Proceeds from the inaugural "Bar AIDS" event will go to Nashville Cares to help their efforts to educate 50,000 adults and youth to prevent new HIV infections, provide 12,000 HIV tests and offer comprehensive support to 2,400 men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in 17 Middle Tennessee counties.
Bar AIDS 2011: Participating Bars
Top Shelf — Donating 75 percent
Premium — Donating 50 percent
Well — Donating 33 percent
- Cadillac Ranch
- Canvas Lounge
- Jackson's Bar & Bistro
- Lipstick Lounge
- Nashville City Club - Riverview Grille
- No. 308
- Tin Roof
- The Wine Loft
For more info and links to the participating bars' websites , head to the official BarAIDS website.
If you don't want to bar-hop for charity, you can always just stay in one spot and enjoy the cocktails of 11 of Nashville's most talented mixologists at the same time. Well, hopefully in different glasses ... that would be one helluva Long Island Tea otherwise.
The full release:
The sixth annual ‘Bartender Bash’ is this Thursday, Aug. 25, 6 to 8 p.m. at Union Station Hotel. Eleven bartenders from Nashville area restaurants will compete in this unique competition, showcasing their original creations in the categories of ‘most creative cocktail’ and ‘best Grey Goose martini.’ Attendees will sample the cocktails to help choose the ‘People’s Choice Award,’ as well as enjoy hors d’oeuvres and live music.
Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. This 21-and-older event typically sells out. Valet parking is available for $5 per car.
The guest judges, who will crown winners for both categories, are Christy Frink and Morgan Levy, editors at Nashvillest.com, and Amy McLemore, producer for WTVF NewsChannel 5’s Talk of the Town.
The competing bartenders are:
Abram Bottoms, Sperry's Bell Meade
Charles Fields, Rumba
Karli Figueroa, Cabana
Bonnie Johnson, Cantina Laredo
Wayne Jones, The Palm
Rachel Lipski, 1808 Grille
Lauren Lowry, Morton's The Steakhouse
Jeremy Meador, Tavern
8/29 Note: We have the winners!
— People's Choice Award - Bonnie Johnson of Cantina Laredo Watermelon Martini
Grey Goose L'Orange, diced watermelon, fresh lime juice, triple sec
— Most Creative Cocktail - Kasey Tamkun of Prime 108 Root Beer Float
Grey Goose Original Vodka, Blackmaker, soda, vanilla bean whipped cream, a cherry
— Best Grey Goose Martini - Lauren Lowry of Morton's The Steakhouse "No Blues" Mortini
Grey Goose Le Citron, pomegranate, superfruit puree, lime juice, agave nectar, raspberries
Congrats to the winning bartenders, all who competed, the judges and the cab companies of downtown Nashville.
Mike Reynolds, Sambuca
Kasey Tamkun, Prime 108
Ashley Thompson, 360 Wine Bar and Bistro