The New Orleans Bare Knuckle Bar Fight

Saturday, July 20th

3:00am - 6:00amSpecial Event

On Friday July 19th 2013 there will be disorder in the quarter as several bars from the USA compete in a gloves off mano a mano cocktail combat mixing cocktails with Fords Gin, Tequila Cabeza, Caña Brava Rum, Del Maguey Vida and Aylesbury Duck Vodka. Bars will be judged on their ability to bang out quality classic drinks like a maniac and be the instigators of creating a party. The winner of the bar bout to be crowned the heavy weight champion of the quarter and earn plenty of bragging rights over the fellow competitors. Hosted by Steve Olson, Simon Ford, Jason Kosmas & Dushan Zaric from the 86 Co. Bars and judges will be announced on May 1st. Dress Code: Combat or Punk attire encouraged.


Seven cocktail bars from around the USA will be bartending for 1000 attendees while a team of judges, assembled by Mr. Olson, will be judging them on various criteria ranging from how they work as a team under the pressure of a packed event and, of course, their ability to churn out tasty cocktails. The seven competing bars will me mixing twists on classic cocktails as well as creating original drinks utilizing the spirits of the 86 companies spirit portfolio (Fords Gin, Cana Brava Rum, Aylesbury Duck Vodka and Tequila Cabeza), and the Mezcals of Del Maguey.

Announcing the Bars that will be competing at the Bare Knuckle Bar Fight….

Representing San Diego – Polite Provisions led by Erick Castro

Representing Queens, NY – Sweat Leaf led by Zack and Richie Boccato

Representing Miami – The Broken Shaker led by Gabe Orta & Elad Zvi

Representing NYC – The Daily, New York led by Naren Young

Representing Chicago – Barrel House Flat led by Stephen Cole

Representing Boston – Citizen Pub led by Joy Richard and Sabrina Kershaw

Representing Dallas, Texas – Bar Smyth led by Mike Martensen

In addition to these great bars we will also be a previewing a new bar opening from west coast bar duo, Pablo Moix and Steve Livigni. Old Lightning opens in Los Angeles this July and they will be present at the Bare Knuckle Bar Fight mixing up libations on arrival. Our friends from Del Maguey Mezcal will also have a bar at the event – every good party needs some Mezcal.

Judges of The New Orleans Bare Knuckle Bar Fight:

Dale DeGroff
Salvatore Calabrese
Jim Meehan
Jackson Cannon
Charles Joly
Eric Alperin
Bridget Albert
John Gertsen
Jacques Bezuidenhout
Steven Olson
Igor Hadzismajlovic
Simon Ford
Dushan Zaric
Jason Kosmas