Cocktail, Competitions

Coney Island Bartender Bumfight


Hell week kicks off next week with the Bartender Bumfight. Essentially it’s a speed and knowledge fest, where local bar teams duke it out head to head making drinks against the clock. It is sure to be a truly epic evening, I’ll be sitting at the bar, laughing my ass off and trying to remember I’m actually there to be a judge.

Teams of two draw eight drinks, points are awarded for pretty much anything, and are deducted at a rate of one point for every 15 seconds you finish behind your opponents. It is set to be a night of diamond encrusted chat.

Event details can be found on facebook.

Entrants thus far:

  • Eau de Vie (NSW) – Luke Reddington & Max Greco (Defending Champions)
  • Black Pearl (VIC) – Chris Hysted & Rob Libecans
  • Canvas (QLD) – Krystal Hart & Kal Moore
  • Hemmesphere (NSW) – Hamish Mcshane & Tom Bulmer
  • Team NZ Suite Bar Auckland – James Goggin & Barney Toy
  • The Victoria Room (NSW) – Jessica Arnott & Maximillian Gurtler
  • Team WA – James Connolly (Defectors) & Benjamin Tua (Mint)
  • Team WA2 – Simon Hough (Luxe Bar) & Lloyd Smith (Clarences)
  • Team VIC – Lou Dare (The Alchemist) & Merlin Jerebine (Chez Regine)
  • Hugo’s Bar Pizza (NSW) – Natalie Ng & Stuart Morrow

The drinks they’ll be drawing for the first round:

  1. Tommy’s Margarita (Julio Bermejo of Tommy’s)
  2. Paloma (Squirt!)
  3. Batanga (La Capilla)
  4.  Bobby Burns (Old Waldorf Astoria)
  5. Penicilin (Sam Ross, M&H)
  6. Trilby (Savoy)
  7. Pan American Clipper (The Gentleman’s Companion)
  8. The Widow’s Kiss (Modern American Drinks via Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails)
  9. Daiquiri Floridita (El Grande Constante)
  10. El Presidente (Eddie Woelke, Jockey Club, Havana)
  11. Scorpion (Trader Vic)
  12. Bolero (Bolero was also the name of the 1984 movie starring Bo Derek that was dubbed the “Hottest Erotic Film of the Century” hmmmmm.)
  13. Knickerbocker (Tha OG JT)
  14. Planter’s Punch (Maybe one of the ten recipes from The Gentleman’s Companion, then again maybe not…)
  15. Brown Derby (Douglas Fairbanks, Vendome Club, Hollywood)
  16. Mint Julep (Really?)
  17. Stone Fence (See above.)
  18. Corpse Reviver no. 2 (Savoy)
  19. Pegu Club (Barflies and Cocktails)
  20. Suffering Bastard (Joe Scialom, Long Bar at Shepheard’s Hotel, Cairo)