Watch Vancouver bartenders duke it out at this first-ever boxing event

Oct 29 2019, 2:14 pm

It’s not often that you get to witness the thrill of a boxing match in Vancouver. But if you’re in town this Wednesday, October 30 and are looking to experience the excitement and glory of the ring, you’re in luck.

You won’t be watching just any old athletes, either. These competitors are our city’s cocktail connoisseurs.

Say what?

Bartenders from across Vancouver have been training for the last 90 days to fight it out in the city’s first-ever Bar Spar — an initiative sponsored by Tequila Cazadores, in partnership with Bartender Boxing Organization, that aims to improve the lives of bartenders by promoting health and well-being in the industry through the sport of boxing.

In the ring/Bar Spar

Considering bartending is a profession that often leads to neglected wellness due — in part — to long hours and late nights, the wellness component of the program is especially revolutionary. Since Tequila Cazadores prides itself on being a premium tequila that punches above its weight, Bar Spar is advocating for bartenders to do the same #NoCheapShots. (See what they did there?)

Bar Spar has already put on knockout matches in ten cities around the world since 2016. It offers bartending communities not only the opportunity to revolutionize the way they eat, drink, and workout, but also the opportunity to take pride in themselves, represent their city, be positive role models for their peers, and find love for the sport of boxing.

Bar Spar Vancouver/Bar Spar

If you’ve frequented Vancouver bars The Diamond, Keefer Bar, Pourhouse, or Botanist you might just see a familiar face in the ring.

The program, along with Tequila Cazadores, encourages bartenders to take a new lease on their health by drinking less, but drinking better. Cazadores uses only 100% agave tequila from Los Altos de Jalisco in Mexico, where they’ve been using the same recipe for nearly 100 years.

Competitor training for Bar Spar/Bar Spar

Feeling inspired to make a high-quality, low-calorie cocktail? Check out this recipe from Tequila Cazadores:

Hermosa Paloma


  • 1 part Tequila Cazadores Blanco
  • 1/4 part St-Germain
  • 1/4 fresh lime juice
  • 3 parts sparkling water


Combine all ingredients except the sparkling water in a mixing glass with ice and stir. Pour into a highball glass over fresh ice. Top with the sparkling water. Garnish with two cucumber slices.

Hermosa Paloma cocktail/Tequila Cazadores

Don’t miss out on the chance to see the city’s best talent rounded up for Vancouver’s first-ever night of bartender boxing.

Bar Spar: Vancouver

When: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: Venue Nightclub — 881 Granville St, Vancouver
Price: Free — Register at the door

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