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The evening of October 23, 2019 will showcase, recognize and celebrate the best of the Indian bar and cocktail industry – from the best bars to the best mixologists and bar teams that have made meaningful contributions through their craft in ten categories:


Best Bar – An honor bestowed upon a bar, situated either in a hotel or as an independent establishment, which is helping set new standards when it comes to drinks quality and service, both served up in a great environment. An all-round award which combines the quality and variety of cocktails on offer, the curation of the wines, spirits and beer menu, the quality of the bar team, both front and back of house, and of the bartenders and bar managers, and last but not the least, the design of the bar itself.

Teacher’s Glasses Best Independent Bar Award– The best bar situated outside of a hotel which provides outstanding drinks and service in a well-designed environment.

Teacher’s Glasses Best Bartender Award– Recognizes someone who is setting new standards of excellence when it comes to drink creation and service, who has a thirst for knowledge, the humility to learn and who is helping take her or his bar to the next level.

Tanqueray Best Hotel Bar Award – Acknowledges the best bar situated in a hotel which provides outstanding drinks and service in a comfortable environment.

Ketel One Best Cocktail Menu Award– Honours the bar that shines through the quality and originality of its cocktail menu, the variety on offer through the year, the ability to recognise and choose new international trends that are appropriate to the Indian context and sets new trends in India.

Bacardi Experiences Best Bar Team Award – Recognises the best bar team in either a hotel or independent bar, including both the bartenders and bar backs as well as front of house staff.

DVKSP Best Microbrewery or Taproom Award – judges the best Microbrewery or Tap room for the quality and variety of beer served, the knowledge levels of their staff and the quality of drinks service, all served up in a comfortable and pleasing environment.

SPEEDX Best Bar Design Award – This award recognises excellence in bar design, as we seek to reward and recognise bars which are setting new standards when it comes to the quality of their interiors in relation to their thematic, their back bar display and the layout of their bar.


Best Bar Award – Your choice for the bar that makes you feel most at home, combining stellar drinks and service.

DVKSP Best Microbrewery / Taproom Award – Your favourite microbrewery, serving up high quality freshly brewed beer.


Best Vintage Bar – A bar which has been in operation for at least the last 30 years, standing the test of time, while continuing to evolve, and being a benchmark for other bars to aspire to, especially when it comes to longevity. The bar could be situated either in a hotel or could be an independent establishment.

Hotel Pullman Aerocity Industry Legend – An individual who has played a foundational role in India’s bar industry. She / He, should have established a legacy, and been influential via the quality of the people they have influenced, thereby creating a cascading effect.

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