Next day I took my place behind the speed bar, and before Rob Husted(the organizer and MC)said go, the history was beginning... I didn't do well in the speed round (at all), I tried to recover in my Flair round, which was Ok and I finished 4th place, after Eric Moon, Danny Rossi and the Grand Champion of BarWars III Levi "the great white hope" Donaldson. I leave that day and I knew that I needed to win that competition one day.
BarWars V is around the corner and the practicing
about to start. I feel more confident than ever and I know is going
to be one of those competitions who make the people talk!!!!!!!
BarWars Competitions have been successful at just that. Since the years past of just an idea, it has continued to grow and still earn the respect of competitive Flair Bartenders new and legendary all the way through to today... including my own. "
"BarWars is one of my favorite competitions. It is very professional and very complete."
"BarWars means for me: good time, meet good people, good Flair, see friends, good show and MUCHO SHOW!"
"BarWars for me is a very important competition, because it was my first time that I got a first place in a competition with exhibition, speed and accuracy."
"I still have in my mind the excellent organization. They separated us in 2 groups, one first in speed the other to the Flair bar. It was for me a great WFBC preparation. The rules were very strict, in the Flair round, qualify, first working flair, and then flair, and in the finals, first working, second flair, and the last minute free, no deductions,( I need to add here a special comment to the crazy garnishes, like a condom in the SEX IN THE SHOWER shot)"
No one automatically thinks a woman will qualify for the finals unless you are Erin Connelly who is amazing, so for that we have to make sure we stand out. Rob Husted has made it so easy and welcoming to all levels of Flair Bartenders to compete and feel good about what they have done."
"BarWars is a premier bartending event held once a year at a select venue in South Florida.
It's host to many of the top Flair names in the world, with past winners including Danny Rossi, Levi Donaldson, Rob Ford(Tin Man) and Travis Tober.
BarWars is about skill, accuracy and showmanship. There is a speed round and a crazy Flair/Specialty round where we have seen in past years: skulls, strippers, body shots, more strippers and of course drunkenness.
This two day competition, with qualifying on day one and finals on the second day, is run by Rob Husted (the vice president of Flairbar.com), MC'd by Ben Rose - the "second" voice of Flair - and a highly qualified panel of judges from both the old school and new school of Flair. If you plan on competing or being a part of the drunken crowd make sure you take the next day off of work because you will not stop drinking until 4 am.People as far away as England and Argentina have made the journey to compete. This year will be no different; as an estimated 30 competitors from Las Vegas, Tampa, Argentina, Chicago, Minnesota and more will be competing and having a good time in this fun, and highly competitive event."
"The Mad Russian" Trzcianko-
I went to West Palm Beach by myself and came out with many new friends. I walked into Club Safari for the meet and greet, crack a joke to ease the tension and the next thing I know I'm flipping bottles in the middle of a busy club. "Show me what you got" the Bartender says which just so happens to be Flairbar's own Rob Husted. I'm so nervous I'm dropping everything, it didn't matter though because that's the kind of competition BarWars is.
I have never gotten so much help help from fellow competitors. Legends, like Levi Donaldson, Danny Rossi and Adriano Marcellino hoisted me onto there shoulders after my round. I didn't win, I ended up eighth, but it didn't matter.
After that I felt like family in the Flair community which in turn pushed me to keep on going. This is what the sport is all about, the friendship and family you make to help push this thing to another level. So rookie or veteran if your looking for a great competition come to BarWars V you won't regret it. I know I won't miss one."