"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 Drew Baryenbruch of The Bottle:
OnMilwaukee.com: How long have you been tending bar?
Drew Baryenbruch: Eight years.
OMC: What's the craziest thing you've witnessed in your bar?
DB: What happens at The Bottle stays at The Bottle.
OMC: What's your favorite Milwaukee bar to hang out in, other than the one where you work?
DB: Fat Daddy's in the summer on a Sunday. Fun, sun and booze. What else do you need?
OMC: What's your favorite brunch spot?
DB: Cafe Lulu. Great people, great food.
OMC: If you could open a bar in Milwaukee, what type of bar would it be?
DB: A corner bar. A fun hole-in-the-wall.
OMC: Who are some of your favorite bartenders to visit in Milwaukee?
DB: Benny at Gerry's Diamond Tap. Justin at The Bubbler. Tommy at Bay View Sports Bar.