Diageo Reserve World Class 2023 unveils India’s Top 15 Bartenders

12 Jun 2023

June 12, Delhi, India: The 14th edition of Diageo Reserve World Class, the largest and most prestigious global bartending competition, has announced the top 15 bartenders among numerous impressive entries from across India. These talented bartenders will compete for the highly sought-after championship at the national finals in Gurugram on July 2, 2023.

The finalists were evaluated based on their professional skills, which included a deep knowledge of spirits, innovative mixology techniques, captivating cocktail presentations, and the ability to tell a story through their liquid creations. Hailing from different regions of India, these top 15 finalists exemplify exceptional expertise in the art of mixology, elevating the reputation of Indian hospitality on a global scale.

The winner from India will go on to represent the country in the Diageo Reserve World Class 2023 Global Finale, set to take place in Sao Paulo this September, where they will compete against the finest bartenders from around the world.

Speaking about the competition, Evonne Eadie, Head of World Class, Trade & Social Advocacy expressed her excitement, stating, "The display of craftsmanship and technique coming out of World Class India 2023 is a true reflection of the vibrant bartending community in India. World Class India celebrates this community and provides a platform to showcase what India has to offer on a global level.”

Diageo Reserve World Class serves as a unique platform to support local talent and showcases its commitment to the bartending community and a culture of quality drinks. Since its inception in 2009, the competition has inspired and mentored over 400,000 bartenders worldwide, ensuring the future of cocktail innovation and the introduction of new trends.

Throughout the competition, Diageo Reserve brands such as The Singleton, Johnnie Walker, Don Julio, Tanqueray No. TEN, Talisker and Ketel One Vodka were utilized to craft exceptional cocktails, showcasing cutting-edge innovations allowing consumers to sip, savour, and celebrate #AGlassOfWorldClass.

Here are the top 15 India Finalists of Diageo Reserve World Class 2023:


  1. Pradyuman Shanker - The Drawing Room, St. Regis (Goa)
  2. Ankur Verma – Cobbler and Crew (Pune)
  3. Aashi Bhatnagar – Cobbler and Crew (Pune)
  4. Aditya Karande – The Daily (Mumbai)
  5. Amol Sawant – The Hub Diner and Bar (Mumbai)
  6. Saurabh Patil – PCO (Mumbai)
  7. Ananth Reddy – Ext (Hyderabad)
  8. Priyanka Rath – Foo (Bangalore)
  9. Sarath Nair – Copitas, Four Seasons (Bangalore)
  10. Ashwin Sanotra – Home (Delhi)
  11. Sia Negi – Library Bar, Leela Palace (Delhi)
  12. Amit Kumar – Lair (Delhi)
  13. Ram Kumar – Sidecar (Delhi)
  14. Manoj Singh Rawat – Sorano (Kolkata)
  15. Shantanu Shourya – Little Bit Sober (Kolkata)


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About Diageo India

Diageo India is the country’s leading beverage alcohol company and a subsidiary of global leader Diageo PLC. The company manufactures, sells and distributes an outstanding portfolio of premium brands such as Johnnie Walker, Black Dog, Black & White, VAT 69, Antiquity, Signature, The Singleton, Royal Challenge, McDowell’s No1, Smirnoff, Ketel One, Tanqueray and Captain Morgan.

Headquartered in Bengaluru, our wide footprint is supported by a committed team of over 3145 employees, 37 manufacturing facilities across states and union territories in India, a strong distribution network and a state-of-the-art Technical Centre.          

Incorporated in India as United Spirits Limited (USL), the company is listed on both the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in India. For more information about Diageo India, our people, our brands, and our performance, visit us at www.diageoindia.com. Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, http://www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practices.

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