The skills of a barback include, but are not limited to: dodging revelers, expertly arranging bottles, pouring rows and rows of shots, and carrying colossal buckets of ice to and fro — and doing it all while remaining stable and sane enough not to spill a drop.
All these skills were put to the test at the New York Fernet-Branca Barback Games 2017. Barbacks from all around the city converged at a popular haunt to flex their muscles and finesse their lime slicing.
The gladiators braved an obstacle course of tires to complete each challenge, but in the end, only a few rose to fame and glory:
- Third place went to Alavaro Castillo
- Second place went to Luca Forgeois
- And the winner, in first place, was Granit Kastrati
Check out the photos and relive your barbacking days with the best in New York.
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