Melville Cocktail Bar Under The Top 10 Best In The World


Melville’s mixology stronghold, Mootee Bar, was listed by the Spirited Awards as one of this years top 10 best new cocktail bars in the world.

Following a thorough evaluation of over 1,000 unique nominees, Tales of the Cocktail Foundation announced the top 10 nominees for each award category last week. The Spirited Awards were created in 2007 to recognize the best bars, bartenders, writers and experts in the hard working service industry.

Congratulations Mootee Bar

Since the 100% bartender owned bar opened in Melville last year, it quickly established itself as one of South Africa top cocktail destinations – and now the world.

“Congratulations go to all of the nominees this year, it truly is exciting to see the growth of the industry generating more and more bars, bartenders, products and media every year, says Charlotte Voisey, Chairperson of the Spirited Awards. “I am delighted for everyone capture in these top ten lists and look forward to sharing the finalists and winners soon.”

Best New International Cocktail Bar Nominees

  • Botanist – Vancouver, Canada
  • Coupette – London
  • Flying Dutchmen Cocktails – Amsterdam
  • Les Grands Verres – Paris
  • Mootee – Johannesburg
  • Scout – London
  • The Mint Gun Club – London
  • The Old Man – Hong Kong
  • The Strangers Club – Panamá
  • Two Schmucks – Barcelona
  • Waeska Bar at the Mandrake – London

“The Spirited Awards are the equivalent of the Oscars for the bar world and we are thrilled for our nominees who represent many of the best and brightest in our business,” said Neal Bodenheimer, Board Member of Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. “We are excited to shine a light on the hardworking and talented people who have made a meaningful impact on their peers and communities this year.”

The top four finalists for each category will be announced on June 22, 2018. All top four finalists will be invited to attend the live ceremony in New Orleans.

About Tales of the Cocktail

Founded in 2002, Tales of the Cocktail has grown from a small gathering of cocktail lovers into the world’s premier cocktail festival. Each year the international spirits industry is welcomed to New Orleans for a week of seminars, tastings, networking events and much more. With 200+ annual events developed specifically for bartenders, distillers and other spirits professionals, Tales of the Cocktail is the industry’s annual meeting place for the exchange of new ideas, products and techniques.