EDINBURGH bar and restaurant The Bon Vivant has been named the Best International Restaurant Bar at a global awards event.
The business triumphed at the Tales of the Cocktail 2014 Spirited Awards in New Orleans, beating rivals from Moscow and London. It is the first time a Scottish bar has won at the event.
Competitors in the International Restaurant Bar category were judged on their range of aperitif and digestif drinks, their cocktail and food pairings and their general bartending and mixing expertise.
Stuart McCluskey, founder and director of The Bon Vivant, described the award win as “a stunning result” for the business.
“To even feature in the final four for the Best International Restaurant Bar 2014 category was incredible, but to win against such reputable establishments makes me very proud of what The Bon Vivant team has achieved since we opened on Thistle Street in Edinburgh in 2008,” said McCluskey.
“The Spirited Awards are the drinks industry Oscars and I was honoured just to be in the same room as so many peers whom I admire and respect. This win puts The Bon Vivant and Scotland on the global drinks map and gives us so much to build on for the future. We are delighted.”