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A Complete Guide to Arizona Cocktail Weekend Events

February 16, 2018 by Lauren Potter

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Arizona Cocktail Weekend is back and better than ever — and for the first year, exclusively held across 14 venues in Downtown Phoenix. From cocktail dinners and bartender throw downs to exclusive happy hours and more, here’s a complete rundown of all the Arizona Cocktail Weekend events.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16

7-9 p.m. / Sake To Me! / Squid Ink Sushi
Free to attend
This is no ordinary sake. Come learn about how a premium Japanese sake is made. Hiro Sake Junmai and Junmai Ginjo, plus Tokyo Mule will be sampled. No RSVP required.

8 p.m.- 2 a.m. / Official AZCW Launch Party with Toki Japanese Whisky/ Hotel Palomar
Free to attend
Join Toki Japanese Whisky as they kick off the weekend with a cocktail party at Lustre Rooftop Bar at Hotel Palomar. Featuring special guest DJ Sean Derek. Register.

Midnight-1 a.m. / Cynar + Pizza Surprise Pop Up / Location TBA
Entry based on availability
Keep your eyes open and your taste buds primed. Cynar will be embarking on a late night excursion and picking your favorite bar in Downtown Phoenix to share a late night toast. Location to be announced via social media. No RSVP required.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17

9 a.m.-12 p.m. / Tito’s Handmade Vodka Presents: The Butcher Goes To Austin / Arrogant Butcher
$5 Pre-sale tickets online, $6 at the door
Bloody Mary bar, Austin-style breakfast tacos, local cold brew on the patio benefiting national nonprofit Careers through Culinary Arts Program.

12 p.m.-3 p.m. / Build Your Best Cocktail Bar / The Arrogant Butcher
Free to attend
Create your own craft cocktail at the Elijah Craig and Larceny Mint Julep Bourbon Bar and the Pama & Domaine de Canton Bubbly Cocktail Bar.

12 p.m.-5 p.m. / Ministry of Relaxation with Hendrick’s Gin / Hotel Palomar
First come, first served; RSVP
Foot massage with your Negroni? As a respite from the hustle and bustle of the conference, the Hendrick’s Lounge is offering an array of spa treatments, from reflexology to facials – along with a lovely array of cocktails. This is a complimentary experience, but guests are asked to RSVP online.

1 p.m.-4 p.m. / Spritz Break by the Pool with Aperol
RSVP required
Enjoy Italyʼs most popular sparkling beverage while catching up with friends old and new, by the pool by taking a break in the Fresca room right off the third-floor pool deck at the Hotel Palomar.

2 p.m.-5 p.m. / Grand Marnier’s Grand Manor / Hotel Palomar
RSVP required
Explore the complex and luxurious world of Grand Marnier through private tastings, small bites and captivating sensory experiences. You won’t want to miss the surprises in store in the Presidential Suite at Hotel Palomar.

5 p.m.-8 p.m. / Melinda’s Pre-Jam Lee Jam Mixer / Melinda’s Alley
Free to attend
Specialty cocktail menu designed by Lee Spirits and Melinda’s Alley. Live Music from The Copper States, free food and a raffle with proceeds going towards Grace and Mercy Homeless Ministries. $1 of every drink sold and proceeds from the raffle benefit Grace and Mercy Homeless Ministries.

6 p.m.-9 p.m. / Rebel Yell & Exotico Cocktail Dinner / Nook Kitchen
$65+ per person; reservation required
Exclusive 4-course cocktail dinner presented by Nook Kitchen’s chef Nick LaRosa and chief xixologist Michael Gabriel Chavez. 24 seats available. Call Nook Kitchen to make a reservation.

7 p.m.-12 a.m. / The Cocktail Jam / The Van Buren
Tickets $40
Kick off Arizona Cocktail Weekend with a music-centric cocktail party featuring a performance by Orgone & the Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra and special guests. With over 30 of the best brands in the industry offering sample creative cocktails. Ticket price includes admission and 10 craft cocktails to sample. Doors open at 7 p.m.

11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. / Last Call After Party / Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails 
Free to attend
Exclusive after party featuring a live DJ, spirits and good times. No RSVP required. See you there.

12 a.m.-1 a.m. / Kikori Flyby Pop-Up Event / Bitter & Twisted
Limited capacity
Kikori will be embarking on a late night excursion popping up at a venue downtown, to treat folks to highballs and chicken wings.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18

9 a.m.-12 p.m. / Tito’s Handmade Vodka Presents: The Butcher Goes To Austin / Arrogant Butcher
$5 Pre-sale tickets online, $6 at the door
Bloody Mary bar, Austin-style breakfast tacos, local cold brew on the patio benefiting national nonprofit Careers through Culinary Arts Program.

10 a.m.-12 p.m. /DeTox – ReTox – Milano Green Vodka Breakfast Martini / MATCH Restaurant and Lounge
RSVP
Enjoy poolside yoga with Sutra Studios, DJ vibes and Milano green vodka breakfast martinis then stay for brunch from till 3 p.m.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. / Ministry of Relaxation with Hendrick’s Gin Day 2 /Hotel Palomar
First come, first served; RSVP
Foot massage with your Negroni? As a respite from the hustle and bustle of the conference, the Hendrick’s Lounge is offering an array of spa treatments, from reflexology to facials – along with a lovely array of cocktails. This is a complimentary experience, but guests are asked to RSVP online.

10 a.m.-12 p.m. / Build Your Best Cocktail Bar / The Arrogant Butcher
Free to attend
Create your own craft cocktail at the Elijah Craig and Larceny Mint Julep Bourbon Bar and the Pama & Domaine de Canton Bubbly Cocktail Bar.

2-6 p.m. / Speed Rack Season 7 Southwest / Hotel Palomar
Tickets $25
Serious stirring and shaking is about to happen, thanks to the return of Speed Rack, the all-female speed-bartending competition that raises money to fight breast cancer.

4-6 p.m. / Rocks Never Tasted This Good / MATCH Restaurant and Lounge
RSVP
Taste Italy’s ultra premium vodka and meet Vik Shitty and James V. Monaci of Milano Green Vodka.

5-7 p.m. / Familia Camarena Patio Happy Hour / Chico Malo
Tickets $15
Join Camarena Tequila at Chico Malo for a Familia Camarena Tequila experience of flavor, tradition, and patio sippers. Featuring two specialty cocktails and their “Explore the Chaser” offerings, pairing different fruits and spices with 100% Blue Agave Silver & Reposado Tequila. Ticket includes 3 cocktails and small bites.

6-8 p.m. / Casa Magdalena Tiki Party / Nook Kitchen
RSVP required; seating limited
A tiki cocktail party with Casa Magdalena at Nook Kitchen to launch the newest Guatemalan rum. Hors d’oeuvres provided by Nook Kitchen. Tiki Cocktails available for purchase. Call Nook Kitchen to make a reservation.

8-11:59 p.m.Top Bars / The Croft Downtown
Tickets $40
A one-of-a-kind event in the Phoenix Warehouse District, Top Bars is an international cocktail experience featuring pop-up versions of renowned bars from around the state, country and across the globe, all on your doorstep. Price includes admission and 10 cocktail sample tickets.

11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. / Last Call After Party / Hotel Palomar
Free to attend
Exclusive after party featuring a live DJ, spirits and good times. No RSVP required.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19

9 a.m.-12 p.m. / Tito’s Handmade Vodka Presents: The Butcher Goes To Austin / Arrogant Butcher
$5 Pre-sale tickets online, $6 at the door
Bloody Mary bar, Austin-style breakfast tacos, local cold brew on the patio benefiting national nonprofit Careers through Culinary Arts Program.

12-4 p.m. / Pina Colada Pool Party with Don Q Rum / Hotel Palomar
Free to attend
Drinking all weekend can be tough. Recoup by the pool and enjoy refreshing Don Q pina colada specials all day while kicking back to live DJ vibes. Open to the public. No RSVP required.

1-3 p.m. / Women & Whiskey Seminar and Lunch / Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails
RSVP required
A flirty and fun bourbon tasting.  Join us at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at Hotel Palomar for a 2-hour cocktail style party with a Jim Beam Black welcome punch, and neat pour tastings of Basil Hayden, Baker’s and Booker’s bourbons. Lite bites provided. Free to attend. RSVP required call 602-258-0231 or email.

3-5:30 p.m. / Speed Rack Sisterhood Project Arizona / The Arrogant Butcher
Free to attend
A series of meaningful conversations about issues that matter to women in hospitality. All are welcome. Featured Speaker: MichaelKickey, Fitness Fitness Phoenix.

4-7 p.m. / Del Bac Kickback / Bar Bianco
No RSVP required
A place to relax, grab some easy drinking Del Bac cocktails and listening to live music.

6:30-11 p.m. / Last Slinger Standing / Youngs Market
Email to RSVP
The Southwest’s premier cocktail competition as 12 semi-finalists from across Arizona compete alongside a representative from each of the previous four contributing markets from past year’s (Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico & Utah).

11 p.m.-2 a.m. / Anti-Cocktail Bash / Downtown Deli Tavern
Free to attend
Join the competitors of Last Slinger Standing at the Deli Tavern in Downtown Phoenix for a late-night bash featuring beer and shots only, no cocktails allowed.