USBG Tucson


The USBG is the most skilled, knowledgeable, and professional association of bartenders in the industry, uniting dedicated professionals in service to the traditions of the bar trade.

Our Mission: Empower bartenders in their careers.
We believe tending & owning bars is an honorable career choice. Our goal is to empower bartenders to take charge of their careers. We accomplish this through working with our committed partners to enrich the career advancement of our members through peer-to-peer learning, expert instruction, service projects, and competition. Since knowledge is power, our chapters hold cocktail competitions, sponsor intimate seminars with internationally-recognized brand representatives, and forge relationships between top bar talent in 41 cities and counting. We offer all our members opportunities to compete, travel around the world, and spread knowledge in the pursuit of elevating our craft.
Our History: Fostering collaboration between bartenders.
After putting down California roots in 1948, The United States Bartenders' Guild incorporated as a nonprofit (50 years strong!) and are now active in over 40 markets nationwide.  We believe in “raising and setting the bar.”  USBG members don’t follow trends– we set them, and passionately advocate for bartenders nationwide to do the same.

Our Tucson Chapter had its humble beginnings in 2010, when bartender Aaron DeFeo & spirits writer Robert Plotkin began planning a local chapter expansion of an already growing national community.  By the fall of 2011, after collecting over 140 signatures to petition for membership, Tucson became an Observing Chapter in the national organization.  2012 was the chapter's first year of being official, and since then, membership has included over 100 of Tucson's finest spirits professionals.
Our Legacy: Connecting with the communities we serve.
Bars & restaurants are where communities come together. Through national & local charity initiatives, we connect with the neighborhoods that welcome our establishments and the people who we entertain each night. To us, a key part of growing professionally is supporting the communities where we serve.
Our Core Values:
Service * Integrity * Sharing Knowledge * Tradition * Camaraderie