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Bartenders’ Shakedown 2023

 BARTENDERS’ SHAKEDOWN October 8-11, 2023

*Video from previous event

REGISTRATION LINK HERE!

The 1st Working Flair Bartending competition is back bigger! This multi-round multi-day open bartending competition takes place in Palm Beach Gardens, FL with 4 separate optional competitions for any style of bartender to compete in! Choose from one or multiple rounds to compete in the…

Accuracy Competition
Speed Competition
Cocktail Competition
Flair Bartending Competition

Three separate divisions for The Flair Bartending Competition with Pro, Advanced and Amateur division bartenders. This is a fun Flair competition with emphasis on Working Flair, Mixology and testing a Flair Bartender in a true working environment.

We are also adding 3 new competitions this year. The Accuracy Competition which will test the bartender’s free pouring and speed accuracy.

The Speed Competition which will test the bartender’s speed and bartending skills to knock out cocktails as fast, clean and accurately as possible.

The Cocktail Competition which will test the bartender’s skills in crafting an original cocktail and sharing the story behind it.

We are also very happy to announce the return of the Mixology Matters Cocktail Conference! Whether you are a cocktail enthusiast or any style of bartender… YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT! This event will be full of fun, Flair, features, Educational Seminars, Spirited Dinner, Sampling Stations, Games, Networking & More!

Join us for the “Bartenders’ Shakedown 2023” & “Mixology Matters Cocktail Conference” October 8-11, 2023.

This event is strictly 21 years of age and over and open to the public to attend and promises to be a fun and informative series of events!

 

Surrounding Airports:
West Palm Beach, Fl (PBI) approx 15 mins away.
Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) approx 55 mins away.
Miami, FL (MIA) approx 1 & 1/2 hours away.

 

Host Hotel:
Palm Beach Gardens Marriott
4000 RCA Blvd
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
(561) 622-8888

 

RULES LINKS ARE POSTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE!

Prizes

Accuracy
1st Place: $1,000 + Trophy
2nd Place: $500 + Trophy
3rd Place: $250 + Trophy

Speed
1st Place: $1,000 + Trophy
2nd Place: $500 + Trophy
3rd Place: $250 + Trophy

Mixology
1st Place: $1,000 + Trophy + Trip to Nicaragua for the Flor de Cana Sustainable Cocktail Challenge Finals
2nd Place: $500 + Trophy
3rd Place: $250 + Trophy

 

Flair Pro Division
1st Place: $1,500 + Trophy + IBA World Cocktail Championship 2024 representing the USBG
2nd Place: $1,000 + Trophy + IBA Pan-American Games 2024 representing the USBG
3rd Place: $500 + Trophy
4th Place: $250 + Trophy
5th Place: $125 + Trophy

Flair Advanced Division
1st Place: $250 + Trophy
2nd Place: $125 + Trophy
3rd Place: $100 + Trophy

Flair Amateur Division
1st Place: $250 + Trophy
2nd Place: $125 + Trophy
3rd Place: $100 + Trophy

 

FINEST CALL STALL: $100 + Trophy (Flair Round Competitors)

MOST ACCURATE BARTENDER: $100 + Trophy (Anyone in the room of the finals)

FINEST CALL FLIP & STALL CONTEST: $100 + Trophy (Anyone in the room of the finals)

Best Mixology Skills
1st Place: $250 + Trophy

People’s Choice Award (Any Competitor)
1st Place: $100 + Trophy

Most Honorable Bartender (Any Competitor)
1st Place: $100 + Trophy

Best Overall Competitor (From Overall Combined Rounds)
1st Place: $100 + Trophy

Top Female Competitor (From Overall Combined Rounds)
1st Place: $100 + Trophy

BEST 30 SECOND SPONSOR & FINEST CALL COMPETITOR COMMERCIAL (Open to any competitor)
1st Place: $500 + Trophy

 

 

FLAIRCO FLAIR YARD DAY CONTESTS
FLAIRCO LONGEST 3 BOTTLE JUGGLE: $100 + Trophy
FLAIRCO MOST CONSECUTIVE BUMPS: $100 + Trophy
FINEST CALL STALL: $100 + Trophy

Competition Date:
October 8-11, 2023

 

Competition Location:
Palm Beach Gardens Marriott
4000 RCA Blvd
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Yard Day Location:
Wednesday October 11, 2023

Lake Worth Beach
10 S Ocean Blvd
Lake Worth Beach, Florida 33460

 

Competition Outline:

We are also happy to announce this competition will serve as the United States Bartenders’ Guild IBA World Cocktail Championship Flair qualifier for 2024 with the overall 1st Place winner in the Pro division representing the United States and the United States Bartenders’ Guild in the IBA World Cocktail Championship in 2024 and 2nd place representing the United States and the United States Bartenders’ Guild in the  IBA Pan-American Games in 2024.

This competition will also serve as the Flor de Cana Florida qualifier for 2023 with the overall 1st Place winner in the Cocktail Competition representing our region in the Flor de Cana Sustainable Cocktail Challenge Finals in Nicaragua.

 

Competitors

Emcee
Jordan Mednick

Cocktail Network Live Anchorman
Dean Serneels

Photography
Ryan Cohen & 52 Chefs

Videography
VM Cesarphotography

 

Itinerary

Itinerary Sunday October 8th, 2023:

  • 5pm-9pm: Club Safari 10 Year Reunion
  • 9pm: Mandatory Competitor Meet & Greet and Official Competitor Meeting
    Palm Beach Gardens Marriott (Banyan Hall)
    4000 RCA Blvd
    Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Itinerary Monday October 9th, 2023:

  • 10am-6pm Mixology Matters Seminars Day #1 (Gardens Ballroom Salon E)
  • 11am: Judges Meeting
  • Noon-8pm: Qualifying Rounds (Banyan Hall)
  • 9pm: Spirited Dinner (Gardens Terrace)
  • Midnight: After Party

Itinerary Tuesday October 10th, 2023:

  • 10am-5pm Mixology Matters Seminars Day #2 (Gardens Ballroom Salon E)
  • 5pm: Competitors Finalists arrive (Banyan Hall)
  • 5-7pm Sponsored Happy Hour Sampling Stations (Banyan Hall)
  • 5pm-Midnight: Final Rounds (Banyan Hall)
  • Midnight: After party

Itinerary Wednesday October  11th, 2022:

Lake Worth Beach
10 S Ocean Blvd
Lake Worth Beach, Florida 33460

  • 1pm: Flairco Yard Day
  • 3pm: After Party Meetup

 

 

Registration is NOW OPEN!

 

Early Bird Registration Ends Sept 8, 2023

REGISTRATION LINK HERE!

 

Registration:
Please email contact@barwars.info with what rounds you are competing in and for Flair either Pro, Advanced or Amateur division along with first name, last name, T-Shirt size and phone number. after you make online payment.

Registration is non-refundable and on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Any competition questions can be emailed to contact@barwars.info with the subject “BSD Question” from a REGISTERED COMPETITOR and the question and answer will be posted below and is the competitor’s job to check this page daily to stay updated on new questions, answers & updates…

COMPETITOR QUESTIONS POSTED BELOW

 

Q: “For the Accuracy Round and Pour Tests, are we pouring liquor or water?
A: Water.

 

Q: “For the Flair Round, what is the time limit for qualifying & finals?
A: Six minutes.

 

Q: The Spanish Long Island recipe will be only with Finest Call Singles Pressed Lemon? No simple simple syrup or any sweet ingredient?”
A: Correct.

 

Q: On my Specialty Cocktail can I use fresh Lemon juice and bottled in a clear bottle?
A: No,  because Finest Call makes Single Pressed Lemon juice and they are a sponsor, you would have to use Finest Call Single Pressed Lemon in its original bottle.

Q: “For Speed Contest, can Marg be shaken in the glass? Says shake and strain. Dirty dump ? ?
A: Because it says shake & strain, make in mixing tin with ice, shake & strain into tall glass with salt rim. No shake in glass and no dirty dump. Improper Procedure, Improper garnish, etc…

 

Q: “For Flair, What is the Free Pour bonus all about ?
A: The Free Pour is optional and will be drawn right before your round as the emcee is introducing you. The random pour will be one pour of either 1 12oz, 2oz or 1/2oz. If you decide to do the free pour you will either get a 10 point bonus for hitting accuractly, if you miss it it will be a 10 point deduction or if you decide not to do the optional free pour… nothing happens.

Q: “What does the Flairco Bar look like?
A: We will be using the Flairco Bar for the Accuracy, Speed & Flair Bartending Competition. Flor de Cana is bringing a bar for the Cocktail Competition. Please use the picture below for the Flairco Bar reference…
Flairco_Bar

 

 

Q: Am I not seeing the bar layout/ schematic in the rules or website?
A: THANK YOU! I added the Speed Competition bar layout & Flair Bartending Competition bar layout on their respective Rules page. The Accuracy Competition you can setup the bottles in the Speed Rail any way you like as well rearrange the glassware on the bartop anyway you like. The Cocktail Competition you can setup anyway you like.

Q: For Flair, may I use Flor de Cana aged for my cocktail or is it only 12?
A: For your Specialty Cocktail? Yes, you just need to supply it and can set at any level.

 


Good Luck!

All rules are subject to change without notice and it is the competitor’s responsibility to check this page daily for updates as well as attend the Competitor Meet & Greet on Sunday October 9th at 9pm for any updates.

All competition questions will be answered from REGISTERED COMPETITORS by emailing “contact@barwars.info” with the subject “BSD Question” and then the answer will be posted at the bottom on the Bartenders’ Shakedown Main Page.

Bartenders’ Shakedown MainAccuracy Competition RulesSpeed Competition Rules -
Cocktail Competition RulesFlair Bartending Competition RulesEvent Partners -
Mixology Matters Cocktail Conference MainRegistration/Tickets - Live Broadcast -

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