Table 20 is hosting the second annual LA's Best Bartender Competition on Sunday October 9th. Five finalists were selected in three ways: an online competition which Joe Brooke of Next Door Lounge won, gaining him the title of People's Choice; a Karlsson's Cocktail Challenge this past weekend at 1886 in Pasadena, which Brian Summers of Harvard & Stone and Daniel Zacharczuk of Bar | Kitchen won; and lastly a Judge's selection in which the judges selected the top two bartenders who had not already become finalists.
|Finalist Joe Brooke|
Here are the Table 20 LA's Best Bartender Competition finalists
Joe Brooke, Next Door Lounge - People's Choice
Justin Pike, The Tasting Kitchen - Judges' Selection
Brian Summers, Harvard & Stone - Karlsson's Cocktail Challenge Winner
Devon Tarby, The Varnish - Judges' Selection
Daniel Zacharczuk, Bar | Kitchen - Karlsson's Cocktail Challenge Winner
The finalists will be judged by a Murderers' Row of talent including Matthew Biancaniello, last year's winner of the competition, Dale Degroff, known as King Cocktail and a legend in the global bartending community, Johnny Iuzzini, the pastry chef at Jean Georges in New York City; Marcos Tello, the head of the US Bartenders Guild Los Angeles, mezcal-lover Bricia Lopez and writer Jessica Gelt.
General Admission tickets are $25 and go on-sale this coming Monday. The event will be held on Sunday October 9th from 3 - 8 pm at Elevate Lounge in Downtown LA. You can purchase tickets here: http://labestbartender.eventbrite.com/
811 Wilshire Blvd, 21st Floor, DTLA.
Sunday October 9th, 3 - 8 pm
Stay tuned for more details.