And the winner is… Daniel Messina!

Eight bartenders rose to the challenge, but only one could be crowned a champion. We’re excited to announce that the Tampa, FL Swizzle Royale winner, and second swizzle champion of the summer, is none other than Daniel Messina!

The competition was fierce, but Daniel put the pressure aside and swizzled his way to the top of Tampa Bay’s cocktail scene prevailing in tests of personality, speed and creativity. Hailing from lil indies in Orlando, Daniel likened his M.O. to that of a fighter – some are grapplers and some are strikers, but he is a self-proclaimed swizzler. In fact, he noted that swizzling is his favorite discipline as a bartender, and it sure showed!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our second Swizzle Royale competition, to those who came out to join in the fun and to our gracious hosts at Hotel Bar.

Later this month, we’re heading to Toronto for round three of Swizzle Royale. You can find us scoping out local the cocktail scene all weekend before we head to Miss Thing’s Sunday evening, July 29, in search of our next swizzle champion. Stay tuned for more details on the event, resident bartenders and esteemed panel of judges – coming soon!


With the 2018 Swizzle Royale bartender competition in full swing, we are spreading the swizzle spirit near and far. For our next stop, we’ll be taking on Tampa, FL in search of our swizzle champion!

Join us at Hotel Bar on Sunday, July 1 to experience the ~magic~ as eight local bartenders slap, pour, dash and swizzle their way through three fast-paced challenges. Come on out and enjoy specially-priced cocktails, sweet giveaways and some of the best bartending in town. Did we mention the event is free? See below for additional event details and your list of resident bartenders/competitors:

  • Lexy Biller (@bar_lexy), Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Restaurant, Dime Bar
  • Charles Britch (brtchmfg), Fly Bar
  • Ryan Brown (@n0tthatserious), Fine & Dandy
  • Chuck Cooper, Haven
  • Erin Davey (@gingergypsyy), The Mandarin Hide
  • Daniel Messina (@danzeltheultra), The Nest Bar
  • Matt Pingol (@mateopingol), Rooster & The Till
  • Jesus Santiago (@jesus_of_sazerac), Hotel Bar

See you in downtown Tampa!