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HANDSHAKE SPEAKEASY WINS TOP SPOT IN NORTH AMERICA'S 50 BEST Making A Stir

HANDSHAKE SPEAKEASY WINS TOP SPOT IN NORTH AMERICA'S 50 BEST

April 25,2024

Mexico City bar Handshake Speakeasy has been named the best bar in North America and the Best Bar in Mexico at this year’s North America’s 50 Best Bars.

Making history as the first bar in Mexico to be named No.1, Handshake Speakeasy narrowly beat out New York City’s Superbueno, who won The Best Bar in Northeast USA 2024 and the title of Disaronno Highest New Entry.


Toronto’s Civil Liberties, No.21, won the title of The Best Bar in Canada for the third year in a row. Puerto Rico’s La Factoría, at No.18, was also recognised as The Best Bar in the Caribbean for the third year.

Overall, the U.S. led the list with 26 bars, followed by Mexico with 15 bars, seven from Canada and two on the list from the Caribbean.

“What a momentous occasion for the Mexico cocktail scene! We give our biggest ¡Felicidades! to Handshake Speakeasy and head bartender Eric van Beek for the team’s incredible work in delivering excellence,” said Emma Sleight, Head of Content for North America’s 50 Best Bars.

“Handshake Speakeasy continues to push the boundaries of the art of cocktail creation as well as always putting service first, so we are pleased to see them crowned the first bar in Mexico City named No.1 on North America’s 50 Best Bars list.

“We also extend our congratulations to all the other incredible bars on this year’s list, which are testaments to how exciting, innovative, and dynamic the North American bar scene truly is,” Sleight continued.

New York continued its lead with the most top bars in the North America list with 12 of the 26 U.S. listees. These included Superbueno (No.2), Overstory (No.3), Martiny’s (No. 4), Double Chicken Please (No.7), Katana Kitten (No.12), Employees Only (No.15), Dante (No.20), Attaboy (No.31), The Dead Rabbit (No.33), Maison Premiere (No.41), new entry Angel’s Share (No.43), and Milady’s (No.44).

Jewel of the South (No.7) was named The Best Bar in the South USA, with Thunderbolt (No.8) named The Best Bar in themiko (No.19) from Chicago was named The Best Bar in the West USA and Ku Midwest.

San Francisco’s True Laurel (No.30), another new entry, won the Kettle One Sustainable Bar Award, with a new entry from Chicago Meadowlark (No.32) taking home the Siete Misterios Best Cocktail Menu Award.

Handshake Speakeasy is joined by Mexico City’s Rayo (No.5), Licorería Limantour (No.9), new entry Tlecān (No.10), Café del Nadie (No.17), Baltra Bar (No.26), Kaito del Valle (No.28), Hanky Panky (No.42) and Brujas (No.45).

Simpl Things in Toronto joins the stellar lineup as Campari One To Watch, and Grand Cayman’s Library by the Sea (No.35) earns the London Essence Best New Opening Award

To view the full list, go to theworlds50best.com

HANDSHAKE SPEAKEASY WINS TOP SPOT IN NORTH AMERICA'S 50 BEST Making A Stir

BAILEYS IRISH CREAM TO TRIAL PAPER-BASED BOTTLES AT WEEKEND FESTIVAL

May 24,2024

Baileys, the Original Irish Cream Liqueur, has announced that it will trial 2,000 paper-based bottles in a mini (80mls) format at the Time Out Festival in Barcelona, Spain, this weekend.

The Dry-Molded Fiber bottle, which is 90% paper with a thin plastic liner and a foil seal, has been produced in partnership with PA Consulting.


The trial will test how well the bottles travel from the filling site in Ireland to Barcelona, along with how consumers interact with the material.

“Dry-moulded fibre bottles are a huge step forward, setting new standards in the world of more sustainable packaging,” explained Jamie Stone, Design and Innovation Expert at PA.

“PulPac’s dry-molded fiber technology has immense potential: not only is it water-saving, energy-efficient and recyclable, but it is also viable at commercial manufacturing speeds and scale,’ Stone continued.

Bailey’s parent company, Diageo, has been working on ways to develop more sustainable and desirable products through innovation, as Ewan Andrew, President of Global Supply Chain & Procurement and Chief Sustainability Officer at Diageo, believes consumers are becoming ‘more sustainability savvy.’

“When it comes to our packaging, we’re taking an approach of progress over perfection, knowing our packaging will need to evolve along with consumer needs and technological advancements,” he explained.

HANDSHAKE SPEAKEASY WINS TOP SPOT IN NORTH AMERICA'S 50 BEST Making A Stir

FIRST STANDALONE GREY GOOSE BAR OPENS IN MELBOURNE

May 24,2024

Global Vodka brand Grey Goose has opened the doors to Le Martini, its first standalone bar, at Crown Melbourne.

Dedicated to its namesake – the Martini – the bar will feature bespoke cocktail menus created by international guest bartenders.


To celebrate the opening, Le Martini’s first guest bartender menu has been created by award-winning industry icon, Dale DeGroff.

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“We’re living in the most extraordinary time when it comes to cocktails,” said DeGroff, ‘and so I’m delighted to create the opening menu at Le Martini, a bar that is dedicated to this iconic drink.

DeGroff’s menu includes –

“I wanted to show the evolution of the Martini — from what was served in 1888 to the 19th and 20th centuries and paying tribute to the new millennium, and so we’ve made that happen, all using the exquisite Grey Goose vodka, which has been my go-to vodka since I participated in the world release in New York City in 1997,” DeGroff continued.

Paying homage to one of the world’s most iconic cocktails, Le Martini offers guests the chance to revel in luxury whilst experiencing Grey Goose’s signature quality and craftsmanship.

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Immersing guests in the euphoria of craft, bartenders carefully guide the martini’s c them to understand their preferred style and curate martinis matched to their personal desires, proving that the martini is more of a state of mind than a drink. 

Le Martini has been designed as a retreat where guests can celebrate, reminisce and create memorable experiences, sipping on the very best expertly crafted Grey Goose Martinis while immersed in luxury,” explained Head of Marketing at Bacardí-Martini Australia & New Zealand, Sander Janmaat.

In keeping with Grey Goose’s signature French quality and craftsmanship, bar snacks from neighbouring Crown favourite Bistro Guillaume are reimagined with a contemporary flair. 

For more information, please visit crownmelbourne.com.au or follow @LeMartiniBar 

HANDSHAKE SPEAKEASY WINS TOP SPOT IN NORTH AMERICA'S 50 BEST Making A Stir

WILD TURKEY OPENS NEW VISITORS CENTRE NAMED AFTER JIMMY RUSSELL

May 23,2024

Kentucky Whiskey brand Wild Turkey has opened its newly renovated visitor centre, named in honour of the legendary master distiller Jimmy Russell.

The Jimmy Russell Wild Turkey Experience represents a significant step in the ongoing expansion of the Wild Turkey campus and embodies the brand’s deep-rooted commitment to Kentucky hospitality.


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“For our family, this isn’t just a place to visit; it’s like a second home,” says Bruce Russell, Associate Blender at Wild Turkey.

“We’re thrilled to now be able to open our doors a little wider and welcome even more folks into this community. The Jimmy Russell Wild Turkey Experience is a perfect tribute to Grandad and his life-long commitment to spreading the word of bourbon.”

The visitor centre’s renaming commemorates Jimmy’s 70th anniversary year with Wild Turkey and the unwavering dedication he has shown to crafting Bourbon his way—the right way.

Spanning over 12,000 square feet, the state-of-the-art space invites bourbon fans into the Wild Turkey family through tours & tastings, three new indoor & outdoor bars, seating areas, and a retail experience that reflects over a century of bourbon-making tradition.

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The array of amenities include:

Additionally, the brand will soon break ground on a new distillery designed to produce 5 million additional proof gallons, increasing the total capacity to 14 million proof gallons and allowing the distillery to continue to grow and meet demand.

More information on opening hours, location and tours can be found at wildturkeybourbon.com

HANDSHAKE SPEAKEASY WINS TOP SPOT IN NORTH AMERICA'S 50 BEST Making A Stir

FAWN WEAVER ANNOUNCES FIRST LOVE & WHISKEY: UNFILTERED TOUR DATES

May 21,2024

It’s not very often that a book about alcohol makes the Amazon Top 100.

But Fawn Weaver’s Love & Whiskey: The Remarkable True Story of Jack Daniel, His Master Distiller Nearest Green, and the Improbable Rise of Uncle Nearest not only made it in, but with its pre-order announcement, the book soared to No. 17.


So, obviously, the book needed an equally ground-breaking book tour, which Weaving is providing with her, Love & Whiskey: Unfiltered Tour.

“This tour redefines the book event experience,” explained Weaver, CEO of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey. “I am known for my transparency; I embrace spontaneity and genuine interactions.”

Set to provide ‘unique whiskey tastings, book signings, and engaging, truly unfiltered conversations’, the nationwide tour will feature weaver as well as Uncle Nearest distiller Victoria Eady Butler, who is four-time Master Blender of the Year.

“Here, the audience leads—every question is unfiltered, straight from our guests,” Weaver continued. “In between discussions, guests will have the ability to savour exquisite whiskeys under the guidance of one of the industry’s most respected Master Blenders.”

Due to actually be released on June 18 (the day before Juneteenth), Love & Whiskey delves into the legacy of Nearest Green and explores the captivating journey of building the Uncle Nearest brand.

Through the pages, Weaver’s vision for the future of America’s first spirits empire to be built by a woman or person of colour, and her personal story from homeless teen to triumph are told.

Green, a formerly enslaved Black man and skilled whiskey maker, served as the world’s first known African American master distiller and the original master distiller for Jack Daniel.

The first of 20 Love & Whiskey: Unfiltered tour dates and locations will be:

  • Washington, DC: Tuesday, June 18, 2024, at the National Press Club
  • Tampa, FL: Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at the Hard Rock Hotel (SOLD OUT)
  • Atlanta, GA: Friday, June 21, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency
  • Chicago, IL: Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at DuSable Black History Museum
  • Birmingham, AL: Thursday, June 27, 2024, at Hudson in BHM Airport
  • Indianapolis, IN: Saturday, June 29, 2024, at Newfields
  • Shelbyville, TN: Sunday, June 30, 2024, at Humble Baron
  • Portland, OR: Monday, July 15, 2024, at Portland Center Stage

Tickets for all events can be purchased here.

The Tampa event is already sold out, with others expected to sell out quickly. Stay tuned for additional dates.

To find out more about Love & Whiskey join the mailing list or follow Fawn Weaver and Uncle Nearest on Instagram.

 

 

HANDSHAKE SPEAKEASY WINS TOP SPOT IN NORTH AMERICA'S 50 BEST Making A Stir

THE WORLD'S 50 BEST BARS RETURNS TO SPAIN FOR 2024 AWARDS

May 20,2024

After holding the awards ceremony in Singapore last year, The World’s 50 Best Bars returns to Spain for its 16th edition.

In 2022, the awards were held in Barcelona. The 2024 awards will see Spain’s largest city and central capital, Madrid, play host.


The list of The World’s 50 Best Bars will be unveiled at a grand ceremony on Tuesday, 22nd October.

With its mission to showcase the planet’s finest cocktail cities, 50 Best will unite the global bar community in Madrid to recognise the achievements of the best bars in the world.

“We are delighted to bring The World’s 50 Best Bars 2024 to the vibrant streets of Madrid, a city long renowned for its outstanding hospitality,” explained Emma Sleight, Head of Content for The World’s 50 Best Bars.

“We look forward to gathering this incredible community together once more to honour the innovation, creativity, and unparalleled achievements of the world’s most exceptional mixology and to ignite the curiosity of cocktail lovers around the globe.”

As usual, the list of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2024 will be anonymously voted for by a gender-balanced Academy of more than 700 bartenders, consultants, writers, and cocktail specialists from around the world. Deloitte will independently adjudicate the results.

The Bartenders’ Feast, hosted the evening before the ceremony for those talented individuals whose bars feature in this year’s ranking, will again return. As well as special awards such as Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award and Altos Bartenders’ Bartender Award.

Additionally, over the next few months, bars and bartenders from around the world, whether they feature in the list of The World’s 50 Best Bars or not, will also be invited to nominate themselves for the 50 Best Bars Roku Scholarship 2024, the Bareksten Best Bar Design Award and/or Siete Misterios Best Cocktail Menu Award.

For more information, go to theworlds50best.com or connect with the awards via Facebook or YouTube.

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