Underground Punch Pong League Grand Final Opens LCW 2013




Bartenders from across the UK and Ireland are in training for the ultimate battle, as they prepare for the grand final of the Underground Punch Pong League – Monin Bartenders’ Challenge Cup, on Monday October 7.

The grand final takes place at the ‘London Punch Pong Arena’ – also known at the Arts Theatre London – with an after-party at the Seven Dials Club, on the opening night of London Cocktail Week 2013. Fourteen teams of two mixologists from around the country will fight it out to win a trip to Paris , and organisers want to fill the venue with supporters to cheer them on.

The Covent Garden Cocktail Club will be serving the top three punches all night long, at only £4 per cup of punch with an LCW wrist band.

Founded by JJ Goodman and sponsored by Monin and Plantation Rum, the Punch Pong craze has taken the UK and Irish bar scene by storm over the past six weeks, with bartenders competing against each other in a ‘beer pong’-style tournament, with one difference – the beer is replaced with delicious punch. At each of the 12 regional heats, every team drew a Monin syrup flavour at random which was then used as the foundation for creating their signature recipe.

James Coston, Monin’s UK brand ambassador, said: “Over the past few weeks it’s been great to see bartenders around the country, from Bristol to Edinburgh , really rise to the challenge and take the UPPL into their hearts. There’s been some fierce competition, but there’s no telling who will take the Monin Bartenders’ Challenge Cup at the grand final. With Punch Pong, anything can happen!”

JJ Goodman said: “Our Punch Pong finalists represent the best of the best, but there can only be one winning team. We want as big and raucous a crowd possible to cheer on the finalists so come down to the Arts Theatre on October 7 and support your bartending brethren.”

The Grand Final of the Underground Punch Pong League – Monin Bartenders’ Challenge Cup kicks off at the Arts Theatre London at 5pm on Monday October 7; entry is free of charge.  For more information, click here.

UPPL Finalists

Bristol The Big Chill Colin Macy Nick Jones
Central London LCC James Hopkins Kate Sharpe
West London The Rum Kitchen Thomas Ward Al Mcmurdo
Birmingham Island Bar Mike Beedon Ed Shawcross
Liverpool El Bandito Gwen Prior Tony Ynot Roland
Manchester The Liquor Store Danny Bigg-Wither Andrew Knapper
Leeds Roadhouse Oliver Pluck Ross Millar
Edinburgh  Missoula Scott Belcher Duncan Robb
Belfast Love & Death Inc Patrick Logue Matt Knight
Dublin The Gibson Hotel Cian Connellan Sean Allen
Wild Card – Cardiff Pourfection David Whitford Bret Sullivan-Bissett
Wild Card – West London Portobello Star Adam Mcleen Michael Koechlin
Wild Card – Liverpool ALOHA Ryan Mcmahon

Simon Taylor

Wild Card – Manchester Hula Chris Mosey

Paul Hutton


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