"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com 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, rapid bar reviews and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!
As OnMilwaukee.com gets ready to host its third 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 Whiskey Bar on Thursday, Feb. 24.
Cheer on your favorite bartender while they compete in four events, including the Pabst can stack and the cocktail contest. Plus, there's a talent competition this year! Special guests include 102.1's Kramp and Adler and Jen Lada from Fox 6 News. Drink specials, a Shutterbox photo booth and Street-za Pizza will also be available.
Here's a quick Q & A with bartender Joe Vella from Paulie's Pub.
OnMilwaukee.com: How long have you been tending bar?
Joe Vella: I've been bartending for 8 years, from sports bars to five-star restaurants.
OMC: What's your favorite Milwaukee bar (other than the one where you work)?
JV: The Brass Monkey.
OMC: What's the most important tool behind the bar?
JV: The dish washer.
OMC: What's the best way to clean up vomit?
JV: Have one of the bouncers clean it.
OMC: What's the best way to handle someone who's been overserved?
JV: Lots of water and make sure they DON'T drive home!
OMC: Have you served anyone famous? If so, did they tip well?
JV: All of my patrons at Paulie's are celebrities!
OMC: What drink are you making for Bartender Olympics?
The "Power House Margarita"
2 ounces Powers Irish Whiskey
1 ounce X-Rated
1/2 ounce Triple Sec
Sweet/sour mix until full
Garnish with a sugar/salt combination rim
Serve with a lime