Huge News!: Tales of the Cocktail Announces Top 10 Finalists for the 2013 Spirited Awards! (and We’re Nominated!)

May 17th, 2013 — 1:14pm

NEW ORLEANS – May 17, 2013 – Following a rigorous evaluation of hundreds of nominees, ten finalists for each award category have been chosen for the 7th Annual Spirited Awards®, recognizing the year’s best bars, bartenders, writers, experts and more. American and International judging committees comprised of the most respected minds in the cocktail industry selected the finalists for the eighteen award categories. Winners will be announced at the Spirited Awards® taking place at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans on Saturday, July 20, 2013 as part of the Tales of the Cocktail® 11th anniversary celebration.

“Clearly the Nominees for the 2013 Spirited Awards represent the best of the best, in our industry. Regardless of who the ultimate winner is, being recognized by one’s peers, above all, is simply put, an honor in its own right.” said Paul G. Tuennerman, Co-Founder of Tales of the Cocktail®.

Through its annual Spirited Awards®, Tales of the Cocktail® recognizes those that continue to represent the cocktail industry in exciting new spotlights. To embody the ideals in which Tales of the Cocktail® was originally founded, these awards were developed to recognize both national and international honorees across eighteen categories. From these top ten, the top four finalists from each category will be invited to attend the awards ceremony. The top four finalists will be announced Friday, June 7, 2013 and invited to be guests at the live ceremony in New Orleans. Each award recipient will receive an exclusive Riedel Crystal trophy.

See our nominations below and read the list in it’s entirety here!

American Bartender of the Year
• Charles Joly-The Aviary-Chicago, Illinois
• Eric Alperin-The Varnish-Los Angeles, California
• Erick Castro-Polite Provisions-San Diego, California
• Ivy Mix-Clover Club-Brooklyn, New York
• Jack McGarry- The Dead Rabbit-New York, New York
• John Lermayer-Regent Cocktail Club-Miami, Florida
• Leo Robitschek-The NoMad Hotel-New York, New York
• Naren Young-Saxon + Parole, The Daily-New York, New York
• Sean Kenyon-Williams & Graham-Denver, Colorado
• Steve Schneider-Employees Only-New York, New York

World’s Best Cocktail Bar
• 28 Hong Kong Street-Singapore
• Black Pearl-Melbourne, Australia
• Callooh Callay-London, United Kingdom
• Candelaria-Paris, France
• Clover Club-New York, New York, USA
• Death and Co.-New York, New York, USA
• Drink-Boston, Massachusetts, USA
• Milk and Honey-New York, New York, USA
• The Dead Rabbit-New York, New York, USA
• The Varnish-Los Angeles, California, USA

World’s Best Drink Selection
• cannon: whiskey and bitters emporium-Seattle, Washington, USA
• Cure-New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
• DaddyO-New York, New York, USA
• Eau de Vie-Melbourne, Australia, USA
• Mayahuel-New York, New York, USA
• Saxon + Parole Restaurant-New York, New York, USA
• Seven Grand-Los Angeles, California, USA
• The Dead Rabbit-New York, New York, USA
• The Hawthorne-Boston, Massachusetts, USA
• Whistling Shop-London, United Kingdom

The Most Amazing Happy Hour In The World Found Right Here In DTLA At Cole’s!

May 17th, 2013 — 12:22pm

It has been extinct since Prohibition, but friends!…It has been spotted right here in DTLA! It’s that elusive Happy Hour you yearn for. The one that dreams are made of. The one that feeds and drinks you for only a minimal monetary exchange. It’s been caught right here at our very own Cole’s! Cole’s has been around since the turn of the century but only now are we offering such turn of the century deals. Take a look at our Happy Hour offerings below and you be judge of how much cash you save. I mean $1 Tots and Fries people! It doesn’t get much better then that.

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday, 3PM – 7PM
Tuesday, All Day & Night
– $5 French dip slider trio with fries (pastrami, beef and turkey)
– $5 BBQ pork sliders trio with fries
– $5 Saloon special
– $5 Manhattans
– $5 Draft beer
– $1 Fries
– $1 Tots

Soak it all in and plan your next trip into Cole’s. There’s no telling when this beast might go extinct once again.


Seven Grand Whiskey Society L.A.: Usquebach Scotch with Tom Lewis, Wed., May 22nd, 7pm & 8:30pm

May 16th, 2013 — 10:46am

This coming Wednesday, May 22nd, we will be hosting Tom Lewis from Usquebach Scotch, a Blended Whisky with a long history, only recently back in circulation in the U.S. Tom will taste and educate us on the Reserve, the 15 year old, and the Old-Rare. The folks at Usquebach are every excited to have you try their Whisky, and are offering 2 tastings that night, one at 7pm, and one at 8:30pm. Don’t miss this chance to make a new friend.

Attendance will be capped at 35 people per seating, with priority given to paid-up Whiskey Society members. First-timers can pay a $15 to get in, space allowing.

Register for the 7pm tasting here!

Register for the 8:30pm tasting here!

For more information on the Seven Grand Whiskey Society L.A., hit the link beneath my signature.

Memberships can be purchased at the bar, dues are $120 per year, and allow you to bring a guest to any event.

We also offer private tastings for groups and parties. To learn more on that, hit this link:

If you want to come to our Morrison-Bowmore Poetry and Whiskey tasting this Saturday, May 18th, at 8pm, you can still RSVP on either of these links here:

Poetry and Whiskey w/ Johnnie The Scot!

World Whiskey Day Website

We hope to see you on Saturday, and on Wednesday too!

Pedro, currently sipping Angel’s Envy Rye. Crazy burnt caramel, blueberries, molasses and maple. 100 proof, truly a unique experience. Come try it soon.

Pedro Shanahan
Spirit Guide, Seven Grand Whiskey Bar,
Co-Curator, Whiskey Society