Big Apple entries head 'Tales' awards

PDT, a New York City cocktail lounge, was named "World's Best Cocktail Bar" at the 7th annual Tales of the Cocktail convention.

Not only that. Co-owner Jim Meehan was named "American Bartender of the Year."

PDT is located at 113 St. Marks Place in Manhattan, near First Avenue.

New York magazine calls it "the hot-dog joint for grown-ups. Actually, it’s the cocktail-lounge annex to Crif Dogs, an East Village mainstay known for its deep-fried Jersey-style franks. Accessed through a vintage phone booth within Crif Dogs, PDT (short for Please Don’t Tell) is a snug, sexy speakeasy with a twist: Along with its high-quality classic cocktails and a well-chosen selection of beer and wine, patrons can order food from Crif’s kitchen next door. Oddly, it works. ...

"As well as rendering classic cocktails with unparalleled expertise, mixologist Jim Meehan (formerly of Gramercy Tavern and Pegu Club) offers up irresistible seasonal creations ... ."

The Merchant Hotel of Belfast, Northern Ireland, won three awards:

• World's Best Hotel Bar
• World's Best Drink Selection
• World's Best Cocktail Menu

Other winners:

• World's Best New Cocktail Bar: The Clover Club, Brooklyn, NY
• Best American Cocktail Bar: Pegu Club, New York City
• International Bartender of the Year: Tony Conigliaro, England
• Helen Davis Lifetime Achievement Award: Peter Dorelli, manager, American Bar, The Savoy Hotel, London

Tales of the Cocktail is an annual event held in New Orleans, where bar professionals, enthusiasts, writers, chefs and others gather to share information in a variety of seminars and demonstrations. This year's Tales ended Sunday night.

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