Introduction: Atilla Iskifoglu
In the world of Flair Bartending few have the ability to excite, amaze, and inspire like 4-time European Champion Atilla Iskifoglu. The World-famous flair bartender has an impressive CV including wins in competitions across the globe competing in the Las Vegas World’s Greatest Bartenders competition. In 2001 he was featured on the BBC 6 O’clock News in London as he represented the UK at the World Championships in Cuba, and in 2009 he helped bring flair bartending to the mainstream as he wowed the crowds, judges, and viewers at home during a successful run on Britain’s Got Talent.
Also known as The Bar Hypnosis, his love of competition is firmly rooted in a love of taking to the stage and performing his art, a love he has nurtured since first stepping behind a bar at the age of 18. He has been known to entertain bar customers at legendary venues such as Rock & Rita’s in Las Vegas not only because of his tremendous skill but also because of the knowledge and passion he shows for the drinks industry.
This knowledge and passion has led Atilla to create a new style of bartending known as ‘mixology and flair’, breaking down the barriers that usually exist between mixology and flair bartending. He has constantly pushed boundaries, ever since he became the first bartender at the Roadhouse European Challenge in 2001 to flair with four objects.
As well as honing and perfecting his own skills, Atilla also passes on his experience by training bartenders to work in luxury 5* hotels, and judging in bartending competitions where he rewards showmanship, knowledge, and originality.
Often imitated by peers, but never copied, Atilla is a respected businessman, acting as Director of two successful companies, Cocktail Masters and Flair Action.