June 10-11, 2025
Industry City | Brooklyn, NY


We’re excited to bring back the Cocktail Madness competition! We had so much fun connecting with you and seeing your creative twists on the classics last year that we can’t wait to see what you’ll bring to the “bar” this year!

Following a bracket format, three industry judges (last year's winners, in fact) will select an eclectic group of 8 bartenders to participate. Bartenders will be asked to showcase their skills virtually as they shake and stir preset cocktails, which will be judged via a poll on BCB’s IG Story. Each week, the remaining bartenders will be asked to craft a new cocktail until there is one final winner.

All participants will receive a monetary prize for joining in on the fun with us.

How the competition will work:

  • Judges will select 8 bartenders to face off against one another in a bracket style competition.
  • Each bartender will be asked to create a cocktail along with a 30 second video mixing each cocktail.
    • First Round: Negroni (All 8 bartenders participate)
    • Second Round: Espresso Martini (Remaining 4 bartenders)
    • Third Round/Semi-Finals: Bartender’s Choice (Remaining 2 bartenders)
  • Voting will be done by BCB’s audience through Instagram Story polls at @BarConventBrooklyn.
  • The bartender with the most votes goes on to the next round until there is one overall winner.

The prizes:

  • First place: $1,000
  • Second place: $500
  • For all other participants (6th through 8th): $100

2022 entry period is now closed.

2021 Winners

First Place: Michael Alfonso (@liquid_Talent)

Second Place: Wicked Liquid (@wickedliquidllc)

Third Place: Alex Lezaridis (@alexlazaridisnyc)

2020 Winners

First Place: Fatima Butler (@therealfatibee)

Second Place: Chau Tran (@chaueth)

Third Place: Zach Sapato (@zsapato)