohn, Giffard Germany

Michel Schafer, Pernod Ricard Suisse

Simon Schmidlin, Charles Hofer SA Switzerland

Bernhard Stadler, Diageo Austria


European Categories

Best New European Bar (presented by Heineken)

Anonymous Shrink Office, Prague

Antique American Bar, Bratislava

Coupette, London

Dr. Stravinsky, Barcelona

Josef Cocktailbar, Viena

One Trick Pony, Freiburg

The Royal Cocktail Club, Porto

Scout, London

Swift, London

Untitled, London


Beste European Bar (presented by Matusalem)

American Bar at The Savoy Hotel, London

The Clumsies, Athens

Dandelyan, London

Dry Martini Bar, Barcelona

l’Fleur, Prague

The Gibson, London

Himkok, Oslo

Jerry Thomas Project, Rome

Little Red Door, Paris

Schumann’s, Munich


Best European Mixologist (presented by Linie Aquavit)

Marian Beke, The Gibson, London

Markus Blattner, Old Crow, Zurich

Erik Lorincz, American Bar at The Savoy Hotel, London

Alessandro Palazzi, The Dukes Bar, London

Agostino Perrone, The Connaught Bar, London

Carlos Santiago, The Royal Cocktail Club, Porto

Remy Savage, Little Red Door, Paris

Volker Seibert, Seiberts, Cologne

Ran Van Ongevalle, The Pharmacy, Knokke

Matt Whiley, Scout, London


Bestes New European Spirit or Bar Product (presented by Bar Convent Berlin / Reed Exhibitions)

The Bitter Truth Olive Bitters, Germany

Bonpland Rouge V.S.O.P., Germany

By The Dutch Batavia Arrack, Netherlands

Helsinki Distilling Company Lingonberry Gin Liqueur, Finland

Italicus Rosolio die Bergamotto, Italy

Luxardo Bitter Bianco, Italy

Otto’s Athens Vermouth, Greece

Rémy-Martin Cognac Carte Blanche à Baptiste Loiseau, France

Schweppes Tonica & Matcha, Spain

Three Centes Gentlemen’s Soda, Greece