"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 talking to 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 in a recipe competition in which 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 and small cocktails featuring sponsored brands, $3 Pabst Tall Boys and $5 regular-sized cocktails made with sponsored brands.
Here's a quick Q & A with bartender Aileen Richardson of Lucky Joe's Tiki Room.
OnMilwaukee.com: How long have you been tending bar?
Aileen Richardson: Nine years and some change.
OMC: If you could only pick one bar to hang out at (outside of work) where would it be and why?
AR: Rogues Gallery patio in summer – (an) awesome space and great vibe with a great staff.
OMC: What's your favorite brunch spot right now?
AR: The Noble. Amazing food in a friendly, classy and comfortable setting.
OMC: What's the craziest thing you've ever witnessed in your bar?
AR: "Rum drunk" is a very special kind of drunk – people hugging walls, bowing to the Moai head, wearing their clothes backward are just a few of the crazy things I've seen at the Tiki.
OMC: If you could open up a bar in Milwaukee tomorrow what type of bar would it be?
AR: A chill, upscale Irish bar with live music during the day and hip-hop/R&B at night. Probably no one would go there.
OMC: Who are some of your favorite bartenders to visit in Milwaukee?
AR: Sherm at Champion's Pub, Aleks at Hi-Hat and Amy at Bar None.