New York dominated the 2009 Spirit Awards, announced last Saturday at the 7th annual Tales of the Cocktail, the internationally acclaimed festival of cocktails, cuisine and culture held annually in New Orleans. This year’s five-day event took place July 8-12. Spirit Award winners received exclusive Riedel Crystal awards.

New York City’s PDT lounge was named the World’s Best Cocktail Bar, and PDT co-owner Jim Meehan was awarded American Bartender of the Year. New York’s Pegu Club won Best American Cocktail Bar, while Brooklyn’s Clover Club won World’s Best New Cocktail Bar.

Challenging New York’s supremacy was The Merchant Hotel of Belfast, Northern Ireland, which took three top honors: World’s Best Hotel Bar, World’s Best Drink Selection and World’s Best Cocktail Menu.

Following are the 2009 Spirit Award Winners.

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