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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What makes a great bartender? Is personality the sole criterion, or is perfection a freshly shaken blend of presentation, communication and observation? Or is it simply a gift of hospitality – being a great host and making guests feel that they are at the best cocktail party in town? As, Victor Yang notes: ‘Just being able to make customers a lot happier when they leave than when they arrived. A lot of people can mix great drinks, or learn how to do so, but that makes you a great mixologist; to be a great bartender you have to have passion and the focus needs to be on the customers’ experience.’

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