South Africa’s Best Bar and Best Bartender

Find out this year’s winners. 


The fourth annual B.A.R (Bartending Accolades & Recognition) Awards, proudly sponsored by The Entertainer, took place on Monday 25 March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), at which a number of titles such as Best Bar and Bartender of the Year were announced.

The awards are intended to celebrate the best in South Africa’s cocktail industry – from the best bars and best brands to the best mixologists who have devoted countless hours to perfecting their craft.

We chat to the Founder of the B.A.R Awards, Travis Kuhn this Wednesday at 5:30pm

The 2019 categories and respective winners are:

Bar Team of the Year Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen

International Footprint Award Sumaiyah Connolly and Travis Kuhn

Bartender Newcomer of the Year Alecs Besier and Nkuli Khanyile

Social Media Award Peter Lebese

High-Volume Cocktail Bar of the Year The House of Machines

Hotel Bar of the Year Bascule Bar, Cape Grace

Mobile Bar Operator of the Year Molecular Bars

Media Contributor of the Year Leah van Deventer

Pop Up Bar of the Year The Polynesian Pearl Diver

Mentor of the Year Cassandra Eichhoff

Brand Campaign of the Year Diageo World Class

Best New Cocktail Bar The Art of Duplicity

Bartenders Brand of the Year Bulleit Bourbon

Cocktail Bar of the Year Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen

Brand Ambassador of the Year Caitlin Hill (Remy Cointreau) and Jody Francis (Inverroche)

Bartender of the Year Travis Kuhn

Nominations and judging for each category of the awards is managed by a pool of the biggest role-players in the F&B, hospitality and spirit industries.

South Africa’s current Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year, drinks consultant, owner of The Perfect Serve mobile bar service and B.A.R Awards founder, Travis Kuhn explains that the B.A.R. Awards strive to acknowledge the brands and mixologists that make the SA cocktail industry a contender on the global stage.

He says, “The B.A.R Awards is a celebration of each and every person and brand in the industry who make meaningful contributions to the trade, but an even bigger congratulations must go to those who have stood out enough to receive special recognition as voted for by their peers.”

Outgoing 2018 winners Raymond Endean of Orphanage Cocktail Emporium, Denzel Heath of Mootee Bar and Julian Short of Sin + Tax agree that events like the B.A.R Awards “stir up a healthy sense of competition”, “keep us motivated and hungry to be better” and “give us something to aspire to” whilst Bradley Jacobs from Diageo adds that the acknowledgement of the Awards “in an industry we are passionate about and love so much, which we dedicate our lives to, is really something very special”.

Dino Batista from Molecular Bars said on the night, “Add water to the ocean and all the ships rise”.

In addition to the great support offered by The Entertainer, everyone’s favourite 2-for-1 hospitality app, the fourth annual B.A.R Awards was also backed by The House of Angostura, Jose Cuervo Tradicional, 1800 Tequila, Remy Cointreau, Buffalo Trace, Skyy Vodka, Espolon, Inverroche, Monkey Shoulder, Monin, Dewars, Pernod Ricard and Diageo World Class – all committed to the growth of the industry and recognizing the best in the business.

Planning for the 2020 event will get underway shortly as the entire industry turns it’s gaze to the movers and shakers of 2019 for voting in the new year.

For more information about the B.A.R Awards connect on Facebook /BARAwardsSA and Instagram @barawardssa.

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