The Bar Heroes Behind Your #AbsolutNights


Meet the Absolut Invite 2016 finalists before their last battle. 


It’s no secret that we love cocktails, and every year we like to celebrate this fact by finding the brightest and most jaw-droppingly exciting cocktail-makers from around the world. 

This year, we were on the hunt for bar teams. In no less than 17 countries, we searched high and low for the very best. The bar teams, made up of two bartenders entered the first competition in their home country. And those local winners will soon be making their journey to our Åhus home in Sweden for the final battle which takes place between 11th - 14th June.

So before the intense global final begins, it’s time to get to know some of the bartending teams who made it through – and the local bars they’ve shaken up with their otherworldly mixing skills. 

(You know, just in case you were ever in the area and wanted to start your #AbsolutNight at the right place.)

The Cocktail Bar, Bulgaria

Nikos Chliapas and Alexander Simeonov from The Cocktail Bar impressed with their local take on the Moscow Mule. Their Sofia Mule (the bar is in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia) is a fragrant sensation made of vodka, fresh lime, homemade ginger syrup and homemade rose lemonade.

Address Sofia, 1 Bulgaria Blvd, Sofia, +359 87 715 1152

Opening hours Mon to Sun 9pm-2am

No Stress, Norway

A late night meander into No Stress is a no brainer. If you find yourself in the Norwegian city of Bergen, visit bartending duo Simon Selvik and Øystein Gaasemyr at the award-winning hidden bar. This laid-back bar sources their own ingredients and make almost everything from scratch. 

Opening hours Sun-Thu 5pm-1.30am, Fri-Sat 5pm-2.30am,

Address Hollendergaten 11, Bergen, Norway, +47 938 33 312

La Factoria, Puerto Rico

Walking along the cobblestones of Old San Juan, you’ll find La Factoria nestled below an old hardware store. Misael Efrain Morales and Nintchaka Daly Gandulla are the friendly and knowledgeable cocktail geniuses behind this world famous bar (it often tops top 50 bars in the world lists).

Opening hours Mon-Sun 6pm-4am

Address 148 Calle San Sebastián, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico

Heaven, Slovakia

Tomáš Krajčík and Martin Ďurák dreamed up Heaven after working years behind other bars and picking up the know-how. Their cafe and bar sits on the fourth floor of a hotel in the beautiful spa town of Piestany in Slovakia. Sip on their winning cocktails while looking out onto the view of the river Vah. 

Opening hours Mon-Sun 8.30am - 10pm

Address Starorímska 6, Rusovce, Bratislava V, +421 905817385

EBA Koolituskeskus, Estonia

Look out for Angelika Larkina and Marge Mänd – two Estonian cocktail aficionados who know more than a thing or two about the world of cocktails (they both happen to teach at the Estonian Bartenders Association Training Centre).

Keep your eyes and tastebuds on the competition final by heading over to