mixology bar awards 2018 short list


We’re very excited to announce the short list nominees for the MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS 2018. A big congratulations to all this year’s nominees – you’ve done outstanding work. But for now, onto the all-important short list!

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The jury is in and the short list has been decided. There was a very competitive field this year, and the decisions were difficult, to say the least. But with the short list now decided, there’s only a month to go until the MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS gala dinner at Estrel Congress Center in Berlin on October 9th, 2017.

MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS 2018 Tickets Available

Tickets are now on sale for the MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS gala dinner, or as we like to call it, bartenders’ Christmas. Make sure you don’t miss out on the European bar industry’s night of nights – book your tickets online now. Early bird tickets are available until September 4th, so the sooner you book in, the better.

If you need a little extra incentive, remember that the MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS 2018 are presented on October 9th, the evening before BCB begins. That means back-to-back bartending and bar industry events in Berlin from October 9th to 11th!

Also on the evening of October 9th is BCB’s famous Mixology Market at Station Berlin, featuring food trucks and great cocktails. If you can’t decide between the gala dinner and the Mixology Market, don’t worry: the MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS will be livestreamed into the Mixology Market, so you wherever you are, you won’t miss a thing.

We’ve also been working hard on our latest MIXOLOGY BAR GUIDE, No. 7. As always, we’ll be unveiling the new guide at the MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS gala dinner. The MIXOLOGY BAR GUIDE has everything you need to know about where to get the best drinks in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, along with great bar world capitals including London and Paris. There’s also a shopping guide, featuring handy tasting notes on all the latest and greatest beers and spirits. Speaking of spirits, this year’s MIXOLOGY BAR GUIDE includes a special feature focussing on gin.

Thanks Again to the MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS 2018 Judges

We wouldn’t be able to hold the amazing gala dinner and give out these awards if not for the hard work of our MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS 2018 judges. They haven’t shied away from making difficult decisions on the way to creating this short list.

Our GSA judges, led by Erich Wassicek from Halbestadt Bar, represent the bar wisdom of the entire GSA region. Along with Erich, the GSA jury is Thomas Huhn (Les Trois Rois), Wolfgang Bogner (Tales Bar), Gerhard Kozbach-Tsai (Tür7), Arnd Henning Heißen (Fragrances and The Curtain Club), Kent Steinbach (Mojito’s Fine Cocktailbar), Gabriel Daun (Gekkos), Torsten Spuhn (Modern Masters), and of course our own Peter Eichhorn.

The four European awards: European Mixologist of the Year, Best European Bar, Best New European Bar, and Best New European Spirit or Bar Product, are decided by our European jury, led by The Maestro himself, Salvatore Calabrese. This year, European jury is the largest and most diverse yet, with 17 jury members representing 17 different countries, from Spain, France, and Germany, to Bulgaria, Slovakia, and Russia.

Now, let’s raise a glass to the MIXOLOGY BAR AWARDS 2018 short list!



Newcomer of the Year (presented by Nikka Whisky)

Daniel Gsöllpointner, Die Goldene Bar, Munich

Damien Guichard, Velvet, Berlin

Marcel Katzer, Kleinod, Vienna

Chloé Merz-Salyer, Conto 4056, Basel

Tarek Nix, Provocateur, Berlin


Host of the Year (presented by Bruichladdich Whisky)

Fatih Akerdem, The Westin Grand, Frankfurt

Boris Gröner, One Trick Pony, Freiburg

Mo Kaba, Guts & Glory, Karlsruhe

Bettina Kupsa, The Chug Club, Hamburg

Wolfgang Mayer, The Chedi Andermatt, Andermatt

Mixologist of the Year 
(presented by Sierra Milenario Tequila)

Markus Blattner, Old Crow, Zurich

Jan Jehli, One Trick Pony, Freiburg

Lukas Motejzik, Zephyr & Herzog, Munich

Volker Seibert, Seiberts, Cologne

René Soffner, The Kinly Bar, Frankfurt


Barteam of the Year (presented by Asbach)

Booze Bar, Berlin

Kleinod, Vienna

One Trick Pony, Freiburg

Old Crow, Zurich

Schumann’s, Munich


Bar Menu of the Year (presented by Gin Mare)

Bar am Steinplatz, Berlin

Émile Bar, Hilton Vienna Plaza, Vienna

One Trick Pony, Freiburg

Salut! Classic Bar, Berlin

Sieferle & Sailer, Mannheim


New Bar of the Year (presented by MIXOLOGY)

Hunky Dory, Frankfurt

Josef Cocktailbar, Vienna

Lieblingsbar, Hannover

One Trick Pony, Freiburg

Spitz Bar, Zurich


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

The Chug Club, Hamburg

Die Goldene Bar, Munich

The Kinly Bar, Frankfurt

Miad, Karlsruhe

Seiberts, Cologne


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

Eberts Bar, Vienna

Englhof, Zell am Ziller

Hammond Bar, Vienna

Kleinod, Vienna

The Sign Lounge, Vienna


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

Angels’ Share, Basel

Atelier Classic, Thun

Kronenhalle, Zurich

Little Barrel, Geneva

Old Crow, Zurich


Hotel Bar of the Year (presented by Perrier Water)

Bar am Steinplatz, Hotel am Steinplatz, Berlin

Bristol Bar, Bristol Hotel, Frankfurt

D-Bar, The Ritz-Carlton Vienna, Vienna

Hemingway Bar, Best Western Premier Victoria, Freiburg

Twist Bar, Innside by Meliá, Dresden


Brand Ambassador of the Year (presented by Thomas Henry)

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

Axel Klubescheidt, Absolut Vodka / Pernod Ricard Germany

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)

Christian Dobersberger, Bacardi-Martini Austria

Omara Guzman, Jägermeister

Nic Hahn, Pernod Ricard Germany

Simon Schmidlin, Charles Hofer SA Switzerland

Bernhard Stadler, Diageo Austria


European Categories


Best New European Bar (presented by Heineken)

Antique American Bar, Bratislava

Coupette, London

Dr. Stravinsky, Barcelona

Swift, London

Untitled, London


Best European Bar (presented by Matusalem)

American Bar at The Savoy Hotel, London

Dandelyan, London

Dry Martini Bar, Barcelona

Little Red Door, Paris

Schumann’s, Munich


Best European Mixologist (presented by Linie Aquavit)

Marian Beke, The Gibson, London

Erik Lorincz, American Bar at The Savoy Hotel, London

Alessandro Palazzi, The Dukes Bar, London

Agostino Perrone, The Connaught Bar, London

Remy Savage, Little Red Door, Paris


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

The Bitter Truth Olive Bitters, Germany

Italicus Rosolio die Bergamotto, Italy

Luxardo Bitter Bianco, Italy

Otto’s Athens Vermouth, Greece

Three Cents Gentlemen’s Soda, Greece


Foto: Photo via Katja Hiendlmayer.