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Team Newbie at the Bartender Games (from L-R): Ilana Cohn-Gomez, Emily Tau, Antoinette Brilz, Tabitha Donohue. (PHOTO: Sarah Laux)

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Antoinette Brilz tends bar at The Pabst, Riverside and Turner Hall. (PHOTO: Sarah Laux)

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You can find Emily Tau at AJ Bombers. (PHOTO: Sarah Laux)

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Tabitha Donohue bartends at Jackson's Blue Ribbon. (PHOTO: Sarah Laux)

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Camp Bar is where you can find Ilana Cohn-Gomez. (PHOTO: Sarah Laux)

Bartender Games: The Newbies

"Bar Month" at – brought to you by Absolut, Avion, Fireball, Pama, Red Stag and 2 Gingers – 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, bar reviews, the results of our Best of Bars poll and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

Join OnMilwaukee's sixth annual Bartender Games (formerly the Bartender Olympics) at Turner Hall Ballroom on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. Emceed by FM 102.1's Jon Adler, the new and improved Bartender Games will see the return of past participants who will battle it out against new competitors.

The games include a signature cocktail contest & tasting where the winner will be chosen by you, plus the popular Pabst can stack, a talent competition and the always decisive karaoke competition. Also enjoy sampling of new Red Bull flavors. Plus, for one night only, vaping/e-cigarettes will be allowed. Try a sample in the Johnson Creek Smoke Juice lounge.

The Newbies team will be out to make a name for themselves. They are Antoinette Brilz from Pabst, Riverside and Turner Hall, Tabitha Donohue from Jackson's Blue Ribbon, Ilana Cohn-Gomez from Camp Bar and Emily Tau from AJ Bombers. If you could open a bar in Milwaukee, what type of bar would it be?

Tabitha Donohue: Good question – something with great drinks and a shuffle board table.

Ilana Cohn-Gomez: Piano Lounge.

OMC: What's the craziest thing you've witnessed in your bar?

Antoinette Brilz: Dangling feet in the window – someone climbed the building!

TD: Too many to count … and most shouldn't be repeated. Maybe when a girl used a hiball glass and an ashtray at the same time to get her point across to a girl. The point being that she didn't like her.

IC-G: eHarmony dates (It's the North Shore).

OMC: What's your favorite brunch spot?

AB: Whiskey.

TD: Blue's Egg.

Emily Tau: The Noble.

OMC: What's your favorite Milwaukee bar to hang out in, other than the one where you work?

AB: Y-Not II and Monica's.

TD: Burnhearts.

IC-G: Standard and Tonic.

ET: Champions, Sabbatic, Lucky Joes, Y-Not II and Bremen.

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

AB: Nicki Vida, Stacey Habel, Eric Ruth and the Ryan's.

TD: Greg Nadasy, Joel at Belmont and basically anyone I've worked with or know.

IC-G: Sheila Arndt at Blackbird.

ET: Amy Bladow, Robbie Burke and Matt Sherman.

OMC: What's your favorite bar patio?

AB: Monica's.

TD: Tonic Tavern.

IC-G: Benelux.

ET: Tonic Tavern or Thai-namite.


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