Close your eyes and imagine the world’s best cocktail bar. Perhaps it’s perched on the edge of a cliff on a Greek island. Or on the rooftop of a Bangkok skyscraper. Either way it’s probably filled with a social-pages crowd of white-suited George Clooney lookalikes and statuesque supermodels. It’s guest-list only, obviously, and a round of drinks will relieve you of a week’s rent.
At least that’s what you might think. However, according to the judges of the Spirited Awards, a prestigious ceremony held as part of the annual Tales of the Cocktail bar-tending festival in New Orleans, you’d be wrong. Last July they declared a small, view-less bar in New York’s West Village, with no guest list and a frankly disappointing lack of statuesque supermodels, the best cocktail bar in the world.
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