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Gen Longoria will participate in the Bartender Olympics on Thursday, Feb. 28. (PHOTO: McKenna Marie Shaffer)

Bartender Olympian: Gen Longoria of The Library Club/Casablanca


"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com is back for another round – brought to you by Aperol, Pinnacle, Jameson, Fireball, Red Stag and Avion. 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 fifth 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, 818 S. Water St., on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m.

Drink in the fun as your 2013 competitors go head to head with a recipe competition where the final results are tasted and voted upon by the audience and select celebrity judges. Watch as Milwaukee's favorite bartenders compete in the yearly favorite Pabst Can Stack and finish off the night with the ever-popular Bartender Karaoke.

Special guests include 102.1's Kramp and Adler.

The event is free and features drink specials like $3 shots, small cocktails and Pabst Tall Boys along with $5 cocktails made with sponsored brands.

Here's a quick Q & A with bartender Gen Longoria of the Library Club / Casablanca:

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

Gen Longoria: Running up on three years.

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

GL: Rogue's Gallery. On the rare occasion I'm up before 1 p.m., definitely the (Wicked) Hop.

OMC: What's your favorite brunch spot?

GL: Wicked Hop.

OMC: Craziest thing you've witnessed in a bar?

GL: An appropriate tip.

OMC: What kind of bar would you open in Milwaukee?

GL: A small tapas bar. Everyone loves tapas.

OMC: Who are some of your favorite bartenders to visit?

GL: Armon Noori, Oak. Christine Platzer, Duke's on Water. Tara Jade, Ashley's Que.


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