's Best Bartender Contest: Who's Your Favorite LA Bartender?

Bartender and an absinthe flame by Caroline on Crack

Bartender on fyah!

You hear me prattle on and on about my favorite bartenders in Los Angeles, but who are yours? Wait, don’t tell me here, rather nominate them on and you will have a chance to win this one fabulous prize — dinner for four at Lazy Ox Canteen, dinner for two at Takami Sushi & Robata Restaurant and tickets for two to the post-contest party. Just nominate your fave mixologist to improve your odds.

Of course, with prizes like that you will have to do more than just click a box. You’ll have to register with and then submit the following about your bartender:

  • their picture — mobile phone pictures work
  • their first name
  • their place of work (name and location)
  • why they deserve to be named LA?s Best Bartender

Easy peasy. And you can actually nominate more than one bartender. You have until August 4th to get your nomination in but do it now while you remember. If anything this would be a great way to give your go-to bartender their much deserved props, especially if they are an undiscovered talent, a consummate professional, a wiz in customer service or just your dependable “therapist.”


The best bartender can be defined by many aspects; best service, best drinks, broadest drink knowledge, the fastest, best under pressure, best personality, best stories, best listener, most consistent, whatever attribute makes you happy.

After the 30 days of collecting nominees and then voting, the list will be narrowed down to the top 25 nominees with the most votes. The bartender with the most votes at this point in the game will be the automatic People’s Choice winner and one of the six finalists.  The five judges (I’m one!) will then select a fave bartender from the remaining 24 nominees.

The next phase of the contest involves the judges visiting each of the finalists and then we deliberate over who is the overall winner of the contest, who will then be announced after August 16.

Your hardworking drink slinger will win not only bragging rights but a VIP bourbon tasting at the Edison, dinner at Osteria La Buca and a $100 gift certificate to every mixologist’s favorite store, Bar Keeper Silver Lake! Yeah, definitely wayy better than your usual 20% tip, right?

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8 Responses to's Best Bartender Contest: Who's Your Favorite LA Bartender?
  1. yolanda evans
    July 7, 2010 | 11:04 am

    wow this is going to be hard

  2. mattatouille
    July 7, 2010 | 12:47 pm

    agree, a very hard choice. and i know i’m going to hurt a lot of people’s feelings but I’m going to go with Eric Alperin.

  3. Caroline on Crack
    July 7, 2010 | 12:49 pm

    You know, you guys can nominate more than one person. 🙂

  4. Noelle
    July 7, 2010 | 3:33 pm

    Yippee! But, I’ll have to go collect pictures. 😀

  5. yolanda
    July 8, 2010 | 11:17 am

    i can’t vote. i have no pic to put up and i have to admit i’m a bit lazy when it come to fill out the form. I swear all the good events are happening now i’m gome

  6. Nick
    July 15, 2010 | 2:39 pm

    I like Kelly, the bartender at the Cozy Inn in Culver City. She just seems like a good soul, but she also is tough enough to deal with the riff-raff that she obviously needs to handle on occasion.

    Aidan Demarest is an obvious choice of course (for me anyway).

    I also used to frequent the HMS Bounty a lot, and a few of the bartenders in there are pretty perfect for that place.

    I wouldn’t say he’s one of my favorites generally speaking, but I always got a kick out of that one bartender in the R Bar who used to always spit fire (aka lit 151)..

    Hmm..I’m sure there are some more good ones I’m not thinking of..!!

  7. Selena
    February 10, 2011 | 10:14 am

    Is that Jake from Beekman Bar & Books in NYC in the photo? Cool shot!

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