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Winning a coveted Spirited Award has put hundreds of cocktail bars from around the world on the map. Now Tales of the Cocktail, the 19-year-old New Orleans-based organization that established the awards in 2007, has made the metaphor a reality by building the definitive interactive map of the world’s best bars.
Held annually every summer, the Spirited Awards has been the customary closing night ceremony of the week-long Tales of the Cocktail conference in New Orleans. (Full disclosure: Forbes is the official media partner of Tales of the Cocktail.) Among the prestigious categories recognized over the years are Best American Cocktail Bar, Best International Cocktail Bar, World’s Best Cocktail Menu, and Best American Bar Mentor—many of which have propelled winners to massive success and prominence in the mixology world.