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MOTA’s Bartender ‘Battle’ draws attention — and funding — to Third Avenue

June 28, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BAY RIDGE — Raise your glasses!

The first Battle of the Bartenders cocktail competition took place Monday evening in the parking facility of Santander Bank (9512 Third Avenue), drawing more than 200 thirsty locals. It succeeded beyond expectations, according to Chrisie Canny, event coordinator of the Merchants of Third Avenue (MOTA) and the brainchild behind the shindig.

Judges sampling a cocktail. From left: William McNeely, Nikki Apostolou and Alex Clark, co-founder of Fort Hamilton Distillery. Brooklyn Eagle photos by Wayne Daren Schneiderman
Judges sampling a cocktail. From left: William McNeely, Nikki Apostolou and Alex Clark, co-founder of Fort Hamilton Distillery. Brooklyn Eagle photos by Wayne Daren Schneiderman

Bartenders from seven Bay Ridge bars participated in the competition, including The Wicked Monk, Ho’Brah, Cebu, Pippin’s Pub, Malone’s Chop House, The Kettle Black and Pour House.

The goal was for each bartender to create their own vodka-infused drink called “The Merchant” using Fort Hamilton Distillery vodka.

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