The Bon Vivant (Thistle Street) has been honoured at the Tales of the Cocktail 2014 Spirited Awards. The first ever Scottish winner at the hotly-contested international awards ceremony, the Edinburgh restaurant bar competed against Delicatessen (Moscow), Spitalfields Bar at Hawksmoor and Blind Pig at Social Eating House (both London).
Founder and Director of The Bon Vivant, Stuart McCluskey picked up the Best International Restaurant Bar award at the glittering Spirited Awards ceremony on Saturday July 19th in New Orleans.
Tales of the Cocktail is the world’s premier drinks industry event, taking place annually with up to 20,000 attendees. It brings together the international spirits community to celebrate what’s new and next in bartending. The Spirited Awards are the climax of the five-day Tales of the Cocktail event and recognise the world’s best bars and bar talent.
The Bon Vivant is renowned for its winning formula of providing an informal ‘European’ style of dining, whereby high quality food is savoured and complemented by excellent libations in a stylish, relaxed setting. It is the first Scottish establishment to receive a Spirited Award.
Stuart McCluskey, Founder and Director of The Bon Vivant said:
“Winning the Spirited Award at Tales of the Cocktail is a stunning result for The Bon Vivant. To even feature in the final four for the Best International Restaurant Bar 2014 category was incredible, but to win against such reputable establishments makes me very proud of what The Bon Vivant team has achieved since we opened on Thistle Street in Edinburgh in 2008."
“The Spirited Awards are the drinks industry Oscars and I was honoured just to be in the same room as so many peers whom I admire and respect. This win puts The Bon Vivant and Scotland on the global drinks map and gives us so much to build on for the future. We are delighted.”