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How important is the music you choose for your flair routine?

How important is the music you choose for your flair routine?

Sound is an important sense and one we use to incite emotions almost on a daily basis. Certain sounds can make you wince and block your ears, others can make you feel happiness and joy, or even sadness. Music is the key to much of this and when used in a flair bartending performance, it also has the power to make people dance and scream, or turn away disinterested.…

Discover the Just Flair League for new bartenders in Poland

Discover the Just Flair League for new bartenders in Poland

Adam Branczyk has been a flair bartender for almost 8 years and a bartender for almost 10. The founder of Poland’s Just Flair League, Adam was first introduced to flair bartending by a colleague at the bar he worked at and developed his love for it further when he undertook a course at a bartender school in Krakov, Poland. Since then he has competed in over 100 competitions and placed in the top 3 over 70 times.…
WFA Grand Slam at the Cambridge Cocktail Weekend

WFA Grand Slam at the Cambridge Cocktail Weekend

It is almost time for the 5th WFA Grand Slam of the year and the first WFA Grand Slam to be happening the UK, aside from the Roadhouse Finals, since 2010. The 4th and next Grand Slam will be Skilled Flair Bartender in Cancun, Mexico – happening the week before this event.

We are thrilled to see more WFA Grand Slam competitions added to the calendar and none more so than in new locations.

Flair moves and their creators with Tom Dyer

Flair moves and their creators with Tom Dyer

Flair bartending has been around for many years, the earliest record of anything that would come close to a flair bartender is the mention of a man called Jerry ‘The Professor’ Thomas who poured firey streams of boiling water and flaming whisky, mixing an original called the Blue Blazer in the 19th century. Other than this early mention Flair Bartending is thought to have emanated out of the T.G.I Fridays Company, specifically at their establishment in Los Angeles with a man called John Bandy (you can read our interview with this legend here).…

Have you discovered the flair bartending concept that is Bottle Tin is King?

Have you discovered the flair bartending concept that is Bottle Tin is King?

On the 25th June the 2nd edition of Bottle Tin is King (#BTiK) took place at the one and only Roadhouse in Covent Garden London. #BTiK is a new concept in regards of flair bartending competition as it does not follow the normal format of other flair competitions.

By taking it back to a competition centred around two objects, which can be the bottle and tin or perhaps a combination of two other objects, it encourages flair bartenders to take it back to the basics and focus more on the routine as a whole, technical ability and what you are doing as a form of entertainment.…

Bringing the world of flair and mixology together with Chris Cardone

Bringing the world of flair and mixology together with Chris Cardone

We spoke to the winner of perhaps the world’s most well known cocktail competition, Chris Cardone, who recently won the Diageo World Class in the USA. Chris who started off as a flair bartender has started a discussion on the bartending scene as he represents one of the few bartenders who are not only a dedicated mixologist but also an impressive flair bartender.…

The WFA in West Africa

The WFA in West Africa

We spoke to our resident Head of Gradings here at the World Flair Association, @thomasdyer-3, who recently travelled out to Nigeria in Africa to judge Barman TV and train some of the competitors in WFA Yellow Grading:

“I and the WFA were invited out to Nigeria for this reality TV show centred around bartenders and their skill set. The TV show was open to any bartender from West Africa and they were given various tasks to complete over the coming days, with the number of bartenders being whittled down to just 12.…

The WFA Grand Slam Championship – The mid season review

The WFA Grand Slam Championship – The mid season review

You may be thinking what is the difference between a WFA bartending competition and a WFA Grand Slam competition. Well the first and biggest difference is that the Grand Slam competitions earn competitors points towards being crowned the WFA Grand Slam World Champion. At the end of each year, one bartender will achieve this title and the Gold Level WFA grading, it is perhaps the hardest of all accolades to achieve within the WFA as the bartender requires impressive skill but also consistency to achieve over many different competitions throughout the year.…

WFA Grand Slam: The Gaeta Passion Flair Bartender Competition

WFA Grand Slam: The Gaeta Passion Flair Bartender Competition

The Passion Flair Bartender began in 2006 in Gaeta, Italy through the ambition of a man who has had many, many years experience in the world of bartending – Francesco Santillo. Francesco started the Passion Flair Bartender as he saw it as a good opportunity to transfer the vast knowledge and prestige he had developed over his long career to local managers and young bartenders.…

Discovering the WFA Grading System around the world: Romania with Ionut Ivanov

Discovering the WFA Grading System around the world: Romania with Ionut Ivanov

We spoke to one of the organisers and senior figures at Exquisite Bar Solutions, Ionut Ivanov, to discover how they use the WFA grading system at their bar school and how it benefits them and their students:

What do you think abut the WFA grading system and how it works?

“I think it works really well, this was part of the reason why we adopted it here in Romania.

The WFA Top Flair Barware

The WFA Top Flair Barware

One thing is clear, not all bar tools are made equal. We all have our favourites and here at the WFA we thought it would be worth sharing our own! When it comes to flair bartending any good bartender will tell you, actually you can flair with anything – it doesn’t even need to be barware. From baseball caps to shoes, we have seen it all used in pulling off a variety of flair moves.…

What is the WFA World Series Bartender Competition?

What is the WFA World Series Bartender Competition?

The WFA World Series is an exciting new bartender competition format, introduced last year by the WFA and held in Manchester in the UK. Aiming to challenge bartenders across four key disciplines the World Series brings the whole experience around the product (the drink), back to the heart of where flair bartending started more than 150 years ago.

WFA Co-founder Andy Collinson, “We wanted to create a different event on the WFA calendar each year that gave all of our flair bartenders a chance to showcase their bartending talent alongside their flair bartending skills.…

Deniss Trifanovs: How I train, what’s in store for 2017 & more…

Deniss Trifanovs: How I train, what’s in store for 2017 & more…

Deniss Trifanovs has kicked his 2017 off strongly with a win in both the Roadhouse Freestyle Competition and WFA Grand Slam Flairmania in Latvia. We spoke to Deniss to get a bit of background on how he came into flair bartending, what has changed for him over the years, and more:

“My story is a bit of a different one as I actually started flair bartending before I was a bartender, it was at the age of 16 (in 2010) so I wasn’t actually old enough to start working behind a bar – even though I wanted to!

The WFA’s Got Talent

The WFA’s Got Talent

Did you know that Miika Mehtio and Rane Tiainen as part of flair bartending team VIP Bartenders won Finland’s Got Talent in 2011? We caught up with Miika recently to see how things had moved on since that big win in Finland in 2011, what that whole experience was like and what it did for flair bartending in Finland:

“I started working behind the bar in the summer of 2006 and this is also when I had my first experience of flair bartending.

Discovering the WFA Grading System around the world: Italy with Giovanni Peligra

Discovering the WFA Grading System around the world: Italy with Giovanni Peligra

The WFA grading system supports bars schools around the world setting out a structured, levelled system that will allow anyone with a love of flair bartending, to work there way up from a beginner to an expert. Once you are enrolled with the WFA you immediately receive your White Grade, from here you can then start working your way up the levels, starting with the Yellow Grade.…

An interview with Dennis Gray ahead of the Roadhouse Asian Open

An interview with Dennis Gray ahead of the Roadhouse Asian Open

The next Roadhouse Flair Heat is nearly upon us and it is time for the return of the Asian Open on March 26th. A very popular Roadhouse heat in London, the Asian Open draws large crowds of people from across the cosmopolitan capital and well as around the world. Many of the competitors taking part in the Asian Open will be travelling half way around the world from countries such as Australia, Japan and Singapore.…

An interview with Yusuke Ono ahead of the Roadhouse Asian Open

An interview with Yusuke Ono ahead of the Roadhouse Asian Open

The next Roadhouse Flair Heat is nearly upon us and it is time for the return of the Asian Open on March 26th. A very popular Roadhouse heat in London, the Asian Open draws large crowds of people from across the cosmopolitan capital and well as around the world. Many of the competitors taking part in the Asian Open will be travelling half way around the world from countries such as Japan and Singapore and of course as a Roadhouse heat £1000 will be up for grabs between the top 3, as well as a spot in the Roadhouse World Finals in November – where £10,000 will be up for grabs.…

Can Flair Bartender’s Make Good Cocktails?

Can Flair Bartender’s Make Good Cocktails?

Cocktails in flair competitions have, for a long time, been a point of contention for some industry professionals. You don’t have to look very far to come across a bartender who thinks that flair bartenders can’t make very good cocktails and especially not in competitions – although we think this is partly because they can’t believe that flair bartenders can be as accurate as they are, especially considering the pouring techniques they employ!…

Discover The History of Flair Bartending

Discover The History of Flair Bartending

Flair Bartending, we all know it well but do you know where it came from? Inspired by our adoration of all things bartending we have used various articles and news stories from across the world wide web to put together the history of this glorious thing we call flair bartending.

Sometimes referred to as ‘extreme bartending’, ‘bar tricks’ or ‘flairtending’, the word flair rose to fame in the mid 1990’s.…

The Roadhouse Flair Freestyle Competition

The Roadhouse Flair Freestyle Competition

You may have already heard that there are a few new flair bartending events taking their place in the calendar for 2017, one of which is the Roadhouse Flair Freestyle competition! This will be the second of ten Roadhouse Flair heats happening throughout 2017 and culminating in the Roadhouse World Finals in November. The Roadhouse Flair Freestyle Competition takes place on Sunday February 26th 2017.…

WFA Grand Slam: Flairmania 2017 The Results, Memorable Moments & More

WFA Grand Slam: Flairmania 2017 The Results, Memorable Moments & More

The second WFA Grand Slam is over, can you believe how fast 2017 is going already!? This particular Grand Slam has been a main stay on the WFA competition calendar for 7 years and is always a great event to look forward to.

Over the years Flairmania has seen 4 different winners, you never know how Flairmania is going to turn out and with the ‘Big Ass Move’ award and the Audience award it is quite a unique event grand slam.…

The Roadhouse Flair Heats 2017: The details…

The Roadhouse Flair Heats 2017: The details…

With the first of the Roadhouse Flair heats fast approaching we catch up with WFA Director of Gradings, @thomasdyer-3, on what to expect, his top trick tips, and more:

The Roadhouse Flair Heats 2017

“Every month leading up to the Roadhouse Flair Grand Finals in November, London’s most famous cocktail bar The Roadhouse in Covent Garden will be hosting a series of flair heats.Each and every Roadhouse Flair heat is exciting as they have different entry restrictions to ensure we acquire a diverse selection of flair bartenders for the Grand Finals.”

“We kick off with the first of two UK heats on Sunday 29th of January on the one and only Roadhouse stage, followed by the Freestyle Competition in February.…

What’s new on the World Flair website?

What’s new on the World Flair website?

You may have noticed the World Flair website has changed a lot over recent months, aside from the visual updates we have incorporated an online store and updated the entire membership area and there is much much more to come. We caught up with Bjorn from the WFA Tech Team to talk about the of the new site and to try and find out a little more about what we can expect to see over the next phase of development:

So Whats New?

Grand Slam 2017: The Hard Flair Finals, Helsinki

Grand Slam 2017: The Hard Flair Finals, Helsinki

So the first WFA Grand Slam for 2017 The Hard Flair Finals, Helsinki, is over. The results are in and we have our winner…

This Year’s Winner…

This year’s winner of the WFA Grand Slam Hard Flair Finals in Helsinki, Finals was: Luca Valentin! With another Grand Slam victory for Luca, it looks like he is continuing where he left off in 2016 – winning the final Grand Slam of the year, and being crowned WFA Grand Slam World Champion 2016.…

Craft Flair 101 with Tomek Malek

Craft Flair 101 with Tomek Malek

What is Craft Flair & how is it different?

Craft Flair is a discipline of working flair and it is dedicated to the creative use all the objects that are involved in making a cocktail. Traditionally flair bartending, especially performance flair, would focus on the bottle and the tin, Craft Flair brings in strainers, muddlers, bar spoons and more.

When we think about flair we often think about a bartender acrobatically throwing bar items up into the air and catching them in weird and wonderful ways.…

The WFA Grand Slam Champion 2016 & Loolapaloosa Grand Finals

The WFA Grand Slam Champion 2016 & Loolapaloosa Grand Finals

Another year, another Loolapaloosa World Finals has come to an end and another Grand Slam World Champion has been crowned. Now into its 4th year Loolapaloosa, held in Milan, Italy, the Loolapaloosa Grand Finals is the largest flair bartending competition in Italy. As the WFA Grand Slam leaderboard runs from Jan-Dec each year, Loolapaloosa is always the final WFA Grand Slam of the year and naturally the club where the competition is held was packed out with flair enthusiasts, industry professionals and a fair amount of people new to flair bartending, intrigued by what they have heard…

And the Grand Slam winner is…

So our winning bartender and newly crowned Grand Slam World Champion is none other than Romania’s very own Luca Valentin!…

Christmas Gift Ideas from the World Flair Association

Christmas Gift Ideas from the World Flair Association

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re either a bartender, a flair bartending enthusiast, or the proud friend or family member of one. Either way, you may be wondering what to give (or request) for the upcoming holidays. With many Christmas gift ideas abound this time of year, we decided to skip the method of arbitrarily assembling a list of thematic goods (like that “World’s Best Bartender” mug or “Cocktail” DVD you don’t actually want) and go straight to the source.  …

The Loolapaloosa World Finals: The last Grand slam of 2016

The Loolapaloosa World Finals: The last Grand slam of 2016

Loolapaloosa was born 3 years ago deep in the sartorial and fashion capital of Italy, Milan. Milan has long been recognised for its successful football teams, contributions to the world of fashion and now, flair bartending. Taking place at the Loolapaloosa club, where the competition took its name, Loolapaloosa is the largest bartender competition in Italy and the last World Flair Association Grand slam for 2016.…

The World’s Greatest Flair Bartender competition is over for another year…

The World’s Greatest Flair Bartender competition is over for another year…

So the world’s greatest flair bartender competition, the Roadhouse World Finals, has come to an end for another year and what a year it was! From a crowd perspective we think it may even be the best World Finals to date – considering it has been running for 16 years that is quite an achievement, so if you were in the crowd that night, spot on!…

Roadhouse World Finals: A Judge’s Perspective

Roadhouse World Finals: A Judge’s Perspective

The Roadhouse World Finals, the longest running and most prestigious international flair competition in the world, is into its 16th year. For 10 of those years the Roadhouse has had the pleasure of having flair enthusiast and judge Tony Adams on the panel. Not to be confused with the widely successful Arsenal and England footballer, Tony has been working in the bar and hospitality industry for almost 15 years. …

The Roadhouse World Finals: Luca Valentin

The Roadhouse World Finals: Luca Valentin

 Behind the bartender…

 Emanating from a small town in the Transylvanian region of Romania, he may not be related to Dracula, but he is mighty good at flair – and has his eyes firmly planted on this year’s Roadhouse World Finals trophy. We are talking about Luca Valentin of course.

One of our 9 previous winners of the Roadhouse World Finals, taking the title of World Champion Flair Bartender in 2012, Luca has been a bartender for just over 12 years and practicing flair bartending for 10 years.…

The Roadhouse World Finals: Alexander Shtifanov

The Roadhouse World Finals: Alexander Shtifanov

The Roadhouse World Finals on the 27th of November are looking like the biggest and the best yet, with over 30 competitors taking part to win what is widely recognised as the hardest Flair competition in the world, and £10,000. This week we focus on another potential favourite who will be looking to step forward and take the Roadhouse crown and World Champion Flair Bartender, that bartender is our current Champion Alexander Shtifanov.…

Score more points, without learning a New move.

Score more points, without learning a New move.

More and more flair competitions are springing up all the time, each with their own styles, specific rules and requirements. While you could take a single routine and enter any you want, lets see what can be done to maximise your score with the minimum amount of effort.

1: Know the Score With the Event.

As soon as you consider entering a competition you should find out exactly what the rules and conditions of entry are.

GRAND SLAM 2014 DONE!

GRAND SLAM 2014 DONE!

As currently drones are blowing CO2’s at everybody in Clapham Grand we all are celebrating the end of WFA Grand Slam 2015. Boy what a year it was – 8 amazing Grand Slam competitions, 8 countries, all this to find out who is the ONE. And this year all our applauses goes to Mr. Tomek Malek for getting his gold shaker, in 2nd place we are having another polish beast – Marek Posluszny and third in this years Grand Slam competition – the one and only Sasha from Russia or Alexander Shtifanov!…

SUPPORT THE WFA GRAND SLAM FINAL!

SUPPORT THE WFA GRAND SLAM FINAL!

We are only a month away from the WFA Grand Slam Final to be held at the Clapham Grand in London!

We need you guys to support us by joining up to the Thunderclap so that we can get a huge social media push and tell the world about flair bar tending!

Just follow the link j.mp/awesomestall and put your name and email address and then when it goes to the Thunderclap page, press the support with Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr button and allow it to access your account.…

GOOD TIMES IN “BARSTYLEZ” SINGAPORE

GOOD TIMES IN “BARSTYLEZ” SINGAPORE

A review by Gianluigi Bosco

Hello flair peeps! The Asian flair tour has come to an end, with the last of three comps in two weeks, Barstylez the big match.

Amazing organization and great response, with 46 competitors representing 20 countries.

After an afternoon of qualifying, the judges added up the scores and announced the 10 finalists. The venue filled up quickly, and by 8pm we were ready to start.…

POLAND DOMINATING THE PODIUM IN BALI

POLAND DOMINATING THE PODIUM IN BALI

Rewiev by Gianluigi Bosco

What’s up flair fans! The WFA Grand Slam Asian tour continued with an another great comp. This time we were in beautiful Bali, one of the most known islands in Indonesia. Mr Agung Yoga outdid himself once again this year organising yet an another edition of Stars War Flair Championship. 45 competitors from 12 countries battled it out to grab the 7500 usd cash prize.…

ULTIMATE WORLD FLAIR 2014 DONE

ULTIMATE WORLD FLAIR 2014 DONE

Review by Gianluigi Bosco.

Great vibes from Tokyo. 32 competitors from 8 countries battled out in the afternoon of August 31st for ten spots in the final. The crowd was one of the best ever as the venue was packed from the very beginning of the qualifying round to the results announcement.

By 7.30pm the finals were ready to start with 5 Japanese guys against 5 guys from the rest of the world.…

WFA GRAND SLAM HITS ASIA

WFA GRAND SLAM HITS ASIA

Flair world!

Get ready for the tour of the year – three Grand Slam competitions in two weeks period. Could it get more intense?

With “Ultimate” kicking it off in Tokyo on August 31st, following “Star Wars Bali Flair championsip” in Bali on September 6th and the tour finishes in Singapore at “Barstylez” on September 11th. Asia for sure will be THE continent with the most flair in it at that time, with some of the best names of the industry invlolved in those events.…

WFA GRAND SLAM IN KAZAKHSTAN

An article by Alibek Jaibergenov

World Flair Championship Almaty Flair Open 2014 took place in Almaty (Kazakhstan) on April, 9. 22 bartenders from all over the world (Latvia, Ukraine, Great Britain, Poland, Uzbekistan, Russia, Armenia and Kazakhstan) participated in the competition. Andy Collinson, Vyacheslav Titov and Sergey Sidorenko were invited as the judges of the technical part of the contest, while the taste panel was in charge of the palatability qualities of the cocktails, prepared by the competitors.…

FLAIRMANIA DONE FOR 2014

FLAIRMANIA DONE FOR 2014

From when bartenders land – The competitors are taken care of. They get picked up at the airport, given a great practice area, free food, cheap drinks, cheap hotel rooms. The routines are streamed live online just like a real sports TV show. Scores are made public almost instantly so competitors can track their progress as the day goes on. This is a great example of how a competition should be.…

FLAIRMANIA RUNNING ORDER

FLAIRMANIA RUNNING ORDER

  1. Tomek Malek
  2. Alexey Balashov
  3. Tarmo Piir
  4. Andrea Messina
  5. Mikko Hissa
  6. Andrea A. L.
  7. Alexandar Shtifanov
  8. Matteo Melara
  9. Max Bradarsky
  10. Toru Ariyoshi
  11. Vaclav Abraham
  12. Goerkem HRP
  13. Filip Ciszkowski
  14. Eugen Sorokin
  15. Danilo Levato
  16. Alex Gostilovsky
  17. Evgenjy Oleynikov
  18. Marco Sdrubolini
  19. Jumble St PIerre
  20. Vladimir Surikov
  21. Marian Sikky C
  22. Daniel Arval
  23. Alexander Voz
  24. Waiting List Spot
  25. Rapolas Vareika
  26. Naty Peralta
  27. Michal Novak
  28. Marco Melis
  29. Giacomo Bert.f
  30. Deniss Trifanovs
  31. Slava Gazukin
  32. Nico Vallimaki
  33. Stefano Saccheta
  34. Manuel Weiser
  35. Ravshan Nuraliev
  36. Marek Posluszny
  37. Waiting List Spot
  38. Evgenjy Yakov
  39. Eliszaveta S.