Star of the Bar Competition

Top mixologists shake things up as they battle it out for the title of “Star of the Bar.”

Mixology Masters Take the Stage

Star of the Bar® Mixology Competition

This event elevates the craft of bartending to new levels by providing a national platform for mixologists to highlight their skills and creativity. Restaurants, bars, and other businesses that sell beverage alcohol on-premise are invited from across the country to submit an application and original cocktail recipe for the opportunity to compete.

Entries are reviewed and scored by a panel of judges made up of professional mixologists and competition ambassadors. Those submissions that receive the top 7 highest scores are invited to select one mixologist from their business to represent them and compete in the Star of the Bar National Finals that is held in conjunction with the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, IL on May 16-19, 2020.

Star of the Bar Finals

At the National Finals Event on Monday, May 18, the top 7 will prepare sample size tastes for the audience and the judges, with the Top 2 finalists competing in a live "shake off" using secret ingredients. The Finals will be scored and judged by cocktail industry icons, with the winner receiving a cash prize and recognition as the "Star of the Bar National Cocktail Champion". More information to come on this exciting event!

Julianna Arquilla

Lead Bartender

Bar Sotano
Chicago, IL

Will Patton

Bar Director

Washington, DC

Kristo Tomingas

Head Bartender

Maya Mariposa, NY
New York City, NY

Devin Kennedy

Head Bartender

Pouring Ribbons
New York City, NY

Eddie DiDonato

Lead Bartender

Raised By Wolves
San Diego, CA

Kelly Dawson

Beverage Manager

Untitled Supper Club
Chicago, IL

Natasha Mesa

Bar Manager

Portland, OR

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