The Buckeye Vodka Battle of the Bartenders

last updated 02/26/2024
The Buckeye Vodka Battle of the Bartenders

Get ready for the ultimate showdown—the Buckeye Vodka Battle of the Bartenders is BACK February 28, and it's going to be EPIC!

Event details

Address: 617 East 3rd Street, Dayton, OH 45402 [Map/directions]
Event has passed (Wed, Feb 28 2024)
* this page may be updated if event is repeated in the future *
Cost: General Admission $55.00 - $75.00 - see below for details

Delicious Appetizers & Trendy Cocktails: Battle of the Bartenders set for Feb 28

Buckeye Vodka Battle of the Bartenders - Get Ready to RUMBLE, Dayton!

Food lovers of Dayton have plenty of chances to try new tastes the city has to offer. Now, it's your chance, mixed drink lovers!

The Buckeye Vodka Battle of the Bartenders is back Wed, Feb 28 at The Steam Plant.  Presented by the Miami Valley Restaurant Association (MVRA), this event is a chance for local bartenders from over a dozen top-notch local restaurants to show off the best of their cocktails.

Who doesn't love a good cocktail?

If you think trying the new kinds of cuisine in town has been fun, wait till you give a try to some of these cocktails. Just as there's a growing variety of cuisines, there's a whole new art form in mixed drinks, and it's been taking Dayton's most high profile restaurants by storm. 

Get ready to experience:  Intense bartending battles Culinary delights from top Miami Valley restaurants Signature Buckeye Vodka creations!  And make sure to grab a ballot and vote for your favorite cocktail!

Participating Restaurants & Menus

Each restaurant will serve their creative Buckeye Vodka original cocktail paired with a small plate. We are not releasing the cocktail names until arrival at the event. 

Amber Rose Restaurant and Catering
Cocktail: Peach Tini
Food Pairing: Blueberry BBQ Pork Sliders

Corner Kitchen
Cocktail: TBA
Food Pairing: Gochujang-pear Chicken and Coconut Rice

Dewberry 1850
Cocktail: The Dewberry Duvall
Food Pairing: Hot Honey Pork Belly Burnt Ends with Pickled Watermelon & Green Chow Slaw

The Florentine Restaurant
Cocktail: Mango Lemon Drop Delight
Food Pairing: The Mango Chopwich: Grilled Pork Ribeye covered with Mango BBQ Sauce, served on a Knotted Brioche Bun with pickle, bacon and coleslaw

Manna Uptown
Cocktail: The Strawberry Chuzzlewit
Food Pairing:

Meadowlark Restaurant
Cocktail TBA:
Food Pairing: Asian Ground Pork Lettuce Wrap

Mr. Boro's Tavern
Cocktail: Boro Bloody Mary
Pairing: The Balsamic Banger: Grilled Cheese with Balsamic Onion Jam, Smoked Gouda, and Peppered Bacon

Rip Rap Roadhouse
Cocktail: "The Roadmaster": Lemon infused Buckeye vodka blended with organic raspberry simple syrup & lemonade. Garnished with a fresh lemon slice/berry gummy skewer
Food Pairing: Rosemary infused raspberry balsamic salad. Mixed greens, Kamala olives, pecans, red onion & vanilla blueberry goat cheese.

Smith's Boathouse Restaurant
Cocktail: On Wednesdays We Wear Pink
Food pairing: Steak Skewers with Pineapple Ginger Glaze

Wheat Penny Oven and Bar
Cocktail: Blowin' Smoke
Food pairing: Smoked Beef Brisket Taco and Smoked Lion's Mane Mushroom Tacos ( Guided by Mushrooms)

Limited number of VIP tickets include arrival at 6pm, food from each participating restaurant and 2 Buckeye Vodka Flight Cards (8 Buckeye Vodka cocktails your choice, food from each restaurant, and 2 voting chips for People's Choice). $75

We recommend that you purchase tickets in advance for this popular event.

The Steam Plant

The Buckeye Vodka Battle of the Bartenders is taking place at The Steam Plant, which is located at 617 East 3rd Street in Dayton. The Steam Plant - The Steam Plant is a renovated venue in downtown Dayton offering historical charm and modern amenities to create your memorable wedding, celebration, meeting or corporate event.

Miami Valley Restaurant Association.

Miami Valley Restaurant Association - The MVRA is a non-profit trade organization serving the Greater Dayton, Ohio foodservice industry.
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