You may have heard talk of Mai Tai Madness, which is Seattle Met’s series of mai tai happy hours (dates here) at bars around town. The madness culminates in an event called Mai Tai Master on Wednesday, September 29 at the Herbanfeast event space in SoDo.
That event costs $20 and the price includes food and cocktails and a chance to see all the bartenders compete for the title of Mai Tai Master.
Who are the bartenders? Well, you’ve got your Casey Robinson from Barrio, your Evan Martin from Chantanee. You’ve got your Anu Apte and Zane Harris from Rob Roy, and your Jim Romdall from Vessel. Andrew Bohrer is the bartender competing for Mistralkitchen, and tenders from Sazerac and Cicchetti will be competing as well.
Judging the cocktail competition will be Jeffrey Dorgan, sommelier at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Blair Reynolds of Trader Tiki, Paul Clarke, writer and blogger at Cocktail Chronicles, and Brian Canlis, one of two brothers Canlis who run the venerable restaurant atop Queen Anne hill.
In advance of the event, you can stop by one of seven remaining happy hours and try each of the mai tais individually. Tonight we head to Vessel to sample the ’tais, starting at 4pm.