First Annual Bartender’s Ball Honors the Finest in Tallahassee’s Hospitality Industry at Hotel Duval

By July 13, 2012 Media No Comments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – June 21, 2012 – Level 8 Lounge and Hotel Duval, the first and only boutique hotel in Tallahassee, present the First Annual Bartender’s Ball in celebration of Tallahassee’s hospitality, bar and restaurant industry members. On July 8th from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., local bartenders, servers and guests are invited to party on the other side of the bar.

A night for the hip and happening hospitality industry, this event will be held in Hotel Duval’s Horizon Ballroom with entertainment, nine sponsor booths, hors d’oeuvres and unlimited drinks all night. Tickets may be purchased at for $40 per person or $70 per couple.

Guests have a chance to vote for the 2012 Shakers & Pourers Awards, a celebration of the industry’s best and worst, that will be presented at the ball. Nominations are made online at for the various areas of bar expertise. Winners are announced while enjoying a night filled with delicious cocktails and dancing.

“The Bartender’s Ball was an idea presented by the associates at Level 8 Lounge to bring a new event to our community that gives the hospitality industry something to look forward to,” says Randy Esponda, manager of Level 8 Lounge. “Bartenders spend most nights working while everyone else is having a good time. This event allows them to have a night of their own to enjoy. We hope to make it an annual event.”

Every attendee’s ticket doubles as a raffle ticket for the chance-to-win accommodations at Hotel Duval, Level 8 Lounge and Shula’s 347 Grill. The night’s sponsors, including Captain Morgan, Ketel One Vodka and Crown Royal, will be providing gift baskets to be raffled and free swag throughout the night.

Home to Shula’s 347 Grill, a sports-style steakhouse offering “The Best Beef that Money Can Buy,” flows seamlessly with the vibe and décor of the property. Hotel Duval’s signature restaurant presents options of gourmet salads, fresh fish and exclusive Premium Black Angus Beef Burgers and Shula Cut Steaks. Hosting a street-level café, LeRoc, which features Starbucks coffee and locally grown and sourced food is open for breakfast and lunch. Level 8 is the only rooftop lounge of its kind from Atlanta to South Beach.  Comprising both open-air and indoor elements, Level 8 of Hotel Duval showcases panoramic views of the capital city with live entertainment.

With 117 rooms and suites, all offering experiences that heighten each one of the five senses, Hotel Duval is adorned in European boutique décor with an artistic ambiance. The hotel ornament is contemporary, yet comfortable providing down-to-earth atmosphere with a contrasting backdrop of the historic landmark. Each floor at Hotel Duval has a unique personality with associated color therapy and aromatherapy. Guests may select what floor they prefer to reflect their mood and purpose of stay by the color and scent options. With distinctive design, amenities and approachable luxury, Hotel Duval brings vibrant energy to Florida’s capital.

Purchase tickets to The First Annual Bartender’s Ball at To learn more about Hotel Duval, visit or call (850) 224-6000.

Hotel Duval is a part of the Autograph Collection, which is an ensemble of high-personality and boldly independent hotels, each carefully selected for its distinctiveness, style and synchronicity with unique travel interests. For more details, visit or visit or call (850) 224-6000. Find Hotel Duval on Twitter and Face Book for additional promotions.

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