|Travis Garner and Natasha Bahrami. | Courtesy of the Gin Room|
The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.
Cocktail-mixing competitions have been popping up lately. They bring talented mixologists from some of St. Louis' best bars together to see who can come up with the best new drinks. Natasha Bahrami has started an event at the Gin Room at Café Natasha (3200 South Grand Boulevard; 314-771-3411) to highlight St. Louis cocktail talent in a playful context. It's called Bartender Banter. "The concept behind the Bartender Banter series is to highlight the amazing talent in St. Louis, not from the bar they are working at, but independently to showcase the art and personality of each of these talented and rising bartenders and giving them a platform to creatively showcase their skills without restrictions," Bahrami explains.
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