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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It’s always interesting to find out from people at the top of their game who inspired them to be where they are today and who continues to drive them forward to bigger and better things.

We asked award-winning bartender Carl Van Droogenbroeck: “My heroes are probably Tony Conigliaro and Marian Beke” of London hotspots 69 Colebrooke Row and Nightjar, “both true experts but with totally different styles. Tony’s style is really simple, he doesn’t mess around with extravagant garnishes, his creations just taste extraordinary. Marian on the other hand spends much more time on special garnishes. I love his style of working, very tight, precise and fast.”