DISCOVER THE WORLD CLASS 50

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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WORLD CLASS BARTENDER OF THE YEAR 2014

When the winner of the World Class Bartender of the Year 2014 was finally announced on August 1st, there were tears, there were cheers and there was one very deserving winner; The USA’s Charles Joly, who is the first North American to ever take the crown.

Chicago native Charles spent the week of the finals mixing, stirring and shaking up some incredible drinks – including his signature cocktail, Above the Clouds, which he mixed for the judges during the last day of the competition – which were always served up with his warm, welcoming American charm.

Charles is the resident beverage director of The Aviary in the Windy City and has worked in the industry for 17 years so certainly knows his way around a bar. This knowledge was reflected in the range of drinks he mixed throughout the week and we’re sure will serve him well as he holds the title of the Bartender of the Year for the next twelve months.