Why Join?

Benefits of a USBG Membership

  • NEW MEMBER BENEFIT for Hospitality Members - The Hospitality Assistance Program, offering mental health, financial and legal aid. Learn More and Sign Up HERE
  • Education, Career Development Tools, Networking - A robust online community of like-minded folks! USBG is home to lively professional conversations (industry tips from seasoned professionals and queries from those just getting started in their career), our growing cache of educational materials (including videos, blogs, and articles), and other resources to advance your knowledge and career

  • Deep discount on USBG Regional Conferences - Members are invited to attend our Spring event series, with five conference locations to choose from nationwide. Multiple days of content include educational seminars, local bar crawls, and networking with other professionals in your region. Host cities change each year!
    • This year we are celebrating our 75th year August 13-16th at the USBG 75th Diamond Jubilee. Registration is open. Learn more and/or register here.

  • USBG official affiliation with the International Bartenders Association, offering global networking opportunities. Members can enter the USBG IBA Qualifier Cocktail Competition where winners go on to represent the USA in the Pan American and World Cocktail Championship

  • Association with the largest bar industry trade organization in the USA with history and traditions dating back to its founding in 1948


Specific Member Benefits of Joining a Chapter


  • Annual Education Week local programming. Live seminars with industry leaders on a variety of topics

  • Job board, local networking, and mentorship opportunities

  • Community Service events with your local chapter.

  • Leadership training through committee work and board elections

  • Camaraderie and community building with a new group of local bartender friends

Member Testimonials

Not only has the USBG been an incredible resource for networking, finding a tribe of people who care about the same things I do, and educational opportunities; I’ve also been able to travel to Mexico, Amsterdam, and Italy. The USBG has done so much for me that I continue to try to give back.

    -- Christina Basham - Columbus, OH


The USBG has been a game changer in my career path in hospitality. Between the amazing educational opportunities and the unbelievable people I’ve met, it has made me the best version of my professional self. 

  -- Bradley Stephens - Portland, OR


The USBG has really helped me find myself. Through the connections I’ve made locally and nationally, together we’ve been able to help our communities thrive.

  -- Carlos Paiva - Washington D.C.


The USBG does an incredible job empowering bartenders in their careers. This has never been as clear to me than during this difficult year. Besides its regular offerings of peer-to-peer learning, expert seminars with internationally recognized brand representatives, service projects, and cocktail competitions, the USBG has been instrumental in creating and implementing resources to assist those in the hospitality industries during this time of crisis.

   -- Jules Aron - West Palm Beach, FL


My biggest takeaway from the USBG is the way it builds a community of like-minded individuals to support each other. Our industry needs it.

  -- Akinde Olagundoye - Nashville, TN