Dave Delaney’s year

It’s been quite a year for Dave Delaney, the bar manager at Citizen in Downtown Worcester. The Niche Hospitality bartender has won a slew of contests. It all started in April 2011 when he was chosen as the nationwide winner of the Imbibe Cocktail Cover Contest out of 300 entries and had a cocktail featured on the June/July cover of “Imbibe.” In May 2011, he was chosen through an application process as one of 20 bar fellows to work for a week at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. In July 2011, he was chosen as one of 50 people to be a Cocktail Apprentice at Tales of the Cocktail. He was also chosen as one of the Top 10 Mixologists to Watch in 2011 by “Beverage Media Magazine.” And finally… This past month, he won the Boston regional competition for Bombay Sapphire’s most inspirational bartender. And next he will be going to Las Vegas to compete nationwide for a spot on the cover of “GQ.”