Here’s the Bartender of the Year Top 8 prizes


The toughest test of bartending ability is right around the corner. The Bartender of the Year sponsored by 42BELOW and De Kuyper will see bartenders from right around the country duke it out for the title of top dog.

This year’s Bartender of the Year will not only score themselves bragging rights, they’ll also jet off to New Orleans next year to experience all that Tales of the Cocktail has to offer (and that’s a lot).

And those who make it through the exam (it’s a tough exam — you can check out some practice questions here, here and here) and then survive the Top 16 round mystery box and blind tasting challenge to make it through to the Top 8 get to share in some pretty ace prizes — two great looking bags stocked with some amazing stuff.

two bags


Thanks to our sponsors 42BELOW and De Kuyper, the Top 8 will receive a 42BELOW Travel Bag (it looks ace), a bottle of both 42BELOW Pure and De Kuyper Blue Curacao, a Kiwi Pourer, and a copy of Every Bastard Says No: The 42BELOW Story.

If you make the Top 8 you’ll also take home a very special bartending kit bag from barGEEK valued at $450 — it’ll have everything you need to be making cocktails at the highest level. What’s in the bag?

  • 1 x barGEEK Leather Bag
  • 1 x Seamless Mixing Glass
  • 1 x Shell Julep Strainer
  • 1 x Paddle Barspoon
  • 1 x Mexican Elbow
  • 1 x Shaker and Toby Tin Set
  • 1 x Muddler
  • 1 x Baron Strainer
  • 1 x No Prong Strainer
  • 1 x Plastic Ice Cube Tray
  • 1 x Fine Strainer

So have you RSVP’d to sit the exam on Monday 21 September? It’s not too late to put your name down — just click here.

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