Bar Beat

Photos: Anvil's First Annual Enthusiast Cocktail Competition

Customers from all walks of life -- from IT professionals to aerospace engineers -- competed last night in an unusual twist on a cocktail competition at Anvil Bar & Refuge. Although they were all cocktail enthusiasts, they were all also amateurs: No one with an industry background could enter.

The six contestants had five minutes to explain their drink and five minutes to make it for a panel of judges that included Grand Prize Bar owner Brad Moore, 13 Celsius owner Mike Sammons and Feast chef de cuisine Lyle Bento. The winner would walk away with a year's worth of free cocktail classes from Anvil as well as the honor of having their concoction listed on the menu for the rest of 2011.

Check out the action and see the winners in our slideshow.

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Katharine Shilcutt