Glasgow Bartender Scoops O.V.D. Cocktail Crown


Congratulations to Julija Bernatovica from the Kelvingrove Café in Glasgow. She has won the £1000 top prize in the O.V.D. Discover the Dark Side of Rum Cocktail Competition. Julija won over the judges with her “Wanted Kidd” cocktail, a delicious combination of O.V.D., Cocchi Amaro and apple, toffee and rosemary syrup that was deemed by the panel as the perfect drink for the autumn and winter months. Second place in the contest went to Ben Louthean from the Tiki Bar and Kitsch Inn (Glasgow) with Paul Donegan from Clouds and Soil (Edinburgh) in third.

Nine competitors participated in the O.V.D. Cocktail Competition Grand Final which was held at the Tiki Bar in Glasgow. They each earned a spot in the event by being placed in the top three of the competition heats which were held in Glasgow, Edinburgh and the North of Scotland. In total over 40 of Scotland’s top bartenders took part in the competition.

The nine finalists were: from the Edinburgh heat Oliver Hughes – 99 Hanover Street, Paul Donegan – Clouds & Soil and Ollie Smith – G&V Hotel. From Glasgow; Ben Louthean – Tiki Bar and Kitsch Inn, Julia Bernatovica – Kelvingrove Café, and Georgina Camfield – Las Iguanas. And from the North of Scotland heat; Adam Gray – Bos’n (Aberdeen), Andy Stewart – The Tippling House (Aberdeen) and Milo Smith – 99 Bar and Kitchen (Aberdeen).