Monkey Shoulder is giving professional bartenders in Seattle, Austin, Denver, Los Angeles and Miami a career-defining opportunity.
The Ultimate Bartender Competition is a two-day event where you can learn valuable skills from celebrity bartenders and compete for a trip to Europe.
1 winner from all 5 local events will win a trip to the Athens Bar Show in Greece. winners will attend from Nov 6 – Nov 7, with airfare and lodging included.
The first day of the Ultimate Bartender Championship will be The Bad Monkeys Academy, a full hands-on workshop with plenty of entertaining and educational activities. Join us to get great tips on how to succeed in the industry, learn to flair, create new rounds of cocktails and more from some of the following bartending icons: Ezra Star, Dev Johnson, Chris Hannah, and Christian Delpech.
The Championship itself will take place on the second day. Bartenders will be tasked with four rounds of challenges, testing every aspect of the ultimate bartender from spirits knowledge to tray service. Each round will be judged by the same bartending icons as Day 1.
Check out the full details about the challenges
Each round will be judged by these top-tier bartenders from all over the U.S. for simplicity, taste, balance, aesthetics, aroma and presentation.
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We are heartbroken by the loss of our dear friend and former UBC judge, John Lermayer. Not only was he a fantastic supporter and Monkey Shoulder advocate, he was a bon vivant, a bartender, a father, a workhorse, and a uniter of people. Donations for a college-fund GoFundMe page has been set up for Lermayer’s son, Radek. We raise a Monkey Pina Colada in his honor and toast his legacy to always “Pursue Happiness”.