Burger from ArtBar, credit: Brian Samuels

Everything You Need to Know About Char & Bar Wars

The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce gives all the details you'll need to know before you go.

Get ready for the 2018 Char & Bar Wars! Cambridge’s best burger and bartender battle. Wednesday, August 1st sample delicious slider-sized burgers and summer cocktails prepared by some of the best local restaurants.


The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce is proud to bring back this friendly and fiery competition in collaboration with Alexandria Real Estate and East Cambridge Savings Bank. This year’s growing list of participants includes:

  • Lone Star Taco Bar
  • The Automatic
  • Atwood’s Tavern
  • Noir Bar
  • Amuse Restaurant
  • ArtBar Cambridge
  • The Rising Bar
  • Boston Burger Company
  • Christopher’s
  • Shake Shack
  • Nubar
  • State Park
  • Sumiao Hunan Kitchen
  • Bukowski Tavern
  • Veggie Galaxy
  • CRLS Culinary Arts Students


Your ticket is all-inclusive and allows you to try unlimited sliders and 7 cocktail samples. The competitions:

Char War (Burger Battle):

Restaurants will enter their best burger into one of two categories: traditional or alternative (non-beef) burgers.

Bar War (Bartender & Cocktail Battle):

Restaurants will bring their best bartenders and summer-themed cocktails.

You are our judges, try everything (get seconds!) and vote on your favorites! The winners will be announced the next day through an email to all attendees, the Char & Bar Wars and Cambridge Chamber social media, and on the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce website.

Photo from Christopher's, Oh My Guava Cocktail


The 2018 Char & Bar Wars will be held at University Park, 38 Sidney Street, in Central Square! University Park is a 5-minute walk from the Central Square T-stop along the Red Line. The nearest parking garage is the Green Street Garage.


The 2018 Char & Bar Wars will take place Wednesday, August 1st from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Tickets are available on Eventbrite

Insider Tip:  We're hosting a fun giveaway (Hint, hint: free tickets)! To find out more, visit our Instagram @cambridgeusa!

*This guest post was written by the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce. 


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