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 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 cocktail enthusiasts of all skill levels and backgrounds to test themselves, join a community of industry professionals from around the world, and ultimately become a stronger bartender.

The application period for the 2023 competition is closed. Follow @WorldClassUS to see all competition updates and finalists!

Key Dates for 2023

US 2023 Top 100
January 2023
Submissions will be paper-judged by World Class Judges to determine the Top 100.
US 2023 Top 30
February 2023
Submissions will be created on-site, tasted, and judged by World Class Judges.
US 2023 Competition
May 2023
This year, the Regional & National Finals will take place at a combined event. Here, the Top 30 will compete to narrow down to the Top 5 Finalists before crowning the 2023 World Class US Bartender of the Year.
Global Finals
SUMMER 2023
The 2023 World Class Cocktail Festival and Global Finals will take place in São Paulo, Brazil!

Diageo Bar Academy, also known as DBA, provides members with a wealth of information to raise the bar and better their careers. Membership is free and includes access to bar news, cocktail trends, drink inspiration, and much more! DBA is also home to World Class Studios, 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.

World Class Studios

Check out our latest World Class Studio sessions available on Diageo Bar Academy now!

APERITIF & DIGESTIF
Learn to develop drinks and menus for this iconic occasion, taking inspiration from regional traditions, case studies from the top professionals in this field, and chef hacks for flavor storytelling.
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COMMUNITY BREW
With bartenders at the helm of community change, we are continuing our journey to highlight the best ingredients, with care and attention, as well as profile the bigger impact our thoughtful choices can make, locally.
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MAGICAL MODIFIERS
The educational approach of this studio focuses on simple drinks, with extraordinary modifiers, highlighting the citrus heart of Tanqueray No. TEN.
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COCKTAIL CARTOGRAPHY
This studio brings Scotland's famous landscape, whiskies and cocktails to bartenders worldwide, with some of the most complex flavors and rituals that defined generations of whisky lovers.
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FUTURE PROOF
Creating the space and opportunity for bartenders to engage in occasion and flavor-led drinks, focusing on a multitude of alcohol levels, to support lifestyle changes, as well as consumer and bartender demand.
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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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USBG PRESENTS WORLD CLASS
SPONSORED BY DIAGEO WINNERS

Jessi Pollak
Jessi Pollak
2022 U.S. Bartender of the Year
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 to stay up to date with the latest trends, World Class Studios, and competition updates!
STEP 2
Use #WorldClassUS and #WorldClass2023 to check out the latest World Class content.
STEP 3
Follow @WorldClassUS to see all competition updates and finalists!
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