Does working behind a bar give you a physical and competitive edge?

If so, those skills could come in handy with the Fernet-Branca Barback Games giving barstaff the chance to win a trip to San Francisco.

The competition, which was first held in 2007, is coming to London for the first time.

It will see bar workers compete in a series of physical challenges. Although details of exactly what entrants will be asked to do remains a secret until the day of the event, previous Games have included ice-bucket relays, speed keg changing and beer re-stocking with the added hurdle of a tyre run.

Staff will also be tested on their knowledge and passion for the Italian digestif Fernet-Branca.



Bars can enter a team made up of one competitor and one coach, with anyone who works in a pub, bar, restaurant or club whose role has included barback duties eligible to compete.

Dan Bolton, managing director of UK Fernet-Branca distributor Hi-Spirits, said: "We're delighted to be bringing the Fernet-Branca Barback Games to the UK this year. Barbacks are all too often the unsung heroes of great bars and the Games are an opportunity for them to step into the spotlight – if they're up for the challenge!"

The Fernet-Branca Barback Games will be held at Village Underground, London on Sunday September 9.

Entries are now open at and close on August 10.