Unless you’ve been stuck in your parents’ basement drinking cheap beer for the last decade, it’s been nearly impossible to miss the rise of mixology in Canada.
Indeed, the best bartenders across the country no longer simply crack cans and uncork wine bottles – they elevate your cocktail experience to something on the level of fine art.
Drinkable fine art, of course.
So if you’ve ever been excited about the idea of a good drink, Bombay is going to blow you away by taking you where only the most imaginative bartenders in Canada have ever dreamed of going – literally.
In a nationwide contest that will push the artistic elements of cocktail creation to new and delicious heights, eight incredibly imaginative bartenders will compete to be crowned the winner of the 2016 Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender Competition.
Something we will happily cheers to.
Not only will you get to know the eight regional finalists in a dedicated video series en route to the winner being named (in a live competition on June 16th), you’ll also get to know their drink recipes too. Not to mention, we’re going to be giving away 3 pairs of tickets for the live competition where the finalist who gets to go on to the North American finals is announced so make sure to apply below for your chance to attend. If you don’t already see this is an unforgettable way to start off your summer you’ve… well, you’ve never tasted an amazing cocktail before.
So put your drinking judge’s hat on and get ready to meet the eight bartenders whose imaginative libations you’d wait in a dozen lines just to taste.
Here are the eight regional finalists for the 2016 Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender Competition.
And remember: stay tuned for our upcoming video series where you’ll get to see the imagination and artistry of the best bartenders in the biz including behind the scenes footage when the winner moves on to the North American finals taking place at the incredible Bombay Sapphire distillery, Laverstoke Mill, in the UK. And yes, you better believe we’re going with them. Someone has to show the world what our cocktails are made of.
VANCOUVER REGIONAL FINALISTS
Bartender: Luke O’Toole
Bartender: Aimee Corno
CALGARY REGIONAL FINALISTS
Bartender: Dominik Aschauer
Bar: Proof YYC
Bartender: Samantha Casuga
TORONTO REGIONAL FINALISTS
Bartender: Orlando Carreira
Bartender: Chantelle Babino
Bar: Parts & Labour
MONTREAL REGIONAL FINALISTS
Bartender: Katherine Boushel
Bar: Mal nécessaire
Bartender: Samuel Trudeau
Bar: L’Gros Luxe
Like we said, we’re giving away 3 pairs of tickets to the national competition taking place on June 16th at the ROM from 7-9:30 pm. Oh, and there will be one hell of a fun after-party so apply below for your chance to attend.
* A confirmation email will be sent to three lucky people by Monday June 13th.