Scoring a seat at Canon just got harder.
The popular Capitol Hill bar’s latest bragging rights: “World’s Best Drink Selection.” Canon got that honor at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards Dinner in New Orleans Saturday night, one of the highest honors in the industry.
About 50 bartenders and booze representives from the Northwest erupted in cheers at the ceremony and at dive bars around the French Quarter when Canon was named the winner.
It’s the most prestigious award the Seattle bar industry has received since legendary barman Murray Stenson won “Best Bartender in America” in 2010 from Tales for his work at Zig Zag Café.
Considered the world’s largest conference on booze and the art of bartending, Tales draws more than a thousand mixologists, cocktail writers and enthusiasts from around the world.
Former Seattle bartender Andrew Bohrer accepted the award on Canon’s behalf. “People literally travel around the world to go to Canon,” Bohrer said after the award ceremony. “Unless you’re a spirits industry professional, one visit will not show you how important” Canon is.
Canon boasts 2,000 different whiskeys including many pre-prohibition era and rare bottles such as a Valley Forge whiskey from 1906 and a Japanese Suntory whiskey from 1952.
Even with Canon’s rare collection, the announcement was considered a surprise since Canon was competing with three high profile bars from New York City: Mayahuel, which has arguably the nation’s best tequila- and mescal-cocktail menu; The Dead Rabbit, the most talked about new cocktail bar in America; and the elegant Saxon + Parole.