Bartender Justin Short is ready to compete in the World Class Competition. Pic Rob Lawson

There are 54 other bartenders who Julian Short from Sin Tax bar in Rosebank will have to outshine to become the Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender 2017 winner.

He’s already in Mexico to compete in the event and the winner will be announced on Sunday 26 August.

Finalists will face the toughest of challenges, from making show stopping creations that will shape the future of cocktail culture to shaking off their competition in the knockout Lucha Libre cocktail challenge.

Having already overcome fierce competition within South Africa, Short has arrived in Mexico armed with luxury ingredients including Johnnie Walker, Cîroc, Ketel One vodka, Tanqueray No. TEN, Zacapa, Bulleit, Don Julio, and a fine collection of single malts, ready to create what they hope is their stand out cocktail. 


Expect to see limes flying and mixology like never before as the race begins to have South Africa’s best bartender take the crown of the industry and become the World Class Bartender of the Year. 

Johanna Dalley the World class Director says: “This is the biggest and best bartending competition in the world and biggest world class competition yet. 
“The cocktail revolution is booming and these bartenders are leading the way. Expect to see the pinnacle of bartending creations and new trends which will set the cocktail agenda for months and years to come.”
If you want to cheer for Short, you can log onto a live stream of the event at