The Application is now open for the IBA National Cocktail Competition IBA Classic Qualifier!

The United States Bartenders' Guild is a chapter of the International Bartenders Association (IBA), which is made up of 64 countries. Every year the IBA hosts the World Cocktail Championship. This year is set to be the biggest reunion of the World's greatest Classic and Flair Bartenders. The WCC will be a battle of the best. Cocktails will be flowing and the skill & entertainment will be absolutely incredible!

This year's host country will be Cuba in the vibrant area of Varadero, led by the IBA chapter, Cuban Bartenders Association. National level Classic and Flair Competitions will be held in each of the 64 IBA countries in the search for the next IBA World Cocktail Champion! Get your shakers out and start training in your routines for this major global cocktail championship. Now is your time to shine on the world stage.

Who will represent the USA for the USBG in Cuba this year? Could it be you?


We recently announced the IBA National Qualifier to all local Leaders with a "Call to Action" to execute a local competition to advance a local candidate to represent your local chapter in Phase Two of the selection process.  Please reach out to your local Leaders first to find out if they are one of the participating chapters hosting a local competition. 

Please submit your individual application below before the deadline!

PHASE ONE – Chapter Competition/Open Submission


USBG 2022 IBA Qualifier Submission Form (Individual)

Or copy and paste the link below


If you have already planned to be part of a local competition through your local chapter, awesome! Otherwise, you may submit your application to the link above no later than Wednesday, August 10th, 2022 to have your recipe scored anonymously for the opportunity to advance to Phase Two. 


Please review the competition Terms and Conditions HERE.

PHASE TWO - Committee Review:

One panel will judge the videos and rank them with Technical Scores. A separate panel will construct all recipes anonymously to determine the Tasting Scores. The Technical Score and the Tastings Score are equally weighted and combined to determine the winners. The 1st place winner will go to Cuba representing the USBG in the Classic Division at the IBA World Cocktail Championship in Cuba, November 4-9.  The 2nd place winner will be invited to represent the USBG at the Mattoni Grand Drink Cocktail Competition in Czech Republic in Spring 2023. If the 1st and 2nd place winners are unable to attend their competitions, we may invite the next available qualifier to attend in their place. 


June 5 – August 10:  Chapter Competition and Open Application Submission Phase

August 10: Application due to include One (1) original Low ABV cocktail recipe and one (1) recorded digital video demonstration/1-minute inspiration story

August 10 – August 19:  Anonymous Application Evaluation

August 19:  Top Ten Competitors Notified via e-mail

August 19 – September 1:  Phase Two Scoring - Committee Review. Video Judging Panel determines technical scores. Recipe Tasting Panel determines Taste scores

September 1:  USBG Champion and Runner-up Notification

September 6:  Announcement of Team USA Classic Division Competitors in PreShift

Please reach out to Lisa McMillan at lmcmillan@usbg.org if you have any questions.


USBG IBA Qualifier Terms and Conditions

USBG 2022 IBA Qualifier Submission Form – Individual Application

USBG 2022 IBA Qualifier Submission Form – Chapter Application

USBG Phase One Submission Evaluation Rubric

International Bartenders Association Website

WCC - November 4-9 – Cuba

WCC Rules       See Pages 20 -24 for WCC Classic Scoring mechanics

IBA Rules Videos:

Part I: USBG Competition Rules

Part II: USBG Competition Rules Demonstration