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Wanted: the best amateur bartender in town

The James Museum Saloon Showdown
Who’s the fastest shot in the West? You decide at Saloon Showdown, our signature party and amateur bartending competition.
Feel free to don saloon or western-style wear as you enjoy food, drink tasting, a live DJ, dancing, and more!  
Friday, September 27
7:30 – 10:00 p.m.
This is a 21+ event.

Themed Party – Live DJ – Dancing – Free Cocktail Samples – Cash Bar – Lite Bites

$40; $35 for members


Competition & Prize Details

Chosen contestants will square off with their competitors at the Saloon Showdown by creating their cocktail (or mocktail) in front of the event guests. You provide the creativity, we’ll provide the materials! Guests will taste and then vote on the best cocktail to determine a winner. 

Chosen contestants will all receive free admission for themselves and one guest to our shindig and a James Museum swag bag just for participating. 

The fastest shot in the west (otherwise known as the winner of our competition) will receive a prize package including:

  • The winner’s cocktail will be featured at Datz Restaurant in downtown St. Petersburg as a signature cocktail for a limited time.
  • A professional bartending kit courtesy of William Grant
  • The James Museum super swag bag
  • Braggin’ rights

Submission Rules

Participants will complete the form below and submit their cocktail recipe as well as a photo of themselves with the cocktail. Submitting a video of yourself talking about or creating the drink gets you bonus points!

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: Sunday, August 18, 2019

Participants must be amateur bartenders, meaning they are not currently employed as bartenders and have not worked as a bartender professionally for the past 5 years. 

Participants are required to create a cocktail of their choosing using one of these spirits:  

  • Reynal Napoleon VSOP Brandy
  • Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
  • Milagro Tequila Silver
  • Tullamore DEW Irish Whiskey
  • Reyka Vodka
  • Monkey Shoulder Scotch
  • Hendricks Gin 

The cocktail can also be a mocktail if the participant so chooses, meaning the recipe can be crafted without the use of alcohol entirely. 

Any drink mixers or ingredients in the cocktail recipe must be widely available, store-bought items.  

Cocktail recipes can be a unique twist on an existing cocktail, or something completely new. 

Personal information provided for this contest (email and phone number) will only be used by The James Museum to contact the participant regarding the contest only. The James Museum does not share personal information with third parties. 

Competitors are selected based on creativity, originality, and stage-presence.

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