All the Greatest Hits From the First Year of Bar Shift | Partner Tip

The best way to celebrate a successful first year of Bar Shifts? Relive the greatest hits.

By now, you’ve heard about Liquor.com’s exclusive experience sponsored by Bacardí. This year, the jet-setting Bar Shift program sent over a dozen bartenders to faraway cities to work a shift at a top drinking destination.

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The goal? To elevate professional bartenders around the country through an educational exchange program. For one night only, each bartender experienced the thrill of slinging drinks in new cities from New York to Chicago to Los Angeles. The program even went international, sending two bartenders to Mexico City for a very special shift south of the border.

It all started in Miami, when Gui Jaroschy of the Broken Shaker flew north to shake signature Bacardí cocktails at Chicago’s Drumbar before Drumbar’s Alex Renshaw swapped cities to take a shift in Jaroschy’s sunny home state.

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From there, the program went on to host swaps between cocktail heavy-hitters New York and Los Angeles. First, the Bowery Hotel’s Enzo Cangemi flew to The Spare Room in Los Angeles’ Roosevelt Hotel, where he was joined by head bartender Yael Vengroff. A few months later, Vengroff headed to Brooklyn where she treated the Bar Shift crowd to an electric blue punch inside the hallowed walls of Julie Reiner’s Clover Club.

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New Orleans got in on the action too, as Victory bar’s Daniel Victory hit Harlem to shake his famous Brandy Crusta at hotspot 67 Orange Street. San Francisco had an equally strong showing this year, with Rye’s own Vince Toscano swapping cities with Pam Wiznitzer from Manhattan’s Seamstress. Both bartenders brought a taste of their travels as inspiration for their Bacardí cocktails, and Wiznitzer’s bubbly New Orleans #RAD cocktail paid tribute to one of the biggest industry events of the year, Tales of the Cocktail.

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Not to be outdone, San Francisco bartenders Caitlin Laman and and John Codd were lucky enough to pack up their barspoons and head to Mexico for the first-ever international Bar Shift. Hosted at Mexico City’s Limantour, this very special shift paired San Francisco cocktail craft with inspiring local ingredients, and both bartenders were treated to a surprise tour of Bacardí’s distillery during the epic trip.

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In this first year, 15 bartenders criss-crossed the country, traveling to nine different cities and creating more than 30 signature cocktails influenced by their travels. Retrace their steps by watching the video highlights of each Bar Shift and learn more about this incredible exchange program now.

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It’s never too early to start planning for next year’s round.

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