Happening today: William Grant and Sons Best Bartender Competition

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Some of the very best mixologists - seriously, these are some heavy hitters - in town will be competing tonight at Heist Brewery for the title of Best Bartender in Charlotte. 

Up for the title are:

Bob Peters of Pisces Sushi Bar
Diego Francica of Heist Brewery
Andy Maurer of Soul Gastrolounge
Maggie Ruppert of Halcyon Flavors From the Earth
Evan Christy of Cowbell
Casey Blair of Bubble Lounge
Miki Nikolic of e2 Emeril's Eatery
Chelsea Rose of Copper
Kyle Crabtree of Block & Grinder

Judges include Charlotte Voisey, Stefan Huebner and Sarah Crosland, but audience members will have the opportunity to chime in as well in a people's choice award.

All contestants' samples of cocktails will be offered with limited availability, so you might want to get there on time. The competition is 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. Heist is located at 2909 N. Davidson St., Suite 200.

(File photo) Summer cocktails by Maggie Rupert - NATRICE BULLARD
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  • (File photo) Summer cocktails by Maggie Rupert

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