The Jersey Journal: Who’s the best bartender in Hoboken?

Great article on nj.com about the Fastest Bartender finals in Hoboken New Jersey.
Who is the best bartender in Hoboken? by Claire Moses, writer for The Jersey Journal
Fastest Bartender Contest in Hoboken New Jersey Liquor was overflowing at the Shannon tonight.

Sixteen bartenders from different bars around town battled Tuesday night to become the fastest bartender in Hoboken. A crowd of happy beer-lovers cheered on their favorite bartenders, while Miller Lite and Bacardi promotional girls, dressed in all black, handed out free goodies.
Michelle Kestenbaum, who has been working at the Madison for the past four months was very nervous, but happy to be a part of the charity event. (the money goes to the Hoboken YMCA)

The qualifying rounds were so much fun, we just cheered each other on,” she said, with a wide smile.
The sixteen contenders then walked up to the stage where a 28-year-old bar stands with bottles of liquor.

  1. The first round: shots.
  2. The second round: Mixed drinks.
  3. The third, and final, round: Martinis.

Steve Schneider, three time winner of the competition, trained 11 of the 16 finalists and has one tip: “take your time.” This may sound like a weird advice at the fastest bartender competition, but he meant it. Schneider is currently a bartender in the West Village in Manhattan.

Ray “Gizmo” Ward, who is the Guinness Book of Records record holder of most hours behind the bar (he spent 17 days straight behind the bar) also warned the competitors against drinking too much. “Don’t get drunk!” He exclaimed. “Don’t drink and drive!”

Claire Moses/Hoboken NowRay “Gizmo” Ward (left), a long time bartender from Virginia and Steve Schneider, a three time winner of the fastest bartender competition in Washington D.C. pose for a picture in front of the 28-year-old bar on Tuesday night.The atmosphere on the stage and in the bar was cheerful. The audience drank more and the bartenders kept pouring with drops of liquor flying through the air from the bottles on stage.

The moderator didn’t seem to mind. “I love female bartenders that make me splash!” said the moderator, Jimmy Cirrito who owns Jimmy’s Tavern in Herndon VA.

Although the competition is in its 29th year, Tuesday marked the first time it was held in Hoboken.
The short video clip below is of Chris Villavicencio pouring shots during the competition: (2:13)

Fastest Bartender Competition in Hoboken

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