The Bon Vivant (Thistle Street) has been honoured at the Tales of the Cocktail 2014 Spirited Awards. The first ever Scottish winner at the hotly-contested international awards ceremony, the Edinburgh bar restaurant competed against Delicatessen (Moscow), Spitalfields Bar at Hawksmoor and Blind Pig at Social Eating House (both London).
Founder and Director of The Bon Vivant, Stuart McCluskey picked up the Best International Restaurant Bar award at the glittering Spirited Awards ceremony on Saturday July 19th in New Orleans.
Tales of the Cocktail is the world’s premier drinks industry event, taking place annually with up to 20,000 attendees. It brings together the international spirits community to celebrate what’s new and next in bartending. The Spirited Awards are the climax of the five-day Tales of the Cocktail event and recognise the world’s best bars and bar talent.
The global nominees in the International Restaurant Bar Award category were critiqued on their approach to aperitif and digestif drinks, cocktail and food pairings, general bartending and mixing excellence. This year’s competition was bigger than ever, following the largest nomination pool in the history of the event.
The Bon Vivant is renowned for its winning formula of providing an informal ‘European’ style of dining, whereby high quality food is savoured and complemented by excellent libations in a stylish, relaxed setting. It is no stranger to industry recognition, with three awards under its belt. It received a Scottish Style Award for Most Stylish Bar in 2011, won the 2013 Food & Travel Magazine Bar of the Year award, and has been recommended in the Michelin Guide in 2013 and 2014. It is the first Scottish establishment to ever receive a Spirited Award.
Founder and Director of The Bon Vivant, Stuart McCluskey, said:
“Winning the Spirited Award at Tales of the Cocktail is a stunning result for The Bon Vivant. To even feature in the final four for the Best International Restaurant Bar 2014 category was incredible, but to win against such reputable establishments makes me very proud of what The Bon Vivant team has achieved since we opened on Thistle Street in Edinburgh in 2008.
“The Spirited Awards are the drinks industry Oscars and I was honoured just to be in the same room as so many peers whom I admire and respect. This win puts The Bon Vivant and Scotland on the global drinks map and gives us so much to build on for the future. We are delighted.”
Chairman of the International Judging Committee and Global Trade Advocacy Director for Bacardi, Jacob Briars said:
“The Spirited Awards are regarded as the pinnacle of the industry. 50 well-travelled industry veterans voted on the top bars around the world, with nominations from more than 40 countries.
“The Bon Vivant’s recognition is a testament both to the amazing vitality of the Edinburgh hospitality scene, and to the hard work and passion of Stuart and his team. It is known around the world for its combination of high standards and relaxed atmosphere; I never visit Edinburgh without stopping here.”
Johnnie Walker Global Ambassador, Tom Jones, said:
“I have always enjoyed the ambience, service and quality beverage offering at The Bon Vivant in Edinburgh. Stuart and his team have worked wonders in creating a ‘place to be’ in Edinburgh.
“It really is good for Edinburgh and Scotland; on my travels around the world, with Johnnie Walker I am regularly asked about the bars back home and increasingly people ask about Edinburgh and know of The Bon Vivant. It is well worthy of the recognition the Tales of the Cocktail 2014 Spirited Awards competition brings.” http://overnightessay.co.uk