Who is 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.

Watch Live Competitions in our Virtual Cocktail Lounge

Join our Power of the Palate Cocktail Lounge to view live battles, recipes, and chat with other cocktail enthusiast from across the country. Every Monday for Happy Hour at 6:00 PM (EST) we will present our live cocktail competition. Watch the top bartenders battle for your vote.
Click to watch the lastest episode of the competition.

Watch Competition Epsidoes

Watch the top bartenders across the nation battle to advance to the next round.

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 Final Four Competition

Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York

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 Elite 8 East & South Competition

Atlanta, Miami, New York, Philadelphia

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 Elite 8 West & Central Competition

Bay Area, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City

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East Region Competition

Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC

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South Region Competition

Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, New Orleans

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Central Region Competition

Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City

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West Region Competition

Bay Area, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles


Watch the Final Four barteners battle on Monday, November 15 to see who wins the championship.