Get Ready for the Eighth Annual Bartender Bash

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I just got back from five days in New Orleans at Tales of the Cocktail, where I saw some of the best mixologists in the world practicing their craft. In attendance was a fairly large contingent of Nashville bartenders and other local members of the spirits industry. As best as I can tell, everybody made it back to town somehow with most extremities intact.

A lot of Tales revolves around awards and recognitions for bartenders, and unfortunately none of our local talent won any of the big awards. But next month, some of Nashville's best bartenders will gather at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel to compete for the title of top dog. From 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 22, guest judges will select the winner of "Best Belvedere Martini" and "Most Creative Cocktail." Attendees will get to sample all the competing creations and help choose the "People’s Choice Award" while enjoying hors d’oeuvres from Mason’s restaurant.

If you'd like to be a part of the event, it'll cost you $30 in advance and $40 at the door if any tickets remain. Visit the event website to buy your tickets.

At post time, there were 11 announced competitors. Check the list below to see if any of your favorites will be showing off their chops, and go root them on:

Dennis Butler of 1808 Grille
Taylor Edwards of Tavern
Brian Busher of Virago
Faith Barnes of Hard Rock Cafe
Joshua Jackson of The Oak Bar
Doc Downs of Flyte World Dining
Nicholas Diel of Mason's
Christian Todd of The Southern Steak & Oyster
Matt Zimmerman of The Palm
Annmarie Frenzell of {PUB}licity
Lauren Hawkins of Cabana

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