The Public Works recently joined up with Moet Hennessy to document the Bar Room Brawl event, which takes place during the week-long Tales of the Cocktail event in New Orleans. Shooting this kind of event is mishmash of action, portrait, architecture and product photography, with a garnish of dodging 1200 eager customers. To be able to shoot an event like this, it helps to be fully immersed in all that is going on. In other words, it helps to be able to shoot with one hand and hold a cocktail in the other. When it was all done and said, it was an amazing event and the efforts put forth by the six competing bars and the 4 house bars was outstanding. We were truly impressed by this event.

Here’s some additional information about the event:
See some of the world’s best mixologists answer the bell and come out shaking at Tales of the Cocktail® and Moët Hennessy USA’s Bar Room Brawl Competition and Party. Bar teams from around the country will take the corners of our ring as they slug it out using their cocktail acumen to create original drinks using 10 Cane Rum, Belvedere Vodka, Grand Marnier, Hennessy. In the end, the judges will crown one team as the undisputed Bar Room Brawl Champions of the World, and the attendees will crown the people’s champion.

Competing Bars were:

North West: Rob Roy, Seattle
West Coast: Beretta, San Francisco – PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNER
Mid West: Manifesto, Kansas City
East Coast: Employees Only, New York City – JUDGE’S CHOICE WINNER
South West: Anvil Bar & Refuge, Houston
South East: The Passenger/Columbia Room, Washington D.C.