Nashville Lifestyles Bartender Bash 2014 (+ a giveaway!)


Nashville Lifestyles Bartender Bash

Thursday, August 21, 2014
6 – 8 pm

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
2100 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $40 in advance; $50 at the door

You guys, this upcoming Bartender Bash will mark my 5th time serving as a judge! The same year I launched my blog, 2009, was the first year I took on the tough task of sampling 24 cocktails to help find the best mixologists in Nashville. Luckily, they’ve asked me to come back every year since, and I wouldn’t dream of turning them down since it’s the most fun judging gig I’ve ever had! (Of course, I did have to sit out in 2011 due to a certain someone)

Even before I began judging the competition, I loved attending the event and always encourage everyone I know that enjoys cocktails (and really, who doesn’t?) to buy their tickets early because the event tends to sell out in advance.

This year’s competition is a little different than the other years I’ve judged, as one of the categories the bartenders have competed in before was “Best Martini” using vodka. Well, this year the featured booze has changed, so now the competition is for the “Best El Jimador Margarita” and “Best Craft Herradura Cocktail”. Yes, folks, that means I’ll be drinking a lot of tequila. This could definitely get interesting!

The $40 entry into the event includes a Herradura cocktail, tastings from every bartender, and hors d’oeuvres from Mason’s. Come get your tequila on, cheer for your favorites and vote for the People’s Choice Award!


the 2014 bartenders competing are from:

Benchmark Sports Bar & Grill
Cantina Laredo
Chauhan Ale & Masala House
Hard Rock Cafe
Pinewood Social
Rosepepper Cantina
Saint Anejo
Taqueria Del Sol
Whiskey Kitchen
Urban Grub



So, are you ready to come drink some tequila with me? Well, before you rush over to the Nashville Lifestyles website to purchase your tickets, hang tight for a sec, because I’ve got not 1, not 2, but 3 pairs of tickets to give away!!!

~ Contest Closed ~

And the winners are:

#27 Erin McGill

#64 Renee V

#9 Lisa F

To enter, all you have to do is this:


1. Leave a comment describing your favorite cocktail. (Yep, it’s that simple!)

For up to 2 additional entries, you can do either or both of the following. Note: You must leave a separate comment for each optional entry.

2.  Follow me on Twitter (@betheats) and tweet “Win a pair of tickets to @NashLifestyles Bartender Bash from @betheats!”, then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3.  Like Eat.Drink.Smile. on Facebook and come back and tell me you did so (or just tell me you already do if that’s the case!)


Contest ends on Friday, August 15th at Noon CST. Once the winners are chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post here on the blog. If they don’t respond within 48 hours, I’ll be forced to choose others, so be sure to check your email!