South Florida’s Top Bartenders Throw Down at Bar Brawls 2019

Jessica Bell of El Camino

Bartenders from across South Florida will put their cocktail creation skills to the test at Bar Brawls, a competition hosted at Death or Glory Bar in Delray Beach.

Twenty-four professional bartenders will showcase their talents starting on Wednesday, June 12 at 9 p.m. The competition will continue each Wednesday until the finals on August 28. The fierce competition features cocktail creators from bars as north as Stuart, and as south as Miami.

Competitors from Palm Beach County include: Jessica Bell, Robert Bell, and Jeffrey Creegan from El Camino; Robert Dolder from Banyan Restaurant & Bar; John Fitzpatrick from The Wine Room; Justin Himmelbaum from Mucho Gusto; Matthew Swig from Sundy House; Dustin Ezell from Rebel House; Olivia Graham and Huy Nguyen from Driftwood; Jessi Harris and Amanda Rosetti from Voltaire; Michael Heeney from Sweetwater; Joshua Leith from Eau Palm Beach; Dave Lovett from 1000 North; Ervin Machado from Big Time Restaurant Group; Tiffani Grant from Café Martier at Post Office Arcade, Dakota Thompsen from Tiki-Ono, Joe Messina from Port St. Lucie; and Elizabeth Williams from The Regional. Representing Ft. Lauderdale are Eric Vincent from Apothecary 330 and Kira Helman from The Wilder. From Miami, Nick Nistico from Esotico and Anthony Rettino from Jaguar Sun will compete.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the caliber of these competitors,” says Annie Blake, co-owner of Death or Glory. “I predict intense showdowns each and every week. It’s anybody’s guess who will take home the title.”

The winner, or “Bar Brawls Champion,” will be awarded a cash prize of $750. General admission tickets to the event are $10, while ‘ringside’ seats around the bar, with the best view of the mixologists at work, are $25. Guests eager to support their favorite bartenders ringside can call 561-808-8814 for details.

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