Are you the best Black Bartender in the nation?

Black Restaurant Week is searching to find the best black bartender in the nation. We are hosting our second annual national cocktail competition. Black Restaurant Week is challenging bartenders from across the nation to create Maker’s Mark cocktails that are one-of-a-kind and full-flavored just like the signature bourbon.


This year’s event is organized as a bracket-style competition. During each round bartenders will be challenged to craft cocktails testing their flavor profiles and innovation. Cocktail recipes and campaign challenges will be judged by our industry experts and audience to find the best bartender in the nation.


Which cities are participating? 

East Region

  • Baltimore
  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • Washington DC

South Region

  • Atlanta
  • Charlotte
  • Miami
  • New Orleans

Central Region

  • Chicago
  • Detroit
  • Cincinnati (Open to Columbus, Cleveland, Indianapolis and Louisville)
  • Kansas City/St. Louis

West Region

  • Bay Area
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles

Who is eligible to compete?

  • This Competition is open to ANY bartender currently working in the bar, restaurant or spirits industry.
  • Contestants must be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
  • Contestants must reside in the greater metropolitan area (20-30 miles out) of one of the following 16 cities – Atlanta, Bay Area, Baltimore, Cincinnati (Open to Columbus, Cleveland, Indianapolis and Louisville), Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC
  • Contestants must be at least twenty-one (21) years old as of the date of entry
  • Contestants must be of African-American, African, or Caribbean descent
  • Exclusions: Individuals who are full- or part-time employees of Maker’s Mark, Beam Suntory, or any ambassadors or representatives of competing brands at the time of entry, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of those employees, are not eligible to enter.
  • Exclusions: Individuals who made it to the championship final round of the Power of the Palate 2020 competition, are not eligible to enter.

Black Restaurant Week will decide in its sole discretion whether the applications adhere to these entry requirements.



Submission Requirements

  • Theme of the round is Rep Your City. Cocktail recipe must represent the your city in name, inspriation, and flavors. 
  • Entry must be submitted to the Black Restaurant Week website by Friday, June 11, 2021 by 11:59 PM (CST). Committee will review and select the top 4-6 recipes to compete at city qualifiers event.
  • Submit a photo of your cocktail with the recipe.
  • Post a cocktail demonstration on social media of the recipe and submit link for viewing.
  • Submission must include a high resolution headshot of the bartender. Please do not submit a selfie photo.

Applications Close Friday, June 11,  2021

Please make sure to review the Competition Rules in detail. Any incorrect or incomplete applications will be disqualified.Friday