Winning cocktail competitions is one of the fastest ways to become well known as a skilled bartender / mixologist. It can open the door to tons of career and consulting opportunities – from private consulting gigs to jobs as prestigious as brand ambassadorships.

We’ve put together a directory of upcoming cocktail competitions as well as a guide to help you win them – so you can take your career to the next level and win great prizes!

Competitions Accepting Entries:


The deadline for entries: Unspecified

Competition Name: Bar Boss (by Colossal)

Who’s hosting it: Colossal and Dos Hombres Mezcal 


Description of the competition:

Calling all lovers of mezcal, cocktails, kindness, & the TV show Breaking Bad! Wait, how do all those things relate? Well, the charity-drive company Colossal has teamed up with Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul & Bryan Cranston– who own the Dos Hombres mezcal brand together– to create a cocktail competition that brings awareness to the anti-bullying non-profit Kind Campaign, run by Aaron Paul’s wife, Lauren. 

If combining mezcal with kindness sounds like your jam, then enter their competition now for a chance to win a grand prize of $10,000 and a cover feature on Bartender Magazine. The deadline for the competition has not been promoted, so we suggest registering immediately in case time runs out!


The deadline for entries: February 22, 2024

Competition Name: 2024 London Spirits Competition

Who’s hosting it: London Spirits Competition 


Description of the competition:

Are you a spirit producer looking to build your brand’s reputation and gain more exposure? Then you definitely don’t want to miss the London Spirits Competition! Enter your product today for an opportunity to have your spirits rated, to meet others in the industry, and to potentially become a judge as you build relationships. Good luck!


If you know of a competition we haven’t listed, let us know!




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How to win Cocktail Competitions
Chris and Julia Tunstall

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