USBG Presents World Class Sponsored by Diageo is an educational platform leading to a global bartending competition. All competition challenges are inspired by the latest industry trends and backed by Diageo Bar Academy training resources, arming competitors with the tools and knowledge to prepare themselves for the competition while fostering their career development. This competition offers a great opportunity for bartenders of all skill levels and backgrounds to test themselves, join a community of competitors and judges from around the world, and ultimately become a stronger bartender. Applications for the 2022 competition have closed but sign up for the Diageo Bar Academy newsletter for the latest competition updates!

Key Dates for 2022

Applications Open
Application Opens
Now-December 1, 2021
US 2022 Top 100
Top 100 Announced
January 3, 2022
US 2022 Top 50
Top 50 Regional Finals
April 1, 2022 – May 18, 2022
National Finals
National Finals
June 2022

The Diageo Bar Academy, also known as DBA, provides a members with wealth of information to raise the bar and better their careers. Membership includes access to bar news, cocktail trends and lots of drinks inspiration as well as insights from a global network of experts and some of the industry's leading influencers and world renowned bartenders. This year’s World Class studios are now live on DBA.

Diageo Bar Academy Studios

Diageo Studios is a series of bartender training sessions, crafted by some of the world’s best bartenders, drink professionals and creatives. Every session is designed to push boundaries, educate and inspire bartenders around the globe. We open up new digital and in-person experiences for all to follow, regardless of location or resources.

Punch
Modernism
It's time to talk about all the benefits of batched cocktails. Learn about techniques that build flavor, consistently delicious serves and more.
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First
Draft
With a little help from Johnnie Walker, learn how to create fantastic drinks and why a balanced approach benefits both staff and guests.
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World Class
Menus
Industry experts share their thoughts on what makes a world class menu and how to build one that best serves customers and bartenders.
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Underground Agriculture
Uncover the story of Don Julio Tequila and learn more about the agave plant in order to create new cocktails and menus.
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USBG PRESENTS WORLD CLASS SPONSORED BY DIAGEO WINNERS

THIS COULD BE YOU!
THIS COULD BE YOU!
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TAKE STUDIOS
Adam Fournier
Adam Fournier
2021 U.S. Bartender of the Year
Katie Renshaw
Katie Renshaw
2019 U.S. Bartender of the Year
Laura Newman
Laura Newman
2018 U.S. Bartender of the Year
Chris Cardone
Chris Cardone
2017 U.S. Bartender of the Year
ANDREW MELTZER
ANDREW MELTZER
2016 U.S. Bartender of the Year
Tyson Buhler
Tyson Buhler
2015 U.S. Bartender of the Year
CHARLES JOLY
CHARLES JOLY
2014 Global Bartender of the Year
JEFF BELL
JEFF BELL
2013 U.S. Bartender of the Year
RICKY GOMEZ
RICKY GOMEZ
2012 U.S. Bartender of the Year

Stay Updated on Everything World Class in 3 easy steps

STEP 1
Sign up for the Diageo Bar Academy newsletter for the latest competition updates!
STEP 2
Use #worldclassus and #worldclass2022 to check out the World Class Bartenders.
STEP 3
Follow @WorldClassUS to see all competition updates and finalists!
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