By Caitlin Allwood

It brings us immense joy to see THREE of Birmingham’s top bars – Passing Fancies, Couch and Lucky 7 – have been chosen as finalists across several categories in the CLASS Bar Awards 2024. We could not be prouder of this talented bunch of hospitality stars.

The CLASS Bar Awards 2024 ceremony, which will take place on April 16th at Battersea Arts Centre in London is a celebration of excellence in the bar industry and recognise the hard work and dedication of those who are committed to crafting exceptional drinks and providing outstanding customer service. The finalists have been chosen based on their creativity, innovation, and skill, and we can’t wait to see how Passing Fancies, Couch and Lucky 7 get on.

Full list of nominations:

Social Media Presence of the Year

Lab 22, Cardiff

Manolo, Liverpool

Sexy Fish, London

Scarfes Bar, London

Front of House Star of the Year

Giacomo Faure, Vesper Bar, London

Lucy Thomas, Lyaness, London

Paola Mariotti, Sterling, Manchester

Rachel Bailey Palumbo, Hey Palu, Edinburgh

Sustainable Practices Award Sponsored by Avallen Calvados

Below Stairs, Leeds

Gungho!, Brighton

Pal Bar + Kitchen, Grimsby

Terroir Tapas, Bournemouth

Emerging Bartender of the Year Sponsored by La Hechicera

Anna King, The Guards Bar & Lounge at Raffles Hotel at The OWO, London

Georgia Balson, Atelier Coupette, London

Reah Owen, Project Halcyon Distillery, Manchester

Yadney Fernandes, Sterling, Manchester

Bar Manager of the Year Sponsored by Italicus

Max Hayward, Lab 22, Cardiff

Michele Mariotti, American Bar at Gleneagles, Auchterarder

Pietro Collina, Viajante87, London

Sophie Bratt, Nobu Bar, Nobu Hotel Portman Square, London

Bar Employer of the Year Sponsored by Cotswold Distillery

American Bar at Gleneagles, Auchterarder

Kiki Lounge, Douglas

Passing Fancies, Birmingham

Soda & Friends, London

Cocktail of the Year Sponsored

Absinthe Frappe, Filthy XIII, Bristol

Adult Ribena, Passing Fancies, Birmingham

East 8 Hold Up, Satan’s Whiskers, London

Wilderness, Panda & Sons, Edinburgh

Drinks Menu of the Year Sponsored

Transcend, Panda & Sons, Edinburgh

Passing Fancies, Birmingham

Couch, Birmingham

Kwãnt, London

Bar Food Menu of the Year

Kwãnt, London

Passing Fancies, Birmingham

Side Hustle, Nomad, London

Tayēr + Elementary, London

Hotel Bar of the Year

American Bar, Gleneagles, Auchterarder

Connaught Bar, The Connaught, London

Lyaness, Sea Containers, London

Scarfes Bar, Rosewood, London

New Bar of the Year

Atelier Coupette, London

Equal Parts, London

Dram, London

Kwãnt, London

Best Bar in London & the South East

Kwãnt, London

Satan’s Whiskers, London

Seed Library, London

Tayēr + Elementary, London

Best Bar in the North

Blinker, Manchester

Project Halcyon Distillery, Manchester

Schofield’s, Manchester

Speak in Code, Manchester

Best Bar in the Midlands & East Anglia

11th & Social, Norwich

Couch, Birmingham

Lucky 7, Birmingham

Passing Fancies, Birmingham

Best Bar in Scotland & Northern Ireland

Bramble, Edinburgh

Hey Palu, Edinburgh

Nauticus, Edinburgh

Panda & Sons, Edinburgh

Best Bar in the West

Filthy XIII, Bristol

Hideout, Bath

Milk Thistle, Bristol

Ojo Rojo, Bournemouth

Best Bar in Wales

Lab 22, Cardiff

La Pantera, Cardiff

Nightshade, Cardiff

Pennyroyal, Cardiff

Bartender of the Year

Chelsea Bailey, freelance / ex-American Bar at The Savoy

Filippos Filippopoulos, Tabula Rasa, Leeds

Katie Rouse, Couch, Birmingham

Matt Arnold, Passing Fancies, Birmingham

Bar Innovator of the Year

Joe & Dan Schofield, Schofield’s, Manchester

Iain McPherson, Panda & Sons, Nauticus, Hoot the Redeemer, Edinburgh

Matt Arnold & Eve Green, Passing Fancies, Birmingham

Monica Berg & Alex Kratena, Tayēr + Elementary, London

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