Summer Bar Brawls Puts Top Bartenders in the Mix

(From left, Dustin Ezell of The Rebel House, and Olivia Graham and Huy Nguyen of Driftwood) (Graham and Nguyen by Libby Volges)

Looking for some competitive excitement this summer that doesn’t involve baseball fields? You’re in luck—the 2019 Bar Brawls cocktail competition will start June 12.

There will be 24 of the best cocktail connoisseurs competing for 12 weeks, with finals on Aug. 28. The place to see these talents doing their thing is Death or Glory Bar in Delray Beach.

The winner receives $750 and the Bar Brawls Champion title. Tickets for each weekly pour-off are $10 for general admission, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. During the event, full dinner service is available inside and outside until 11 p.m. After that, late-night menu till closing.

Here’s the lineup of the biggest bartender battle around:

  • Jessica Bell, El Camino – Delray Beach
  • Robert Bell, El Camino – Delray Beach
  • Jeffrey Creegan, El Camino – Delray Beach
  • Robert Dolder, Banyan – Delray Beach
  • Dustin Ezell, Rebel House–Boca Raton
  • John Fitzpatrick, The Wine Room – Delray Beach
  • Olivia Graham, Driftwood – Boynton Beach
  • Tiffini Grant, Cafe Martier at Post Office Arcade – Stuart
  • Jessi Harris, Voltaire – West Palm Beach
  • Michael Heeney, Sweetwater – Boynton Beach
  • Justin Himmelbaum, Mucho Gusto – Delray Beach
  • Kira Helman, The Wilder – Fort Lauderdale
  • Joshua Leith, Eau Palm Beach – Palm Beach
  • Dave Lovett, 1000 North – Jupiter
  • Ervin Machado, Big Time Restaurant Group – West Palm Beach/Fort Lauderdale
  • Joe Messina – Port St. Lucie
  • Huy Nguyen, Driftwood – Boynton Beach
  • Nick Nistico, Esotico – Miami
  • Anthony Rettino, Jaguar Sun – Miami
  • Amanda Rosetti, Voltaire – West Palm Beach
  • Matthew Swig, Sundy House – Delray Beach
  • Dakota Thompson, Tiki-Ono – Lake Worth
  • Eric Vincent, Apothecary 330 – Fort Lauderdale
  • Elizabeth Williams, The Regional – West Palm Beach

Death or Glory, 116 NE 6th Ave., Delray Beach; 561/808-8814; https://www.deathorglorybar.com/

Roar & Pour puts you at the zoo with brew

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The Palm Beach Zoo has started its monthly Roar & Pours, with the next one on June 22, then July 27 and Aug. 24. That means live bands, beer, wine and a tap takeover with local breweries. Food is at the Tropics Café Snack window.

The zoo opens at 4:30 p.m., with food and beverages starting at 5 p.m. Ticket admission does not include food/drinks. Member cost is $9 for adults, $7 for kids 3 to 12 years old. Non-member cost is $16.95 for adults, $13.95 for kids. You can bring blankets and low-rise chairs, but no food coolers or outside drinks.

Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561/ 547-9453; palmbeachzoo.org

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