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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 6 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 22-25, 2021.

At the National Finals Event, the Top 6 will prepare sample size tastes for 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".

Think you have what it takes?

Submit Your Original Cocktail Recipe



Applicants are advised to review the competition rules thoroughly before submitting an application. Entries are due 2/8/21.

Star of the Bar National Finals

Join us Monday, May 24 at our Industry Night Out to see our Top 6 Finalists come together to fight for the title of “Star of the Bar National Cocktail Champion” and see one winner crowned the best mixologist.

Find out how to attend the Star of the Bar Finals at the National Restaurant Association Show Industry Night Out.

Try the 2020 Finalists’ Cocktails


Click on the 2020 Star of the Bar Finalists’ pictures to see their creative drinks and get the recipe!

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