The Inside Scoop On The Top Bartending Competition, This Year’s Hottest $10,000 Affair

Chris Bull

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The world’s largest annual LGBTQ bartending competition is back. From New York to San Francisco, from Miami to San Diego, the Stoli Cocktail Classic is coming to 16 cities in 2016.

Join mixologists from the greatest nightlife venues in America as they vie for a chance to represent your city at the grand finale in Key West and win $10,000 charity prize.

New for 2016: Over $75,000 in prizes. Vote alongside judges at each venue to nominate your city’s winner–the bartender with the most authentic personality who creates the most fantastic Stoli cocktail of all. The barkeeps with the most votes in each city win a trip to Key West to compete for the grand prize–and the right to brag to their grandkids some day.

Here are four reasons to follow this year’s competition…

1.The Bartenders

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2015 Winner Matthew Mello

2. The Cocktails

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3. The Prizes

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The winner receives 1ok for charity, a fabulous trophy, Andrew Christian gift card, Stoli bartender kit, and the opportunity to ride in the Key West 2016 Pride Parade as honorary grand marshall. Plus: Top bartender wins trip to Ibiza.

4. The Show

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