Eleven years ago, the Fernet-Branca Barback Games started in San Francisco as an alternative competition to highlight the efforts of barbacks. Typically, the hard work of barbacks remains in the shadows of the bartender’s spotlight. This competition aims to be both entertaining to follow and an opportunity to celebrate those working behind the scenes at a bar. A barback assists the bartender by handling tasks such as fetching ice, squeezing juice, restocking coolers, clearing glasses, and wiping tables. Their work, the tough labor that happens behind the scenes, enables smooth and efficient service to guests.

Sweden’s Best Barbacks is an annual event that gathers the most talented and creative barbacks from across the country for a prestigious competition. In 2023, this event took place at the iconic Berns in Stockholm, and it turned into an unforgettable evening filled with excitement and innovation. Laroy impressed not only with skill but also with strong determination, and when the winner was announced, it was no surprise that Laroy stood in the spotlight. The audience cheered and applauded as Laroy received the award for Sweden’s Best Barbacks 2023.

We are proud to have Sweden’s best barbacks!