BartendersBrawl News & Press

  1. The 2012 Bartenders Brawl Season Is A Wrap!
    The Bartenders Brawl summer season is another flying success!  After shows on August 26th at Martini Corner in Kansas City, followed by a September 23rd event at Ameristar Casino in St. Louis, the "brawl guys" (as they are often referred to) say they are very happy for another summer of safe and successful events. 

    "It really couldn't have gone any smoother from a fight production stand point," says co-founder Rob Stone.   "The fights were great, show was virtually flawless, and everyone seemed to be happy." 

    The fight guys say they have "big big news" on the horizon, but wouldn't let us know what exactly it was they were leaning towards.  "It's definitely going to be something everyone will be very excited about.  But...we can't say anything right now.  Just know that the shows will be even more entertaining in 2013," says co-founder Steve Guidry. 

    What else will there be?   Someone wrestling a Bengal tiger?  I guess we'll find out!

    The guys say they are already picking out new venues, new exciting cities, and some new fantastic features for the 2013 Bartenders Brawl events.  We will keep you updated with new information as we get it.  -The Brawl News

  2. It's Back!!!
    Well folks, it's back!   After months of anticipation amongst the hospitality community, The Bartenders Brawl will make its highly anticipated return to St. Louis, Missouri.

    On Sunday, September 23rd, The Bartenders Brawl will heading to Ameristar Casino.  The creators of this hospitality mash up will present the recently aquired skills of thirty to forty nightlife professionals in fifteen to eighteen amateur kickboxing and MMA matches.

    "It's an exciting move for us," says co-founder Steve Guidry. "We're really excited to work with a group like Ameristar Casino and put this on a big stage in St. Louis." 

    This team is not afraid to tackle high profile events.  Last year in 2011, they launched this concept in four cities around the country and produced three of those shows within four weeks.  One of those cities was a very receptive Charlotte, North Carolina.  It was there that they produced this bartender showdown on top of the Epicentre, and "under a tremendous spotlight," as Guidry described it.

    "Doing this with a group like BMG (Bar Management Group) on top of the Epicentre, being the center piece of the city, being on TV and radio in a foreign was a ton of pressure for everything to go right.   Coming home to do this again is exciting...not stressful at all really.  This is the third year we've done this now and everyone knows what it is, what to expect, how thrilling the event is, and what an exciting opportunity it is to actually get to train and participate in this.   Now with us taking this to Ameristar's going to be huge.   How about this...let's just say we had fifty-six people sign up just three days after we announced it.   Someone said to me yesterday, maybe we just have some angry bar staff around here?"

    Tickets for The Bartenders Brawl go on sale Monday.  You can contact co-founder Ben Stake for more details about tickets, VIP tables, or even signing up for this bartender showdown: or 636-667-9409, or visit them on Facebook at
  3. Free Anthony David Performance, Comedy, Trivia, Bartenders Brawl, and More Midweek Events
    Wednesday, August 17
    Bartenders Brawl CharlotteThe area’s top service-industry stars will duke it out at the inaugural Bartenders Brawl Charlotte. Bartenders Brawl was founded in St. Louis in 2010 and since has pitted mixologists against each other in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Chicago. Now the amateur fighting series, where bartenders, servers, and hostesses will face off against one another inside a ring, will be held in Charlotte. Each match will consist of three ninety-second rounds held under kickboxing rules. Participants, who’ve undergone professional training leading up to this event, will wear head guards, shin guards, and standard boxing gloves for each fight, and will be matched up by weight class. More than a dozen bouts are scheduled, including five female fights...sweet! 7:30 p.m. $20 and up. Suite will host the official after-party. Anyone with a wristband from Bartenders Brawl will be admitted for free, suitecharlotte.comPavilion at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,,
  4. Charlotte Observer

    Bartenders Brawl, comedy, more

    By Courtney Devores
    Special to the Observer
    Posted: Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011
    Wednesday: The Bartenders Brawl is not a Tom Cruise-style "Cocktail" throwdown; instead, these service-industry stalwarts are actually stepping into the ring. The amateur fighting contest consists of a who's who in hospitality, as well as local celebs. Fighters, who have spent the past four to eight weeks training, will don guards, gear and gloves to punch and kick it out for three rounds at the Epicentre's rooftop Pavilion (210 E. Trade St.). Bell rings at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20-$100. Suite will host the after-party at 10 p.m. (free entry with Brawl wristband). 704-904-8946;

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  5. Chicago Fight Night has Monster Turn Out!
    The Bartenders Brawl wrapped up the summer on Sunday night at Joe's Bar in Chicago.   With a packed house on hand, Chicago's most popular hospitality individuals entertained a crowd of nearly seven hundred people this past weekend.   The first pictures can be seen here on REDEYE:,0,7957747.photogallery  

  6. Inside STL pictures
    The pictures from The Bartenders Brawl 2011 kickoff show and can be found here!

    Click here for the pictures of ring girls, kickboxers, and action from The Bartenders Brawl St. Louis, from Sunday, June 26th.
  7. Entertainment On the Hot List this week
    Posted: Friday, June 24, 2011 12:00 am
    Salsa you can't eat: Shake your hips on Art Hill as the St. Louis Art Museum hosts salsa group Cafe Danza as its Art After 5 music series performer, 7-8:30 p.m. today. Free.
    Bar fights: St. Louis drink-slingers will slug it out, mixed martial arts-style, at the Bartenders Brawl at 7 p.m. Sunday at Mile 277 Tap and Grill. $20.
    Works of art: PHD Gallery opens two exhibits Saturday: the masculine drawings of Touko Laaksonen, aka Tom of Finland, and "Film Noir," a collection of self-portraits by Michigan native Aunia Kahn. Reception starts at 7 p.m.; $10 donation.
    Weird science: Con-tamination 2011, a sci-fi, horror and pop-culture convention, showcases seminars, screenings and special guests, including Eric Roberts and the casts of "Boondock Saints" and the original "Fantastic Four." The Sheraton Westport Chalet hosts the event from 4 p.m. today through Sunday.
    Tiki time: Put on a Hawaiian shirt for Sanctuaria's Cocktails by Candlelight event at 7 p.m. Monday. Roasted pig, pineapple punch and an array of specialty cocktails are on the menu. $75, with a portion of proceeds going to the Spot at Washington University. 314-535-9700.
    Evan S. Benn is the assistant editor of Go! magazine. He also writes about beer and food, and he is author of the 2011 Post-Dispatch book "Brew in the Lou: St. Louis' Beer Culture - Past, Present and Future," available here. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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  8. Press Release

    The Bartenders Brawl fight series kicks off in St. Louis on Sunday night, June 26th, at Mile 277 Tap and Grill.  This is an amateur kickboxing and MMA event consisting of the "who's who" in the St. Louis hospitality business, infused with local celebrities and sports figures.  
    Over the past four weeks, these industry professionals were split into different camps and transformed into fighters by multiple fight schools.   Leading the charge was Mike Rogers and St. Charles MMA, along with Jim Cordes and The Boxing Gym.   This Sunday night should pan out to be one of the biggest industry events of the season!     The gates will be open at 6 o’clock, as the first bout is scheduled to start at approximately a little after 7pm.  
    Ticket prices will range from $20 for general admission, all the way up to $100 for ringside VIP packages.   As they are expecting a sold out show, please arrive early!   For more information about this fight series or to purchase tickets, please visit their website:
    Event manager Scott Dyer at 636.262.1292.  
  9. The Bartenders Brawl Results (Official)
  10. Photos: The St. Louis Bartender's Brawl
    By William Melton
    published: Tue., Sep. 28 2010 @ 1:55PM
    Local promoters, bartenders, managers and cocktail servers stepped into the ring this past Sunday at Al Hrabosky's Ballpark Saloon. This night of amateur fights included both MMA and kickboxing matches. Photographer Sarah Rusnak was there to catch the action.

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