PHOTOS: DRiNK Magazine Bar Awards 2018 Winners

By That's Shanghai, November 29, 2018

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The DRiNK Magazine Bar Awards 2018 took place at the Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai on November 19. Presented by DRiNK Magazine and Thirsty Works Productions, the night was a glamorous affair with some seriously high-quality production values. 

The ceremony featured a four-course dinner, while guests enjoyed drinks at the cocktail reception and ceremony from world-renowned bars Happiness Forgets (London), Native (Singapore), Coupette (London), The Odd Couple (Shanghai) and The Dead Rabbit (New York). Ago Perrone of Connaught Bar (London) also made a guest appearance. DMBA paid tribute to the 'beating heard of the bar industry and the shared pulse that connects everyone all from soul to shaker' with mesmerizing percussion and dance performances. 

You can see a photo gallery of some of the industry's biggest movers and shakers looking drop dead gorgous here.

Big winners on the night were Sober Company, who picked up three awards...

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Image courtesy DRiNK Magazine

and Guangzhou speakeasy Hope & Sesame ran away with two of the PRD's first ever DMBA victories.

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Image courtesy DRiNK Magazine

Beijing favorites Jing-A Brewpub and EQUIS snagged trophies too. 

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Image courtesy DRiNK Magazine

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Image courtesy DRiNK Magazine

Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Agung Prabowo triumphed in the voting for two new regional crowns: Bar of the Year (Asia) for The Old Man as well as Asia Bartender of the Year. 

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Image courtesy DRiNK Magazine

Here is the full list of those that received gold and silver shaker trophies...

Sustainability Award (New for 2018) – BACARDI No Straws Campaign

Innovation Award (New for 2018)  –  Cityson

Bartender Brand – Campari

Brand Ambassador – Ethan Liu, Proof & Company

Design – Atelier by Taste Buds (Shanghai) 

Music Program –  Shake (Shanghai)

Wine Program – Le Verra a Vin (Shanghai)

Beer Program – Jing-A Brewpub (Beijing)

Service – Sober Company (Shanghai)

Restaurant Bar of the Year – Sober Company (Shanghai)

High Volume Bar – Le Baron (Shanghai)

Hotel Bar of the Year – EQUIS, Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Cocktail Program – Hope & Sesame (Guangzhou)

Bar Team of the Year – Sober Company (Shanghai)

Entrepreneurship Award (New for 2018) – Kin, Constellation (Shanghai)

Founders Award –  Eddy Yang, The Tailor Group

Bar of the Year (Asia) –  The Old Man (Hong Kong)

Bartender of the Year (Asia) – Agung Prabowo, The Old Man (Hong Kong)

International Bartender of the Year (New for 2018) – Erik Lorincz

Bartender of the Year (China) – Jackie Lo

Bar of the Year (China) – Hope & Sesame (Guangzhou)

See the full photo gallery of the night right here

[Cover image courtesy DRiNK Magazine]

See the full gallery of the night right here.

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