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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Episode 1

The contestants’ journey begins aboard the Azamara Journey against the glamorous backdrop of Monte Carlo. The bartenders face their first two tests, creating cocktails inspired by the Cannes Film Festival and proving their technical abilities to create new taste sensations.

Episode 2

As the cruise ship sails along the Cote D’Azur, the bartenders scour the St Tropez market for local ingredients to make their brace of cocktails and must face the first elimination where the original 44 bartenders are reduced to 16.

Episode 3

In the port of Ibiza, the remaining 16 bartenders must demonstrate their skills in pairing cocktails and tapas, as well proving their creative credentials when presented with unexpected ingredients. The last round of eliminations reveals the final 8 contestants.

Episode 4

Each of the final 8 bartenders compete in 2 challenges: to serve the perfect bowl of punch paired with their signature cocktail, and deliver 8 cocktails in 10 minutes. The journey concludes in Barcelona, the host city of the grand finale at La Monumental, where the World Class Bartender of the Year 2013 winner is revealed.