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NRB19 Cocktail Competition – Win a Trip to Canada With Ms Better’s Bitters!

Entries open now for Northern Restaurant & Bar’s annual cocktail competition, sponsored by Ms Better’s Bitters, with the chance to win a VIP visit to Canada with guest shifts in Vancouver and Montreal.

Competitors are being asked to submit a unique drink using at least one of the Ms Better’s Bitters range for their Big Beautiful Cocktail Competition!

The winner will join Ms Better’s Bitters on a scenic trans-Canada trip with guest bartender shifts in Vancouver and Montreal! Second place is a majestic treat filled day with Ms Better’s Bitters strolling along the River Thames, with third place being a trip to a London city farm followed by dinner and drinks with Ms Better’s Bitters.

Regional semi-finals will be held in February in Newcastle, The Midlands, Cardiff and London with the winner from each invited to the final at Northern Restaurant & Bar in Manchester on Wednesday 20 March 2019 at 15:15 in the Drinks Live theatre. The competition is hosted by Dave Marsland aka Drinks Enthusiast and JBE Imports, UK distributor of Ms Better’s Bitters.


  • A maximum of 6 ingredients allowed, including garnish and Ms Better’s Bitter expression, with home-made ingredients allowed.

  • A maximum time limit of 12 minutes on the NRB Drinks Live stage will be given (5 minutes prep, 7 minutes presentation) in which the cocktail will be prepped and re-created for the esteemed judging panel (2 full-size serves and 20 small samples).

  • Ms Better’s Bitters expressions, ice and basic bar equipment will be supplied at the final, with all other ingredients, garnishes and glassware to be provided by the competitor. No electrical equipment can be used on stage.

  • Judges will be scoring on brand knowledge, aroma, taste, technique and presentation.

All entries must be submitted online at with entries accepted until 31 January 2019 at midnight. Any base spirit is encouraged to be experimented with to create a winning serve!

Northern Restaurant & Bar is the biggest hospitality show in the North. As well as the Ms Better’s Bitters cocktail competition, the Drinks Live theatre features a line-up of tutored tastings and masterclasses from some of the best names in the business. The theatre is surrounded by a curated selection of sprits from across the UK and around the world.

Get trade-only tickets now at

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