Who: Serious, shaken-not-stirred contenders, their, um, enthusiastic fans, and a few celebrity judges
What: Iron Bartender Competition
When: Sunday, April 19
Why: Because only one bartender will make it out alive. OK, that may be a little intense.
The peeps at Bellanotte had a great idea when they decided to host the Iron Bartender competition—take the town’s best bartending teams, give them a secret ingredient, and let them go at it. In the third round of the competition this Sunday it was Eli’s, Santorini, Seven, and Maverick’s. Not such a good idea—the table giving out free shots of gluten-free vodka in the back. Before the first round was over, the already rowdy crowd filled with restaurant and bar employees had been whipped into a vodka-induced frenzy while the competitors tried to come up with a cocktail, martini, and shot using fennel. That’s right. Fennel. The outcomes were pretty wild, and the eventual winner, Eli’s will take on Town Talk Diner in the finals this Sunday.