Cocktail competitions have become big business. Cynics say the number of booze awards has become so oversaturated that to win is all but meaningless, while others praise how competition raises the standard and creativity of what the bar scene offers. Whatever you think, the difference between winning and losing can make or break a bar’s fortunes. Here’s a calendar of Bangkok’s biggest cocktail comps of the year, and a look at their past winners and losers. 


1. World Class

What: One of the most popular competitions organized by Diageo (home of Johnnie Walker), they recently did a qualifying round and had over 100 bartenders participating.
Last year’s winners: Milk Pailin formerly at Vesper, who also went on and won the SEA competition, along with Ronnaporn "Nueng" Kanivichaporn and Kitibordee "Gov" Chortubtim both from Backstage Cocktail Bar and Pinsuda "Ann" Pongprom from The Bamboo Bar.
Next date: After the qualifying round, 30 chosen bartenders will be competing again on April.

2. Diplomatico World Tournament

What: A competition for bartenders to create a cocktail using Diplomatico rum, organized by Brand Connect.
Final round: Mar 6 with four bartenders competing: Attapon "Buk" De-vilva from Q&A, Kitibordee "Gov" Chortubtim from Backstage Cocktail Bar, Suchada "Fahbeer" Sopajaree from The Owl Society Whiskey Saloon and Noppasate "Depp" Hirunwathit from Revolucion Cocktail.
Next date: The 2017 competition is still ongoing. The 2018 one will take place around the end of 2017.

3. Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition

What: Bartenders use Bacardi products to create signature cocktails.
Final round: Mar 14 with four bartenders competing: Hideyuki Saito and Krit "Joey" Pragobdee from Bronx Liquid Parlour, Nont "Pae" Ketumarn from Morimoto and Dedsakda "Kenny" Thianthong from Toro.
Next date: Submissions usually take place around Jul/Aug.

4. Chivas Masters

Plan ahead: Pernod Ricard, the importer of Chivas Regal, is planning on bringing Chivas Masters competition here in early 2018. Stay tuned at