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Relive NYE at Charleston Bartenders Bash

The party lets F&B enjoy what they missed

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It's New Year's Eve. Everyone is dressed to impress, ready to don his or her party cap for a vigorous night of celebration. The sidewalks are crawling with life as the sounds of stiletto heels and kazoos echo across town. But while everyone else is swimming in confetti and champagne, you're on the other end of the pool as the proverbial lifeguard, serving the masses food and booze to fuel their epic evening.

Members of the food and beverage industry can attest that there are few greater buzzkills than reporting to work on some of the biggest party nights of the year. For Ben Capa and his brother, Jyles Sosa, the pain of missing out on yet another New Year's Eve became too much to bear. So the brothers, both food and beverage professionals, came together for the premier Bartenders Bash to Charleston. The party, designed specifically for those in the F&B industry, will recreate New Year's Eve more than a week into 2012, giving hardworking bartenders, servers, chefs, and the like a chance to celebrate just like everyone else.

The bash will be held Tue. Jan. 10 at the Music Farm and will simulate New Year's Eve all over again. Doors are set to open at 9:45 p.m. and eight of Charleston's top DJs — Rehab, NattyHeavy, Rdot, Skitch, Linz, Kuttery, Illy Walsh, and Moo Moo — will come together for the first time under one roof. The $60 all-inclusive ticket gives access to a top-shelf open bar and a catered dinner buffet with food provided by King Street Grille.

Be sure to keep your composure until midnight, because when the clock strikes 12, there will be a balloon drop, with cash and prizes valuing $2,012 falling from the ceiling. Even if you don't find someone special to share a New Year's kiss with, you can still swap saliva on the ice luge, everyone's favorite way to get drunk and harvest herpes.

Designated drivers will be available at the bash, and a deal with the Comfort Inn on discounted rooms provides another outlet to ensure nobody gets behind the wheel after drinking. A portion of the event's proceeds will be donated to Hospitality Heroes in memory of Quentin Miller, a popular member of the Charleston food and beverage community who passed away Dec. 17 after his car was struck by a drunken driver. To purchase your ticket or get more information, visit the party's website.

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