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.

How many you have discovered


Valentine’s venues need not be forlorn restaurants festooned with sad little single-stem red roses, far from it. For this week when romance is set to blossom, we asked the world’s best bartenders for where their perfect drink-à-deux would be. Peculiar as it may sound, London seems to be the best place to woo that certain someone special.

‘I would go to Marian Beke’s Nightjar,’ says Bert Jachmann, ‘their drink creations are so imaginative and impressive.’ Sung Min Park also recommends Nightjar, and Carl Van Droogenbroeck would even trust the bartenders there to pick the drink if he was out for a romantic evening. It’s also a favourite of Kirill Runkov, ‘because every drink of theirs is an unforgettable experience.’ Milk & Honey was another popular choice, with both Gareth Evans and Jeff Bell singing its praises.

Some recommended more old school London establishments. Hasse Bank Johansen would opt for the Savoy Bar: ‘the venue is so beautiful and historic, a place that will surely woo someone – and I would order a classic cocktail of course, my favourite being the Blood and Sand.’ The Connaught Bar is the choice of Monica Berg, for a Dry Martini; and so too Victor Yang, who thinks the Tiny Ten Martini is just the ticket.