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This London Bar Has Won The “Cocktail Of The Year” Award

Unfortunately missing out on hosting an event in 2021 (due to you-know-what), the CLASS Bar Awards were back with a bang on the evening of May 24. In a nod to the bar industry’s bounce-back over the past months (and even years), many of the award-winners were bars that opened during the pandemic. Chief among them Dalston cult-favourite bar, A Bar with Shapes for a Name (🔶🟥🔵).

The East London bar took home two awards, including  the coveted Cocktail Of The Year. The nod was awarded in recognition of their Pastel – a highball combining vodka, clarified rhubarb juice, recomposed lime, and Raspberry eau de vie. Owner and bartender Rémy Savage also took home the Bartender Of The Year award. No surprise given the care and consideration that has gone into the minimalist, Bauhaus-inspired approach to cocktails at A Bar with Shapes for a Name.

Judged by industry-wide professionals who represent expertise from more than 20 UK cities, the CLASS Bar Awards recognise those that are not only popular with their patrons and clientele, but also their peers. Among the nights other winners were Manchester favourite,  Schofield’s, who netted the New Bar of the Year award and the Bar of the Year award. It marks the first time a bar has won both New Bar of the Year and Bar of the Year in the same night.

Credit: Oriole

Among the other London-based winners of the evening were sister venues Nightjar & Oriole, which won Social Media Presence of the Year and Front of House Star of the Year (Jacopo Correnti of Oriole). Connaught Bar was also a highly awarded London venue, winning Hotel Bar of the Year and Bar Manager of the Year (Maura Milia).

The full list of CLASS. Bar Awards winners and finalists can be found below.

Social Media Presence of the Year sponsored by Della Vite

Sexy Fish, London

Nightjar & Oriole, London (Winner)

Pineapple Club, Birmingham

Mr Fogg’s, London

Sustainable Practices Award sponsored by Belvedere

Publiq, London ​(Winner)

Henrock Bar, Windermere

Ugly Butterfly, St Ives

Rockwell, London

Front of House Star of the Year sponsored by Horse With No Name

Dina Gestoso-Mattar, Pineapple Club, Birmingham

Christiana Pirinu, The Donovan Bar, London

Jacopo Correnti, Oriole, London (Winner)

Shaneka Mccalla, The Goring Bar, London

Emerging Bartender of the Year sponsored by La Hechicera

Courtney Francis, Ojo Rojo, Bournemouth

Rory Sorrell, Murder Inc, London

Elena Wright, Mecanica, Manchester (Winner)

La’Mel Clarke, Lyaness, London

Bar Employer of the Year sponsored by Master of Malt Trade

Mecanica, Manchester

Pineapple Club, Birmingham (Winner)

Speakeasy Entertainment (Nightjar & Oriole), London

Dishoom, London

Bar Manager of the Year sponsored by Italicus

Maura Milia, Connaught Bar, London (Winner)

Klára Kopčikova, Pineapple Club, Birmingham

James Wheeler, Lyaness, London

Sophie Bratt, Sexy Fish, London

Outstanding Contribution Award sponsored by Stauning Whisky

Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown (Winners)

Cocktail of the Year sponsored by Lanique

Pineapple | Miso, Silverleaf at Pan Pacific, London

Biscoff Old Fashioned, Present Company, Liverpool

Pastel, A Bar with Shapes for a Name, London (Winner)

Irish Coffee, Swift, London

Drinks Menu of the Year sponsored by Franklin & Sons

Lab 22, Cardiff (Winner)

A Bar with Shapes for a Name, London

Schofield’s Bar, Manchester

Couch, Birmingham

Bar Food Menu of the Year sponsored by Menabrea

Bon Vivant, Edinburgh

Tayer + Elementary, London (Winner)

Little Mercies, London

Homeboy, London

Specialist Bar of the Year sponsored by Savoia

KOL, London

Hey Palu, Edinburgh

Milroy’s, London

Hacha, London (Winner)

Hotel Bar of the Year sponsored by Moët & Chandon

Side Hustle, Nomad, London

Connaught Bar, The Connaught, London (Winner)

Artesian, The Langham, London

Lyaness, Sea Containers, London

New Bar of the Year sponsored by Hapusa Gin

A Bar with Shapes for a Name, London

Schofield’s Bar, Manchester (Winner)

Tabula Rasa, Leeds

Silverleaf at Pan Pacific, London

Bar of the Year sponsored by Disaronno

Tayer + Elementary, London

Schofield’s Bar, Manchester (Winner)

A Bar with Shapes for a Name, London

Lab 22, Cardiff

Bartender of the Year sponsored by The Busker

Rachel Orange, Schofield’s Bar, Manchester

Remy Savage, A Bar with Shapes for a Name, London (Winner)

Monica Berg, Tayer + Elementary, London

Filippos Filippopoulos, Tabula Rasa, Leeds

Bar Innovator(s) of the Year sponsored by Tia Maria

Lyndon Higginson, The Liars Group, Manchester

Joe & Daniel Schofield, Schofield’s Bar / Atomeca, Manchester

Monica Berg & Alex Kratena, Tayer + Elementary, London (Winner)

Remy Savage, A Bar with Shapes for a Name, London