Don’t Miss Chicago Reader’s ‘Fire & Ice’ Cocktail Contest

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Cocktail contest mixes hot & cold drinks from ten of Chicago’s best


There are dozens of great events every day in Chicago, but cocktail contests are always one of the best. What could be better than an event centered entirely around drinks? It’s the perfect opportunity to experience new cocktails you’d never think to order and discover your new favorite local bartender.

Chicago Reader’s 2nd annual Winter Mix-Off at ROOF this Thursday, January 28th. Tickets for the cocktail contest are $43 and include tasting cocktails from all participating mixologists, New Belgium beer & City Winery wine, brick-oven pizza and live entertainment.

Get tickets here and start dreaming of drinks

While I didn’t attend the inaugural affair, the video below definitely makes it appear as though it was the place to be. This year’s theme is Fire & Ice, which means each contestant will be creating a hot and a cold drink. Yep, that’s double the drinks for you! The early favorite has to be Julia Momose. She won the Jameson cocktail contest for which I was a judge last fall, and the menu she’s created at GreenRiver is nothing short of glorious.

Other bartenders muddling their wares in the cocktail contest are homecourt hero Michael Simon of ROOF, Alex Renshaw of Presido, Harrison Ginsberg of The Dawson, Marissa Danielle of Bordel, Kristina Magro of Pub Royale, Azrhiel Frost of CH Distillery, Dustin Drankewicz of Tack Room, Mea Leech of Pump Room, and Brian Bolles of The Betty.

The Chicago Reader Winter Mix-Off is 6pm-9pm this Thursday. Grab some friends and go enjoy all the fire and ice that ROOF at The Wit (201 N. State St.) has to offer.

Tickets – $43

Who: Chicago’s best bartenders
What: Cocktail Contest
When: January 28th
Where: ROOF @ The Wit, 201 N. State St.
How: Intoxicatingly

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