This year, the city of New Orleans saw the 10th annual Tales of the Cocktail event, showcasing some of the worlds best mixologists and connoisseurs of fine spirits, for a total of five days. The event draws participants from around the globe for a series of competitions, seminars, dinners, tastings and more. Though many awards are given, ranging from Best Bar Mentor to Worlds Best Hotel Bar, this years event, which took place July 25 through July 29, concluded with the award of Best American Cocktail Bar going Los Angeles The Varnish. For the past 10 years the Tales of the Cocktail event has been awarding bars and lounges as well as bartenders, mixologists, and connoisseurs of fine spirits for their talent behind the counter. This year, the winner of the "Best American Cocktail Bar," was LA's The Varnish.