2019 World Class Competition now underway

The Irish leg of the World Class Bartender of the Year Competition is now underway with bartenders from across Ireland invited to apply for entry to “the world’s most prestigious and respected bartender competition” before it closes on Sunday 31st March.

The winner will represent Ireland at the World Class Global Finals in Glasgow this September where they’ll compete against the best in the world using spirits from the Diageo Reserve portfolio.

Since its 2009 launch Diageo Reserve’s World Class Bartender of the Year Competition has supported, educated and inspired over 250,000 bartenders through its training and advocacy programme in over 60 countries.

The 2019 Competition in Ireland kicks off with tasking bartenders to produce one serve from the options below:


  1. Johnnie Walker Black Label base integrated with a pre-smoked ingredient
  2. Talisker 10 Year-Old base that has a twist on a classic Tiki cocktail highlighting a story and a rationale to accompany the serve
  3. Ron Zacapa 23 base incorporating a classic flavour pairing to create a contemporary serve.


Bartenders can go to to submit their entry by Sunday 31st March.

In-bar judging with the top 10 bartenders in Ireland will be held in April with the top five then selected to attend the semi-finals in May.

The top three will battle it out at the World Class Ireland Final which will be hosted in the newly-opened Roe & Co Distillery in the heart of Dublin 8 this June.

The four judges for the Competition this year comprise Irish chef and Diageo Global Gastronomer Mark Moriarty, European Ambassador for Roe & Co Alan Mulvihill, World Class Irish Bartender of the Year 2018 Carl D’Alton and Global Scotch Whiskey Ambassador for The Singleton Ervin Trykowski.

“I had the most incredible journey with World Class last year,” said Carl D’Alton of Cask in Cork who represented Ireland at the 2018 World Class Global Final in Berlin, “I was honoured to represent Ireland, competing alongside some of the best bartenders in the world and to be judged by some of the most iconic names in the industry. To come in the top three best bartenders in Europe and 12th in the world was something I really couldn’t have dreamt of. I would recommend any bartender out there to enter the competition as you never know where it will take you!”

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