With 50 bartenders competing in this semi-final, there’s a whole lotta prep going on. Plenty has been done in advance obviously but right now there’s an army of people buzzing around to make sure everything runs on time and everyone is exactly where they need to be when they’re supposed to be there. Not an easy task.

The first biggie, is the division of the groups. We’re now with the bartenders as they hear who they’ll be working with. It goes like this:

Group 1:

Andy Stewart – The Tippling House, Aberdeen
Richard Tring – Red Light, Bristol
Jon Hughes – Bramble Bar & Lounge, Edinburgh
Chris Bowker – Gaucho, Leeds
Uko Bystrik – Oblix, London
Rosco Nolan – Ramusake, London
Luke Ridge – The Club at The Ivy, London
Sara Cook – Babylon at the Roof Gardens, London
Filippo Previero – Mr Fogg’s, London
Darren Leaney – Dandelyan, London
Julien Pascal – Shochu Lounge, London
Benji Ryde – RYND, Reading

Group 2:

Leon Back – Rye & Soda, Aberdeen
Robert Wood – The Edgbaston Hotel, Birmingham
Michael Braun – Panda & Sons, Edinburgh
Andy Mil – The Cocktail Trading Co., London
Mickael Lenu – Ham Yard Hotel, London
Filippo Sioni – Cahoots, London
Casper Scott-Masson – Cecil’s, London
Giorgio Maggioni – Shochu Lounge, London
Chris Jew – Manchester House, Manchester
Matthew Soares – Cloud 23, Manchester
Will Cox – The Bon Vivant. Edinburgh
Harry King – The Library, London
Tim Laferia – Red Bar at Bam-Bou, London

Group 3:

Alex Lawrence – Orchid, Aberdeen
Joseph Tivey – La Raza, Cambridge
Matthew Wakeford – Bar G&V, Edinburgh
Michael Cameron – Guy’s Restaurant & Bar, Glasgow
Maxime Cresot – Steam & Rye, London
Nathan O’Neill – Dandelyan, London
Aaron Masonde – Oblix, London
Matteo Cazzaniga – Quaglino’s, London
David Gerrans – The Whip, London
Troels Knudsen – MASH, London
Massimo Zitti – Cane & Grain, Manchester
Brad Price – The Gatsby Bar, Sheffield

Group 4:

Tommo Quy – Captain’s Club, Bournemouth
Timothy Pryde – The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Emma Andrew – Heads & Tales Bar, Edinburgh
Pedro Paulo – Coburg Bar, London
Kyle Wilkinson – The Blind Pig at Social Eating House, London
Davide Colombo – Salvatore at Playboy Club London
Dan Berger – Heddon Street Kitchen, London
Tiago Mira – Lobby Bar at One Aldwych, London
Jamie Cardwell – Coburg Bar, London
Ollie Hampton – ROKA, Aldwych, London
Jamie Jones – Fumo, Manchester
Johnny Hume – Bonbar, Newcastle
Luca Corradini – American Bar at The Savoy

We’ll be doing our best to see every single one of them throughout the day – check in for details and support your favourites. #worldclassGB

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