Dresden, 10 April 2014: The Karl May Bar at Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden was honoured with the Glenfiddich Award for Bar Culture, one of the most coveted awards in the bar scene. The bar was also chosen Bar of the Year 2013. Every year, the Glenfiddich Award for Bar Culture is presented by an impartial jury evaluating each nominated venue according to six criteria – the type of bar, its concept, philosophy, consistency, service quality and offerings. "Besides having a high-class creativity when it comes to drinks, it was the consistency of the bar and the drinking culture lived there, contrasting pleasantly with the usually erratic bar scene that finally convinced us", stated the jury. The Karl May Bar differentiated itself from the other nominated nine bars and is thus the first bar in the eastern Laender to have won the award.
The classic interior and select atmosphere of the Karl May Bar, which features burgundy leather and dark oak, remind guests of metropolitan areas elsewhere in the world. Besides displaying exhibits from the Radebeul Karl May Museum, the bar also owns a complete collection of the first editions of Karl May books lining its panelled walls. According to Niko Pavlidis and his team, who have been in charge since 2004, “we think that high-class bar culture is timeless in character. We know what we are able to do and need not chase every new trend”. This is the mindset that has earned the Karl May Bar at Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski international recognition and makes the locals rarely surprised to find themselves at times among celebrities like Tom Hanks, Bill Murray or John Malkovich. "We are extremely pleased and proud of the Karl May Bar team because this award is not only evidence of the hospitality lived at Taschenbergpalais but also of the values represented by Kempinski Hotels", said Director Marten Schwass.
The annual “Glenfiddich Award for Bar Culture“, named after the widely recognised Single Malt Scotch Whisky, was introduced in 2004. Previous winners are: VOX Bar, Berlin (2004), Shepheard Bar, Cologne (2005), Biancalani Bar, Frankfurt (2006), Victoria Bar, Berlin (2007), Kamhea Suite, Frankfurt (2008), Capella Bar, Düsseldorf (2009), Lebensstern, Berlin (2010), JFK’s Bar, Frankfurt (2011) und Jimmy’s Bar im Hotel Hessischer Hof, Frankfurt (2012).
About Grand Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden:
Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski is a classic European grand hotel. Built by the Saxon king, August “The Strong”, in the 18th century as a pledge of love to his favourite mistress and faithfully restored in 1995; Grand Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski is a beautiful composition of Baroque art and contemporary elegance. It is located in the very heart of Dresden’s historic city centre, which also include some of the city’s most renowned sights such as Semper Opera House, the Royal Palace and Dresdner Zwinger. The hotel offers 214 elegant guestrooms including 32 spacious suites. Dining options include three different restaurants, the lobby café and the hotel bar with its remarkably large selection of whiskies. The hotel’s Bel Etage with views of Dresden’s historic city centre, provides a proper setting for meetings, conventions, exclusive dinners or unforgettable cocktail receptions. All six function rooms feature connecting doors and are individually accessible through the Baroque double-barrelled staircase, which can provide a beautiful background for elegant receptions. Additionally, the divisible meeting space - ballroom and the 800 sq m (8,611 sq ft) inner courtyard can host events for up to 500 persons each. The Taschenbergpalais Spa Lounge features an indoor pool, sauna and solarium making it the perfect place to relax and ease your body and mind.
Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now manages a portfolio of 75 five-star hotels in 32 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one is imbued with the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2014.