Most Cocktails Commercially Available:
O! enters Guinness Book of Records
The Floor by O! made history last weekend when it was awarded the
Guinness World Record for the "Most Cocktails Commercially available" -
maintaining a selection of 1501 cocktails from November 10, 2012 to a
period of seven months.
The proud O! boys
They surpassed the record of 1244 cocktails held by Pench's cocktail
bar in Varna Bulgaria. When the team was planning the opening of the
Floor by O, their notion was to do something exciting, extraordinary and
unique just like the bar itself" and conceptualizing in their minds
along with the resolve and certainty that whatever it was, it had to be
larger than life, and meaningful to their customers and not just the
talk of the town but 'talk of the world'.
The idea of a Guinness Record dawned and the determination to be the
pub with the most number of cocktails in the world was firmed up and
decided on. So it began, the team dived into their overdrive mode and
The basic criteria were that each cocktail had to have at least one
alcoholic beverage and was not allowed to use the same ingredient twice
in the same drink. The toughest was that it had to be all available for
the customers at least for six months prior to going for the record. Not
at all an easy task and 'a challenge' was an understatement.
After three sleepless nights of brain storming, the O! team with bar
experts, industry specialists and creative thinkers finally came up with
1588 cocktails in a menu of 32 newspaper size pages.
The foundation used was 10 spirit bases, to which different
combinations of soft drinks, fresh fruit juices, liqueurs and spices
were included. In this innovative collection of permutations and
combinations, there are old school cocktails and exclusive and unique
cocktails to the floor.
And it still wasn't done - the frightening task of naming the 1588
cocktails then dawned on the team - execution nightmare.
But of course, with creative ideas flowing liberally for a bunch
working together for 3 days and 3 nights continuously, the ingenious
scheme of getting away with an easier options for names twinkled.
Theme at O is music... so...they went along with famous song titles
from 60s to now...resourcefully, an easy way out.
Guinness World Record adjudicator Nikhil Shukla awarding the
certificate to Pubs ní Places Pvt Ltd Manager Marketing &
Activations Dilupa Pathirana, The Floor by O! Manager Deeptha
Perera and French Restaurant
Pvt Ltd Vice President Operations Athula Yapa
Then of course the boring but necessary administrative aspects had to
follow. Guinness World Records needed correspondents , sales reports,
pictures, videos, customer comment cards, witness statements from non
related referees, even the press releases, press and radio ads etc to be
approved from GWR England. The achievement was officially recognized at
a presentation made by Guinness World Record Adjudicator Nikhil Shukla
on June 29, 2013 at the Floor by O!
Their fun loving customers has been enthusiastically supportive
throughout the journey, thrilled and excited to be a part of the process
which was beyond their expectation and imagination, in Sri Lanka, at
their neighborhood's friendly 'local' to have access to the world's
largest collection of cocktails. The customers have been trying out as
many varieties as they possibly could. So far, O! has sold more than
Commenting on the occasion the manager of the pub Deeptha Perera said
"Developing and maintaining this selection was a major challenge but
from the very onset everyone was totally passionate about going for the
record and it is that drive and the support of our loyal customers,
which has made this a reality"
The flow by O! is going to throw a gala party on the 6th July with
world's renown bartenders, flaring shows, live music, fireworks to
celebrate this achievement and it invites all their loyal customers to
be there when they party.