Guinness takes search for “world class” bartenders to Abuja


Top Nigerian brewery, Guinness Nigeria PLC, on Thursday brought its search for top bartenders in Nigeria to Abuja through a “world class bartending competition.”

Eight bartenders were lined up for the competition, which would lead to selection of the bartender that would represent the country at a global competition in Australia in September.

Lala Alakija, the Brand Ambassador of Reserved Spirits, under the Umbrella of Guinness, said that the competition would help the participants attain the peak of their careers and even become business owners.

“Works class is a platform that was created to explore and introduce better ways of drinking.

“It is a global initiative with presence on several countries across the world, and has trained and empowered about 250 bartenders.

“What the competition does is to look for the best bartender in the world by bringing together, the best bartenders in different countries to compete,” she said.

Alakija said that the initiative also served as an empowerment opportunity for bartenders, especially in a country like Nigeria.

“The competition is taking place across three regions in Nigeria. We picked two bartenders out of 25 that competed in Lagos. We will pick one each from Abuja and Port Harcourt, to make four from Nigeria.

“We will pick the best among the four, who will represent Nigeria in the world final in Australia in September.

“Bartending is not such a great career in Nigeria, but with an opportunity like this, bartenders can be motivated to put in their best because they are sure of getting to the peak of their careers,” she said.

She said the organisers of the competition took cognisance of the Covid-19 scare across the globe and took precautionary measures.

“Covid-19 scare is the reason why we limit the number of people to attend the competitions.

“In Lagos we had 50 people, including the competitors and judges. Here in Abuja we expect not more than 25 people.

“We also do basic health checks like temperatures of everyone coming in here and provide them with hand sanitisers as precautionary measures.

“We are hoping that the pandemic will soon be put under control so that we can go on without many restrictions,” Alakija said.