Cocktail kings to shake it all about at bar staff finals

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Three Sheffield bartenders are preparing to shake their cocktails in the Northern T.G.I. Friday’s UK Bartender Championship final, which takes place in Leeds this Wednesday.

Lukas Bowker, Russ Ward and James Alesbrooke all work at the city branch of the bar chain and are putting the final touches to their routine after months of practice.

They line up alongside 19 of the best bartenders in the north and will be competing for a top three finish, which will ensure their place in the UK final which this year takes place in Liverpool on September 3.