Bars in Freiburg im Breisgau, Frankfurt am Main and Bremen are the winners of the Mixology Bar Awards, which were changed in the Corona year. In other instead of the usual categories, the “One Trick Pony” in Freiburg’s Oberlinden district, “The Kinly Bar” in Frankfurt’s Bahnhofsviertel and the “Lemon Lounge” on Bremen’s Stadtgraben were awarded. Because going out and bar business because of Coronavirus-Pandemic is quite slowed down, this time the makers decided to reward heads of the scene for their work during the crisis and to encourage them to act.
The awards have been around since 2007. Usually there are categories such as “Bar of the Year”. As such, the “Kinly Bar” had already been awarded for 2020 in autumn 2019. The “New Bar of the Year” in 2020 was the “Bar am Wasser” in Zurich and in 2019 the “Jigger & Spoon” in Stuttgart-Mitte.
Trends from the world of counters
The print magazine “Mixology” and the portal “mixology.eu”, which were taken over by Meininger Verlag (Neustadt an der Weinstrasse) at the beginning of 2020, deal with trends from the world of counters.
Editor-in-chief Nils Wrage told the German Press Agency that in view of the significant corona changes and long breaks in many bars in Germany, it would have been strange to carry on normally and to award bars, hotel bars and other locations for the coming year. “After a brief moment of paralysis, many bars have impressed us over the past few months by converting the crisis into positive energy for themselves.”
The Freiburg “One Trick Pony” won in the “Strategy & Future” category because the makers courageously established a second mainstay alongside the traditional catering business. The operators Boris Gröner and Andreas Schöler have founded a liquor store: Their “Chin Chin Shop” is completely separate from the bar and offers home-made bottled cocktails, spirits from friendly manufacturers and high-quality bar tools. The area can also be used for workshops and seminars.