Here's the Lineup for the 2016 Last Slinger Standing Bartending Competition

Denver Bartender Brittany Wangsness won the top prize at last year's competition.
Denver Bartender Brittany Wangsness won the top prize at last year's competition.
Evie Carpenter

Every year, a handful of the Southwest's top bartenders come to the Valley to compete in a head-to-head competition called Last Slinger Standing. This year, five teams of four bartenders from Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico will take the stage at Culinary Dropout at The Yard at Farmers Arts District to vie for a chance to win the Centennial Cup, a cash prize, and a donation to the winner's U.S. Bartenders Guild chapter.

Arizona's team represents bartenders from both Phoenix and Tucson, each of whom earned their coveted spot after months of in-state competitions. The Arizona preliminaries were held on Thursday, November 30, at Crudo in Central Phoenix. Here are the final teams: 

Arizona
David Clark (Hotel Congress, Tucson)
Tim LaFever (Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, Phoenix)
Matt Martinez (OBON Sushi & Ramen, Tucson)
Clint Spotleson (Counter Intuitive, Phoenix)

Colorado
Chad Michael George (Avanti F&B/The Way Back, Denver)
Les Baker V. (Star Bar, Denver)

Brittany Marie Wangsness (Baur's Restaurant & Listening Lounge, Denver)
Allison Widdecombe (Williams & Graham, Denver)

Nevada
Philip Dow (Monte Carlo Casino, Las Vegas)
Eric Hobbie (Giada @ The Cromwell, Las Vegas)
Alex Penalosa (Hakkasan, Las Vegas)
Jessica Westergom (The Sand Dollar, Las Vegas)

New Mexico
David Hernandez (Zacatecas Tacos & Tequila, Albuquerque)
Chris Milligan (Secreto Lounge, Santa Fe)
Andrew David Roy (Coyote Café/Radish & Rye, Santa Fe)
Michael Sebree (Radish & Rye, Santa Fe)

Utah
Michael Eccleston (Bar X, Salt Lake City)
Amy Eldredge (Under Current, Salt Lake City)
Adam "Scoop" Kaessner (Bar X/Gibson Lounge, Salt Lake City)
Steven "Frankie" Mealy (Whiskey Street, Salt Lake City)

The Last Slinger Standing competition well be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, February 15, at Culinary Dropout at The Yard at Farmers Arts District as part of Arizona Cocktail Week, which runs from Saturday, February 13, to Sunday, February 21. Tickets to the competition are complimentary but must be reserved online

For more information about Arizona Cocktail Week, visit the Arizona Cocktail Week website

Editor's Note: This post has been updated from its original version. 



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