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Bartender Olympian Amy Bladow of Bar None is ready for battle. (PHOTO: Katie Donoghue)

Bartender Olympian: Amy Bladow of Bar None


"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com – brought to you by Hornitos, OR-G, Party Armor, Red Stag, Absolut, Fireball and Malibu – is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun articles on bars and clubs – including guides, the latest trends, bar reviews and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

As OnMilwaukee.com gets ready to host its fourth annual Bartender Olympics, you can prepare to cheer on the competition by familiarizing yourself with future Milwaukee Bar Olympians.

We've been profiling the participating bartenders over the last two weeks in preparation for the big night at Wherehouse on Thursday, March 1.

Cheer on your favorite bartender while they compete in four events, including the Pabst can stack, timed drink order, karaoke and the cocktail contest. Special guests include 102.1's Kramp and Adler.

The event is free and features drink specials like $3 Dr. Fireball and Hornitos cocktails, $4 Absolut, Malibu, OR-G, Jim Beam and Red Stag Cocktails, $2 Pabst Tall Boys and free samples of Party Armor.

Plus, 2Cents and OnMilwaukee.com teamed up create a special Bar Month printed edition, which will be available at the event.

Here's a quick Q & A with bartender Amy Bladow of Bar None:

OnMilwaukee.com: How long have you been tending bar?

Amy Bladow: Six years. Four in Madison during and after college and two at None in Milwaukee.

OMC: What's your favorite Milwaukee bar (other than the one where you work)?

AB: When I'm not working chances are you will find me at Champions or Ten Bells. I like laid-back places with good beer.

OMC: What's the most important tool behind the bar?

AB: Probably a bottle of Powers; we drink a lot of whiskey!

OMC: What's your favorite brunch spot?

AB: Red Dot. Who doesn't love poutine with tots?

OMC: What's your favorite special or promotion at your bar or a bar you frequent?

AB: I always love a good Service Industry Night, at my place or elsewhere. Normally good drinks, good people and good music. What else could you ask for?

OMC: Have you served anyone famous? If so, did they tip well?

AB: I have served a few pro athletes. I went to college with Travis Beckum so he stops in when he's in Milwaukee and he always takes care of me.

OMC: What drink are you making for Bartender Olympics?

AB: The Wild Child.

The Wild Child

1 and 3/4 ounces Absolut Wild Tea
1/4 ounces triple sec
1/4 ounces blue curacao
Splash of sweet and sour mix, soda water and lemonade
Dash of bitters
Garnish with a squeeze of fresh lemon


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