The world to descend on a Braam bar tonight

Braam will tonight play host for a event to kick off the ‘World Cup’ of bartending, taking place for the first time in Africa.

The best in world bartending will be on show in Braamfontein tonight. World Class, known as the ‘World Cup’ of bartending competitions, will kick off in Joburg.

Tonight five bars that have been selected as the best in Johannesburg, have each been assigned a premium product. Specialised cocktails will be made from this and the competition winners will be measured using social media.

Anti Est. in Braamfontien has been selected as one of the five bars to take part in this event for World Class.

In attendance will be the best in the bartending business from across the world. It is the first time that this prestigious event is being held in Africa and over 50 countries take part.

According to Anti Est. bartender George Hunter, “World Class is the largest and most prestigious bartending competition out there. It is the World Cup of bartenders. It’s a platform to display pure passion, excitement and skill for your industry.”

Next week the bartender competitors from around the world will start performing challenges in Joburg, and will then progress to Cape Town where the final will be held.

The event will take place between 9 and 11pm and will include a raffle to be held on social media with a prize valued at R3000.

I would not recommend missing this one, as chances are this is a once in a lifetime opportunity right in our back yard.

Liquid chefs in Rosebank last night

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SKY HIGH: Keegan Smith showing off his best flair bartending skills at the Liquid Chefs in Rosebank last night. Photo: Valerie Robinson

 by Valerie Robinson.

A flair bartending competition saw some of the best bartenders in the country competing to raise funds in Rosebank last night.

The best of South African bartenders showed off their skills at flairing competition in Rosebank last night.

Flairing is the art of performing for the audience while drinks are mixed. The participants made use of accessories such as liquor bottles and shakers, as they juggled and tossed their props in a bid to impress the audience.

The competition, hosted by Liquid Chefs, was a fund-raising initiative for fellow bartender Martin Strobes who is battling cancer and managed to raise a total of R19 360 on the night.

The 16 participants represented both old school flair and new school talent. There were eight rounds which saw a more experienced bartender flairing against a new school counterpart.

After each round of flairing there was also a speed round. The competitors had one minute to make a cocktail that was auctioned off with the highest bid peaking at R1600.

At the end of the night the competition deadlocked resulting in a tie breaker round. Victor Pires, considered as one of the best flair bartenders in the country, emerged victorious.