We want to salute the hard-working bartenders in the Tristate but we need your help!

More Than Cracking Open Cold Ones

While it can be pretty lucrative to be behind the bar serving cocktails and cold beer to bargoers, you better believe your favorite bartender is working hard to earn those tips. There is a lot more to being a good bartender than just cracking open cold beers or knowing how to count out a perfect one-ounce pour.

Seriously Hard Work

Slinging drinks behind a bar is some seriously hard work and there are a lot of things you may not even realize they are doing. Your friendly, neighborhood bartender spends hours on their feet, often walking miles, literally, during a single shift. At the end of the night, they are likely carrying cases of beer up from the backroom, biceps bulging.

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Personality Plus

Not only are they responsible for crafting the perfect cocktail, and remembering the 6 mixed drinks you just shouted at them over the music, after changing your mind three times on those last two, but they also have to do it with a smile. You know when you've had a bad day and you're over everyone's crap? Yeah... your bartender has those days too, but they can't let it show. They have to bring their A-game personality with them to work and the emotional labor involved in that can be just as tiring as if they had worked a 12-hour shift on a factory floor.

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Added Tolls

Your favorite bartender likely takes a lot of pride in their appearance but you may not realize how hard it can be to keep themselves looking top shelf. There are ruined outfits from spilled drinks or splashed bleach when cleaning at the end of the night. All those miles walked in a night that I mentioned earlier? Those miles will break down a pair of shoes faster than you could imagine. Plus there are the odd hours and weird sleep schedules.


Let's Salute Our Hardworking Bartenders

If you've ever wanted to say thank you to your favorite bartender, now's your chance. You can fill out the form below to enter your favorite bartender in our Best Bartender in the Tristate competition. Whether they work in a bar, tavern, nightclub, or restaurant, we want to know who they are so we can add them to the poll to determine The Best Bartender in the Tristate.

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Eye On The Prize

We'll be accepting entries all week and on Tuesday, September 21st, we'll open the poll. Your votes will determine who we crown The Best Bartender in the Tristate. Not only will they get the title and bragging rights, but the winning bartender will get a much-needed break from behind the bar with a three-day/two-night stay at the Holiday Inn Resort in Panama City Beach, Florida along with dinner and drinks* on the Escape Deck, overlooking the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico at the Holiday Inn Resort's SeaGlass Bar.

The Fine Print

All entries/bartenders must be over the age of 21. The prize includes a certificate good for a three-day/two-night stay at the Holiday Inn Resort, Panama City Beach, Florida's premier vacation resort located on the surgary-white sands of the Gulf of Mexico. A certificate will also be provided to the winner for one dinner, and two drinks at the Seaglass Bar located on the Holiday Inn Resort property.

Nominate Your Favorite Bartender Now

Ready to nominate your favorite bartender? Just fill out the quick form below and press submit. If for some reason the form does not work for you, you can email your submission to me at Kat@103gbfrocks.com. Include the Subject Line: Best Bartender, and then please be sure you include the name of the bartender you are nominating, where they work, a contact number if you have it available, and a photo* in jpg format, if available. (*By submitting a photo, you agree that you own the intellectual rights to the image, and you are giving Townsquare Media and WGBF-FM permission to share your intellectual property on our website(s) as part of the Best Bartender in the Tristate competition.)

Voting is underway now. Cast your vote here or add your favorite bartender to the list.

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To find the best beer in each state and Washington D.C., Stacker analyzed January 2020 data from BeerAdvocate, a website that gathers user scores for beer in real-time. BeerAdvocate makes its determinations by compiling consumer ratings for all 50 states and Washington D.C. and applying a weighted rank to each. The weighted rank pulls the beer toward the list's average based on the number of ratings it has and aims to allow lesser-known beers to increase in rank. Only beers with at least 10 rankings to be considered; we took it a step further to only include beers with at least 100 user rankings in our gallery. Keep reading to find out what the best beer is in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C.


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