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Bartenders will switch venues for the 1800 Tequila House Swap Melbourne

Loch and Key and Hats and Tatts are swapping staff and facing off for charity

By Time Out in partnership with 1800 Tequila |
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1800 Tequila House Swap
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Bartenders are masters of their domain, mixing the drinks, bringing the ace chat and making punters feel like they’re kings and queens of the world. But how do they fare when they’re out of their comfort zone and forced to serve it up in a rival’s bar?

The 1800 Tequila House Swap will see the bar staff from Loch and Key and Hats and Tatts switch venues for one night only, Sunday August 11. It’ll be like your favourite Hollywood body-swap comedy, only there’s drinks involved – namely 1800 Tequila cocktails at $10 a pop. The team that attracts the biggest crowd, sells the most 1800 cocktails and has the best banter on the night will be crowned the winners. The proceeds of the night will go the charity of each bar’s choice – Hats and Tatts have chosen the Black Dog Insitute, while Loch and Key are supporting the Emmett Army (which supports those with cystic fibrosis). 

Captains for this bar battle are Hats and Tatts bar manager Josh Nicholson and Loch and Key bar manager Alan Raythorn. Each team will craft a special 1800 Tequila cocktail list for the evening, which will run from 8pm to 11pm at Hats and Tatts, and from midnight to 3am at Loch and Key

If you’re keen to see how the bartenders cope and help out a worthy charity at the same time, head down to one or both of the bars on Sunday, August 11. The two bars are 3km apart, so you'll have to pick one or hop a taxi between them. No reservations are necessary, just rock up, and entry is free, but remember to drop by an ATM first as the bars are cash only. 

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