Best Buy Bar ®

Almost all spirits competitions focus on super-premium to ultra-premium products, ignoring the premium, standard and well brands that account for a majority of your dollar profits. Our focus this year is to showcase the best tasting, value-related brands that make up such a large part of the spirits market. In the 11th annual BTI BEST BUY BAR competition, BTI will find the best values in all spirits categories, in three key price ranges. This provides a comparative tool for trade buyers making key decisions for their restaurant, bar, or retail outlet, and for consumers looking to stock up their home bar with sensibly priced, great tasting spirits.

Price categories are: $25 & under, $20 & under, $15 & under, and $10 & under.   Entry deadline is July 1st.

Download Form

Entry Deadline is July 1st

  • Ship us: (2) - two 750ml (or equivalent) bottles
  • Mailing Address: 4849 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60630
  • Fax or Email form to: - 773-930-4598
  • Registration fee: $500 per spirit; price includes digital award logo with usage rights for 1 year!- Now includes our digital award logo!
    Results are released in 60-Days
  • Any questions? Call our office: 773-930-4080 or email us at:

Spirits Category Schedule

Every month we feature a campaign to showcase spirit categories. See our calendar for your category deadline. You can enter ANY spirit at ANYTIME outside of this schedule to receive your review in 60 days using our private consulting services.

All products must be registered by the 1st and received by the 15th.

  • January 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Jan. 15

    Release date Mar 1

    • Gin & Genever
    • World Cocktail Championships®: Gin Martini
    • White & Dry Vermouth
  • February 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Feb. 15

    Release date: Apr 1

    • Vodka & Flavored Vodka
    • World Cocktail Championships®: Moscow Mule
    • Ginger Beer
    • Early Bird Rum
    • World Cocktail Championships®: Bloody Mary
  • March 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Mar. 15

    Release date: May 1

    • Tequila, Mexcal & Agave Spirits

    Mezcal • Sotol • Flavored Tequila • Bacanora & All Craft Agave Spirits

    • World Cocktail Championships®: Margarita
    • Citrus Liqueurs
  • April 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Apr. 15

    Release date: Jun 1

    • Mixers & RTD Cocktails
    • The Elixir Cup®

    Ready-to-Drink Cocktails • Bar Syrups • Bar Sodas • Vinegars • Cherries • Olives

    • The Bitter Battle®
  • May 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline May. 15

    Release date: Jul 1

    • Rum

    Flavored Rum • Spiced Rum • Agricole Rhum • All Cane Spirits

    • World Cocktail Championships®: Rum Daiquiri
  • June 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline June 15

    Release date: Aug 1

    • Scotch, Irish & World Whisk(e)y

    Scotch • Irish • Continental Europe • Indian • Taiwanese • French • Japanese & All Whiskies Distilled Outside of North America

    • World Water Championships

    Still • Sparkling & Flavored

    • World Cocktail Championships®: Highball
  • July 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline July 15

    Release date: Sept 1

    • Cognac • Armagnac • Calvados • Grappa & World Brandy
    • Citrus Liqueurs for a Sidecar
    • Best Buy Bar® Competition

    All spirits $25 and under retail

    • World Cocktail Championships®: Sidecar
  • August 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Aug. 15

    Release date: Oct 1

    • Liqueurs

    Fruit • Cream • Chocolate • Coffee • Herb/Spice • Amaro • Fernet • Bitter Liqueurs • Aperitivos • Aperitifs

  • September 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Sesp. 15

    Release date: Nov 1

    • North American Whiskey
    • World Cocktail Championships®: Manhattan
    • Red & Sweet Vermouth
    • Absinthe
    • World Cocktail Championships®: Sazerac
  • October 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Oct. 15

    Release date: Dec 1

    • New & Innovative Spirits

    • All Styles & Distillates

  • November 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Nov. 15

    Release date: Jan 1 2020

    • Private Label Spirits Review
    • Celebrity Sips: Spirits
  • December 1st

    Registration Deadline

    Sample Deadline Dec. 15

    Release date: Feb 1 2020

    • Asian Spirits

    Baijiu • Shochu • Soju & Other Asian Spirits

    • Spirits Packaging Competition

    Bottle • Label • Gift Box • Case • Spirits Accessories • Novelties & Glassware

Terms of Use

By entering by form, you agree to abide by the terms of our competition rules and usage policy:


$500 per spirit; price now includes digital award logo with usage rights for 1 year! . We accept credit card, check or wire transfer payment. Checks should be made payable to Wire transfer details : Contact Debra O'Kennard, Foreign wires require $30 fee payable in US Dollars. Any related shipping charges will be charged to credit card on file. Results will not be released until full payment is received.

Results Package

A copy of your results will be emailed to you. All reviews are published on individual product pages on for 3 years. Your entry agreement allows the right to feature the review on Tastings social media. Your package will contain Point-Of-Sale options to buy stickers and shelf-talkers. An option to license the Tastings logo for print, digital or TV media is also included.

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