The United States Bartender’s Guild (USBG), an affiliate of the International Bartenders Association (IBA), hosts numerous national competitions throughout the year. The top winners of these regional and national competitions are brought to Las Vegas to compete in the Shake it Up Classic and Flair Competition at the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show. Each contestant competes in their respective category in the hopes of winning the opportunity of representing the United States in the World Cocktail Championships (WCC). This year, WCC 2016 will take place in Tokyo, Japan.
The 2016 Flair Competition contestants.
At the 2016 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show, our 31st annual show, the Shake it Up Classic and Flair Competition was the final United States cocktail competition. We’re proud to say that our partnership with the USBG led to an event at the Big Show that brought together a truly elite class of United States mixologists for an intense and exciting competition.
Congratulations to the Flair Winners: Danilo Oribe (above, second from right) of Las Vegas, NV (1st place), Dario Doimo (above, second from left) of Las Vegas, NV (2nd place), and Rodrigo Delpech (above, left) of Las Vegas, NV (3rd place). The Best Technical went to Jason Parks of Honolulu, HI.
And congratulations to the Classic Winners: Egor Polonskiy (above, center) of Chicago, IL (1st place), Juyoung Kang (above, right) of Las Vegas, NV (2nd place), and Annie Williams (above, left) of Columbus, OH (3rd place).