Bannie Kang from Singapore (ANTI:DOTE) took the title of ‘World Class Bartender of the Year 2019’ in magnificent style in Glasgow, impressing judges with her precise attention to detail and thoroughly creative cocktails. Plus, we reveal the competition’s 2020 location … Sydney!

Six continents. Countless cocktails. We have diligently watched as thousands of aspirational bartenders were slowly whittled down to an elite group of 53, each of whom joined us in Glasgow to fight for the title of ‘world’s best’ on behalf of their country.

And after four days of thrilling challenges across the Netherlands and Scotland, Singapore’s Bannie Kang became the 11th worthy winner to join our renowned Hall of Fame. Congratulations again to Bannie!


Bannie excelled throughout her challenges, making judges stand up and take note in the Talisker ‘Into the Wilderness’ challenge, before earning first place in the final speed round. Her natural talent and ability to wow the crowds contributed to this being one of the most exciting competitions to date.


Describing her experience as a “whirlwind”, South Korean born Bannie is determined that her win now help to inspire female bartenders all over the world. She is inherently proud of her craft, sharing that ‘practice makes perfect’. And in Bannie’s case, it most certainly did.


Our new winner was selected by a judging panel made up of former winners, award-winning mixologists, drinks writers, and journalists. She will now spend the next 12 months as a global ambassador for our Reserve brands, travelling the world and judging World Class national heats; inspiring 2020’s hopefuls and crowning regional champions; plus completing guest shifts in the world’s best bars.

It’s set to be a very busy year for Bannie Kang!

As if crowing our new winner wasn’t exciting enough, we also took the opportunity to reveal that the next World Class Bartender of the Year Global Finals will take place in none other than Sydney, Australia!

With Australia already home to two of our previous winners, Tim Philips-Johansson and last year’s World Class Bartender of the Year, Orlando Marzo, we can’t wait to bring next year’s competition to a city bursting with such iconic drinks talent.


Congratulations again to our 2019 winner, Bannie Kang, and thank you to all the fantastic bartenders who took part in this year’s competition.

Here’s to 2020!