The 11th Annual Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender Competition
Top Houston mixologists Chase Ware, Richard Baily, and Chris Morris will represent their city as other talent from Dallas, Austin, and New Orleans travel to the Space City for a chance to take home the Houston Regional Most Imaginative Bartender Title.
The regional winner will be one of 12 finalists traveling to London – home of Bombay Sapphire and its Laverstoke Distillery – to vie for the 2017 North American title. For the first time ever, the winner will be named GQ Magazine’s “Bartender in Residence,” collaborating with the men’s magazine on a series of cocktail videos throughout the year.
The regional winner will also have the chance to collaborate with a well-known artist, leading up to the finale to create a work of art inspired by their winning cocktail recipe. The final MIB winner will go on to work with a world-renowned artist on an inspired piece illustrating the collision between cocktails and visual art, debuting the final creation amongst the 12 regional cocktail pieces at a special gallery event in New York City this fall.