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Spirit Submission Closes April 30, 2019

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Which means you still have the opportunity to enter your spirit and a chance to make it an award-winning brand

The submission deadline for the annual Bartender Spirits Awards has been extended till April 30. Enter Your Spirits Brands in the Bartender Spirits Awards 2019 which will be judged by and for bartenders, bar managers, and on-premise buyers, and is entirely unique as it is focused on the buying needs of on-premise establishments.

In May 2019, the nation’s ace bartenders are gathering in San Francisco, CA to judge the best overall spirits within the industry.

The goal of the annual Bartender Spirits Awards is to recognize and celebrate spirit brands that would make a valuable addition to bars, restaurants, clubs and other-premise establishments within the United States.

This competition recognizes that bartenders are the true influencers – their passions and tastes provide direction for the consumer, especially via their guidance with wine, beer or spirit recommendations. The creation of new drinks is often driven by bartender tastes and perceptions of current trends.

What makes the Bartender Spirits Awards particularly distinctive is the all-star judging panel, which consists entirely of top professionals within the industry, all of them with extensive experience working directly for bars, restaurants, and clubs. These bartenders are important influencers for the industry as a whole.


Juyoung Kang

Lead Bartender and Mixologist. The Dorsey, LV






Craig Schoettler

Executive Director of Beverage and Corporate Mixologist, MGM Resorts International, LA





jacopoJacopo Rosito

Bar Manager, Four Seasons, Florida





Meet our judges Here.

The competition provides independent and honest reviews of all spirits entered into the competition, based on several key criteria, including mixability; balance and versatility; taste, mouthfeel and finish; package; and price. All spirits are scored on a 100-point scale, and the highest-scoring spirits receive Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. In addition, the top spirit in each major category receives an award. View Judging Process Here.

medal 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. Apart from Gin, Vodka, Tequila, Brandy, Rum of the Year, etc, The Producer Awards will recognize the best performing drinks producers in the competition. View medals list Here.

Still finding a reason to enter? Here are just a few of the benefits to enter your spirits

  • Raise the profile of your spirits
  • Get in front of a hard-to-reach audience
  • Promote your award-winning spirits in key international markets
  • Prominent listing on the Bartender Spirits Awards website
  • Inclusion in the Bartenders Spirits TOP 100 SPIRITS Guide
  • Medal stickers for bottles
  • Press release mention of all winners at the conclusion of the event
  • Special features on all Double Gold and Gold Medal winners

Winning medal at the Bartender Spirits Awards you will be able to increase your sales within the very important U.S. spirits market, attract additional PR and media attention for award-winning spirits, and increase the reach and recognition of other spirits in your spirits portfolio.

So, what are you waiting for! Hurry!

2023 Bartender Spirits Awards Submissions Are Now Open! Enter Your Spirits Here.