WINNER: Bobby Sanchez (Liberty Bar)
1111 S. Alamo St. • (210) 227-1187
Eight years ago in his hometown of Laredo, Bobby Sanchez boasted to a bar owner that he could do a better job bartending than anyone working there. Although he was bluffing, he learned quickly and has never looked back. Since moving to San Antonio in 2010 and landing a job at Liberty Bar, Sanchez has beefed up his knowledge of spirits, wine and beer while building a faithful following of Southtown barflies. Inspired in part by San Antonio's expanding cocktail culture, Sanchez worked with manager Katie McKee to create a cocktail program featuring drinks that are intentionally approachable and easily produced. Now three years old, the program includes original concoctions and takes on classics (the potent Pepe's Last Word combines Centinela Añejo Tequila, Génépy des Alpes Luxardo Maraschino Liquer, fresh serrano pepper and lime). If you've yet to see Sanchez in action, hit him up during one of LB's two daily happy hours (5-7 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight), when well drinks, drafts (all local brews) and house wines are all $2 off.
1402 N. Main Ave.
2720 McCullough Ave. • (210) 320-2261
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