"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 Brian Zbichorski of The Hotel Foster and Boone & Crockett.
OnMilwaukee.com: How long have you been tending bar?
Brian Zbichorski: Five years.
OMC: If you could only pick one bar to hang out at (outside of work) where would it be and why?
BZ: Burnhearts. Low-key, amazing selection of beers and craft cocktails. Best of all, the bartenders.
OMC: What's your favorite brunch spot right now?
BZ: The Noble. Always a different selection of dishes. Small and great food.
OMC: What's the craziest thing you've ever witnessed in your bar?
BZ: A dance party that turned into everyone getting naked in their underwear. Lots of love happened that night. Oh, also the cops showed up (nothing happened).
OMC: If you could open up a bar in Milwaukee tomorrow what type of bar would it be?
BZ: A craft cocktail bar in Walker's Point that also serves a small selection of food. Specials every day, locally sourced. The bar would be pretty hidden with no signs but serve the highest quality goods.
OMC: Who are some of your favorite bartenders to visit in Milwaukee?
BZ: Of course, my co-workers, but other than that, Katie Rose at Burnhearts. All the folks at Hinterland. Bob Purvis and Aja at Blackbird. Ardy at Comet.