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London wins the 24 hour bar build

Team London are crowned winners of Bacardi's 24 hour Bar Build competition to round off London Cocktail Week 2015.

After claiming five out of 10 top spots at the 50 Best Bar Awards on Thursday night (October 8), London proved itself to be the capital of cocktail culture again on Saturday (October 10) at Bacardi’s 24 Hour Bar Build competition to round off London Cocktail Week 2015.

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With just 24 hours to come up with the concept, then build and create the drinks list before opening to the public, team London – made up of captain Richard Woods (Duck & Waffle) and his hand-picked team of Andy Shannon (The London Edition Hotel), Iain Griffiths (Dandelyan), Luca Missaglia (Aqua), Nathan Shearer (Callooh Callay), and Sly Augustin (Trailer Happiness) – beat off stiff competition from New York, Paris and Singapore’s best bartenders with their Patrón Tequila-backed bar. It featured distressed concrete walls, an illuminated London skyline, and cacti, seamlessly tying London’s cocktail culture and the rebirth of tequila together with a nod to Mexico.

The competition was judged by a panel of drinks industry experts on concept, design, service, quality of drinks and social media buzz, but the visiting public were there to vote with their feet (read: tokens). As well as bragging rights, team London has also won tickets to Tales of the Cocktail 2016.


The winning drinks

London – Negroni

Patrón Reposado 20ml

Martini Rosso 20ml

Campari 10ml

Stir down over ice and garnish with an orange wheel.


Paris (runners-up) – Into the bleu

Bombay Sapphire30ml

Rinchinchin 30ml

lemon juice 15ml

raspberry leaf cordial 10ml

Rinchichin foam

Build over ice into a wine glass.


New York – Block party

Grey Goose 45ml

fresh watermelon juice 30ml

simple syrup 20ml

lime 15ml

mint leaves 6-8, lightly muddled

Shake and strain into a solo cup with ice.


Singapore – Ringside Breezer

Bacardi 30ml

Luxardo Maraschino 10ml

orange juice 90ml

pineapple 2 chunks

lemon peel

stick of lemongrass

pinch of salt

dash of bitters

Shake all the ingredients together and strain into a glass.


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