Southern Bartenders Awards 2024

The Southern Bartenders Awards 2024

  • By Michelle Bailey
  • 22nd February 2024
It’s back… The Portsmouth Distillery’s Southern Bartenders Competition 2024!

Thursday 9th May 2024 from 6pm @ The Portsmouth Distillery – Fort Cumberland – Eastney – PO4 9LD

Cash prizes AND all proceeds of ticket sales going to The Naval Children Charity. 

We have, cocktail ready, a line up of a renowned panel of judges for this fantastic event and following the crowning of our winner for 2024 our DJ will be providing the tunes for a Party @ The Fort! 

Be part of something unique and amazing

We are looking for contestants to take part in our second year of our Southern Bartenders Competition. Last year was a sell-out success and not only a great showcase for bartenders and cocktail virtuosos. 

Entry is open to anyone within Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey and West Sussex. To all you cocktail connoisseurs out there get in touch and be part of something that only we do – Southern Bartenders Awards 2024!

Last year saw Naz take the trophy

Following the huge success of the launch of the Bartenders Awards in 2023 we are back for a 2nd year. Last year saw Rapscallions taking the trophy with a wonderful effort from Naz, who made a Chai live on stage, infusing bay, clove, cardamon and cinnamon, and cooling with Cinnabar rum and a touch of banana juice to heighten the taste. The drink was served in a tea pot which a touch a dry ice magic to give the illusion of steaming. The cocktail was poured into teacup of ice, with some ginger cake on the side. It was a treasure of a drink and showed creativity and story, as well as taste. It was a real beauty, and a real testament to Naz as she confessed on winning that she’d only pulled it together a couple of nights before.

Naz from Rapscallions with her winning cocktail!

Are you ready to take on the challenge?

Round one

This year we want to see your take on an Old Fashioned. Bring your talents to the bar and wow the judges with your creative twist on the traditional Old Fashioned Cocktail. Using either our Cinnabar Spiced Rum, 1968 Unaged Rum or our Forum Botanical Rum showcase your unique skills to our panel of cocktail aficionados. 

Round two

Open up your skills and let your creative juices flow. Take the stage to impress and dazzle with a cocktail of your own creation – the world is your oyster! You have full access to our award-winning range of Rum and Gin. Check out our full range here! 

Cocktails from the 2023 Bartenders Awards at The Portsmouth Distillery 


Competitor spots are limited so don’t delay… drop an email to and show your interest. We will provide you with some samples bottles of our three RUMS for you to create magic. You will be able to experiment with our award-winning Cinnabar Spiced Rum, 1968 Unaged Rum and our unique Forum Rum

On the night you will be required to bring your own kit/ingredients/glasses – WE SUPPLY THE SPIRITS!

Bring your cheering squad

Tickets are £5 on Eventbrite or on the door!

Click the link above to get your tickets booked

ALL proceeds of ticket sales will go to The Naval Children’s Charity

We look forward to seeing you, and your cocktails!