Austin’s Bill Norris World Cocktail Competiton Finalist

Austin, TX – Bill Norris of FINO Restaurant Patio & Bar competes in the United States Bartenders Guild’s World Cocktail Competition in San Francisco on Tuesday, May 12th. As one of ten finalists, Bill once again represents Austin and the South Region.

For fifteen years, Bill Norris has poured drinks in venues from the Jersey Shore to London to New York to Austin. While in New York, he helped to open L-Ray in the West Village with Chef Aaron Sanchez (Isla, Paladar and Mixx) and consulting chef Jimmy Bradley (The Red Cat, The Harrison).

At FINO, Bill focuses on a mix of classic cocktails and carefully crafted original recipes, relying on the best spirits, fresh juices and homemade mixers. He is the Texas Regional Champion in the 2008 Cocktail World Cup, a member of the 2nd Place Team in the 2008 Cocktail World Cup Final in Queenstown, New Zealand and the 2008 Austin Chronicle Reader’s Poll winner for “Best Mixologist.”

The United States Bartenders Guild notified the finalists late Saturday of their advancement to the final round of competition in San Francisco on Tuesday.

The ten finalists represent San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Austin, New Orleans, Chicago, Milwaukee and New York.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 12th
WHERE: San Francisco, CA

For more information about the competition, or for invitations to the event, please contact Admission is free.

FINO Bar offers over 15 hand crafted house cocktails that utilize fresh juices, house made syrups & bitters. The wine list includes over 100 bottles with selections from across the Mediterranean & United States.

By the way…
Lisa and Emmett Fox hit huge homeruns letting Bill Norris drive the bar and Josh Loving the winelist! Both Bill and Josh make the Fino drink list one of Austin’s best! If you don’t eat there, you should at least start the night on the patio with something to sip.


~ by GoodTasteReport on May 12, 2009.

4 Responses to “Austin’s Bill Norris World Cocktail Competiton Finalist”

  1. I’ve been trying to find Miss Sonja. This is Nancy from PDX. Miss her terribly. Please reply

  2. I’d like to learn this skill someday.

  3. Who won in this event?

  4. […] cocktails are where it’s at. Bill Norris, the top mixologist at Haddingtons, has gained quite a bit of notoriety for his inspired drinks at […]

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