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The Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce announces its third Bartender Wars competiti

October 16, 2019 12:06 pm

RHINEBECK — The Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce announces its third BARTENDER WARS competition, a signature event and fundraiser to benefit the annual village holiday lights and tree lighting, and other general initiatives. The event will be held on Thursday, October 24, at the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door; patron check-ins/arrivals begin at 5:30pm, event is 6pm – 8pm (early arrival is encouraged as all patrons must show ID and be processed through). Appetizers, coffee, cookies will be served, and premier raffles prizes round out the evening.

Restaurants compete for the coveted “Best Signature Cocktail” and “Best Virgin Cocktail” – along with added promotional opportunities for their restaurant and bragging rights. Many of the top restaurants and bars in the Northern Dutchess area will be competing. Such notable establishments as Foster’s Coach House, The Amsterdam, the new Bia restaurant and Terrapin will be present this year, to name just a few. In 2018, Hotel Tivoli’s Devan Hassan took home the grand prize of Best Signature Cocktail and Terrapin’s Sean Ring and Djan Paunovic earned Best Virgin Cocktail. Chamber member businesses are invited to participate; all supplies to be provided by the Beekman Arms, and all ingredients to be contributed by the participating restaurants. Guests vote on their favorite.

The Chamber is also soliciting sponsorships from member businesses or individuals. Sponsorships include signage at the event, a promotions table, and features in the Chamber e-news and social media. Sponsor levels are as follows: $350 “Straight Up” includes on site signage and 4 tickets to attend; $550 “Top Shelf” includes on site signage, 6 tickets, placement of promotional material in our take home bags (they provide the material), as well as mention on our voting card. Hudson Valley Magazine will be on site, with a step-and-repeat photo opportunity.

“This is an annual, highly anticipated event, and we’re excited to present the third, as new restaurants have emerged since last time” states Chamber President Philip Meltzer. “It’s a spirited way to support our festive holiday lights and more. It combines the best of our area with the best of friendly competition,” he adds.

BARTENDER WARS – October 24, 2019 @ The Beekman Arms, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. (arrival/check in 5:30pm). Attendance open to chamber members, non-members, and the general public ($40 in advance/$50 at the door). To learn more about the event, sponsorship opportunities and to buy tickets, please visit

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