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

Dayton’s premiere mixologists set to show off their skills at the Battle of the Bartenders

For almost a decade, Buckeye Vodka has served as the “Spirit of Ohio.” And now, the Ohio institution is set to host yet another Battle of the Bartenders to uncover the best and brightest mixologists in the city of Dayton. 

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The 7th annual Buckeye Vodka Battle of the Bartenders is going down from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 at The Steam Plant. 

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Bottles wait to be filled with the new, locally-crafted Buckeye Vodka. Dayton Daily News 2011
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This year’s event will feature mixologists from 14 restaurants. Each drink will be paired with food from the respective restaurants. 

Tickets are $25 and include four drink samples and food from each of the restaurants. Designated driver tickets are $19 and include all food samples. Additional flight cards can be purchased at the event for $5. VIP tickets are sold out. Tickets can be purchased online at universe.com or by visiting Mr. Boro’s Tavern. 

Participating restaurants and dishes in the 2020 Buckeye Vodka Battle of the Bartenders include: 

(We will update this list as more information is available) 

• Amber Rose Restaurant and Catering

• Archers Tavern Kettering

• Calypso Grill and Smokehouse

• Carillon Brewing

• Carvers Steaks & Chops

• El Meson

• Giovanni's

• Meadowlark

• Mr. Boro's Tavern

• Roost Modern Italian

• Tavern at the Greene

• Wandering Griffin

• Wheat Penny Oven and Bar

• The Winds Café

The Buckeye Vodka Battle of the Bartenders allows guests to sample food from some of the Miami Valley’s finest restaurants and cocktails made with Buckeye Vodka from the Miami Valley’s most talented bartenders. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Photo: Contributing Writer


2019 - Defending Champion: Meadowlark Caroline Porter “Dutchess of Earl” 

2018 — 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” 

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What: Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s 7th annual Buckeye Vodka Battle of the Bartenders 

When: Wednesday, March 4 from 6-9 p.m. 

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

Cost: General admission tickets are $25 and designated driver tickets are $19. VIP tickets are sold out. 

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