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The inaugural Bartender Battle Chicago takes place at STK Chicago on Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m . Tickets are available on Eventbrite and include samples. 
Attendees will vote for their favorite drink and bartenders will participate in two rounds. The first round bartenders serve their signature drink. The second round sponsored by Diageo and STK, bartenders need to make their best vodka, gin, tequila, rum and whisky cocktail in 15 minutes. The event is hosted by Samantha Thomas, host of Small Talk with Samantha. 
Bartenders include: 

  • Aren Bellando, Lawry's/SideDoor
  • Ricardo Alvarado, Fulton Market Kitchen 
  • Elizabeth Royal, STK
  • Walter Shumpert, Chicago Mixology
  • Alexis Brown, Causing a Stir
  • Nigal Vsnn, Apogee Lounge
  • Erin Baynes, LUXBAR, a Gibsons Restaurant Group

Judges include:

  • Gregory Tatavosian, A-List Startenders
  • Amanda Elliott, Windy City Cosmo
  • MJ Tam, Chicagonista
  • Anna Kopsky, Yelp

The winner will receive a prize package from the sponsors including $300 in gift cards from Chicago restaurants and bars and swag from sponsors.


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