CLASS is delighted to announce the finalists of the CLASS Bar Awards 2024, ahead of the ceremony at Battersea Arts Centre in London on April 16th.

Awards finalists will be contacted today and will receive CBAs social media assets and invited to the ceremony. General registration for tickets will open on March 4th.

This year the CBAs sees Wales and the West of England separating to receive their own finalists shortlists, in recognition of the widening of bar excellence across the UK.  

Submission Awards

These awards are entered by submission and judged by the Class Bar Awards Regional Chairs and hosts. In attendence were: Jenny Griffiths, Chair for Wales; Ellen Manning, Chair for Midlands; Dave Marsland, Chair for North; Blythe Robertson, Chair for Scotland; Hamish Smith, Chair for London; Declan McGurk and Anna Sebastian, both Co-hosts of the CBAs.

Social Media Presence of the Year Sponsored by Disaronno Velvet

Lab 22, Cardiff

Manolo, Liverpool

Sexy Fish, London

Scarfes Bar, London

Front of House Star of the Year 

Giacomo Faure, Vesper Bar, London

Lucy Thomas, Lyaness, London

Paola Mariotti, Sterling, Manchester

Rachel Bailey Palumbo, Hey Palu, Edinburgh

Sustainable Practices Award Sponsored by Avallen Calvados

Below Stairs, Leeds

Gungho!, Brighton

Pal Bar + Kitchen, Grimsby

Terroir Tapas, Bournemouth

Emerging Bartender of the Year Sponsored by La Hechicera

Anna King, The Guards Bar & Lounge at Raffles Hotel at The OWO, London

Georgia Balson, Atelier Coupette, London

Reah Owen, Project Halcyon Distillery, Manchester

Yadney Fernandes, Sterling, Manchester

Bar Manager of the Year Sponsored by Italicus

Max Hayward, Lab 22, Cardiff

Michele Mariotti, American Bar at Gleneagles, Auchterarder

Pietro Collina, Viajante87, London

Sophie Bratt, Nobu Bar, Nobu Hotel Portman Square, London

Bar Employer of the Year Sponsored by Cotswold Distillery

American Bar at Gleneagles, Auchterarder

Kiki Lounge, Douglas

Passing Fancies, Birmingham

Soda & Friends, London

Industry Vote Awards

The following awards are decided by an industry vote. The panel – named the CLASS Collective - is a group of 120 bar industry figures drawn from around the UK.

Cocktail of the Year Sponsored by Renais Spirits

Absinthe Frappe, Filthy XIII, Bristol

Adult Ribena, Passing Fancies, Birmingham

East 8 Hold Up, Satan's Whiskers, London

Wilderness, Panda & Sons, Edinburgh

Drinks Menu of the Year Sponsored by Franklin & Sons

Transcend, Panda & Sons, Edinburgh

Passing Fancies, Birmingham

Couch, Birmingham

Kwãnt, London

Bar Food Menu of the Year Sponsored by Altamura Vodka 

Kwãnt, London

Passing Fancies, Birmingham

Side Hustle, Nomad, London

Tayēr + Elementary, London

Hotel Bar of the Year Sponsored by Everleaf Drinks

American Bar, Gleneagles, Auchterarder

Connaught Bar, The Connaught, London

Lyaness, Sea Containers, London

Scarfes Bar, Rosewood, London

New Bar of the Year Sponsored by Wild Turkey

Atelier Coupette, London

Equal Parts, London

Dram, London

Kwãnt, London

Best Bar in London & the South East Sponsored by Espolon

Kwãnt, London

Satan's Whiskers, London

Seed Library, London

Tayēr + Elementary, London

Best Bar in the North Sponsored by The Busker

Blinker, Manchester

Project Halcyon Distillery, Manchester

Schofield's, Manchester

Speak in Code, Manchester

Best Bar in the Midlands & East Anglia

11th & Social, Norwich

Couch, Birmingham

Lucky 7, Birmingham

Passing Fancies, Birmingham

Best Bar in Scotland & Northern Ireland 

Bramble, Edinburgh

Hey Palu, Edinburgh

Nauticus, Edinburgh

Panda & Sons, Edinburgh

Best Bar in the West Sponsored by Master of Malt Trade

Filthy XIII, Bristol

Hideout, Bath

Milk Thistle, Bristol

Ojo Rojo, Bournemouth

Best Bar in Wales

Lab 22, Cardiff

La Pantera, Cardiff

Nightshade, Cardiff

Pennyroyal, Cardiff

Bar of the Year sponsored by The Lost Explorer

To be announced at the Class Bar Awards 2024. The winner will be the bar from the five regions that achieved most votes.

Bartender of the Year Sponsored by Savoia Americano

Chelsea Bailey, freelance / ex-American Bar at The Savoy

Filippos Filippopoulos, Tabula Rasa, Leeds

Katie Rouse, Couch, Birmingham

Matt Arnold, Passing Fancies, Birmingham

Bar Innovator of the Year Sponsored by Hoxton Spirits

Joe & Dan Schofield, Schofield's, Manchester

Iain McPherson, Panda & Sons, Nauticus, Hoot the Redeemer, Edinburgh

Matt Arnold & Eve Green, Passing Fancies, Birmingham

Monica Berg & Alex Kratena, Tayēr + Elementary, London

Outstanding Contribution award Sponsored by Funkin

To be announced at the Class Bar Awards 2024.