Last Monday night, college basketball fans gathered to cheer on another type of bracket-style competition: Bud Light’s “Bartender Bracket Battle” at U Street bar and restaurant Hawthorne. Mixologists from eight D.C. bars faced off to see who could make the best Bud Light-based beer-tail while partygoers enjoyed beer, sliders and fries during the March Madness-themed celebration on Hawthorne’s rooftop.
Soundcheck bartender Crys Altizer was the People’s Choice winner with her raspberry-tinged “Oklahoma Sooners,” whileSTK’s Heidi Bratton won the Judge’s Vote for her “North Carolina Tarheels,” a mix of cherries, raspberries and fresh lemon juice. Both winners received a Bud Light Beats by Dre pill speaker in addition to two tickets to watch the Washington Wizardstake on the Brooklyn Nets on April 6 — with access to the Budweiser Brewhouse at the Verizon Center.
The panel for the Judge’s Vote included BrightestYoungThings.
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The other six competing bartenders were Tammy Colella from Echostage, Dana Perim from Chinese Disco, Hailey Miller fromHawthorne, Tom Latterell from Big Chief, Vick Chizinga from OneRoute Catering and Ayanna Dukes from Provision No. 14.
*All images credit Joy Asico