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.

East Region

Vote for your favorite bartender and cocktail recipe to advance them to the next round as the People’s Choice winner.
Voting ends Monday, August 10, 2020 at 8:30 PM (EST).

Dea Pierre

New York

Danielle Pearman

Newark

Barry Johnson

Philadelphia

Mia P. Evans

Washington DC

South Region

Vote for your favorite bartender and cocktail recipe to advance them to the next round as the People’s Choice winner.
Voting ends Monday, August 17, 2020 at 8:30 PM (EST).

Jarrett Holborough

Atlanta

Andrew Lue

Miami

Lee Archelle

New Orleans

Miguel Soto

Tampa Bay

North Region

Vote for your favorite bartender and cocktail recipe to advance them to the next round as the People’s Choice winner.
Voting ends Monday, August 24, 2020 at 8:30 PM (EST).

Nigal Vann

Chicago

Kay Mohamed

Detroit

Marlena Miko Richardson

Kansas City

Dante Wheat

Louisville

West Region

Vote for your favorite bartender and cocktail recipe to advance them to the next round as the People’s Choice winner.
Voting ends Monday, August 31, 2020 at 8:30 PM (EST).

Joe Samuel

Dallas

Ed Warner II

Houston

Pia Days

Los Angeles

Clay Coleman

Oakland

WIN A WHISKEY TASTING PARTY BOX

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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