Searching For The Spirit of M.W.Heron...

In New Orleans there’s a party on every street, a story behind every door and a mischievous smile inviting you to be a part of it all. So, we’re asking bartenders to create a signature serve, that tastes great, is replicable and tells a great story.

  • The best cocktails will be shortlisted by regions and the top two (12 in total) from each will be invited to join in the Bartenders Challenge.
  • Hosted at the Hi-Spirits bar, the day will consist of a series of challenges designed to test all aspects of bartending where the four grand finalists will be selected.
  • The 4 finalists will then go head-to-head aboard the Dixie Queen for the Southern Showdown Grand Final, showcasing their entry to fellow bartenders and industry legends for their chance to win one of two places on a trip to Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans.
Key Dates

Entry Period

1st February – 31st March

Shortlist Announced

15th April

Bartenders Challenge

8th May

Finalists Announced

8th May

Dixie Queen Grand Final

10th June

Winners Trip

July 2019

Fleur De Lis
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