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. Cast your vote now for your favorite bartender in our Best Bartender in the Tristate competition.

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Eye On The Prize

Voting will take place through noon on Monday, September 26, 2022. Your votes will determine who will be crowned 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 sugary-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.

Vote For Your Favorite Bartender Now

Ready to vote for your favorite bartender? Just fill select the name of your favorite bartender below and press submit. Don't see your favorite on the list? On the list below and would like to add your photo? Please email Kat@103gbfrocks.com and include the Subject Line: Best Bartender. Be sure you include your name and contact number and be sure the photo* that you submit is in jpg format. (*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.) Don't see your favorite bartender on the list? Keep scrolling to add them 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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