Here are the Winners of National DRiNK Awards 2022!

The most celebrated annual event in China’s bar industry, DRiNK Awards, was held on Monday, March 13.

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For the first time ever, the winners of DRiNK Awards were announced in a mesmerizing theatrical setting – at the Shanghai Centre Theatre right in the heart of the city.

About 750 trade members, brand partners and media friends were invited to the most celebrated annual event in China’s bar industry on Monday, March 13. The evening started with a cocktail reception at 5pm in the Atrium at Shanghai Centre. Guests enjoyed a wide selection of cocktails, wine and beer at the 24 pop-up bars run by some of the best known bartenders and most beloved brand ambassadors in China, such as Lu Yao (The Union Trading Company, Shanghai), Kevin Song (Hide & Seek, Beijing), Choni Song (Tribeca, Nanjing) and Jackie Ho (Disaronno).

Cocktail reception (Photograph: courtesy Thirsty Work Productions)

By 7:30pm, the guests were all seated in the split-level theatre before Theo Watt, founder of DRiNK Awards, and Eddy Yang, winner of our Founders Award in 2018, stepped on the stage as the hosts of the awards ceremony. To recognize what the industry had overcome and accomplished in a particularly challenging year, a total of 20 categories were presented tonight.

We implemented a new rule for DRiNK Awards 2022: previous winners couldn’t win the same award again if they had won it in the last two years. This enabled more venues, individuals and brands to shine in such a vast and diversified market as China. As an attestment, CMYK turned out to be the biggest winner tonight: this energetic bar in Changsha, a city that had hardly been noticed on China’s cocktail map, took home two significant awards – Cocktail Menu and New Bar of the Year, while its founder Ethan Liu and bartender Tong Yang won Founders Award and Young Bartender of the Year respectively.

We are also very happy to see individuals and venues from Beijing, Wuhan, Chengdu and Chongqing winning different categories, while Shanghai is still undisputedly the cocktail capital of China with EPIC named Bar of the Year and Allen Fang (The Nest/Dreamsicle) named Bartender of the Year.

EPIC (Photograph: courtesy Thirsty Work Productions)

While the event was invite-only, we’re ready to make the DRiNK Awards experience available to a much wider audience by bringing back DRiNK Street, our consumer night market concept. The DRiNK Awards Edition of DRiNK Street will take place in Shanghai Centre’s Plaza from March 15 to 19 straight after our awards. Featuring 15 food and drink booths as well as live music by JZ Shanghai and fun games, this fest is open to all and offers great drinks at great prices.

Allen Fang (Photograph: courtesy Thirsty Work Productions)

Here is the full list of the National DRiNK Awards 2022 winners:
(* stands for new awards)

Design Award
Presented by Luxardo

Hide & Seek, Beijing

Tap House*
Presented by DRiNK

No. 18 Brewpub, Wuhan

Beer Menu
Presented by DRiNK

Peiping Machine, Beijing

Whisk(e)y Menu*
Presented by Dewar’s

Maison à 3, Shanghai

Cocktail Menu
Presented by Loch Lomond

CMYK, Changsha

Visionary Award
Presented by DRiNK

The Makers

Bartender Brand
Presented by DRiNK


Service Award
Presented by SIP (Pernod Ricard)

Flavor Tiki, Chongqing

Wine Bar
Presented by Viña San Pedro Tarapaca

Pudao Wines, Shanghai

Restaurant Bar
Presented by Disaronno

Hide & Seek, Beijing

Hotel Bar
Presented by Belvedere
Jing Bar, The Temple House, Chengdu

Presented by DRiNK

Yang Nan Cao Ji

Brand Ambassador
Presented by DRiNK

Blacky Su, Beefeater

Bar Team
Presented by Chivas Regal

The Union Trading Company, Shanghai

Entrepreneurship Award
Presented by DRiNK

Jimmy Zhang, Flavor Group, Chongqing

Founders Award
Presented by DRiNK

Ethan Liu

Young Bartender of the Year*
Presented by UK Government

Tong Yang, CMYK, Changsha

Bartender of the Year
Presented by Beefeater

Allen Fang, The Nest/Dreamsicle, Shanghai

New Bar of the Year*
Presented by Bacardi

CMYK, Changsha

Bar of the Year
Presented by Maker’s Mark

EPIC, Shanghai

Group photo of all the winners (Photograph: courtesy Thirsty Work Productions)

About Thirsty Work Productions
Thirsty Work Productions (TWP) is a consulting company and marketing agency based in Shanghai. We create world-class, bilingual content celebrating the region’s drinks culture and bar industry, and then deploy that content digitally and through events. With these two elements, we build and promote brands while simultaneously educating China, and Asia’s rapidly evolving beverage professionals and its increasingly savvy consumers. TWP is the creator of DRiNK ( /, Asia’s leading bar industry platform; the official DRiNK WeChat account (drinkmagazine), DRiNK Awards, and DRiNK Street - their consumer facing night market concept. For more information, please contact