The top 55 bartenders in the world and their bars

Find out who the top 55 bartenders in the world are!

25 Aug 2015

WORLD CLASS programme is honoured to announce the list of the 55 finalists who will battle it out in the Global Final Competition in South Africa to be crowned “the best bartender of the world”. More than 6,000 bartenders, from more than 50 countries competed at the local contests to conquer the title of the best bartender of their countries.

It takes an outstanding bar to produce an outstanding bartender, and the 55 finalists in the WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year competition represent some of the most exceptional venues on earth. These bars and restaurants are spread across 53 countries as well as two venues on the open seas. More than 3 500 bars and restaurants around the globe have been a part of WORLD CLASS this year, with their bartenders competing to be the champions of their respective countries.

Domenico De Lorenzo, from Molecular Bars in Johannesburg, clinched the victory in the WORLD CLASS national finals with his original creations the “Curious Case of the Malted Man” and “Lady in Red”, and will now go on to represent South Africa in the WORLD CLASS global finals from August 31 to September 4.

The following 55 bartenders from all over the world will be competing against each other to be crowned champion on 5th September 2015 in Cape Town!

Country                              Bar                                              Bartender
Australia                             Boilermaker House                         Jack Sotti
Austria                                Barracuda Barcatering                    Philipp Ernst
Belgium                              Diageo                                          Jurgen Nobels
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                                     Vítezslav Cirok
Denmark                              Open/Closes                                   Karl-Martin Edin
France                                  Le Florian                                      Paul Silvers
Germany                              Shakekings                                     Marian Krause
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
Ireland                                 MVP                                                 Anna Walsh
Israel                                   Bellboy                                             Ariel Leizgold
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
Norway                                 Raus                                                    Jørgen Dons
Panama                               Taberna Rasputin                                   Felix Cuevas
Peru                                     Bottega Dasso                                       David Romero
Philippines                            ABV                                                       Kenneth Bandivas
Poland                                  El Koktel                                                Mateusz Szuchnik
Portugal                                Cinco Lounge                                         Jose Maria Robertson
Puerto Rico                            Santaella                                               Michael Norat
Romania                                PPD                                                      Paul Sfirlea
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
Thailand                                   Why97                                                Pongpak Sudthipongse
Turkey                                     Nopa                                                  Kevin Patnode
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    Sailing Yacht Marie                               Jasmin Rutter

Head down to World Class House in Woodstock, Cape Town, from 28th August - 5th September to catch up with one of these bartenders!


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