Speed Rack Returns to Los Angeles January 25 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

LA bartenders competing in last year's Speed Rack in San Diego

LA bartenders Mia and Eva competing in last year’s Speed Rack in San Diego


The female bartending competition, Speed Rack, returns to Los Angeles on Sunday, January 25. The competition which starts at 3 p.m. is at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Your $20 ticket includes lots of punch samples and food. Bartenders are competing for the title of Miss Speed Rack LA. Winners from the local competition go on to the finals in NYC in June.

Proceeds from ticket sales go towards breast cancer research, education and prevention. Over a quarter million dollars have been raised so far since Speed Rack’s inception four years ago. It’s gone international with competitions in the UK, France and Canada.

Christine is returning for this year's competition

Christine is returning for this year’s competition

Here are this year’s competitors.

Bettina Barnoczki – Blackbird Ordinary, Miami

Kiowa Bryan – Eveleigh

Hilary Chadwick – Petty Cash Taqueria

Meghan Eastman – Noble Experiment, San Diego

Gia St. George – Tacoteca

Karen Grill – Sassafras Saloon

Cari Hah – Three Clubs Cocktail Lounge

Kristina Howald – Bestia

Sarah Margaret King – Broadway by Amar Santana, Orange County

Anna “Banana” Knudson – Melrose Umbrella Co.

Jen Len – Cana Rum Bar

Brittney Musgrave– Raise The Bar, Orange County

Jennifer Oakley – Melrose Umbrella Co., and Black Market Liquor Bar

Brittini Rae Peterson – Melrose Umbrella Co.

Graciela Ramirez – Dominick’s

Sylvia Stevenson – HiFi kitchen, Tucson

Adele Stratton – Noble Experiment and Fairweather, San Diego

Courtney Rose White – Barrel & Ashes

Christine Wiseman – La Descarga

Priscilla Young – Workshop Kitchen, Palm Springs


Jameson, one of the sponsors of Speed Rack

I also expect entertainment from judges Alex Day (Honeycut, Normandie Club), Chef Marcel Vigneron (Beefsteak), Charlotte Voisey (William Grant & Sons) and Dushan Zaric (The 86 Co.) with Chris Patino (Pernod-Ricard) and Adrian Biggs (Bacardi) as emcees.

Check out some videos from past seasons. Or my recaps on LA Cocktails and here on The Minty, particularly the first LA Speed Rack competition.

don't forget to wear pink!

don’t forget to wear pink!

Speed Rack

  • Sunday, January 25
  • 3-7PM

Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028 


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