The Hawaii bartenders who made it through the three preliminary rounds and into the finals went head-to-head on Tuesday night for the Bacardi Oakheart Iron Bartender Finals at The Republik, a test of skill, speed, originality, personality and creativity. The audience was a who’s who of the bar and liquor industry and cocktail connoisseurs, eagerly crowding around the bar to watch the action. In the final round, the “Mystery Box” round, all the bartenders jumped behind the counter at the same time and had to create a cocktail with the contents of their boxes: A raw egg, Monster energy drink, shiso leaf, lime, dragon’s eye fruit, molasses, and Easter peeps!
Congratulations to all six of the finalists. Here’s how they placed:
Justin Park (Manifest): 1st place – Hawaii’s Iron Bartender 2013
Dave Newman (Pint & Jigger): 2nd place
Roxanne Siebert (Safehouse/V-Lounge ): 3rd place
Christian Self (thirtyninehotel): 4th place
Alicia Yamachika (Pint & Jigger): 5th place
Mo Sanford (The Republik/Safehouse): 6th place