31 March 2014 00:30

It's a Rematch Beeyatch comes to SA!

What is Rematch Beeyatch??? It's a cocktail competition the likes of which you've never seen!!!

The essence of this comp is simple - bartenders have to make 10 drinks to a loosely acceptable standard, and whomever does it fastest wins. But to describe it like that doesn't capture the raw energy of Rematch Beeyatch. Not even close.

In the words of one of the co-founders, Paul Mant: "It was [in 2007] during the whole Rum Renaissance at the first Tiki Off. I was working at Mahiki and Tim Stones was working at Trailer Happiness and we were outside afterwards talking smack about who would have beaten who and we said it right there: "It's a rematch...bee-yatch!" Initially it was five bartenders and about 20 of our friends at Trailer Happiness. And history was made. I love the kind of Fight Club-esque idea behind it. It's all word of mouth. First Nick Van Tiel took it to Sydney, and now it's in all five states in Australia. There are Rematches in Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Vancouver..." (read more on the interview with Paul here)

2012 saw the first global Rematch with competitions starting in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth at 8pm in each city. In London, Bobby Higglesdon smashing a 1:24m (+5 sec penalty, see video at bottom of article) and in New York Steve Schneider managed 1:21m (with a 15sec penalty). Matt Roberts, the bar manager at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek, competed in the London leg and was so impressed at the sense of community and the opportunity for bartenders and supporting industries to get together in a non-pretentious, non-brand influenced environment, that he decided to bring it to SA.

It's easy to see the appeal of something like Rematch Beeyatch. There are no sponsors or brand-orientated restrictions foisted onto participants. It's mano a mano; an opportunity for bartenders to throw down and prove who is top dog. Competitors are required to make two Daiquiris and one of each the following: Caipirinha, Mojito, Pina Colada, Zombie, Cuba Libre, Planter's Punch, Mai Tai and finally open a beer. Penalities are dished out for UNSERVABLE drinks (drinks that are deemed by the judges to not resemble the cocktail recipe closely enough).


Ali Dedianko at Tales of the Cocktail Rematch 2011

Some general rules:

  • Maximum of 4 judges allowed per competitor, with one judging sheet per round.
  • All 10 drinks need to be presented in order to qualify.
  • 4 or more unservable drinks result in disqualification.
  • Broken glasses result in disqualification.
  • Rounds to be timed to the last millisecond.
  • The word "BRAP" must be said by the competitor to signal the end of their round. (not "DONE" or "FINISHED" or anything else)
  • If there is a tiebreak, situation points for creativity, cleanliness and moving behind the bar like a ninja are taking into consideration.



  • Venue: Orphanage, Cape Town
  • Date: 9th April 2014
  • Time: 9pm competition starts. Bartenders taking part to arrive by 6pm for brief, prep and photo ops etc
  • Entry Fee: R350
  • Entry date cut off: As soon as the entry money is received, the specs (finer details) for the drinks are sent out. The sooner you pay up, the more time you have to practice.
  • Prize: The full pot! The entries are capped at 15 bartenders = potential prize money of R5,250 cash!

To enter email Matt Roberts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Orphanage at 021 424 2004.




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