Raise the Bar Competition 2024

Top international and local experts will choose the region’s best bartender

During the two-day Raise the Bar conference, taking place on March 19 and 20, an exciting competition will unfold at Zagreb’s Lauba art gallery. Talented bartenders hailing from Croatia, Slovenia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina will showcase their skills, and the ultimate winner not only secures the esteemed title of the region’s best bartender but also walks away with a prize of 10,000 euros and an unforgettable trip to Rome for the 2024 Roma Bar Show.

Applications

To register for the competition, fill out the registration form available via this link: link to the form no later than 11:59 p.m on Monday, March 11, 2024. All bartenders who wish to participate in the competition must design and submit a cocktail recipe along with a photo of themselves featuring the bottle and the cocktail, as well as a photo of the cocktail itself. Recipes have to include the name of the cocktail, the ingredients written with their full names, measurements, type of glass, decoration, and a detailed description of the cocktail preparation method. Detailed information on the application process can be found in the Rules and conditions of the competition.

Competition

The panel of judges will recreate the cocktails submitted by participants, relying on the provided recipes. Selected contestants will then face a series of challenges on Tuesday, March 19, at Lauba. These challenges are specifically designed to assess essential qualities for top-tier bartenders, including teamwork, creativity, adeptness in managing time constraints, proficiency in crafting classic cocktails, engaging in blind tasting, and demonstrating effective presentation skills.

The grand finale, set for Wednesday, March 20, will feature the top two contestants. These finalists will be determined by the expert jury’s assessments, based on their exceptional performance in the challenges and demonstration of the highest level of expertise. Detailed information on the conditions of participation in the Raise the Bar Competition can be found in the Rules and conditions of the competition.

Expert jury

Alex Kratena
Alex is an award-winning bartender and co-founder of Muyu liqueurs and of the Tayēr + Elementary bar

As the head bartender of London’s Artesian, Alex and his team earned the World’s Best Bar award four years in a row. In addition to numerous other awards, Alex won the Best International Bartender award, and was named one of the 40 most influential people directing the future of the world’s bar industry.

DOMINIK BEČVARDI
Dominik is the main lecturer of the Raise the Bar Academy and co-owner of the Zagreb bar, Peaches & Cream

He is also a brand ambassador for Brown Forman, and the winner of the Raise the Bar Bartender’s Choice 2022 award. Dominik has been bartending for several years, and his impressive career journey includes tenures at Dubravkin put, Barbieri’s, and Glow bar.

Mišel POSAVAC
Mišel has been working in the hospitality industry for more than 12 years

He has obtained abundant experience at Italy’s best bartending school. He also gained experience in bars, clubs, and restaurants in both Italy and Croatia, where he worked as a bartender and bar manager. Today, he is part of the global team at Monin Beverage in the position of Advocacy Brand Managera.

Anteo Ivanišević
Anteo is both a co-owner and the founder of Bar Sistema

A craft cocktail bar located in Split that is widely regarded as one of the finest in the region. He has accumulated his wealth of experience through work in bars across Croatia, New York, and even in New Zealand.