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World’s 50 Best Bars launches scholarship for aspiring bartenders

The World’s 50 Best Bars has launched an inaugural 50 Best Bars Scholarship, marking the first time in 50 Best’s history that the organisation will offer a scholarship to an aspiring bartender.

The 50 Best Bars The Blend Scholarship is open to any bartender from anywhere in the world aged 21 or over with fewer than three years’ experience.

The theme of the Scholarship for 2022 is Future Positive, which comes with the ambition to cultivate practices and attitudes that will have a positive impact for the planet, for guests and the hospitality community.

It will reward bartenders who take a low-waste or local approach to ingredients and push for greater diversity, better representation and balance within workplaces.

Applicants will need to show a readiness to contribute to this outlook in order to be selected by the judging panel.

The winner will be rewarded with a trip to complete two bar stages (internships) in London and New York in 2023.

The first will take place at Connaught Bar, the two-time winner of The World’s Best Bar title, in 2020 and 2021. The second will be at Katana Kitten, a previous winner of the Best New Opening Award in 2019 and currently ranked No.10 in The World’s 50 Best Bars 2021 list.

The winner will then be hosted by The Blend Global Team in Madrid. Flights between these destinations will be included and the winner will receive £500 per week living expenses to enjoy the host cities.

Applications will open on 19th May via The World’s 50 Best Bars website and close on 20th June.

Applicants can find further information to help with their entry at

The winner of the scholarship will be announced at the ceremony for The World’s 50 Best Bars later this year.

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