MINNEAPOLIS, Minn, USA -- Chris Raph, 31,
the bar manager at The
Shout House Dueling Pianos
bar, poured 662 cocktails in one hour-setting the world record
for the Fastest
Bartender. Chris Raph managed to pour nearly
double that amount by pouring 662 drinks. That's an average
of 10 cocktails per minute. Photo by Kevin Masterman, courtesy of Shout
Raph is a veteran of many speed bartending
competitions. Each cocktail recipe required at least
three ingredients, one of which had to be non-alcoholic and
one of which had to contain alcohol.
So who got to taste all those cocktails? Only
a few people. Most were dumped out so the glasses could be
washed and promptly re-used.
Of all 662 cocktails, only two were actually consumed
by patrons: The record-setting numbers 390 and 662 were auctioned
off to some very high bar tabs.
Shout House auctioned off the record-breaking 390th
drink for $225, with the proceeds going to charity. "It was a high-energy night at The
Shout House. When Chris broke the record, the crowd
went crazy," said Shout
House owner Joe Woods, in a prepared statement.
"We're really proud of Chris; he's an absolutely amazing bartender."
The event raised $1,435 for the local charity
Finnegans Community Fund, which donates money to groups
fighting poverty. Monday, May 4, 2009