Win VIP Tickets ($75+): Iron Bartender @ Radio Room | Cocktail Competition, Secret Ingredients, Prizes

We are giving away a pair of VIP tickets for the Iron Bartender competition on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at Radio Room. VIP status is usually reserved for donors of $75 or more. When you arrive the night of the competition you will be ushered to a special area at the bar where you will have a front row seat for all the action, get to taste all of the secret ingredients, and receive a free voting card. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, November 30.

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Saturday, December 1, 2012
8:30 p.m. doors | 9:30 p.m. competition
Minimum donation of $10 | 21+
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1101 Northeast Alberta Street Portland, OR 97211
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3 bartenders. 3 secret ingredients. 3 rounds. Portland’s Original Iron Bartender is a boisterous evening filled with prizes, giveaways, Portland notables, and creative cocktails, and it all benefits local non-profit The Giving Tree. Three talented bartenders will go head to head (to head!) during three 6-minute rounds, using a new secret ingredient every round to create a total of 9 original cocktails. The judges score them based taste, presentation, and originality, and the bartender with the highest score wins the title of Iron Bartender!

During the event there will be tons of loot for the audience. Everyone has the chance to win one of the nine cocktails created during the competition, and attendees can purchase voting cards to vote on their favorite bartender, with every voting card submitted into a drawing for a massive prize package that one lucky voter will win! Plus, there will be cheap raffle tickets, tons of raffle prizes, and amazing drink specials!

General admission can be purchased online by donating a minimum of $10 to The Giving Tree through the Willamette Week’s Give! Guide between now and Nov 30. Donors who give at the $75 level and above will receive VIP status and get seated right in front of the bar so they can interact with the judges and competitors, taste all of the secret ingredients, and receive a free voting card! Last minute folks can attend for a $15+ cash donation at the door.

Our judges are 2011 Iron Bartender Lauren Fitzgerald; Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Edna Daze and Dixie Rupt; Mark Bitterman, co-owner of The Meadow and James Beard Award winning author of Salted; Don Bourassa, Yelp Community Director PDX and cocktail enthusiast; actor Jesse Graff, aka Spock at Trek in the Park; and one lucky audience member who will be chosen the night of the event.

Our competitors are Mindy Kucan from Hale Pele, Erica Namare from 23 Hoyt, and David Shenaut from Raven and Rose.

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52 Responses to Win VIP Tickets ($75+): Iron Bartender @ Radio Room | Cocktail Competition, Secret Ingredients, Prizes

  1. Sarah November 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    After the week I’ve had, I could use a trip to the Iron Bartender competition. Not to mention, awesome charity!

  2. ES November 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Sounds yummy!

  3. Duke November 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    If I don’t get tickets I’ll have to drink alone. lol

  4. Rain Madrone November 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    I will be the Chairman.

  5. Ashley Brewer November 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Oh dear god yes please!!

  6. Ben November 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    I don’t see how this could possibly be anything but an above-sub-par event. I owe my friend a few rounds from the past couple weeks and he doesn’t drink PBR…..

    Great site by the way.

  7. Robin Swanson November 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    I would LOVE to win these tickets! I was planning on trying to go anyway to support my amazing, talented & beautiful friend Erica Namare!! I have been bartending on NW 21st as long as she has been on NW 23rd & that girl has got it! I would sooo enjoy watching her kick butt from a VIP viewpoint! ;) Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. Rachel November 27, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    Sounds like good times!

  9. Emily B November 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    These bartenders are going to put on an amazing show and I want a front row seat!

  10. shar byrne November 27, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    We have gone to Iron Bartender in the past and the time I got to stand up next to the bar was the best! Now that it’s for VIP only, I’m a little disappointed, so I’m hoping to get VIP status so I can enjoy it as I have before.

  11. Julia November 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    What a fun event for such a great cause! I’m hopeful for some cocktail requiring squid ink… fantastical? I think so.

  12. Al November 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    this looks fun and tasty!

  13. Ophelia November 27, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    I’m the secret ingredient they need…you can’t deprive the bartenders of the secret ingredient!

  14. Marc November 27, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    Looks like a ton of fun!

  15. Melissa November 27, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    I’m asian! Who’s judgier than an asian?

  16. kt November 27, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

    please save me from another night of well whiskey and PBR! this sounds like an amazing event.

  17. Jenene November 28, 2012 at 1:16 am #

    pick me !!! pick me !!! pick me !!!

  18. Liz November 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    Sounds fun and tasty!

  19. AmyJ November 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    This is sure to be a fantastic event. Winning VIP seating? Epic.

  20. Janelle November 28, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    Why yes bartender, I’ll have another…

  21. Malcolm November 28, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    I’d love to attend for two reasons – 1. Awesome charity and 2. my colleagues and I have a charity event planned for March 1st. I’d love to see, first hand, how you and your team pull off the Iron Bartender event. Great idea!


  22. Fred November 28, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

    This sounds like a great event. I would love to win tickets. Not sure what it takes to win. Never have but I keep trying. Maybe this time!

  23. Lisa November 29, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    Sounds like fun!

  24. Heather Harper November 29, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    There are so many talented and creative bartenders in Portland; add a secret ingredient and be amazed!

  25. Melissa Berry November 29, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    I would love to win because my good friend Lauren won
    last year and I didn’t get to go. Plus I’ll bring platters of my
    delicious vegan chocolate truffles for everyone!! – XO Melissa

  26. Preston November 29, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    someone get this guy a DRINK!! ha ha

  27. Barrett November 29, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    I like booze, competitions, judges and free things.

  28. Don November 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    I want to go because I love alcohol and the people who deliver it to my mouth (aka bartenders).

  29. Kimi November 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    I’ve been to Iron Chef, so I think I need to be rounded out and attend Iron Bartender as well! Plus, even if we win these tickets, we will definitely be spending plenty of money there as well, and give to the cause!

  30. HayleyFreakinRules November 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    OMG, would love this! My bday is 12/10 btw :)

  31. Grant November 29, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    whoa, awesome opportunity! I’ve knocked a few back in my day so front row seats to a cocktail judging competition sounds just peachy! Let’s just say if I won the tickets there would be some “Iron” in my pants if you catch my drift… because I’d wear my jeans with the iron zipper (what were you thinking?)

  32. Frank November 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    Dear PDXPipeline,

    Competition may bring out the worst in some, but I’m sure that won’t be the case here. My tastebuds are watering and my liver is getting prepared in anticipation of this event. I love the Radio Room, and of course cocktails, and the overlap of the venn diagram that is the Iron Bartender competition sounds amazing.

    Please pick me!


  33. Katie November 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    Sounds like a great time…and walking distance from my house, sign me up for some free tickets!

  34. Emily November 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    hello! My awesome boyfriend is new to our great city and caught wind of this event. The tickets are too expensive for us but I’d love to take him to this and show him a little piece of what this amazing city of ours has to offer! Please help me out here :)

  35. whiseykitty November 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    Without participating in this event, how will I know what to serve at my holiday parties? And f I win VIP passes, I can let my friends drink for free- no BYOB this year!

  36. Kaila November 29, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    This sounds awesome!

  37. Scott November 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    Sounds fun

  38. Sarah November 29, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    Because vegan iron chef wasn’t weird enough..

  39. don November 29, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    never been to a bar tending competition before. sounds fun.

  40. Paula Mintun November 29, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    I would do a little… no a big jig if I won these tickets! What fun!!! I need to have some fun!!!

  41. Chioma November 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    I’m trying to win tickets to go OUT this weekend!

  42. Brenda November 29, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    I love cocktails & I will drink them like an iron lush!

  43. Peter November 30, 2012 at 2:16 am #

    Woo hoo!

  44. laura November 30, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Wow this looks like so much fun! I would love to win tickets to this, and love the mad men style poster.

  45. Holly November 30, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Wow, I’d absolutely love to win this. thanks!

  46. jolene williams November 30, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Sounds drinkalicious…fun.

  47. Matt Folsom November 30, 2012 at 12:54 pm #


  48. angela November 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    TOTALLY up my alley.

  49. PDXPIPELINE November 30, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    We have chosen our winner! Congratulations Malcolm! Remember that until midnight tonight you can donate to The Giving Tree through the Willamette Week Give! Guide and it will cost only $10 for entry, and tomorrow it will be $15 at the door.

  50. James November 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    Right up my alley. Thanks for the opportunity.

  51. LaurenPDX November 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    I’d love to feel like a classy lady even just for one night ;)

  52. Alex November 30, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    because it sounds lovely

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