Yesterday, a couple hundred folks braved the cold and dreary conditions in Milwaukee, put on their finest Hawaiian shirt and most colorful leis, and made their way to the Turner Hall Tiki Takedown. The second installment of the event—originally scheduled to take place at Turner Hall back in March of 2020—brought island-suited music, tropical visuals, and tasty tiki drinks to the downtown ballroom.

A total of nine Milwaukee area bars and restaurants crafted cocktails using Cutwater Spirits brand rum, including Blackwood Brothers Restaurant & Social Club, Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria, Boone & Crockett, Burnhearts, DanDan, FINKS, Sabbatic, Shanghai Speakeasy, and Station No. 6. Those establishments had their drinks, their booth presentations, and their cocktail names voted on by those in attendance.

Though everyone who got to enjoy delicious rum-based beverages inside Turner Hall on a wet autumn afternoon can be considered winners, here are the official voting winners of the 2021 Turner Hall Tiki Takedown.

Best Drink: DanDan – “No Flights To New Zealand”
Best Drink Name: Station No. 6 – “Timeshare In Cudahy”
Best Booth Display: Boone & Crockett

Congrats to all the winners (especially repeating Best Drink winner DanDan) and thanks to all who came. We hope we’ll see you at Turner Hall for another Tiki Takedown installment next year.

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Before co-founding Milwaukee Record, Tyler Maas wrote for virtually every Milwaukee publication (except Wassup! Magazine). He lives in Bay View and enjoys both stuff and things.