For the last few weeks, we have been saluting the hard-working bartenders in the Tristate! With your help, it is now time to crown the Best Bartender in the Tristate!

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

Our 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.

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Saluting Our Hardworking Bartenders

We have bartenders who work in bars, taverns, nightclubs, and restaurants across Southern Indiana, Western Kentucky, or Southeastern Illinois, and you have been voting in our Best Bartender in the Tristate competition for the last couple of weeks. Thanks to your more than 7,000 votes, we now have a list of the top 5 Best Bartenders in the Tristate and the Top Bartender is going to walk away with a three-day, two-night stay at the beautiful Holiday Inn Resort in Panama City BeachFlorida.

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Let's raise our glasses to the dedicated bartenders who infuse life into our nights, embodying a perfect blend of hard work, skill, and charisma. Congratulations to the top vote-getter with 23.67% of the vote, Ashley Galloway at Chilly Willy's in Evansville. She has been crowned the Best Bartender in the Tristate and will get to enjoy a three-day, two-night stay at the Holiday Inn Resort located along the emerald coast of Panama City Beach, Florida.

Congratulations again, Ashley and thank you to all who nominated and voted for the Best Bartender in the Tristate!

LOOK: Best Beers From Every State

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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