Did you see the list of winning “regional bars” released by Tales of the Cocktail yesterday? Part of the Spirited Awards, the list recognizes bars doing wonderful things around the world in all regions. I want to personally congratulate each of this year’s winning bars - it’s an incredible feat to create space, hospitality, flavour and a community filled with love each day, for each guest and with each team member. Onwards and upwards! The full listing can be found on the @tales_of_the_cocktail
profile. Many thanks to @charlottehdovoisey @jacobbriars
and so many more for keeping the tradition and recognition alive through this platform, including the co-chairs for each region. .
The new format this year showcases an incredible number of bars that can sometimes be overlooked. I think it’s a great opportunity to really champion what Canada — and other regions — are doing coast to coast, and add more richness to the listing each year. Well done everyone - your support and patronage of these bars keeps the dream alive. Keep the standard high, and we will get there! Great work and excellence deserves recognition. Don’t feel bummed if you or your bar weren’t on the top 10, most likely if you do amazing work, you were added in - the rest is up to the voters.
Keep your bartenders giving great service, stay active on social media, post ALL THE TIME - this might seem insane, but that’s the only way people will know who you are and what you’re doing - this is a super low budget program! We all don’t have funding for PR, travel, etc... that’s the best way to get yourselves out there - anyone who says bartending isn’t a “self starter” job is crazy - it is. AND those bartenders that like to show the world what they’re all about and what their bars are all about should keep up with community events, competitions, seminars, etc.... and become friends with those you admire - don’t be afraid to reach out. If someone or a bar team or brand, whomever, inspires you, let them know and go for coffee. :) we are in it to be the BEST in our community, and put people first xxxxx #totc2018 #truespirit