Cocktail contest to name ‘Best Bartender’ on Saturday

Now in its seventh year, the Sonoma Bar Battle returns this Saturday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building. Sonoma’s cocktail connoisseurs will face off for the title of “Sonoma’s Best Bartender,” all for the benefit of the Native Sons of the Golden West, Parlor #111 and the American Legion, Jack London Post #489.

This year El Dorado Kitchen (EDK), with John Staley and his crew, will be back to defend its title after winning last year’s content. Trying to knock them out of the top spot will be Town Square, Mary’s Pizza Shack, Meritage, Steiners Tavern, Blue Moon Saloon, Saddles Steakhouse, Hopmonk Tavern and Murphy’s Irish Pub.

The participating establishments will each bring a signature cocktail and appetizers for all of the attendees to try. They will decorate their booth and vie for votes to earn the title for “Best Booth” and “Best Fan Cocktail.”

But the main showcase takes place on stage with an Iron Bartender-type challenge.

In every round, each bartender will have 10 minutes to make a cocktail using a secret ingredient that has just been revealed to them. The winner from each heat will move to the final round.

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