What is 50 Minutes X 50 Best?

Each session of 50 Minutes duration will see an iconic bartender from The World’s 50 Best Bars or Asia’s 50 Best Bars lists present the story behind their bar, the recipes and stories behind their signature cocktails and a particular theme that is close to their heart. The exclusive audience of 20-30 consumers will be encouraged to ‘look, see and taste’ during the event and will have the opportunity to sample the cocktails. A 50 Best emcee will be on hand to introduce the masterclass, keep the flow of conversation going, prompt questions from the audience and oversee the proceedings.

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Friday 10th May

Session 1 18:00 – 18:50: The Speakeasy Revolution

Bartenders: Giacomo Giannotti & Margarita Sader of Paradiso in Barcelona, No.37 in The World’s 50 Best Bars 2018

Overview: Giacomo and Margarita will discuss the history, current revival and future of speakeasy bars. They will share two cocktails recipes from Paradiso’s menu including one from bar’s newest and most creative menu which will be released in May.

Session 2 19:30 – 20:20: Craft cocktails and the ‘Crush Factor Scale’

Bartenders: Beckaly Franks of The Pontiac in Hong Kong, No.31 in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018

Overview: The Pontiac creates craft cocktails that are both original and highly drinkable served in a high-volume environment. Each drink has cultural references – and Beckaly will explain the ‘method behind the madness’ of the team’s creative process.

Saturday 11th May

Session 1 18:00 – 18:50: Unleashing the Latin spirit

Bartenders: Renato Giovannoni & Aline Vargas of Floreria Atlántico in Buenos Aires, No.14 in The World’s 50 Best Bars 2018 and the Best Bar in South America 2018.

Overview: Renato and Aline will be sharing the spirit of their bar in Buenos Aires, including details behind its international success, and explore how Latin sensibilities differ from other cocktail cultures. The couple will show the audience how to create two cocktails, both of which highlight Argentinian ingredients.

Session 2 19:30 – 20:20: The aperitif: a Parisian’s sacred hour

Bartenders: Rory Shepherd of Little Red Door in Paris, No.33 in The World’s 50 Best Bars 2018

Overview: Rory will discuss French drinking culture, with a focus on the history of the aperitif as a drink and a cultural institution. He will also discuss and share recipes from the bars new spring menu: A Way With Words

Sunday 12th May

Session 1 18:00 – 18:50: The Savoy Songbook – art and music

Bartenders: Maxim Schulte of American Bar at The Savoy in London, No.2 in The World’s 50 Best Bars 2018 and The World’s Best Bar 2017.

Overview: New head bartender Maxim will share how art and music have had a lasting influence on the history of the bar, whilst demonstrating the recipe of two cocktails from their brand new menu, “The Savoy Songbook”

Session 2 19:30 – 20:20: Create Your Signature Cocktail

Bartenders: Antonio Lai of Quinary in Hong Kong, No.15 in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018 and No.54 in The World’s 50 Best Bars 2018 (51-100 list).

Overview: Antonio will share the core elements you need to consider when creating a signature cocktail. He will demonstrate the recipe behind Quinary’s signature cocktail, Early Grey Caviar Martini.


  • Each session will be hosted by a 50 Best team member, who will introduce the bartender and interject with questions throughout, as well as co-ordinate any questions from the audience.
  • The bartender will introduce themselves and their bar, talk a little about their personal background and the history of the bar
  • They will then start to make Drink 1. They will discuss the drink and perhaps how it reflects the philosophy of the bar.
  • We encourage speakers to include tips for home cocktail makers, and what to look for in new drinks when visiting cocktail bars
  • They will present the finished version of Drink 1, which will be served to the audience and perhaps have a brief further discussion with questions
  • They will then move onto Drink 2 – perhaps something new and innovative that they are working on or about to launch. This gives them further opportunity to talk about the future of the cocktail sector – both for the industry and consumers – and how it might and should change
  • They will then present the finished version of Drink 2 to the audience
  • They will then expand on the theme of the talk further in conversation with the host emcee
  • The emcee will ask further questions if necessary, take questions from the audience, and wrap up.