Friday, December 28, 2018

Best of Lounge - 2018

Fredo Ceraso is this year's Lounger Number 1 despite his ardent protests.
He humbly accepted the award at the Loungerati Staff Beefsteak Dinner held on Repeal Weekend in NYC.

Wow! 2018 done already? What happened? It was a blur and we are looking forward to the last year of the "teens". Loungerati's 2018 Best of Lounge Awards go to:

Lounge Scene Awards 

Best Burlesque Act or Performer*: Francine The Lucid Dream's Pink Room Burlesque, NYC
Honorable Mention: Gin Minsky, Miss Puss-n-Boots, Gal Friday, Glitter Gutter at Slipper Room

Francine The Lucid Dream & Friends
* Editor's Note: We could probably list dozens of terrific shows, performances, and acts that Francine was involved with this year - it is truly remarkable. We are convinced she must have doppelgangers to do it all and wish her best of luck with her nomination for Broadway World Cabaret Awards Best Burlesque Show!! 
Diane L. Naegel Award for Best Lounge or Vintage Event: Don Spiro's Green Fairy at the Red Room  
Honorable Mention: Dances of Vice - Great Gatsby Party, The Easter Parade, Loungerati Beefsteak Dinner

Viva La Musica Award for Best Jazz, Lounge, or Swing Band: The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra
Honorable Mention: Brian Newman, Dandy Wellington & His Band, Michael Arenella's Dreamland Orchestra

Glenn Crytzer
Most Sought After Ingredient or Bar Tool for the Home Bar: Nikka Coffey Gin
Honorable Mention: Bigallet 'China-China' Amer, I Just Came for the Drinks by Sother TeagueOld Overholt Bonded Rye

Best Dressed LoungerAshton "Dandy Dillinger" Warren 
Honorable Mention: Eff "Occhi Azzurri" Blangiardo, Brian "Showboat" Newman, Lesley "Jee-Jee" Martin

Dandy Dillinger with Don Spiro of Green Fairy

Cocktail Bars and Lounges
Best New Cocktail Bar or Lounge: Tie: Katana Kitten (West Village) & Osamil (Midtown)
Honorable mention: The Polynesian (Times Square), Gibson & Luce (Midtown), George Washington Bar at Freehand Hotel (Gramercy)

Ben Rojo of GW Bar & Jelo of Osamil at Osamil
Best New York Cocktail Bar or LoungeDante (Greenwich Village)
Honorable Mention: Long Island Bar (Cobble Hill), The Dead Rabbit (FIDI), Clover Club (Boerum Hill), Dear Irving (Union Square)

Best Barfood: Korean Fried Chicken at Osamil (Midtown) 
Honorable Mention: Deviled Eggs at Ward III (Tribeca), Steak Tartare at Employees Only (West Village), Katsu Sando at Bar Moga (Greenwich Village)

Best of the New York Hotel Bars: Rum House at Hotel Edison(Times Square)
Honorable Mention: Lantern's Keep at the Iroquois (Times Square), Nomad at Nomad Hotel (Midtown), Gin Parlour at Intercontinental Hotel (Midtown)

Best Cocktail of 2018The Calpico Swizzle (Bombay Sapphire East, Nigori Sake, Calpico, lime, sansho pepper, blanc de blanc)at Katana Kitten (West Village)
Honorable Mention: K-Town Sidecar at Osamil (Midtown), Commodore Perry Cooler at George Washington Bar(Gramercy), Permanent Vacation at Grand Banks (Tribeca)

Calpico Swizzle at Katana Kitten
Editors and Staff Picks:

Best Seat in the HouseDug Out seat at Ward III (Tribeca)
Honorable mention: Snug booth at Dead Rabbit's refurbished Tap Room, the seat farthest from Phil Ward in Long Island Bar or Rockwell Place, & F14 at Clover Club of course when in Brooklyn (natch!)
Affinity Cocktail with Harleston Green Blended Scotch and
Deviled Eggs in the Dug Out Seat at Ward III

Best Cocktail for the Road**
: Army & Navy Cocktail (London Dry Gin, Lemon, Housemande Orgeat) at Flatiron Lounge (Chelsea)
Honorable Mention: Irish Coffee at Dead Rabbit (FiDi), Ichi-mas Boilermaker (Sapporo lager & Toki Japanese Whiskey) at Katana Kitten (West Village), The Derelict (rums, bourbon, banana, cinnamon, passion fruit, absinthe and juices) at Polynesian (Midtown West)

Army & Navy Cocktail at Flatiron Lounge (RIP)
**Editor's Note: The last cocktail we ordered at Flatiron Lounge the week before it closed was the classic Army & Navy. What a way to say good-bye to a cocktail stalwart!

Best Saloon: Hanks Saloon (Boerum Hill) 
Honorable Mention: Hudson Malone (Midtown East), American Whiskey (Midtown), The Gaf West (Hell's Kitchen)
Best NY Tiki Experience: Exotica Night at Raines Law Room (Midtown)
Honorable Mention: The Polynesian (Midtown West), Sunken Harbor at Ft Defiance (Red Hook), Cellar 335 (Jersey City)

Best of the InternationalsEl Pequeno Bar (Montreal)
Honorable Mention: American Bar at Savoy Hotel (London), Fifty Mils (Mexico D.F.)

*NEW* Best American Cocktail Bar (ex-NYC) Visited in 2018: Water Witch (SLC)
Honorable Mention: Rosina (Las Vegas), Lost Lake (Chicago), Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co. (Miami)
Best Dive aka "The Gutter Award"Hanks Saloon (Boerum Hill)
Honorable Mention: Jimmy's Corner (Times Square), Nancy Whiskey Pub (Tribeca), Tracks in Penn Station (Midtown) 

Was lucky enough to have a last drink served by
veteran bartender Jeannie Talierico. Thanks for the memories!  
Brian F. Paynter Award for Lounger Number One: Fredo "Don't Give Me this Award" Ceraso 
Honorable mention: David "GOH" Talaga, Joe "The Leisure Master" Desmond, Don "Mr. Absinthe" Spiro

Lastly, the New York cocktail bar scene lost too many of our favorite watering holes this past year. Flatiron Lounge, Julie Reiner's pioneering cocktail bar served its last drink after almost 15 years, Hanks Saloon, the iconic downtown Brooklyn dive bar shuttered, as did relative new comers Suffolk Arms. We will miss these joints and fondly remember the good times, friendships made, and hospitality.

Til' the next Manhattans!

- The Loungerati

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Best of Lounge - 2017


A stellar year for all things lounge - Loungerati's 2017 Best of Lounge Awards go to:

Lounge Scene Awards 

Best Burlesque Act or Performer: DOTTIE DYNAMO & Speakeasy Burlesque at Black Lodge, NYC
Honorable Mention: Francine the Lucid Dream, Rosie Cheeks at Hotel Chantelle, Seedy Edie


Dottie Dynamo
Diane L. Naegel Award for Best Lounge or Vintage Event: 2ND ANNUAL REPEAL DAY PARTY at Hotel Chantelle 
Honorable Mention: Prohibition Production's Bootlegger's Jazz Cruise, Green Fairy at the Red Room, Dances of Vice - Great Gatsby Party


Celebrating our right to imbibe at the
2nd Annual Repeal Day Party 
Viva La Musica Award for Best Jazz, Lounge, or Swing BandDrew Nugent & The Midnight Society
Honorable MentionKing Solomon Hicks at Django, The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra - Big Band Mondays at Kola House, Matt Piazzi & Debonair's at Club Macanudo 
Drew Nugent 

Most Sought After Ingredient or Bar Tool for the Home Bar: NEW YORK COCKTAILS by Amanda Schuster
Honorable Mention: Bulu Pineapple Barspoon, Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto, Pierre Ferrand dry curacao

A must have for the HomeBar!
Best Dressed Lounger: EFF BLANGIARDO (Seigo's Customer Number One)
Honorable Mention: Kayla Ferguson (Queen of the Nile), Don Spiro (Absinthe Afficionado), Dandy Dillinger (Miss Art Deco)


 Eff Blangiardo enjoying a Gibson at The Grill
Cocktail Bars and Lounges
Best New Cocktail Bar or LoungeTHE GRILL (New York)
Honorable mention:  Diamond Reef (Brooklyn), The Pool Lounge (New York), The Office at the Aviary (New York), Loverboy (New York)

Best New York Cocktail Bar or LoungeLONG ISLAND BAR (Brooklyn)
Honorable Mention: Bar Goto (LES), Dear Irving (Gramercy), Suffolk Arms (LES), Maison Premiere (Williamsburg), Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog (FIDI), Clover Club (Boerum Hill), The Bennett (Tribeca), Nitecap (LES) 


Long Island Bar in Brooklyn

Best Barfood: CHOPPED CHEESE at SUFFOLK ARMS 
Honorable Mention: Okonomi-Yaki (Classic) at Bar Goto, Oyster Happy Hour at Maison Premiere, L.I. Burger at Long Island Bar, Ricotta Beignets at The Bennett 

Best of the New York Hotel Bars: NOMAD HOTEL BAR (Gramercy)
Honorable Mention: The Rum House at Hotel Edison (Times Square), Django at the Roxy Hotel (Tribeca), Latern's Keep at Hotel Iroquois (Times Square)

David A. Embury Award for Best Cocktail of 2017*: THE GIBSON (Tanqueray 10 Gin, Carpano Bianco vermouth, onion brine, pickled red onion)at DEAR IRVING
Honorable Mention: Improved Shochu Cocktail (barley shochu Mizu, Berkshire Etherial gin, cane syrup, Hitachino no Shizuku) at Bar Goto, La Marionetta (Gin, Carpano Bianco, Luxardo Bitter Bianco, Boquerones) at Don Angie, The Alaska Cocktail (Tanqueray gin, Chartreuse, orange bitters) at The Grill


The Gibson at Dear Irving
* Editor's note: This year, riffs on the classic Martini and Gibson were all the rave - from Thomas Waugh's menu of pre-made perfectly chilled martinis at The Grill, to the Tuxedo # 2's return to multiple cocktail menus, and every Gibson in between. Naturally, the Loungerati drank our weight in gin and sampled a broad range of libations to ensure objectivity. The above cocktails represent the very best of the best. Meaghan Dorman's take on the classic Gibson at Dear Irving is not new for 2017 per se but it sure was our favorite!

Editor and Team Picks:
Best Seat in the House: DUG OUT SEAT at DANTE NYC 
Honorable mention: Parlour Bar seat at Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog, Any bar seat at The Grill - seriously we had to get there at 5pm on a Tuesday to snag one, a NoMad Hotel Bar seat, Dug Out seat at Ward III, & F14 at Clover Club of course when in Brooklyn


Best Cocktail for the RoadDUKE OF SUFFOLK (Ford’s Gin, Hot Sweet Tea (equal blend of English Breakfast & Earl Grey Sweetened 3:1 with Simple Syrup), Cream Float) at Suffolk Arms (New York)
Honorable Mention: Peroni Negroni at Dutch Fred's (New York), KANPAI! Sapporo & Choice of House Tequila, Bourbon or Scotch at Bar Goto (New York), Tecate & Montenegro at Loverboy (New York), Fernet Branca and Sessions Lager (in a can!!) at Bar X (SLC)

The signature Duke of Suffolk (rabbit ears not included)
Best SaloonWARD III (New York) - Welcome back!!
Honorable Mention: American Whiskey, (New York), Dutch Fred's (New York), Hudson Malone (New York), Bar X (SLC) 

Best NY Tiki Experience: Garret Richard's EXOTICA NIGHT (various locations)
Honorable Mention: Tiki Tuesday's with Brian Miller (various locations), Mother of Pearl (East Village), Otto's Shrunken Head (East Village)

Garret Richard at Exotica Night in Raines Law Room
Photo Credit: Don Spiro
Best of the Internationals: LICORERIA LIMANTOUR (Mexico City)
Honorable Mention: Old Crow (Zurich), Caffe Propaganda (Rome), American Bar at Savoy Hotel (London) Employees Only Singapore (Singapore), 1930 (Milan)

Best Dive aka "The Gutter Award": BAR 169 (Chinatown, NYC)
Honorable Mention: Nancy Whiskey Pub (Tribeca), Ruby's Bar & Grill (Coney Island), Tracks in Penn Station (Midtown, NYC) 

Brian F. Paynter Award for Lounger Number One: LESLEY A. MARTIN 
Honorable mention: Mark "The Senator" Vasto, David "GOH" Talaga, Don Spiro

Lastly, the New York cocktail bar scene lost a few of our favorite watering holes this past year. Mayahuel, the iconic temple to all things tequila and mezcal closed its doors after almost 10 years as did new comer and industry favorite August Laura. We will miss these bars but always cherish the memories, friendships and hospitality.

Til the next whiskey sours!

- The Loungerati


Fredo & the Loungerati Team
Maloney & Porcelli, Dec 2017

Monday, December 5, 2016

Best of Lounge - 2016

The Loungerati have voted and the 2016 Best of Lounge Awards go to:

Lounge Scene Awards 
Best Burlesque Act or Performer: CALAMITY CHANG
Honorable Mention: Rosie Cheeks, Gal Friday Burlesque

Diane L. Naegel Award for Best Lounge or Vintage Event: DARDANELLA at The Plaza Hotel 
Honorable Mention: The Salon's New Year's Eve Eve Party, Dances of Vice - Phantasmagorey

Viva La Musica Award for Best Jazz, Lounge, or Swing Band: QUEEN ESTHER & HER HOT FIVE
Honorable Mention: Dandy Wellington & His Band, Brian Newman Orchestra at the Rainbow Room

Most Sought After Ingredient for the Home Bar: REGARDING COCKTAILS by SASHA PETRASKE
Honorable Mention: Amer Picon, Del Maguey Mezcal Chichicapa

Best Dressed LoungerJ ROSSER LOMAX (Suntory's Man)
Honorable Mention: Marlo Gamora (Barman & Ambassador), Eff Blangiardo (Scion of Sprezzatura)

Cocktail Bars and Lounges
Best New Cocktail Bar or LoungeTHE BENNETT (New York)
Honorable mention:  Suffolk Arms (New York), August Laura (Brooklyn)

Best New York Cocktail Bar or LoungeCLOVER CLUB (Brooklyn)
Honorable Mention: Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog (New York), Attaboy (New York)

Best Barfood: SEAFOOD PLATEAU at GRAND ARMY (Brooklyn)
Honorable Mention: Mutton Burger at Seamstress (New York), Matzo Ball Soup at Suffolk Arms (New York)

Best of the NY Hotel Bars: THE RUM HOUSE at EDISON HOTEL (New York)
Honorable Mention: Elephant Bar at NoMad Hotel (New York), Lantern's Keep at Iroquois Hotel (New York)

David A. Embury Award for Best Cocktail of 2016AMARETTO SOUR (Gozio amaretto, Don Ciccio & Figlio Nocino, lemon, lime, simple) at the AUGUST LAURA (Brooklyn)
Honorable Mention: Loops Lips Sink Ships at Slowly Shirley (New York), Casa Rosada at Grand Army (Brooklyn)

Editor and Staff Picks:
Best Seat in the HouseERNEST HEMINGWAY BARSEAT at BLACKTAIL (New York)
Honorable mention: Seat F14 at Clover Club (Brooklyn), Dugout seats at Rum House (New York)

Best Cocktail for the RoadPERONI NEGRONI at DUTCH FRED'S(New York)
Honorable Mention: Modelo can & shot of Cynar at The Pennsy (New York), Trinidad Sour at Suffolk Arms (New York)

Best SaloonDEAD RABBIT GROCERY & GROG TAP ROOM (New York)
Honorable Mention: Sons & Daughters (New York), Dutch Fred's (New York)

Best American Tiki Experience: A tie: LOST LAKE (Chicago)
Honorable Mention: Tiki Mondays with Miller at Pouring Ribbons (New York), Smuggler's Cove (San Francisco), Latitude 29 (New Orleans)

Best of the InternationalsOLD CROW (Zurich)
Honorable Mention:  The Oriole (London), Sherry Butt (Paris)

Best Dive aka "The Gutter Award"JIMMY'S CORNER (New York)
Honorable Mention: Fanelli's Cafe (New York), Milano's (New York) 

Brian F. Paynter Award for Lounger Number One: PATRICK SOLURI (Maestro, Musician, Producer)

Happy Repeal Day and 10th Anniversary to Loungerati

Loungerati Beefsteak Dinner  2016 at Maloney & Porcelli - A Repeal Weekend Tradition
Happy Repeal Day and 10th Anniversary to the Loungerati readers, staff and contributors past and present! Raise a glass of bubbly because - it is your right!!

The Legalese:
On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution became the law of the land. This piece of legislation repealed the 18th Amendment's Prohibition of alcohol.
XXI Amendment 

Section 1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

Section 2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.

Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.
Featured Cocktail tonight:
Cognac Sazarac
3 oz Martel XO Cognac
4 dashes of Peychaud bitters
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 brown sugar cube
St. George Absinthe (for coating)
lemon twist

Method: Add sugar cube to mixing glass and add bitters. Muddle the sugar and bitters gently until broken down into a paste like consistency. Add Cognac and cracked ice. Stirred for 20 seconds. Separately, coat a chilled old fashioned glass with Absinthe and swirl until the interior is covered. Add the mixture to the glass and express the lemon oils from the twist over the glass and discard. Drink up!

The original Sazarac was made with Cognac!

Loungerati continues to serve as an outlet to those who enjoy Lounge culture, the sporting life, exquisite cocktails, classic music, and a good time! Enjoy the holidays and drink responsibly.

~The Lounge



Saturday, December 5, 2015

Happy Repeal Day and Loungerati's 9th Anniversary! Enjoy your Constitutional Right to Imbibe!



Three cheers to the 21st Amendment!
Happy Repeal Day and 9th Anniversary to the Loungerati readers, staff and contributers past and present! Raise a glass of bubbly because - it is your right!!

The skinny:
On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution became the law of the land. This piece of legislation repealed the 18th Amendment's Prohibition of alcohol.
XXI Amendment 

Section 1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

Section 2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.

Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.
Loungers Unite:
On December 5, 2006, Loungerati was born on a cocktail napkin at a bar called Brooklyn Social in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn and memorialized with the epic Lounge Doctrine delivered by one of the forum's founders, The Senator, at the legendary Algonquin Hotel bar the following year. Dorothy Parker would have been proud!

Loungerati continues to serve as an outlet to those who enjoy Lounge culture, the sporting life, exquisite cocktails, classic music, and a good time! Enjoy the holidays and drink responsibly.

~The Lounge


Senator delivers the Lounge Doctrine at the Algonquin Hotel
 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Best of Lounge - 2015




Loungerati and artist Dave Stolte donated the fee for this illustration
in Sasha's memory to the YouCaring fundraising site for his family.  

The Loungerati have voted via Survey Monkey for the 2015 Best of Lounge Awards and the results are in:

Lounge Scene Awards 
Best Burlesque Act or Performer: CALAMITY CHANG
Honorable Mention: Flatiron Follies - Grace Gotham, Hazel Honeysuckle
 
Diane L. Naegel Award for Best Lounge or Vintage Event: JAZZ AGE LAWN PARTY at Governor's Island
Honorable Mention: Playboy Swings Salon at the Players Club, Club Wit's End 7th Annual Black Cat Masquerade
 
Viva La Musica Award for Best Jazz, Lounge, or Swing Band: DANDY WELLINGTON AND HIS BAND
Honorable Mention: Queen Esther, Brian Newman Orchestra at the Rainbow Room
 
Most Sought After Ingredient for the Home Bar: DEAD RABBIT DRINKS MANUAL
Honorable Mention: Beach Bum Berry's Skull bar spoon, New York Distilling Company's Ragtime Rye
 
Best Dressed LoungerDANDY WELLINGTON (Song and Dance man)
Honorable Mention: Queen Esther (Belle of the Ball), Eff Blangiardo (Scion of Sprezzatura)
 
Cocktail Bars and Lounges
Best New Cocktail Bar or LoungeSLOWLY SHIRLEY (New York)
Honorable mention:  Mother of Pearl (New York), Dante (New York)

Best New York Cocktail Bar or LoungeTHE DEAD RABBIT GROCERY & GROG(New York)
Honorable Mention: Long Island Bar (Brooklyn), Dutch Kills (Queens)
 
Best Barfood: OYSTER HAPPY HOUR at THE DEAD RABBIT GROCERY & GROG (New York)
Honorable Mention: The Cheeseburger at The Happiest Hour (New York), Carrot Tartar at the Elephant Bar in NoMad Hotel (New York)

Best of the NY Hotel Bars: THE RUM HOUSE at EDISON HOTEL (New York)
Honorable Mention: Elephant Bar at NoMad Hotel (New York), King Kole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel (New York)
 
David A. Embury Award for Best Cocktail of 2015SHADDOCK and SMOKE (Ardbeg scotch, grapefruit liqueur, Amaretto, lemon juice, and seltzer) at the UP & UP(New York)
Honorable Mention: The Garibaldi at Dante (New York), Noche Buena at Leyenda (Brooklyn)
 
Editor and Staff Picks:
Best Seat in the HouseBar Seat at SLOWLY SHIRLEY (New York)
Honorable mention: The "Regular" at Employees Only(New York), Seat F12 (aka F14) at Clover Club (Brooklyn), Dugout seats at Dante (New York)
 
Best Cocktail for the RoadDIRTY BIRD (scotch, Amaro Montenegro, sweet vermouth, coffee bitters at GOODNIGHT SONNY (New York)
Honorable Mention: Sakura Martini at Bar Goto (New York), Brancolada at Donna Cocktail Bar (Brooklyn), Beer and shot at Holiday Cocktail Lounge (New York)

Best SaloonBAR X (Salt Lake City)
Honorable Mention: Daddy-O (New York), American Whiskey (New York)

*NEW* Best American Tiki Experience: A tie: LOST LAKE (Chicago) and LATITUDE 29 (New Orleans)
Honorable Mention: Tiki Mondays with Miller (New York), Smuggler's Cove (San Francisco), Mother of Pearl (New York)

Best of the InternationalsARTESIAN BAR at LANGHAM HOTEL (London)
Honorable Mention:  American Bar at the Savoy Hotel (London), White Lyan (London)

Best Dive aka "The Gutter Award"MONTERO BAR & GRILL (Brooklyn)
Honorable Mention: Patriot Saloon (New York), American Trash (New York)

Don't Bruise the Ice Award for Best Ice ProgramBAR GOTO (New York)
 
Brian F. Paynter Award for Lounger Number One: SASHA PETRASKE (Cocktail Icon and Jazz lover)






Saturday, November 21, 2015

Best of Lounge 2015 - Vote Early and Often!

The superb Shaddock and Smoke Cocktail
from the Up and Up  in NYC
Click here to VOTE!

The categories open for your consideration are: 
 
Best New Cocktail Bar/Lounge
  • Slowly Shirley (New York)
  • Leyenda (Brooklyn)
  • Dante (New York)
  • Grand Army Bar (Brooklyn)
  • Up and Up (New York)
  • Mother of Pearl (New York)
Best New York Cocktail Bar/Lounge 
  • Clover Club (Brooklyn)
  • Maison Premiere (Brooklyn)
  • Long Island Bar (Brooklyn)
  • Pouring Ribbons (New York)
  • Employees Only (New York)
  • The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog (New York)
  • Death and Company (New York)
  • Attaboy (New York)
  • ZZ's Clam Bar (New York)
  • Dutch Kills (Queens)
  • Seamstress (New York)
Best New York Hotel Bar
  • The Rum House at The Edison Hotel
  • Lantern's Keep at The Iroquois Hotel
  • Elephant Bar at The NoMad Hotel
  • King Cole Bar at St. Regis Hotel
  • Bemelmans Bar at Carlyle Hotel
Most Sought After Ingredient/Bar tool for the Home Bar
  • Ragtime Rye Whiskey from NY Distilling Company
  • Amaro Montenegro
  • BeachBum Berry's Skull bar spoon from Cocktail Kingdom
  • Cynar 70 Proof 
  • Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual
Best Barfood 
  • Chicken Soup at Employees Only
  • The Cheeseburger at Happiest Hour
  • Tacos at Leyenda
  • Carrot Tartare at the Elephant Bar in NoMad Hotel
  • Oyster Happy Hour at The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog
Best Burlesque Act, Event or Space 
  • Hazel Honeysuckle
  • Medianoche
  • Flatiron Follies  - Grace Gotham
  • Le Scandal, variety burlesque show
  • Slipper Room venue
  • Calamity "The Asian Sexation" Chang
Best Dressed Lounger
  • Eff Blangiardo, Scion of Sprezzatura
  • Marlo Gamora, Barman and Shutterbug
  • Queen Esther, Chanteuse and Belle of the Ball
  • Fredo Ceraso, Italian guy in a bow tie
  • Nicole Desmond, Gal about Town, Stunner
  • Dandy Wellington, Dandy extraordinaire,Song and Dance Man
Diane L. Naegel Award for Best Lounge/Retro/Vintage Event
  • Club Wit's End 7th Annual Black Cat Masquerade
  • Jazz Age Lawn Party at Governor's Island
  • The Salon: Mad Men at Players Club
  • The Salon: Playboy Swings at Players Club
  • The Tweed Ride, Brooklyn
Viva La Music Award: Best Jazz/Swing/Lounge Band
  • Brian Newman Orchestra at the Rainbow Room
  • Matthew Piazzi and the Debonairs
  • Queen Esther and The Hot Five
  • Michael Arenella and The Dreamland Orchestra
  • Dandy Wellington and His Band
  • Terry Waldo, Ragtime piano man
David A. Embury Award: Best Cocktail of 2015
  • Fountainhead (Gin, oloroso sherry, lemon, Branca Menta, mint, and seltzer), Grand Army Bar, Brooklyn, NY
  • Shaddock and Smoke (Ardbeg Scotch, grapefruit liqueur, Amaretto, lemon juice, and seltzer), Up and Up, Greenwich Village, NY
  • Cleopatra (Avua Prata cachaca, bison grass vodka, pandan extract, banana cordial, lime), Slowly Shirley, Greenwich Village, NY 
  • Noche Buena (East India sherry, scotch, Jamaican rum, coffee liqueur, cinnamon, egg, aromatic bitters, nutmeg), Leyenda, Brooklyn, NY
  • The Garibaldi (Campari and fresh juice of one orange - no really, it is amazing!), Dante, Greenwich Village, NY
Additional categories will be voted by the Loungerati editors and include:
  • Best Saloon
  • Best Seat in the House
  • Best Cocktail for the Road
  • Best of the International Bar
  • Best Dive aka the Gutter Award
  • Don't Bruise The Ice Award for Premier Ice Program
  • Brian F. Paynter Award: Lounger Number One
Deadline to cast your votes is November 30th, the winners will be announced on Loungerati's 9th birthday Dec 5th (Repeal Day of course).

Cheers!
The Loungers

Fredo Ceraso and Damon Dyer man the bar at The Salon: Playboy Swings
Photo courtesy of barfly Will Luong.