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Drink This Weekend Edition: Raise the Bar competition should be cocktailian destination this Sunday

October 19th 03:10pm, 2012

When we cocktailians hear that St. Louis’ top bartenders are assembling in one place, there’s no question as to where we’re headed. This Sunday, check out the Raise the Bar cocktail competition, a cocktailian’s dream, happening in the Roberts Galerie downtown. Need convincing? Here are five reasons to get to 1224 Washington Ave., on Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m.

The drinks, of course. The audience wants to taste the concoctions, not just watch them get shaken and stirred while the judging panel gets to indulge. At Raise the Bar, eight area bars – Taste, Sanctuaria, Salt, BC’s Kitchen, Blood & Sand, DeMun Oyster Bar, Eclipse and Boogaloo – will be competing, with representatives from each bar preparing three cocktails. That’s a total of 24 drinks, all of which attendees can sample. Add to those samples an open bar serving beer and wine, plus cocktails made with sponsor spirits Four Roses bourbon, Square One vodka, Broker’s gin, Plantation rum, Pierre Ferrand cognac and Isle of Skye Scotch whisky. You shouldn’t have a problem finding a drink (or 11) to suit your palate.

Watch up-and-coming bartenders. Raise the Bar is a unique competition because it pits bar teams – as opposed to individual bartenders – against one another. The teams are judged on their cocktails, as well as showmanship, presentation, personality and knowledge of the craft. With multiple bartenders on each team, the competition will provide a glimpse of some of the area’s rising shakers, rather than just the familiar faces we all know and respect.

Support a good cause. Tickets are $50, with $5 from each ticket benefiting area food bank Operation Food Search. If you purchase a ticket at the door and bring a canned food item with you, you’ll receive a $5 discount off the ticket price.

Enjoy food from the food truck Guerrilla Street Food.  Drinking on an empty stomach? Bad idea. Your ticket includes hors d’oeuvres from this Filipino fusion food truck, guaranteed to satisfy your hunger pangs.

Check out a new venue. The competition is taking place at a new event space, The Galerie, located in the Roberts Galerie building at 1224 Washington Ave. With local art on display, a DJ in the house and non-stop bartender action, you’ll have more than enough eye and ear candy to keep you contented.

For more information or to purchase your ticket online (and pick it up at will call on Sunday), go here. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

By Ligaya Figueras

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