The World's Best Bars

What do all top-notch bars have in common? A bartender who can be called “World Class.” Travel Channel shows you where you'll find the best-of-the-best behind the bar.

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Millions of visitors take over Bavarian capital Munich for Oktoberfest each year from mid-September through early October. 960 1280

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Signs advertising an array of sausage and bratwurst tempt hungry Oktoberfest revelers. 960 1280

  

It's not all about the beer at Oktoberfest, with live music and traditional dancing filling the schedule. 960 1280

  

Talented waitresses carry dozens of beers to Oktoberfest attendees patiently waiting for the special brews. 960 1280

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Food specialties abound at Oktoberfest including pork knuckles, pretzels and sweet treats, too. 960 1280

  

Oktoberfest has been celebrated in the picturesque city of Munich since 1810. 960 1280

  

Drinkers fill up 14 beer tents to quaff unique Oktoberfest brews served in 1-liter steins. 960 1280

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Put down the stein and enjoy the carnival rides at the fun fair including an extra-large Ferris wheel and swings. 960 1280

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Jimmy Barrat, representing UAE/Dubai

Jimmy Barrat, representing UAE/Dubai

Jimmy Barrat, representing UAE/Dubai, competes in the final Cocktails Against the Clock and Signature Cocktail challenges at the Diageo Reserve World Class 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 960 1280

Buda Mendes  

Supawit Muttarattana of Thailand

Supawit Muttarattana of Thailand

Supawit Muttarattana of Thailand attends the Diageo Reserve World Class 2012 Global Final. 960 1280

Ian Gavan  

Te-Kai Yin, representing Taiwan

Te-Kai Yin, representing Taiwan

A cocktail prepared by bartender Te-Kai Yin, representing Taiwan, sits on the bar during the Signature Serve Challenge. 960 1280

Ian Gavan  

Dennis Zoppi, from Italy

Dennis Zoppi, from Italy

Dennis Zoppi, from Italy, competes in the Food Matching Challenge during the World Class Final. 960 1280

Buda Mendes  

Lebanon's Momo at the Souks Bar

Lebanon's Momo at the Souks Bar

Varia Dellalian, representing Lebanon's Momo at the Souks bar, competes in the Cocktail Mastery Challenge. 960 1280

Ian Gavan  

Mixologist Erik Lorincz

Mixologist Erik Lorincz

Mixologist Erik Lorincz attends the Diageo Reserve World Class 2012. 960 1280

Ian Gavan  

Shigeki Yoshida of Japan

Shigeki Yoshida of Japan

A cocktail prepared by bartender Shigeki Yoshida of Japan, still in the process of being made during the Signature Serve Challenge. 960 1280

Ian Gavan  

Shigeki Yoshida of Japan

Shigeki Yoshida of Japan

The finished product of the cocktail prepared by bartender Shigeki Yoshida of Japan. 960 1280

Ian Gavan  

Ricky Gomez of the USA

Ricky Gomez of the USA

Ricky Gomez, representing the USA, competes in the final Cocktails Against the Clock and Signature Cocktails challenges. 960 1280

Buda Mendes  

Andy Mil of Great Britain

Andy Mil of Great Britain

A look at a cocktail prepared by bartender Andy Mil of Great Britain, in the final Cocktails Against the Clock and Signature Cocktails challenges. 960 1280

Buda Mendes  

Cocktail Mastery Challenge

Cocktail Mastery Challenge

World Class finalists compete in the Cocktail Mastery Challenge. 960 1280

Ian Gavan  

Diageo Reserve World Class 2012 Global Final

Diageo Reserve World Class 2012 Global Final

A general view of the atmosphere at the Tequila Don Julio's Dinner hosted by master distiller Enrique de Colsa in celebration of the Diageo Reserve World Class 2012 Global Final. 960 1280

Ian Gavan  

Cocktails Against the Clock and Signature Cocktail Challenge

Cocktails Against the Clock and Signature Cocktail Challenge

A few of the cocktails made by bartender Jimmy Barrat of UAE/Dubai sit on the bar during the final Cocktails Against the Clock and Signature Cocktail challenges. 960 1280

Buda Mendes  

Tree Mao, representing China

Tree Mao, representing China

A cocktail made by bartender Tree Mao, representing China, in the Cocktail Mastery Challenge. 960 1280

Buda Mendes  

Mrs. McMullen’s Appleberry Pie

Mrs. McMullen’s Appleberry Pie

Raise your spirits this Thanksgiving with Mrs. McMullen's Appleberry Pie. We’d happily trade canned cranberry sauce for this cocktail combination of raspberry, blueberry and blackberry. 960 1280

  

Frozen Mint Julep

Frozen Mint Julep

Start the summer off with a bang this Memorial Day by toasting with Frozen Mint Juleps. For non-southerners, this twist on the Kentucky Derby delight may make the bourbon more palatable -- and refreshing. 960 1280

  

Liam’s Midnight Toast

Liam’s Midnight Toast

Ring in the New Year (or Christmas -- it’s festive) with a classy, champagne cocktail like Liam's Midnight Toast. Garnish with an orange slice, and leave the speeches to your guests! 960 1280

  

Black Devil Martini

Black Devil Martini

For your adults-only Halloween party, serve this Black Devil Martini. This spooky spirit gets its color from dark rum, course orange sugar and a black olive garnish. 960 1280

  

Autumn Colors Cocktail

Autumn Colors Cocktail

The name says it all. This crisp, sweet-tea-vodka mixture is pretty enough for the Thanksgiving table thanks to pomegranate liqueur and orange zest. 960 1280

  

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum

Warm your belly during the holidays with beloved Hot Buttered Rum. This classic mixed drink containing rum, caramelized brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg is perfect for enjoying fireside. 960 1280

  

Clarence’s Cranberry Toddy

Clarence’s Cranberry Toddy

It’s a wonderful life! We think right after Clarence, George Bailey’s guardian angel, finally got his wings he reached for this hot, cranberry concoction. 960 1280

  

Santa’s Pumpkin Pie Martini

Santa’s Pumpkin Pie Martini

One part Thanksgiving, 2 parts Christmas, we bet the big guy in red loves Santa's Pumpkin Pie Martini -- we do, too! 960 1280

  

Cocoa Raspberry Heaven

Cocoa Raspberry Heaven

Paradise is found with a sip of this raspberry-infused, hot-chocolate cocktail, some people might say. Top the whipped cream with a drizzle of Chambord and a fresh raspberry. 960 1280

  

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