The 3rd edition of Cocktail Wars, the competition that challenges the area’s best bartenders, will return to the Gas Lamp Grille in Newport on January 18th, 2016.

At Cocktail Wars, participating bartenders will have no idea what liquor they are going to be required to use until the show starts. Once the liquor of the night is revealed, the bartenders then have 20 minutes to come up with their best concoction for the audience and judges.

The best part, you as an audience member get to sample all the drinks the bartenders create, for free! Every week a 3rd guest judge will be selected from the audience and the audience counts for 25% of the vote.

Cocktails Wars, produced by local bartender John Begin, held its 1st competition in January of 2015 and 2nd competition in May 2015.  Jason Kindness of The Revolving Door Restaurant won the 1st edition in January, while Joe Saccocia of Spiced Pear at The Chanler Hotel won the 2nd edition in May.

Cocktail Wars will take place every Monday from January 18th until the finals on February 29th. The event is free, intended for those 21+, feature’s a cash bar and Gas Lamp Grille’s kitchen is usually open until about 9pm.

Week 1 – January 18th

JOE WATT – Willy’s Burger Bar, Newport RI

vs.

COREY HAYES – Fluke & Salvation Cafe, Newport RI

vs.

RENAE MIOZZI – Tate’s Kitchen, Wickford RI

vs.

VICTORIA BARTOLOMEI – Vanderbilt Grace Hotel, Newport RI

The full list of bartenders participating will soon be announced. If you are interested in participating as a bartender in the competition, visit www.cocktailwarsnewport.com for contact information.

For More Information, Visit www.cocktailwarsnewport.com

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).

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