Barback Games

The Fernet-Branca Barback Games features bars backs and their accomplices battling through a series of rigorous challenges to crowds of industry friends.

Come and see the action!

Guest list tickets are available from eventbrite.

Get your name on the guestlist

This is for your chance to become crowned the winner of the first UK’s first Barback games and win a trip to San Francisco.

Beginning in San Francisco in 2007, the Barback Games have grown to be one of the largest touring industry event properties reaching San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Boston, and San Diego. 2018 will be the first year for the Barback Games to come to the UK.

How to enter

To enter, complete the details below and ensure you’re available to attend the event on the 9th September, 2018 in London.

Fernet-Branca will arrange and cover finalist’s travel and accommodation for those that are located outside of London.

  • Explain why you should be chosen to compete in 150 words.
  • Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf.

How contestants are chosen to compete on the day?

The finalists will be shortlisted by judges based on the best answers of why you should be chosen to compete. There will be a minimum of 6 teams from outside of London chosen.


Entry form opens 2nd July 2018

Entry form closes 10th August 2018

Finalists announced 17th August 2018

Final 9th September 2018

Additional info

On the day

On the day there will be four rounds, each testing your bar back skills endurance and love of Fernet. Teams will be drawn at random, with each round being a knock out. The final will be a battle between two teams for the chance to win a trip to San Francisco. Teams won’t find out what is involved until the day of the competition, but influence from previous bar back games will be taken.

What qualifies you to be a bar back?

At times even, the bar owner must do the roles of a bar back. Just because you may do multiple jobs, does not mean you’re not a qualified bar back participant and able to enter the competition. So please feel free to enter if you work within a pub, bar, restaurant or club and your role has included those of being a bar back. It’s open to all to compete for the title.

What qualifies you to be a coach?

The coach can be the bar manager, owner, your friend, a mentor. Anybody at one point or another has helped you within the industry.



Terms & conditions

Terms & Conditions are available here