World’s best bartender ‘takes control’ of Nairobi bar


Award-winning bartender Hiroyasu Kayama. [David Gichuru,Standard]

Award-winning master bartender and owner of one of Japan’s top bars, Hiroyasu Kayama is in the country.

Kayama is doing a three-day takeover of the Hero Bar, located at the Trademark Hotel, which has a cocktail menu. Like Kayama, he uses a wide selection of herbs, spices, plants and roots, all grown on his parents’ farm.

The Tokyo bar Benfiddich, which he owns, is ranked number 32 in the world and number nine in Asia. Kayama is himself known as “Japan’s greatest bartender”.

“I made all these cocktails in advance,” Hiroyasu said in an interview.

What is his secret to making it to the top of the list among the best in the world?

“My cocktails, like where I come from, are very specific. I think I bring an expertise in mixology. For my stay in the country, I will offer creative dishes, cocktails and desserts to accompany my cocktails,” he said.

“The transfer of knowledge and skills is essential to the development and growth of African and Kenyan bartenders. We are thrilled to welcome Kayama, a bartender at the top of his game and globally recognized for his farm-to-bar approach to cocktails,” said Richie Barrow, General Manager of Food and Beverage for Tribe Hotels Group.

Kayama has done “buyouts” of bars around the world, sharing his experience and skills.

Hero Bar was ranked as one of the best bars in the world in 2021, coming 70th in the expansion list of the world’s 50 best bars for 2021.

The World’s 50 Best Bars, owned and curated by William Reed Business Media, provides a definitive list of the world’s best places to drink, as chosen by an academy of over 600 experts from around the world.


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