Bartenders' Choice Awards




2018 BCA Week

posted: 2018-12-03

The BCA Week 2018 Schedule is live!

For the first year, Bartenders Choice Awards will be extending its wings into a week long celebration leading up to the gala held on December 16th at Grand Hotel Stockholm.

Stockholm's top venues are opening up their doors for you the public to experience an intimate behind the scenes look into what goes into award winning cocktails.

To get your tickets to the different events and the Award Ceremony, go to the event page and pick your event! 


tickets on sale now

posted: 2018-10-23

On Sunday December 16th it is finally time to announce all the winners of BCA2018 at Grand Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden.

Join us as we announce the winners of the 9th annual Awards over cocktails, canapes and much much more! Don’t miss out on the biggest celebration of the nordic cocktail scene!



fare bar + canteen

posted: 2018-11-26

Bartenders’ Choice Awards together with Plantation rum are flying in Marcis Dzelzainis from newly opened Fare Bar + Canteen in London for a one night guest shift on Saturday Dec 8th at Hobo Hotel in Stockholm.

From critically acclaimed bars such as Satan’s Whiskers and Sager & Wilde, Marcis has picked up not only the respect of the cocktail community but also the award for Best International Restaurant Bar at Tales of the cocktail with Sager & Wilde.

Join us at Hobo Hotel for world class cocktails and good times. Doors open at 7PM on Saturday Dec 8th. First come, first served.


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Broken shaker & the spare room

posted: 2018-11-13

Bartenders’ Choice Awards together with Absolut Vodka are flying in Yael Vengroff and Christine Wiseman for a one night guest shift in Stockholm on Saturday Nov 24th at Hobo Hotel.

Christine, currently managing the celebrated and eclectic cocktail bar Broken Shaker, one of Downtown LA’s most talked about rooftop bars.

Yael, American Bartender of the year, resides at the The Spare room, found in Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel where you can practice bowling skills in one hand (the bowling lanes dating back to the early 1800s) while drinking world class cocktails in your other.

Join us at Hobo Hotel for world class cocktails and good times. Doors open at 7PM on Saturday Nov 24th. First come, first served.





posted: 2018-10-23

Talented Swedish jewelry designer Yasar Aydin has once again created the Bartenders’ Choice Awards statue.

All 40 statues are one of a kind with a hand sculpted ceramic body, glazed and hand painted with gold. The base and cocktail glass features poplar wood, hand engraved brass and sterling silver.

This years edition of the desirable statues will be handed out to all worthy winners, December 16th in Stockholm, Sweden.

Thank you Yasar for your extraordinary work.




bca gala 2018

posted: 2018-10-23

December 16th. all winners will be announced live and in grand fashion at Grand Hôtel in Stockholm, Sweden. Jury members, sponsors, partners and consumers will enjoy live music, amazing cocktails and of course the joyous atmosphere and celebration of all the winners.





posted: 2018-10-23

BCA is going on tour to announce the BCA2108 nominees. From November 4th. we will visit Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden to meet jury members, announce the nominees and inform about upcoming BCA events. We just might also check out the local bar and restaurant scene.

See you on the road!




posted: 2018-04-23

On Saturday, March 21st we had the honour of hosting Jack Banks and Goran Aziz of the award winning Dandelyan to Stockholm for the latest in the series of BCA Guest Shifts. 

The Dandelyan team have focused on bringing a neighbourhood vibe to the glamour of a 5 star hotel. Looking at recent awards, they have for sure accomplished just that.

The featured drinks was from their latest menu "The Modern Life of Plants" such as the delicious 'BC3 Negroni' with pollen vermouth, arrak and aged honey and Dandelyans own Cosmopolitan version 'Canon Cosmo' with Absolut Vodka, pink sour mix and almond. 

Thank you Jack and Goran for an amazing guest shift. Hope to see you soon at Dandelyan. 




posted: 2017-12-18

Here are some pictures of yesterdays winners at Bartenders' Choice Awards. Congratulations to everyone and thank you to everyone that attended and made this an unforgettable gala.   


Best Bartender - Timo Siitonen
Best Cocktail Bar - A21 Decades
Best New Cocktail Bar - Chapter
Best Atmosphere - Runar
Best Cocktail Menu - A21 Decades
Improver Of The Bar Industry - Timo Siitonen
Best Restaurant - Baskeri & Basso
Peoples Choice - Tiima


Best Bartender - Jeppe Nothlev
Best Cocktail Bar - Duck & Cover
Best New Cocktail Bar - Gensyn
Best Atmosphere - The Barking Dog
Best Cocktail Menu - Duck & Cover
Improver Of The Bar Industry - Max Scott
Best Restaurant - Pluto
Peoples Choice - Strøm Bar


Best Bartender - Josephine Sondlo
Best Cocktail Bar - Bar Hommage
Best New Cocktail Bar - Penny & Bill
Best Atmosphere - 20Hundra5
Best Cocktail Menu - 20Hundra5
Improver Of The Bar Industry - Peter Molander
Best Restaurant - Sturehof
Peoples Choice - Stranger


Best Bartender - Jørgen Dons
Best Cocktail Bar - Himkok
Best New Cocktail Bar - Pjolter og Punsj
Best Atmosphere - Torggata Botaniske
Best Cocktail Menu - Himkok
Improver Of The Bar Industry - Monica Berg
Best Restaurant - Pjoltergeist
Peoples Choice - No Stress


Hernö Gin





posted: 2017-12-04

Together with Absolut Vodka we had the great pleasure of  hosting a guest shift  with one of the most award winning cocktail bars in the world, The Dead Rabbit from New York City. The guest shift took place at Hobo Hotel where Jillian Vose and Madeleine Rapp served signature cocktails from their celebrated bar.

It was all smiles all night from the two ladies behind the stick and their craftsmanship, finness and passion for cocktails was on full display. Thank you and hope to have you back soon.




posted: 2017-11-30

In collaboration with Absolut Vodka we invite you to enjoy cocktails created by two absolute world class bartenders. These two are no other than Jillian Vose and Madeleine Rapp who can be found behind the stick at the award winning New York bar Dead Rabbit.

This exclusive guest shift takes place at the bar 5emman, at Hobo Hotel in Stockholm on Saturday, December 2nd, The doors open at 19:00 and closes 24:00. Drinks are served on a first come first served basis.

Dead Rabbit has won pretty much everything you can win at Drinks Internationals Worlds 50 Best Bars and at Tales Of The Cocktails Spirited Awards.

Also, don't miss out on the Dead Rabbit seminar on Sunday, December 3rd. The session starts at 15:00 at Hobo Hotel.

We will go into the depths and dig into Madeleines and Jillians successful careers as bartenders and discuss all this from a female perspective. What does it mean to be a woman in the bartending industry? How can we attract more women to the profession? What can we jointly do to create better conditions for everyone and bring more equality to the industry?

Welcome everyone!

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posted: 2017-11-27

Here they are!

This years edition of the desirable statues that will be handed out to all worthy winners, December 17th in Stockholm, Sweden.

Once again the statues are designed by talented Swedish jewelry designer Yasar Aydin. All 34 statues are one of a kind with a hand sculpted ceramic body that is semi glazed and hand painted with genuine gold. The base and cocktail glass features poplar wood, hand engraved brass and sterling silver. 

Thank you Yasar for your extraordinary work.  


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On Tuesday, November 7th the nominees for 2017 was announced during a casual ceremony  at Hobo Hotel in Stockholm.

This year we are more than excited to announce nominees in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark and also add a category for Best Restaurant.




posted: 2017-11-06

It's with great pleasure we welcome Denmark, Finland and Norway to the BCA-family. BCA has been active in Sweden for eight years now and it is about time we expand and do this together with our neighboring countries. The bar scenes in respective countries are vibrant and already well respected  around the world and this will hopefully add even more attention to the many great bars in the nordics.  

Each country will have their own jury of industry professionals, all with an extensive level of commitment and expertise within cocktails.

It will be amazing to witness everyone togeather at the gala, December 17th in Stockholm. 




posted: 2017-09-23

Together with Plantation rum we had the great pleasure of  hosting a two night pop up bar with one of our favorite bars in the world, Pouring Ribbons in New York. The pop up took place at Hobo Hotel and American bartender of the year Joaquín Simó and head bartender Brooke Toscano served signature cocktails from their celebrated bar. Needless to say they killed it. Thank you and hope to have you back soon.

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