The list has been announced and 55 finalists will battle it out at the Global Final competition in South Africa later this month. Bartenders will be put to the test, in the hope of taking home the title of “the best bartender of the world”.
Behind every great bartender there’s a great management team, and the 55 finalists in the WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year competition represent some of the most exceptional venues this world has to offer. These bars and restaurants are spread across 53 countries as well as two venues on the open seas.
Over 3,500 bars and restaurants from across the globe have taken part in WORLD CLASS this year, with their bartenders working towards taking home the title for their representing country.
Mixologist master Antonio Lai will be representing Hong Kong in the Global Finals and Quinary where you will often find Antonio perfecting his craft, was included in the list of World Class Best Bars in the World.
Steve Leong from TESS BAR in Singapore will also be competing for this years WORLD CLASS title.
WORLD CLASS launched in 2009, and the program has trained over 35,000 bartenders all over the world, representing more than 10,000 bars and restaurants. WORLD CLASS bartenders and the venues where they work, embrace the craft of mixology, all teaming this with impeccable skills, sophistication and service one will not forget.
Now leading into the seventh year, WORLD CLASS is the biggest and most recognized mixology event in the world, providing a stage to hero the talent of the world’s best bartenders and highlight their ability to create and deliver cocktails that will enhance the drinking experience across the globe.
The list of the top 55 finalists at this years WORLD CLASS final
|Australia||Boilermaker House||Jack Sotti|
|Austria||Barracuda Barcatering||Philipp Ernst|
|Brazil||Grupo Vegas||Kennedy Nascimento|
|Bulgaria||By The Way||Dimitar Dimitrov|
|Canada||UVA Wine and Cocktail Bar||Lauren Mote|
|Colombia||Mai Tai Bar||Cesar Acero Sanchez|
|Costa Rica||Hotel Andaz Papagayo||Clark Jimenez Alvarado|
|Czech Republic||L’Fleur Bar||Vítězslav Cirok|
|France||Le Florian||Paul Silvers|
|Greece||Theory Bar and More||Emmanouil Lykiardopoulos|
|GTME||Celebrity Cruises||Santos Mercedes|
|Guatemala||Independiente “Nomada Cocktail”||Marvin Martinez|
|Hong Kong||Quinary||Antonio Lai|
|India||Drinks on MG||Alfonso del Portillo|
|Indian Ocean||Apoteek||Tristan Petit|
|Indonesia||Sofitel Nusa Dua Bali||Ayip Muhammad Dzuhri|
|Italy||Replay the Stage||Francesco Cione|
|Japan||Lamp Bar||Michito Kaneko|
|Kenya||Royal Orchid Hotel||Akash Tomar|
|Lebanon||Central Station||Refaat Ghostine|
|Malaysia||Omakase & Appreciate||Yi Shawn Chong|
|Mexico||Licoreria Limantour||Fernanda Tejada|
|Morocco||Sofitel Royal Bay Agadir (Accor Group)||Brahim Hamouali|
|Netherlands||Door 74||Tess Posthumus|
|New Zealand||Racket Bar||Phillip Spector|
|Panama||Taberna Rasputin||Felix Cuevas|
|Peru||Bottega Dasso||David Romero|
|Poland||El Koktel||Mateusz Szuchnik|
|Portugal||Cinco Lounge||Jose Maria Robertson|
|Puerto Rico||Santaella||Michael Norat|
|Russia||Mendeleev Bar||Evgeny Shashin|
|Singapore||Tess Bar||Steve Leong|
|Slovakia||Gastronomy Group||Filip Navratil|
|South Africa||Molecular Bars||Domenico de Lorenzo|
|South Korea||Speakeasy Mortar||Byungjim Lim|
|Spain||Varsovia Bar||Borja Cortina|
|Sweden||Bar25||Ted Filip Dako|
|Switzerland||Intercontinental Geneva||Olivia Hairay|
|Taiwan||Mandarin Oriental Taipei||Jacko Chang|
|United Arab Emirates||Zuma Restaurants||Mehmet N. Sur|
|United Kingdom||Hawksmoor||Alistair Reynolds|
|United States||Death & Co||Tyson Buhler|
|Vietnam||Urban Kitchen Bar||Duy Tu|
|Western Europe Central Team / Yachting (SS)||Sailing Yacht Marie||Jasmin Rutter|