South African B.A.R Awards Winners 2018

South African bartenders and industry leaders from all over the country congregated at The Westin Hotel in Cape Town last night to celebrate the cocktail trade’s best. Two rows of cocktail stands, manned by an army of SA’s best bartenders, served up an array of libation while attendees eagerly await the award announcements. Unlike the lack-lusted Grammy Awards, the Bartender Accolades & Recognition Awards was all that and a shot of Fernet Branca.

The big winner on the night was Sin+Tax bar from Johannesburg, bagging the prestigious Cocktail Bar of the year, as well as Best Bartender of the year award. So without further ado and before my hangover surface, here are all the winners from each category.

Best Bar Team – Sin+Tax

Social Media Award – AJ Snetler

Best Brand Campaign – World Class

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Best High Volume Bar – Orphanage

New Comer of the Year – Burdett Geiling

Best Pop up Bar – The Polynesian Pearl Diver

Trailblazer Award – Mootee Bar

International Footprint Award – Julian Short

Best Hotel Cocktail Bar – Twankey

Bartenders Brand of Choice – Bulleit Bourbon

Brand Ambassador of the Year – Marson Strydom

Best Cocktail Bar – Sin+Tax

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This hidden treasure, situated on the Corner of Bolton & Jan Smuts road in Rosebank in Johannesburg, opened its doors in early December 2016. Manned by acclaimed bartender Julian Short and his team, the bar quickly became an industry darling.

Bartender of the Year – Julian Short