The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands unveils the line-up for the third edition of its Behind The Bar series. The resort will play host to globally acclaimed bartenders from iconic bars around the world. The previous editions of the series featured known figures like industry icon Shingo Gokan and Singaporean pioneer Vijay Mudaliar. The event will showcase the fusion of international mixology talent, sustainability- focused concepts, and a celebration of local ingredients.
Röda Huset, Hampus Thunholm – Stockholm, Sweden, March 10th to 11th
Röda Huset has acquired notable accolades such as The World’s 50 Best Bars’ Campari One to Watch award in 2022, a historic first for a bar in the Nordic region. Adding to its honors, the bar was also awarded the Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award in 2023, emphasizing its commitment to sustainability. Under the expertise of Head Bartender Hampus Thunholm, renowned for his contributions to Fäviken, Röda Huset offers a unique experience honed by Thunholm’s skilled craftsmanship.
HIMKOK, Paul Aguilar & Maros Dzurus – Oslo, Norway, April 5th to 6th
HIMKOK is a fully operational distillery that embodies the essence of Norwegian culture. Recognized as a proud member of the World’s 50 Best Bars for six consecutive years, HIMKOK has become a global symbol of Norway’s mixological talent.
Republic – Singapore, July
Ranked No. 16 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2023, Republic showcases an extensive cocktail menu inspired by the influential hallmarks of pop culture in the 1960s: Art, Cinema, Fashion, and Music. The bar pays homage to a sophisticated era for cocktailing, freedom, expression, and individuality. Republic also offers an array of limited edition spirits from the 1960s.
Opium, Matteo Cadeddu – Bangkok, Thailand, August 9th to 10th
Opium Bar has been recognized as the Best New Bar of 2022 and secured the No. 59 position on Asia’s 50 Best Bars for 2023. The bar blends opulent New York hangout ambience with the spirit of late night Chinatown Bangkok.
Overstory, Harrison Ginsberg – New York, USA, September 18th to 19th
Ranked at No. 17 on The World’s 50 Best Bars 2023 and honored with the Nikka Highest Climber Award 2023, Overstory stands 64 stories above Wall Street. Bar Director Harrison Ginsberg’s meticulous sourcing of local ingredients emphasizes earthy and umami flavors. Culinary offerings by celebrated chef James Kent, known for their work at sister restaurants Crown Shy and Saga, further elevate the experience.
Wax On, Damien Guichard – Berlin, Germany, November 22th to 23rd
Wax On achieved the 29th position on the 50 Best Bars list in 2023. Situated in Berlin’s Weserstrasse bar district, Wax On has quickly gained recognition as one of Germany’s best bars under the creative direction of Damien Guichard. The basement serves as its laboratory, where cocktails are crafted and garnished.
The Cambridge Public House, Hyacinthe Lescoet – Paris, France, December 5th to 6th
Earning the No. 38 spot on The World’s 50 Best Bars 2023, The Cambridge Public House in Paris’s Marais district opened in early 2019. The Cambridge Public House has a constantly evolving cocktail program that adapts to the seasons and emphasizes locally sourced quality products. The team of bartenders is dedicated to exploring new flavors and ingredients every month.