Calling All Key West Restaurant and Bar Staff!


And prepare for Key West’s ultimate and annual showdown at the Battle of the Bars on Sunday, August 2nd at 1 p.m.

The battle lines are drawn at Schooner Wharf (Battle headquarters), and it’s time for veteran warriors to impart their wisdom to the newly enlisted.

Bartenders, servers and everyone else in the industry must prepare their battle strategy and round up a team of seven.

The highly competitive relay race involves mixing drinks, navigating an obstacle course, tapping a keg, recycling bottles and, of course, skillfully consuming alcohol.

Teams compete against the clock and each other for prizes and bragging rights. Everyone gets a Battle of the Bars T-shirt, and besides trophies and prizes for the fastest and most accurate teams, there are also awards for most outrageous team costume and deepest pockets. Sign up before Thursday, July 23rd and your team name will be on the shirt. Entry fee is only $35.00.

All’s fair in love and war, especially in Key West, so judges can be bribed and all the money goes to charity. In the past, teams have found innovative ways of raising funds for bribes and for getting into the next round, last year we had an outstanding total of $9,638 for the day.

The event has raised a grand total of $289,910 for charities, something everyone can be very proud of! Proceeds from this year’s 22nd anniversary Battle of the Bars will benefit the Key West Rotary Children’s Dental Program, which helps the children in our community obtain a healthy smile, and Florida Keys SPCA, which is dedicated to the protection of abandoned, unwanted and mistreated companion animals. Money raised at Battle of the Bars will help ensure the continuance of both their missions.

There will be drink specials throughout the day. The heat of battle, literally, brings everyone to the front lines in August!

To register your team, pick up an Entry Form at Schooner Wharf or go online – events to print. Or call Evalena at 305-292-3773 or e-mail Registration opens on Battle day at 11:00 in Schooner Wharf’s back room. Teams need to be registered by noon.

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