Edinburgh bar restaurant, the Bon Vivant in Thistle Street won the Best International Restaurant Bar at the Tales of the Cocktail 2014 Spirited Awards in New Orleans. The first ever Scottish winner at the international awards, it was up against Delicatessen in Moscow and two London bars – Spitalfields Bar at Hawksmoor and Blind Pig at Social Eating House. Founder and director of the Bon Vivant, Stuart McCluskey picked up the award at the Tales of the Cocktail event which brings together the international spirits community to celebrate what’s new and next in bartending and attracts 20,000 attendees. The nominees in the International Restaurant Bar Award category were judged on their approach to aperitif and digestif drinks, cocktail and food pairings, general bartending and mixing excellence.
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