Behind the Bar: Local Bartender Tosses Bottles to the Top (With Photos)

By Jillian Marshall

February 6, 2013 Updated Feb 7, 2013 at 6:00 AM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than a half million people across the country are bartenders.

But just 10 from across the globe make it to the T.G.I. Friday's World Bartender Championship. And one is from in Broome County.

Jessica Myers, 34, of Binghamton, is headed to the big dance March 6 in Dallas, Texas.

Myers has been bartending and competing for the T.G.I. Friday's in Vestal for four years. She won the divisional competition in Mt. Laurel, NJ in December, landing her on the world stage, the first bartender from the Broome County restaurant.

Myers is one of 10 finalists, and the only female.

"It changes the game, I could probably use it as an advantage a little bit," Myers said. "I beat a lot of boys to get to this point."

She beat them with her juggling skills and her mind. The competition is broken into parts, including written menu, drink tests and pour accuracy.

She says she practices constantly, memorizes more than 100 drink recipes, all while being a mother to her biggest fan, her 4-year-old daughter.

"She picks up (the bottles) and stalls them on her forearm and tries to flip them around her back," Myers said.

The winner of the T.G.I. Friday's World Bartending Competition has the chance to win upwards of $10,000.

To vote for Jessica Myers or your favorite finalist click here. The finalist with the most votes will be crowned this year's Fan Favorite, and win $2,012.