The Bartenders Association of Ireland (BAI) was founded in 1972 to promote bartenders and provide opportunities of progression within industry. We are a voluntary group of bartenders helping other bartenders.
Our primary focus is to ensure Ireland is represented at the World Cocktail Championships organised annually by the International Bartenders Association.
The BAI became an independent member of the International Bartenders Association (IBA) in 1972.
In 2017, the format of the National Cocktail Championships was changed to include the Bartender Awards. Scores obtained in Round 1 in the cocktail competition are used to calculate bartender award winners. The highest scoring six bartenders then compete again in a final to determine the overall winner, the National Cocktail Champion of Ireland.
These Bartender Awards are the only awards in Ireland organised by bartenders for bartenders.
It is only possible to win an award through participation in the National Cocktail Championships. Points are awarded for personality, professionalism, style & technique and for the originality of the cocktail as well as presentation, aroma and taste.
The National Cocktail Championships & Bartender Awards are OPEN to all bartenders in the Republic of Ireland. It is not a requirement to become a member of the Bartenders Association. However, only a BAI member may represent Ireland at the World Cocktail Championships. This is a requirement of the International Bartenders Association (IBA).