Contenders Announced for the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition


Devour Week kicks off with the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the DeSoto Central Market (915 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004). This event celebrates the best of local cocktail culture at the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition.

Attendees can root for their favorite bartenders from the Devour Phoenix Coalition of restaurants as they sip on their competition creations. Facing a celebrity lineup of judges and armed with a selection of Arizona’s best locally distilled spirits, local bartenders will be up on stage shaking it up to take the title as Arizona's Star Bartender. 

The 2018 Contenders: 

Tickets to attend the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition are $40 and include a cocktail sample from each of the participating bartenders as well as neat spirits from each of the sponsoring distilleries and access to viewing the competition. Registration and more information are available at

Want to Win A $150 Prize Package?

New this year, Devour Phoenix is launching the #DevourAZSpirit Challenge at the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition. Local spirits fans can continue to enjoy their favorite cocktails through Sunday, March 11, and post selfies of themselves visiting the participating bars and restaurants for chances to win a Devour Phoenix prize pack containing $150 worth of gift cards plus four tickets to the 10th anniversary Bartending Competition in 2019 courtesy of Quench Fine Wines.

Instructions for the contest are as follows:

  • STEP 1: Visit the restaurant and post a selfie with the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition drink. Bonus points for getting the bartender and/or local spirit in the picture. Those attending the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition can get a head start by posting selfies with the bartender’s booths at the competition.

  • STEP 2: Post photos to Instagram and tag #DevourAZSpirit and @DevourPhoenix.

  • STEP 3: The more restaurants you post from, the higher the chances you have to win!

  • The winner will be selected and announced on Monday, March 12, on the @DevourPhoenix Instagram.

Participating bars and restaurants include those who are participating in the competition: The Gladly, The Vig, The Breadfruit & Rum Bar, Hulasmoderntiki, The Windsor, Welcome Diner, DeSoto Central Market, Tempe Public Market Cafe, and Gallo Blanco Cafe y Bar.

The Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition is sponsored by Hensley Beverage Company, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Quench Fine Wines, OHSO Brewery + Distillery, Iconic Cocktail Co., 99.9 KEZ, DeSoto Central Market, Bite Magazine, Mr. PHX, Lyft, Phoenix New Times, Fiji Water, Pride Group, Phoenix Public Market, and Hey Bartender!