Last Chance for NCB Awards, Scotch-making and TV Barstars

Nightclub & Bar AwardsNightclub & Bar Magazine's 2011 Nightclub & Bar Awards program closes nominations this Friday, Nov. 5. For you bar fanatics, you can enter for Cocktail Lounge of the Year, Bartender of the Year, Small Wonder Bar of the Year and much more!  Suppliers, vendors, wholesalers, consultants, DJs and allied industry professionals as well as operators may nominate bars or bartenders. Winners receive entry to the 2011 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show (held in Las Vegas March 7-9) and are celebrated in and Nightclub & Bar Magazine and at the Nightclub & Bar Show. H. Joseph Ehrmann of Elixir is the 2010 Bartender of the Year and appeared on the March 2010 cover of Nightclub & Bar. Want that type of recognition? Get your well-deserved moment in the spotlight -- enter at But hurry!

ABSOLUT On the Rocks finalists

“On the Rocks: The Search for America's Top Bartender, featuring ABSOLUT Vodka,” premiered the first of four weekly episodes last weekend on about a dozen major market stations. The lineup of judges includes Season Two's winner Joseph Brooke, Las Vegas bartender Tobin Ellis and Aisha Sharpe, co-founder of Contemporary Cocktails. The eight contestants selected for season three are Anthony Alba of Las Vegas’ Liquidity Global; Charles Joly of Chicago’s The Drawing Room; Debbi Peek of Chicago’s The Bristol; Trina Sturm of Boston’s Starlight Lounge; William Codman of Boston’s Woodward at the Ames Hotel; Milos Zica of NYC’s Employees Only; Jason Bran of LA’s Roger Room; and Kimberly Patton of New Orleans’ Baronne at the Roosevelt Hotel. For more information, go to

Would-be whisky makers can compete for the chance to work at the Glenrothes distillery under the tutelage of brand heritage director Ronnie Cox and malt master Gordon Motion. Four Scotch aficionados will have the chance to work as an official Glenrothes whisky maker, spending a week at the distillery in Speyside testing the water source, milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling, laying down casks, nosing whisky and selecting exceptional casks. Each of the winners will produce their own Glenrothes, labeled with their handwritten tasting notes. Entries must be received by Jan. 31, 2011, and winners will travel May 8-14, 2011. Go to and tell judges why you are uniquely qualified to undertake the task.

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