Which city has the best bartender in America?

Black Restaurant Week is searching to find the best black bartender in America. We are hosting our first national virtual 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.

Top 8: South/East Region

Vote for your favorite bartender and cocktail recipe to advance them to the next round as the People’s Choice winner.
Voting closes Monday, September 14 at 8:30 PM (EST)

Dea Pierre

New York

Miguel Soto

Tampa Bay

Marlena Miko Richardson

Kansas City

Pia Days

Los Angeles


Challenge your own skills as a bartender, compete for a chance to win a special Whiskey Tasting Party Box from Black Restaurant Week. Black Restaurant Week’s special kit includes specially designed African drink coasters from Rain + Sky, a special batch of bitters from 18.21 Bitters, dipped Makers Mark whiskey Glasses, and Whiskey Tasting notes from the Black Bourbon Society. (Liquor not included)

How to Win:
  • Create your favorite cocktail recipe featured in the competition.
  • Post photo of your cocktail and the Maker’s Mark bottle in the photo on Instagram
  • Tag @Blackrestaurantweek and your friends.
  • Your name will be entered for a chance to win the special Whiskey Tasting Party Kit.


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