Bar & Restaurant Expo

Bartenders Unite (and Compete)!

Bar & Restaurant Expo is the official location for the United States Bartenders' Guild (USBG) National Cocktail Competition.

Get ready to witness the cocktail event of the year – the electrifying USBG Shake It Up Competition that will have you on the edge of your seats! 

Watch this thrilling competition as the most talented bartenders go head-to-head in a battle of creativity, speed, and skill. Witness mind-blowing cocktail concoctions that push the boundaries of what you thought a drink could be.

Support the bartender community and cheer on the top 5 competitors! 

Access to watch the Shake It Up Competition is included in all registration passes.

USBG Shake It Up Competition Submission Details.

The Application process is now closed for the 2024 USBG National Cocktail Competition.

  • Each competitor will be assigned a sponsored spirit and demo their cocktail LIVE on the NxT Stage at Bar & Restaurant Expo.
  • Drinks may be stirred, shaken, built, or thrown!
  • The top two scoring competitors will advance to the Non-Alcoholic Mystery Box Challenge which will identify competitors for the IBA Global Competitions.
  • The highest-scoring competitor will be named the 2024 USBG National Champion and will represent the USBG at the IBA World Cocktail Championship in in Portugal, Fall 2024.
  • The second highest-scoring competitor will be named the Runner-Up and will represent the USBG at the Pan-American Cocktail Championship, Fall 2024,
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