Grab a glass, the World’s Best Martini challenge is returning to London this January
Forget about Dry January and mark your calendar for this upcoming cocktail competition instead. Founded by Gary Sharp and James Thomas, Martini aficionados, The World’s Best Martini Challenge is returning to London and it’s set to be bigger and boozier than ever.
Taking place on January 18 at chic East London bar OSLO, ten gins are competing to be one of the five ‘Contenders’ that will go before a panel of independent judges that include Anna Sebastian, Manager of Artesian Bar at The Langham, Rich Hunt, owner of Mint Gun Club, and Mark Ludmon, editor of Bar Magazine. The judges, along with the always enthusiastic event attendees, will ultimately choose The World’s Best Martini of 2018.
After a year of travel and discovery, co-founders Gary Sharp and James Thomas have narrowed down the gin finalists. Having tasted gins of all descriptions, Gary and James have shortlisted the initial ten gins that are currently going through the second round of heats. Featuring boutique brands from all over the UK and Ireland, the gins include Arbikie, Bertha’s Revenge, Conker, Curio, Da Mhile, Kokoro, Lilliput, Pothecary, Salcombe, and last year’s winners, Daffy’s Gin.
Featuring five new finalists, last year’s winner, three judges, the UK’s finest bartenders and a lot of gin, the January event will be a chance for drinks connoisseurs, gin lovers and spirited enthusiasts to decide who should win The World’s Best Martini of 2018.
The finale event will be a chance for the contenders to showcase their two cocktails to an audience of industry names and the gin-loving public. From £15 per ticket, attendees will be able to meet the gin-makers and sample martinis from each Contender gin, ultimately voting for their favourite.
Make it happen
When: Thursday 18th January 2018, doors open from 7pm
Where: Oslo, 1A Amhurst Rd, London E8 1LL
Tickets: Priced From £15. Click here to purchase