Slideshow: Scenes from the NRA Show's Star of the Bar Competition Finals, With Guest Judge Anthony Bourdain

Crowd Control
Crowd Control

Guest Judge Tony Bourdain warms up the audience at Castle before the Star of the Bar finals get under way.

Ready to Rock
Ready to Rock

Bourdain said he was happy to be back in Chicago.

Cue the Music
Cue the Music

After Bourdain's opening remarks, the party got going again, with a live band and dancing.

Drink of Choice
Drink of Choice

The competition's featured ingredient.

No Sweat...Yet
No Sweat...Yet

Star of the Bar finalists Art Tierce (left) and Steve Schneider hanging out before the finals began.

Photo Ops
Photo Ops

Everybody wanted a photo of Tony. Here he is after walking out to the judges' table.

Judging Technique
Judging Technique

Bourdain and Richman look on from the judges' table while sipping on Lee's Blueberry Bramble.

Three Deans
Three Deans

Named for the former Presidential candidate Howard Dean and his famous speech about crisscrossing the nation, Steve Schneider's entry included ingredients drawn from all over the U.S. (...plus one from Italy): American Harvest vodka, Campari, lime and grapefruit juice, and California agave nectar. In a final flourish, he bottled each drink, cap and all, to present to the judges. Schneider even handed them personalized bottle openers to crack open their cocktails.

Spirited Delibration
Spirited Delibration

Richman and fellow judge Tony Abou-Ganim.

Awaiting the Results
Awaiting the Results

The three competitors stood by for the announcement of the winner while the judges tabulated their scores. After double checking their math, the judges announced that, by a margin of just a couple of points, Schneider's cocktail was king.

Victory Pics
Victory Pics

As the crowd returned to the dance floor and thronged Bourdain for their chance to take a picture with him, Schneider posed for some victory photos with Abou-Ganim and NRA officials.