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If like us, you’ve had a few cocktails in your time, you’ll know that making a great cocktail is an art, and requires a high level of skill and experience, as well as a good dose of charm and flair.

Every year, Global drinks brand, Diageo, hold the contest of contests when it comes to mixology and bartending. World Class searches the globe for the best of the best, seeking out innovation, creativity and flair- and this year we’re pretty stoked to say that two of the final 50 UK finalists are from La Raza, and sister bar Ta Bouche.

Sean Baylis and Danny Wilson, from La Raza and Ta Bouche, are up there with some of the best bars in the country, and are the only Cambridge bartenders in the contest.

The theme of this year’s contest was around ‘Future drinking’, where bartenders were asked to chose from five future concepts – hi-tech, sustainability, drinks presentation, emotional connection, and unknown ingredients. Sean and Danny both wowed the judges with their hi-tech concepts, using modern molecular mixology techniques.

The next heat of the competition will be held in London on 19th April 2017, with the global final taking place in Mexico, later in the year. We’ve got everything crossed for you gents!


#WorldClass2017 FINAL 50 – UK

Aiden Page | The Bar With No Name | London
Alastair Fraser| Opium | London
Alessandro Rabolini | Sexy Fish | London
Alex Walker | Beaufort Bar | London
Alf del Portillo | The Natural Philosopher | London
Bart Miedekszaa | High Water | London
Benjamin Smith | Dr Inks Curiosities | Exeter
Benji Ryde | Coconut Bar & Kitchen | Reading
Calum D. Robb | The Botanist | Marlow
Cameron Moncaster | The Larder House | Bournemouth
Ciarán Russell | The Tippling House | Aberdeen
Clem Eastel | The Dark Horse | Bath
Constanca Raposo Cordeiro | Peg and Patriot | London
Danny Wilson | Tabouche | Cambridge
Dario Guaglione | Whistling Shop | London
Enrico Gonzato | Dandelyan | London
Gábor Dávid Molnár | Boisdale of Canary Wharf | London
Georgia Billing| Halliford House | London
Giancarlo Cordua | Roka Charlotte Street | London
Giuseppe Panetta | Quaglino’s | London
Jack Wakelin | Picture House Social | Sheffield
James Bowker | The Edgbaston Boutique Hotel | Birmingham
James McGovern | Hyde & Co | Bristol
Jamie Jones | The Social Company | London
Jamie Moran | The Finnieston | Glasgow
Jenna Ba | Chiltern Fire House / Laddershed Bar | London
Jérôme Allaguillemette | Sexy Fish | London
Jonatan Muñoz | Hawksmoor Spitalfields | London
Jon Hughes | Bramble | Edinburgh
Liam Broom | Callooh Callay | London
Manu Alonso Caballo | American Bar at The Savoy Hotel | London
Martin Hudák | American Bar at The Savoy Hotel | London
Massimo Zitti | Science & Industry | Manchester
Matthew Seven Wakeford| Epicurean | Edinburgh
Matthew Galloway | Tigerlily | Edinburgh
Maxime Creusot | Mash Steakhouse | London
Michele Reina | Halliard House | London
Cosmin Tigroso | Berners Tavern at the London Edition Hotel | London
Mike Pendergast | East London Liquor Company | London
Ramsay Morris | Saint Judes | Glasgow
Raphael Hategan | Hakkasan Mayfair | London
Sean Fennelly | Hawksmoor Spitalfields | London
Sean Cambridge | La Raza | Cambridge
Thom Solberg | Black Rock | London
Thomas James Matthews | The Edgbaston Boutique Hotel | Birmingham
Thomas Ryan | Dr Inks Curiosities | Exeter
Tim Laferla | City Social | London
Timothy Batchelor | The Pig Hotel | Brockenhurst
Tommy Cole | Dirty Martini | London
Witek Wojaczek | Beaufort Bar at the Savoy | London

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