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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The exciting search for the best bartender in the world starts next week as WORLD CLASS hits London. To celebrate London as the beating heart of cocktail culture around the globe, we will be partnering with some of London’s best bars to create special WORLD CLASS cocktail menus which will be available for the month of July.

Hospital Club image by Paul Winch-Furness


WHITE LYAN The first bar in the world to challenge the fundamental set up of a cocktail bar by eschewing all perishables including ice and citrus.

NOLA A new cocktail bar that opened last year, expect all the classic New Orleans cocktails. This is the only bar outside America to be awarded the Seal of Sazerac.

WORSHIP ST WHISTLING SHOP Quirky cocktail bar in the heart of the city owned by Tom Aske and Tristan Stephenson.

CALLOOH CALLAY An international award- winning cocktail bar hidden in the heart of Shoreditch, East London.

THE HIXTER The latest venue from the Hix group. This basement bar nestled away in Liverpool Street has a great list of British cocktails.

CITY SOCIAL Part of the Jason Atherton Group, City Social is based in Tower 42 and offers incredible views of London as well as amazing cocktails devised by award-winning bartender Gareth Evans.

NIGHTJAR Came second place in the World’s 50 Best Bars last year and as you descend into the dingy basement bar you’ll find out why. A speakeasy bar that takes classics and revamps them with some truly amazing garnishes.

LCC OXFORD CIRCUS Visit the private music room for an exclusive Ketel One vodka cocktail list with a live recording studio, silent disco and karaoke set up. Warm up your singing voice en route!

Image of Whistling Shop by Tony Murray

MARK’S BAR Leather chesterfields, smoky mirrors, ambient lighting and an apothecary cocktail bar give Mark’s Bar in Soho a very New York vibe. With a traditional bar billiards table and a cocktail list of historical curiosities and celebrations, Mark’s in Soho is the place to sit back and enjoy a more eccentric approach to drinking.

HOSPITAL CLUB Situated in Covent Garden’s Seven Dials, The Hospital is a private members club for those in the arts, media and entertainment business.

EDITION – PUNCH ROOM Nestled at the back of the brand spanking new Edition Hotel is the Punch Room, an oak panelled den inspired by the comfort of manor house libraries and nineteenth-century private clubs, with a modern reincarnation.

SKETCH A complex and unique site, conceived by French master chef Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur Mazouz.

BLIND PIG Home to 2013 GB WORLD CLASS Winner Gareth Evans, the Blind Pig has become the place to go for imaginative cocktails with pun-tastic names. Sitting above Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House restaurant, this is a must visit bar.

AQUA, OXFORD STREET Set atop one of London’s most iconic buildings in Regent Street, with two restaurants and an award winning cocktail bar, it epitomises destination drinking and dining with a blend of innovative Spanish and Japanese cuisines, creative cocktails, chic interiors and stunning views.

ARTESIAN At the forefront of the sophisticated London bar scene, showcasing the city’s largest collection of rums, an extensive Champagne list and an inventive menu of cocktails and blends.

THE RITZ The bartenders of The Rivoli Bar are experts in the craft of the cocktail; utilizing premium spirits, homemade cordials and bitters, bespoke glassware, uniquely shaped ice and seemingly boundless imagination to create new concoctions or reinterpret old classics.

CONNAUGHT Originally opened in 1815, this hotel bar is an institution of glamour, elegance and hospitality.

CLARIDGES From the finest vintage champagnes and sought-after spirits and wines, this connoisseur’s collection represents the best of its kind. Their knowledgeable staff source, prepare and serve the stunning selections as they are, or as cocktails, expertly prepared and served within the effortless elegant setting of David Collins’ stunning interior.

CHINA TANG Entering the China Tang Bar evokes a romantic sense of art deco of 1930s pre-revolution Shanghai.

SALVATORE’S AT PLAYBOY Oozing glamour and boasting award-winning cocktails by master mixologist and WORLD CLASS Guru Salvatore Calabrese, this sophisticated bar is a prize setting. Salvatore’s Bar has recently launched afternoon tea with four tea based cocktails to give a sophisticated, adult only, twist. Alongside the cocktail, Bunnies will serve homemade savoury sandwiches and delightful desserts, including the finely crafted Bunny Ear Cupcake and every Bunny’s favourite; a traditional carrot cake.

BIG EASY A big, bustling American BBQ & Crabshack. The Big Easy specialises in big portions and big flavours. With a huge selection of whiskies there’s sure to be something for everyone here!

THE SAVOY – AMERICAN BAR Home of WORLD CLASS winner 2010, Erik Lorincz, and steeped in history, the American bar is one of, if not THE, most famous bars in the world.

MR FOGG’S Launched in Mayfair last summer and is modelled on the very Mayfair house in which Jules Verne’s famous adventurer from his celebrated novel Around the World in 80 Days, Phileas Fogg, lived. Mr Fogg’s is refined but at the same time truly off-the-wall, breathing liveliness and fun into the West End, where visitors encounter all the wonders of the world without setting foot outside of London.

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