November 5-11, 2018

Bartenders Challenge

  • Preliminary: Sunday, September 30, 1:00-6:00 PM
  • Semi-Final: Monday, October 1, 4:00-8:00 PM
  • People's Choice Finale:  November 8, 2018

Location: The Grove, 301 W Congress Street, Savannah, GA

Tickets:  $10 at the door

Event Type: Indoor/Outdoor, ticket includes one free sponsor brand drink and a selection of appetizers

Attire & Information: Casual; 21 years & over

Bartender's Challenge

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Every year we challenge bartenders from around Savannah area to reimagine cocktails for a chance at being named the official “People’s Choice’ winner of the Bartenders Challenge. The area’s finest mixologists whip up their best craft cocktails to impress our panel of judges during the preliminaries in September. Their recipe includes one of our sponsor spirits of either vodka, gin, bourbon, tequila, whiskey and more.


With the preliminary and semi-final rounds being held at The Grove Restaurant and Rooftop Bar, the public is invited to come out and cheer on the competitors during these advance competition rounds.  Admission is only $10 at each event and comes with one free sponsor brand drink and a selection of appetizers. All ticket sales are at the door for each round of competition.



Five winners from each of the preliminary rounds go on to compete for “People’s Choice” during Secret Savannah Speakeasy on November 8, 2018.


Interested in competing? Eligible bartenders may sign up for the challenge by registering here.

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Confirmed Judges:

(Our featured judges are being finalized and will be updated as they confirm their participation)

Sponsors and Official Spirit Brands:















The Savannah Food & Wine Festival is presented by the Tourism Leadership Council, a 501-(c) 6 organization, and The AdFish Group, with proceeds benefiting the TLC Scholarship Fund, with educational opportunities for hospitality program students in colleges and universities in the Coastal Empire and many local charitable organizations.


  • All persons must be of legal drinking age or older
  • No dogs or pets are allowed at any event venues
  • All advance discount tickets are released in limited quantities and can sell out at any time without notice
  • All tickets sales are final & non-refundable
  • All events are rain or shine & event programs are subject to change without notice
  • The festival may at its sole discretion change venue locations for an event. Ticket holders should confirm event locations prior to attendance of any event.

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