photo-15Vegas Seven magazine’s annual Best Bartender Competition, a multi-dimensional course that includes a written examination, speed and pour accuracy testing and an intense amount of mixology scrutiny, came to a conclusion at the finale event held on Tuesday, June 23 at Blvd. Cocktail Company at the Linq. (And as an intern of Vegas Seven I thought there would be no better way to share with my readers what I do than to capture it in a post!)

After navigating their way through the rigerous rounds, three of the city’s best bartenders emerged: Aisling Gammill, Adam O’Donnell and Christopher Gutierrez. Each finalist held a spot at the Blvd’s bar  to sling drinks for a full house, hoping to earn the drink tickets from the event’s attendees.

The competition, hosted by Bols Bartending Academy, is designed to seek out more than just a pretty face offering a decent Vodka Soda. Vegas Seven’s Best Bartender Competiton is all about a bartender’s range in talent and ability to think fast without over pouring or under serving. On the night of the finale, the three finalists had to do just that, all while serving their own original drinks as well as their competitors inventive cocktails.

Some of the standout cocktails included the “Amsterdam Stalk Exchange,” the “Skinny Colada” and “Rye So Serious.”

After the three judges (Vegas Seven’s nightlife and dining editor, Xiana Woodman, Herbs & Rye owner, Nectaly Mendoza and Bols ambassador, Anthony Pullen) and the attendees had a few hours to taste the drinks and get a feel for the finalists, a winner was ready to be announced. Though, you’d never know it by the continually enthusiastic crowd, which seemed to

Drum roll please…and the winner of Vegas Seven’s Best Bartender Competition 2014 is…Adam O’Donnell of Gordon Ramsey’s Pub & Grill. O’Donnell’s reaction? Disbelief. It took a second of convincing the mustached man that he had triumphed over his peers. Once digested, O’Donnell promptly called his wife to share the news.

To take a look at the night of the finale visit my Flickr account.