The Worship Street Whistling Shop in London will represent the UK in a “Battle of the Continents” between Europe and the USA at the new Reykjavik Bar Summit.
The “battle” is being held in the Icelandic capital as part of the new industry summit where bar owners and bartenders can meet, party, compete and get inspiration.
Bars from Europe and the USA have been invited to bring teams of two to the Battle of the Continents where they will present original drinks and put on a show to win over the crowd.
Running from February 23 to 26, the Reykjavik Bar Summit also includes a main competition between bars where visitors will vote on their favourite.
The Worship Street Whistling Shop, headed by bartenders Thomas Aske and Tristan Stephenson, is the only UK bar that has made it through to the final list of participants.
It will be joined by Candelaria in Paris, Corner Club and Linje Tio in Stockholm, Door 74 in Amsterdam, Gilt and Strøm Bar in Copenhagen, and Raus Bar in Trondheim, Norway – which will all represent Europe in the Battle of the Continents.
The USA team comprises Attaboy, Dutch Kills, Employees Only and The Gilroy in New York City, Broken Shaker in Miami, and Cane & Table and Victory in New Orleans.
Places are still available to visit the Reykjavik Bar Summit, which is being attended by several people from the UK’s bar industry. Details on obtaining a wristband for the event are at www.reykjavikbarsummit.com.
Wristbands are priced at 25,000 Icelandic krona each – about £124 – and include admission to the Battle of the Continents, the main competition, the opening ceremony, the welcome party, the final party, a boat trip to see the Northern Lights and a trip to geothermal baths including dinner.
The event was conceived by Ásgeir Már Björnsson, the food and beverage manager at Slippbarinn bar at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina, and Urður Anna Björnsdóttir, office manager at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina, with Henrik Hammer, creator of Hammer & Son’s Geranium Gin and Old English Gin. They chose Reykjavík because of its central location between Europe and North America.
The team behind Reykjavik Bar Summit also consists of Birgir Guðmundsson, general manager at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina, Geoffrey Canilao, the owner of Balderdash in Copenhagen, Sigrún Þormóðsdóttir, restaurant manager at Slippbarinn, Guðlaugur Kristmundsson, project manager at Icelandair Hotels, and Trausti Þór Karlsson, digital marketing manager at Icelandair Hotels.
The sponsors include Icelandair, Plantation Rum, Katla Icelandic Vodka, Dala Spirits, Reykjavik Excursions, Icelandair Hotels and Slippbarinn.