The Los Angeles bar scene has established a name for itself with talented teams creating innovative concoctions in one-of-a-kind spaces throughout the city. From craft cocktails to finely-curated beer and wine lists, each bar contributes its own identity to help build a colorful spectrum of options for LA citizens and visitors alike. Time Out helps to recognize achievements in the bar industry with their 3rd Annual LA Bar Awards, where nominees impress the masses through service, ambiance and taste.
Time Out makes it their mission to educate their thrill-seeking audience about how to live it up in cities across the world. For their US divisions in New York, Chicago, LA, Austin, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Miami, this includes an annual Bar Awards event that recognizes the scope of talent making strides in the industry. This year’s nominees range from favored neighborhood watering holes to expansive hot spots. A panel of respected industry experts gather to decide who will come out on top in categories of Best New Bar, Most Stylish, Bar of the Year and more.
LA Bar Awards Nominees
NYC favorites arriving to LA to add a dash of East Coast flare has become a trend in the LA bar scene, as well as this year’s nominees. In West Hollywood, Employees Only opened with a buzz as the world-renowned brand finally spread its talents to Southern California, earning a nomination for Best New Bar. The Nomad Hotel’s Giannini Bar has four nominations, boasting a quality cocktail program on the level of its award-winning New York relative, The Nomad Bar. Miami’s acclaimed Broken Shaker brand, now with an NYC location, was welcomed with open arms to Downtown LA and snagged two nominations.
Newcomers aren’t the only ones being lauded as a number of veteran destinations also made the cut for this year’s list. The Roosevelt Hotel’s beloved bowling alley-bar hybrid The Spare Room received two nominations. Revered Los Feliz neighborhood spot Big Bar is acknowledged with three nominations including Bar of the Year. The category created for thriving classic favorites, Best Legacy Bar, includes famed whiskey bar Seven Grand and cherished Cole’s speakeasy-style hideaway The Varnish.
Nominees, press, and friends of the industry will all assemble for the invite-only event at OUE Skyspace in Downtown LA to hear the announcement of the winners on Monday, June 25th. For the second year in a row, the sky-high locale will give attendees a panoramic view of Los Angeles as they sip on handcrafted drinks and taste delicious passed appetizers. The event’s sponsors, William Grant & Sons, Hendrick’s Gin, Flor de Caña, and Segura Viudas IO, will lend their spirits to the bar for a night that’s sure to impress the seasoned industry guests. No matter the champions of this year’s event, each bar continues to make a quality contribution to Los Angeles’ reputation as a haven for creativity and style.
The event was a success as the industry crowd mixed and mingled atop OUE Skyspace with panoramic views of Los Angeles. With many bar teams familiar with each other’s venues through industry connections, guests cheered each winner as if it were a win for themselves. Apotheke took home the award for Most Stylish and The Normandie Club was awarded Best Crew. The biggest title of the night, Bar of the Year, went to Accomplice. The night was full of drinks, bites, and good vibes as creativity in the LA bar industry was celebrated.
Check out the full list of nominees and winners:
Bar of the Year sponsored by Hendricks Gin: Accomplice
NoMad (Giannini Bar)
The Normandie Club
Best Legacy Bar sponsored by Flor de Caña: The Spare Room
Musso and Frank Grill
Best Wine Bar sponsored by Segura Viudas IO: Bar Covell
Esters Wine Shop & Bar
Best New Bar: NoMad (Giannini Bar)
Bibo Ergo Sum
Best Bar-Restaurant Program: The Ponte
The Hearth and Hound
Best Crew: The Normandie Club
Harvard & Stone
The Spare Room
The Walker Inn
Most Stylish: Apothéke LA
Bibo Ergo Sum
NoMad (Giannini Bar)
Best Cocktail in the City: Cold Hollow at Bibo Ergo Sum
Yo LA Tengo at Everson Royce Bar
Mezcali Me Banana at Melrose Umbrella Co.
Sazerac at The Normandie Club
Russian Tea G&T at Rudolph’s Bar & Tea
Most-Instagrammable Cocktail: Cola at The Walker Inn
Pearl Diver at Accomplice
Banana Wintour at Big Bar
Cocktail Explosion at NoMad (Giannini Bar)
Donga Punch at Pacific Seas
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Check back on June 26th for a recap of the event and an updated list of the 2018 winners.
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