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. Bartenders from across the country 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. Mixologists who receive the highest scores are invited to compete in the regional event located closest to them. Eight mixologists will compete in each regional competition, with the top two competitors facing-off in a live “shake-off” with a featured spirit and ingredients.

The winner of each regional event advances to compete in the Star of the Bar Finals, which will be held in conjunction with the National Restaurant Association Show May 18-21, 2019. 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".

Regional Competitions

Washington D.C. Regional winner:
Chad Spangler
Partner at Service Bar
Winning drink: Margarita Al Pastor

Chicago Regional winner:
Javier Arroyo
Bartender at Bar Sotano
Winning drink: Quetzalcóatl's Treasure

Tampa Regional winner:
Shawn Newman
Bartender at Prato
Winning drink: Bitter Sweetness

Nashville Regional winner:
Nicholas Shearer
Bartender at Sazzy B
Winning drink: Bring the BEET Back

Las Vegas Regional winner:
Gregory Rodriguez
Bartender at Oak & Ivy
Winning drink: La Cosecha

San Diego Regional winner:
Brian Prugalidad
Bartender at Hubertus Circle
Winning drink: Scotch, Bright


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Star of the Bar Finals

Join us Monday, May 20th at Tao Chicago during the 100th anniversary celebration event where all six regional finalists will come together to fight for the title of “Star of the Bar” and one winner will be named the country’s best mixologist.

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