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Date(s) - 21/09/2019 - 27/09/2019
All Day



Since its launch in 2009, Diageo Reserve World Class has been instrumental in transforming fine drinking and cocktail culture around the world. Now in over 60 countries, it has supported, educated and inspired over 250 000 bartenders through its training and advocacy programme. World Class Bartender of the Year competition brings together the best bartending talent from around to globe to decide who will be crowned the world’s best bartender.


Phase 1

The event kicks off with a World Class Studio, which outlines the criteria for entry. Bartenders are then invited to submit cocktail recipes online. Judges visit qualifying bartenders at their bars and venues to taste their drinks, and determine who will compete in the regional finals.

Phase 2

Regional finals (featuring 10 or 11 bartenders) are held in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

Phase 3

The top six from the regionals are invited to compete at the nationals.

Phase 4

The national winners from around the globe are invited to compete at the globals.


Dates and venues TBC.