Go Now: International Cocktail Celebration Comes to Mumbai

The much-awaited World Class Cocktail Festival will feature takeovers by bars from around the world, experiential zones for cocktail-sampling and workshops for aspiring mixologists.

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Diageo Reserve set to bring global cocktail tourney to India in the first week of July.

Adding to India’s promising annual lineup of food and drink festivals, is the World Class Cocktail Festival. After May saw India’s only gin festival take place amid much excitement in the national capital, Diageo Reserve’s much-anticipated global cocktail tourney will make its India stop in the first week of July.

Originally a bartending competition that was launched in 2009, World Class has evolved to be a congregation for cocktail lovers in various parts of the world, featuring food and beverage pop-ups, bar takeovers, and smaller events raising a toast to cocktail culture. After a pandemic-enforced cancellation in 2020, the festival had its first-ever global finale in a digital format. This year, the event will travel to Sydney, Australia for the September finale.

With days away for the India chapter of the festival’s league stage of sorts, visitors can look forward to a host of attractions, from takeovers by bars from India to Paris, music performances to great food. One can also expect to sample iconic serves as well as modern innovations, besides joining workshops on replicating a variety of concoctions. A segment called Spirit of Adventure will allow cocktail aficionados to get a taste of 13 signature blends by the country’s top 13 bartenders (as determined by the festival).

The festival will take place on July 2-3 (4pm onwards) at Famous Studios, Worli, Mumbai. Tickets can be purchased here.

 

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  • Prannay Pathak dreams about living out of a suitcase and retiring to the island of Hamneskär to watch films in solitary confinement. He is Assistant Editor (Digital) at National Geographic Traveller India.

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