World Class lists venues that produced globe’s best bartenders
It takes an outstanding bar to produce an outstanding bartender, and the 55 finalists who competed in the World Class Bartender of the Year Global Final represent of the most exceptional venues on earth – places that consistently deliver unparalleled fine drinking experiences, promote the craft of mixology and are renowned for their excellent service and quality cocktails.
The World Class Best Bars in the World list gives each of these establishments – spread across 53 countries, with two venues on the open seas – a stamp of distinction, anointing them as places of high esteem and sophistication. World Class is to bars as the Michelin Guide is to restaurants.
The March Hare in Johannesburg has been included on the list. Domenico de Lorenzo – the best mixologist in South Africa, who represented the country at the World Class Bartender of the Year Global Final – co-owns the March Hare, adding his unparalleled expertise in cocktail making to the venue’s behind-the-bar repertoire.
The March Hare, inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is concealed under the Museum of African Design in Joburg’s trendy Maboneng Precinct, allowing guests to sip on South Africa’s finest cocktails prepared by South Africa’s finest bartender in an experiential haven secluded from the busy world outside.
The venue also offers training courses for aspiring mixologists, offering “the maximum amount of fun with the least amount of fuss” to bartending enthusiasts who want to elevate their skill from beginner to master status.
Dom de Lorenzo was a firm favourite among fans during the World Class competition, impressing spectators and judges alike with his resolve, technique and delivery – creating memorable cocktails such as the “Curious Case of the Malted Man”, the “Tokoloshe” and the “Chappies are the New Dollar”, which added elements of South African storytelling to the drinks making process.
“>World Class has been an experience unlike any other, but now it’s back to business as usual,” said De Lorenzo. “My next step is to take everything I have learned during the competition and pour it back into The March Hare so that it can continue to grow and deliver memorable experiences and top-notch training opportunities.”
From Vietnam to Canada, Russia to Peru, even out on the ocean, the World Class programme has made sure that no matter where you are on earth there is a bar dedicated to enhancing your drinking experience.
“World Class is on a mission to make the world drink better – it is a mark of distinction that guarantees the absolute best in drinking experiences, whether that means the world’s best bartenders, bars, spirits, recipes or entertainment. But it is our bartenders that remain at the very heart of everything we do”, said Johanna Dalley, global director for World Class.
A full list of the World Class 55 Best Bars in the World, along with the champion bartender they produced:
|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|
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