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Any serious bartender will tell you that mixing cocktails is an art and just like any skill, so it should be shown off at bartending competitions! These crazy and hectic competitions can challenge a bartender in how well they make classic cocktails to carrying a tray of freshly filled drinks to coming up with a brand new cocktail.

We’ve put together a list of bartending competitions you need to enter now!


Most Imaginative Bartender

Hosted by Bombay Sapphire Gin, bartenders must invent a new cocktail that must leave the judges breathless. If you are a “bartender whose creativity and passion pushes the industry forward” this bartending competition might be the one for you!

Grand Prize: A trip to Tuscany and be featured in GQ as the Most Imaginative Bartender.


Road to the Hacienda Challenge 

Bartenders from across the country will show their skills and creativity with tequila in this competition. Before entering, you must pass a tequila quiz and familiarize yourself with the Horseshoe Margarita, ultimately leading up to your entry of a locally inspired Horseshoe Margarita.

Grand Prize: A trip to the last tequila-producing distillery in Hacienda, Mexico.


Heaven Hill Bartender of the Year 

 This three-stage competition tests a variety of skills bartenders must have in order to please each and every customer. Skills include spirits knowledge, genuine hospitality, speed and efficiency, presentation and style, and many others. To enter, you must make an original cocktail using Heaven Hill brand products.

Grand Prize: A cash prize of $15,000 and the title of Bartender of the Year.


Diplomatico World Tournament 

 Compete with bartenders from around the world in this web-based bartending competition. To enter, you must create a unique, original cocktail and submit a photo and video of your cocktail.

Grand Prize: A cash prize of $10,000 and a trip to Venezuela and London.


MIXLDN Global Bartender Competition 

 Are you a movie buff with a knack for creating gin cocktails? This bartending competition requires contestants to use Beefeater Dry or Beefeater 24 in an original cocktail inspired by a film related to London.

Grand Prize: A trip to London to create a limited edition of your own gin and the title of Beefeater MIXLDN Global Champion.


So what are you waiting for? Get those creative juices flowing and create the world’s next best cocktail!

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