The definitive guide to the finest drinking experiences

The World Class 50: The Definitive Drinking Guide features 50 of the most innovative and talented bartenders from across the globe. Each bartender showcases the perfect location, the most inventive cocktail and the finest of ingredients and spirits that define the 'must have' fine drinking experience in their city.

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From atmospheric speakeasies on frosty nights in London, Berlin and Nova Scotia, to glamorous terraces to wile away balmy evenings in Mumbai, Bali and Singapore. Whether you’re in warmer or colder climes this December the Definitive Drinking Guide has it all.

Our pick of the speakeasies:

Noble, Nova Scotia: Hidden behind a 50lb blast door, in a 1950s abandoned boiler room, you’ll have to find your way through the kitchens and dimly lit corridors of the desserterie upstairs to find this basement speakeasy. Password changes weekly. Discover more here

Orphanage Cocktail Emporium, Cape town: A hip speakeasy, perfect for going medieval whilst drinking out of goblets with moody lighting from dripping wax candelabras. Discover more here

Blind Pig, London: Dark leather booths, exposed brick, reclaimed furniture and dark woods give this bar, upstairs in the gastronomic Social Eating House, a member’s club feel. Discover more here

Schwarze Traube, Berlin: Eclectically furnished, shabby-chic kneipe in the edgy district of Kreuzberg. There’s no menu and drinks are served with rituals bordering on the ethereal. Discover more here