New Zealand’s most talented bartenders have been announced and are sharing their cocktail creations with New Zealanders at this unique pop-up bar, World Class House, coming to Auckland in August.
Lorietta Bahr of Bedford Soda & Liquor (Auckland), James Millar of The Gin Room (Auckland), Jonny Cresswell of Revelry (Auckland), Kneale Brown of Matterhorn (Wellington), and Ray Leota of Roxy (Wellington), have been named as the top bartenders in the New Zealand final of Diageo World Class, one of the world’s most premium bartending competitions and largest cocktail education programme.
World Class House is the final stage of the New Zealand leg of the competition, an experiential pop-up space that will allow New Zealanders the chance to immerse themselves in a bespoke, vibrant drinking experience and taste premium cocktails designed by the country’s most promising talent.
The unique event will pop up in the iconic 100-year-old Ponsonby Post Office building, where the top five will compete over three days in a series of challenges that test their craftsmanship, technique and creativity.
During the evening, World Class House will open to the public with a range of interactive cocktail and food stations to explore, including a ‘juice your own’ bloody mary station using ingredients picked from the vibrant World Class House produce market, spritzer master class, and all-American BBQ with bourbon cocktail match.
This is your opportunity to come and enjoy World Class cocktails produced by World Class bartenders.
Tickets include entry to the venue and four tokens, two of which are redeemable for drinks and two for food matches. Additional drinks and food are available to purchase at the venue. Guests must be 18 years or older to attend.