Louis, a bartender at Flyboy's Deli in Beavercreek, will compete in the 5th Annual Buckeye Vodka's Battle of the Bartenders.
Photo: Miami Valley Restaurant Association
Photo: Miami Valley Restaurant Association

Some of Dayton’s finest bartenders to duke it out in Battle of the Bartenders

When Buckeye Vodka meets some of Dayton’s finest bartenders, everyone wins. 

The sixth annual Buckeye Vodka Battle of the Bartenders is going down from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at The Steam Plant, 617 East Third St., Dayton.

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Archive photo — Bottles wait to be filled with locally-crafted Buckeye Vodka.
Photo: Chris Stewart

This year’s event will feature mixologists from 17 restaurants. Each drink will be paired with food from the respective restaurants.  

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Tickets are $25 and include four drink samples and food from each of the restaurants. VIP tickets are $35 and include early entry at 5 p.m. and an additional four drink samples. Designated driver tickets are $18. They can be purchased at Mr. Boro’s Tavern or online at dineoutdayton.com

Nick, a bartender at Coco's Bistro, will participate in Buckeye Vodka's Battle of the Bartenders.
Photo: Photo: Miami Valley Restaurant Association

Participating restaurants and dishes in the 2019 Buckeye Vodka Battle of the Bartenders include: 

We will update this list as more information is available:

• Amber Rose Restaurant and Catering — Cocktail TBA | Pairing: Chicken and Waffles  

• Archers Tavern — Cocktail TBA | Pairing: Espresso Coffee Cake  

• Calypso Grill and Smokehouse — Cocktail: Island in The Heart | Pairing: Jerk Wings  

• Carvers Steaks & Chops — Cocktail: TBA | Pairing Beef Brisket with Chimichurri  

• Coco's Bistro  — TBA  

• Dewberry 1850 — Cocktail: Herb your enthusiasm | Pairing: Butterscotch popcorn with smoked gouda cheese  

• elé Cake Co. Bistro & Wine Bar — Cocktail: TBA | Pairing: Creamy Lump Crab Dip with Housemade Everything Crackers 

• El Meson — Cocktail: To be revealed at the event | Pairing: Paella  

• Flyboy's Deli — Cocktail: TBA | Pairing: Buffalo Chicken Dip, Tortilla Chips and Celery  

• Giovanni's — Cocktail TBA | Pairing: TBA  

• Lily's Bistro — Cocktail TBA | Pairing Brie Toast with Pear Cranberry Chutney  

• Meadowlark — Cocktail: TBA | Pairing: Bacon Cheddar Scones  

• Mr. Boro's Tavern — Cocktail TBA | Pairing: House Smoked Bourbon Chicken Sliders served on Hawaiian Sweet Roll and served with a side of House Made Pineapple Cole Slaw  

• Primanti Bros. —Cocktail TBA | Pairing: Southwest Turkey Sandwich and Potato Chips  

• Roost Modern Italian —Cocktail TBA | Pairing: Creme Brûlée  

• Wheat Penny Oven and Bar — Cocktail TBA | Pairing: Mini Lamb Buns  

• The Winds Café — Cocktail; TBA | Pairing: Savory Duck Fat Shortbread with Duck Terrine and Fruit Mostarda  

Past winners: 

2018 — Defending Champion Brock McKibben of Wheat Penny “Merchant’s Wife” 

2017 — Bill Castro of El Meson “Tamiami Miami” 

2016 — Nikolaus Hunt of Coco’s Bistro “Coco’s Ruby Slipper” 

2015 — Amber Brady of Lily’s Bistro “Rosemary’s Babee” 

2014 — Dustin Wade of Meadowlark “The Root of All Evil”

The 2018 Buckeye Vodka Battle of the Bartenders was held March 7, 2018 at Prime Time Party Rentals in Moraine. Bartenders from 18 restaurants battled it out, and each drink was paired with food from its respective restaurant. 2018 winners were as follows: First Place and Best Pairing, Brock McKibben of Wheat Penny; Second Place: Basil’s on Market; Third Place: Carver’s; People’s Choice: Dewberry 1850. PHOTO / Amelia Robinson

Want to go? 

 WHAT: Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s 6th annual Buckeye Vodka Battle of the Bartenders 

WHEN: 6-9 p.m. Feb. 28 (VIP early entry at 5 p.m.)

WHERE: The Steam Plant, 617 East Third St., Dayton

COST: Tickets are general admission $25 or VIP $35 in advance. Designated driver tickets are available for $18. Buy tickets here.

INFO: DineoutDayton.com