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11/12/2019 The first spirits competition within the United States judged entirely by top bartenders within the industry

The Bartender Spirits Awards will take place in San Francisco on August 13, 2020. This event is one of the most unique spirits competition in the world that is  judged entirely by top bartenders within the industry.

Using the tagline “Judged By Bartenders, Bar Managers and Off-Premise Managers For The On-Premise Industry,” the Bartender Spirits Awards will recognize, encourage, promote and celebrate excellence in the U.S. drinks industry.


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The aim of the second edition of the Bartender Spirits Awards is to provide independent and honest reviews for liqueur & spirits brands targeting the U.S. bar trade. The judging panel consists of some of the most renowned names in the U.S. bar industry, all of them with extensive expertise within the on-premise industry. The result will be a relevant and practical source of reference for bartenders, bar managers, bar owners and other industry professionals when making purchasing decisions for their establishments.

Medals will be awarded to those spirits that meet very specific judging criteria, with a goal of identifying spirits that should become additions to bar inventories. Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded to the best-performing spirits based on the following three factors: taste; packaging; and price.

The goal is to get in limelight, those spirits that not only score well in terms of mixability, versatility, and mouthfeel but also are priced attractively and have superior branding and packaging.

Medal winners will be showcased in the Bartenders Spirits TOP 100 SPIRITS Guide, distributed to thousands of bartenders in the U.S. In addition, the Bartender Spirits Awards will provide extensive promotional support for all winners in the competition, including press releases, listings on the competition website, and social media updates.

Key dates

Submission Ends: July 20, 2020

Warehouse closes: July 30, 2020

Judging: August 13, 2020

Winners announced: August 31, 2020

Register today for the Bartender Spirits Awards

There is no better way to reach bartenders at top U.S. hotels, restaurants, bars and pubs than to win an award that is by, and for other bartenders. All judging is by leading bartenders with on-premise buying expertise, ensuring that all awards and scores earned within the competition are backed by a guarantee of quality. When buyers are looking for new spirits to add to their bar inventory, the first place they look is the Bartender Spirits Awards.

Names of award winners will be distributed nationwide to trade buyers within the United States.

For entry details and to sign up for the Bartender Spirits Awards, click here.


Bartender Spirits Awards gathers the top on-premise buyers, bar managers, and bartenders who have a direct influence on the US on-premise market.

Grow Your On-Premise Brand Presence In The US Market by put your spirits in front of them and get rated by Mixability, Balance & Versatility, Price, Packaging, and Taste, Mouthfeel, & Finish. 

BSA Entry Process & Fees

Deadline For Submission Is Approaching Fast

Leading spirits brands from around the world now have an opportunity to grow their business and gain the attention of top on-premise buyers, Bar managers, bartenders, and influencers within the U.S. on-premise industry. Time to submit your spirits in the 2020 Bartender Spirits Awards.