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ROSS SIMON

Ross Simon was steeped in the culinary and hospitality service from youth, working at the family restaurant in the old country of his native home of Scotland since 1990. He has three decades of experience in the beverage industry and during such has had the pleasure of mixing it up with the biggest names and brands in the cocktail world.

Currently, Ross owns and operates two cocktail bars. The globally renowned and award-winning cocktail bar, Bitter & Twisted (2014) and the recently opened Little Rituals (2019). He also produces the annual cocktail event Arizona Cocktail Weekend, in the heart of downtown Phoenix.

“Always have direction with intention”
— ross simon
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🏆Awards & Accomplishments🏆

Top 10 "World’s Best Cocktail Menu" Tales of the Cocktail® (2019/18/17)

Top 10 "Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar" Tales of the Cocktail® (2019/18/17/16)

World Class Team Captain Global Finals: Mexico City (2017)

"Best Cocktails" Readers Choice: Best of the Valley Phoenix Magazine (2017)

"Best Cocktail Bar: Downtown Phoenix" Best of the Valley Phoenix Magazine (2017)

"Best Craft Cocktails" Arizona Foothills Magazine (2017)

"Best New School Cocktails" Reader Choice: Phoenix NewTimes (2016)

"Best Cocktails" Readers Choice: Best of the Valley Phoenix Magazine (2016)

"The 40 Best Bars in America for Food Lovers" Food Network (2016)

Mixologist of the Year Inductee - AZ Culinary Hall of Fame - inductee (2016)

"Best Bars in America 2015" Liquour.com (2015)

"World’s Best Bars" WorldsBestBars.com (2015)

"Great Bourbon Bar of America" GreatBourbon.com (2015)

"Best New School Cocktails" Reader Choice: Phoenix NewTimes (2015)

"Best Cocktail Program" Best of the Valley Phoenix Magazine (2015)

"Best Cocktails" Readers Choice: Best of the Valley Phoenix Magazine (2015)

“Ripe Award Winner” for the bartending and spirits industry (2015)

"Master Mixologist" Arizona Restaurant Association's Foodist Awards (2015)

"Good Neighbor" Arizona Restaurant Association's Foodist Awards (2015)

“Best Cocktail Bar” Arizona Republic (2014)

“Best Cocktail Menu” Phoenix Magazine  (2014)

"Best Cocktail Event" Phoenix NewTimes (2014)

Don Julio Arizona Winner 2013

Gary Regan’s: “Fabulous Bar Innovator” of  the Year (2011)

US Winner Finlandia Cup (2005)

Finlandia Vodka Cup Global Finalist: Arctic Circle (2005)