2018 Star of The Bar - Applications Are Open!


Announcing the

2018 Star of the Bar Competition

Presented by

National Restaurant Association and USBG


Great restaurants know the importance of a great bar program. We are excited to once again partner with the National Restaurant Association, an organization that has been serving the hospitality industry since 1919, to hold the Star of the Bar Competition. Applications are now being accepted to enter your original cocktail recipe and show off your mixology skills! The application deadline is 11:59 pm Pacific on Friday, February 19th. 

Ten bartenders will compete at each of the four live semi-final competitions with one winner from each semifinal advancing to the final being held May 20th in Chicago at NRA Show 2018, May 19-22, 2018. The NRA Show features expert-led sessions in key areas of bar business and professional development, as well as mixology demos presented by top mixologists across all four days of the show. For more show information, click this link.


The Star of the Bar final winner will earn bragging rights… and oh, yeah… $5,000!


The competition is open to all bartenders across the US with the semifinals being held in the cities posted below. If you are not in one of these cities, if selected, you will be responsible for travel to and from the competition as well as your hotel accommodations. Regional qualifying competitions will be held in Las Vegas, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Chicago on the dates listed below. We will be sharing exact dates per city very soon!


Wednesday, March 21st - Las Vegas

Monday, April 9th - Philadelphia

Wednesday, April 18th - Orlando

Monday, April 30th - Chicago


One person from each Semifinal, along with two Wild Cards, will advance to the Bar18 finals in Chicago in May 2018.


Click the link below to see full competition rules and enter your recipe.



Deadline is 11:59pm PST, February 19th! 

Good Luck!







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