Bartenders set for punch pong final as part of Monin activities

Monin Plantation Underground Punch Pong League

Bartenders from across the UK are set to face each other in the final of the Underground Punch Pong League (UPPL) as part of activities featuring Monin syrups for London Cocktail Week.

The winning teams from regional heats will be vying to win the UPPL Monin & Plantation Bartenders Challenge Cup at London Cocktail Club in Shoreditch on Monday October 6.

The tournament is based on the game of beer pong but, instead of competitors having to get ping pong balls into cups of beer, the cups contain punch made with Plantation rum and Monin syrups. The UPPL was launched in 2013 by JJ Goodman, co-founder of London Cocktail Club bars.

The London heat will be held immediately before the final, with the winners taking on the following teams from around the country:

  • Gareth Shaw and Joe Todd, representing APOC in Belfast
  • James Steward and Ben New, representing The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes in Leeds
  • David Cooke and Hamed Fardoust, representing Cocktail Project based in Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Joe Wild and Jake Murphy, representing 81 Ltd in Liverpool
  • Naomi Mason and Paul de Newtown, representing Lucky Voice in Brighton
  • Chris Jordan and Chris Powers, representing Crazy Pedro’s Part Time Pizza Parlour in Manchester.

The winners will receive a trophy and tickets to an NFL game at Wembley Stadium.

The UPPL is part of a programme of events, competitions and master classes featuring Monin UK for London Cocktail Week which runs from October 5 to 11.

To showcase its range of over 100 flavours, the syrup brand has partnered with 50 bars and restaurants across the capital for a range of signature London Cocktail Week serves, including La Perla, Bird of Smithfield and Barrio East. They are among the 275 participating bars where people with London Cocktail Week wristbands can get signature cocktails for £5.

Monin will be based at Barrio East in Shoreditch throughout the week and will stage its first-ever amateur cocktail competition there in partnership with premium tequila Herradura. It will open with a master class on the two brands, including tips on how to make twisted tequila cocktails, followed by dinner and cocktails.

Guests will then be split into teams of five to come up with their own cocktail recipe for the chance to win a £250 bar tab. Entry is £20 per person including refreshments. Tickets are available at

Visitors to all three Barrio bars in London – Barrio Central, Barrio North and Barrio East – will also have the chance to win an iPad in Monin’s “Guess the Flavour” competition.

On the afternoon of Thursday October 8, Monin is holding a trade seminar with Herradura at Barrio East where Monin’s UK brand ambassador James Coston will take bartenders through the world of Monin including the company’s history, syrup production, product range and new flavours.

This will be followed by Herradura UK brand ambassador Nicci Stringfellow delving into the history of the tequila brand, category knowledge and specific production methods.

At the end of the 90-minute session, the pair will team up to present some twisted classic tequila cocktails. It is free for wristband wearers but, to book a place, email

For more information or to register for a free trade wristband, visit

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