For over a month we have been on the search for Bismarck-Mandan's best bartender with our Mix Off and we finally found him!

The Best Bartender Mix Off Finale went down at Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse on Wednesday, October 4th. Four bartenders from four different bars battled for the title of 'Best Bartender.'

The first matchup was Big Stace from Rusty’s Saloon and Grill and Lee from Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse. The bartenders made:

  • Signature Cocktail:
    • Rusty's: Peach Kuchen
    • Bucks: Arnold Palmer
  • Classic Cocktail:
    • Each bartender was challenged to an Old Fashioned
  • Bartender's Choice:
    • Rusty's: Apple Spiced Drink
    • Bucks: Cherry Lime Mojito

Winner of round 1: Big Stace from the Rusty's.

Round two was between Josh from The Pond and Tye from Main Street Drive Thru Liquor and Coffee. The bartenders made:

  • Signature Cocktail:
    • The Pond: Bacon Infused Old Fashioned
    • Main Street: FGS
  • Classic Cocktail:
    • Both bartenders were challenged to a Highball
  • Bartender's Choice:
    • The Pond: Cat's Pajamas
    • Main Street: Key Lime Pie Martini

Winner of round 2: Josh from the Pond

The championship round was between Big Stace from Rusty's and Josh from the Pond. The bartenders made:

  • Signature Cocktail:
    • Rusty's: Fat Mama Keep Me Warm on a Cold Night
    • The Pond: Gin Basil Smash
  • Classic Cocktail:
    • Both bartenders were challenged to a Manhattan
  • Bartender's Choice:
    • Rusty's: Chi-Tini
    • The Pond: Grimace

The winner (by two points) of the Best Bartender Mix Off is...

Josh from The Pond!

TSM Bismarck

Thank you to everyone who came out and to all of the bars for participating, Hansen's Mens Wear for the fantastic suit and Nightlife Limousine for the ride. We are already excited for next year!