This week, Tales of the Cocktail — one of the country's biggest festivals for bartenders and the bar industry at large — announced nominations for the Spirited Awards, which highlight the country's most promising bars, bartenders and industry pros. One nomination will surprise no one who's familiar with Dallas craft cocktails: Midnight Rambler at The Joule is, according to Tales of the Cocktail, one of the 10 best hotel bars in the U.S.
The cozy craft cocktail enclave was selected as a finalist after "a rigorous evaluation of over 1,500 unique nominees," according to a release from Tales of the Cocktail. Ten nominees were selected in 24 different categories, including best American cocktail bar, best brand ambassador and best restaurant bar. Midnight Rambler is the only Dallas spot nominated this year, though a few other Texas spots were nominated. Houston's Anvil scored two nominations for best bar team and best bartender, Bobby Heugel. The Esquire Tavern in San Antonio was nominated for best American high-volume cocktail bar. No Austin bars appeared in this year's list of nominees.
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Spirited Awards winners will be announced at July 23 in New Orleans during the 14th annual Tales of the Cocktail festival. If Midnight Rambler wins, it'll be the first Spirited win for a Dallas bar.