New Orleans has its Tales of the Cocktail, but Los Angeles has its own ultimate cocktail fest – Art Beyond the Glass. Dozens of L.A.’s top bartenders gathered last month to not only show off wicked cocktail making skills but also artistic craft as well – from painting to sculpting to DJ-ing – all for a good cause.
Dubbed as “the party of the year” two years in row, return bartenders included Soigné Group’s Julian Cox, Sunny Spot’s bartender/artist Brian Butler, Tasting Kitchen’s Justin Pike, Pour Vous’ Dave Fernie and Old Lightning’s Steve Livigni.
Debut mixologists at ABTG2 included The Corner Door’s Beau DuBois, Goldie's Brittini Rae Peterson, Littlefork’s DJ Dino Balocchi, Ray’s Bar bartender/DJ Paul Sanguinetti and Seven Grand’s Philip Renderer. As the emcee, Neat owner Aidan Demarest made his first appearance at ABTG one to remember.
Each liquor sponsor had an all-star local bartender cast. Here’s the lineup:
Team Infinium – Casa Noble Tequila & Zaya Rum:
Dr. Christopher Day (Cole’s), Dan McClary (Westside Tavern), Joe Swifka
(La Descarga), Justin Pike (The Tasting Kitchen)
Team Del Maguey / Becherovka:
Devon Tarby (The Varnish), Giovanni Martinez (Sadie), Julian Cox (Soigné Group), Rosie Ruiz (Connie & Ted’s)
Team Bombay Sapphire:
Chris Ojeda (Soho House), Kate Grutman (Soho House), Mia Mastroianni (Soho House), Nathan Burdette (The Bazaar)
Team Leblon Cachaça:
The 3 Graces at Cole’s (Brent Falco, Cari Hah, Zahra Bates), Jason Schiffer (320 Main), Justin Roberts (La Descarga)
Team Pisco Portón:
Brady Weise (1886 Bar at The Raymond), Brittini Rae (Goldie’s), Chris Amirault
(Eveleigh), Daniel Zacharczuk (La Descarga)
Team Aviation Gin:
Daniel Warrilow (Son of a Gun), Kiowa Bryan (Eveleigh), Michelle Bearden (320 Main), Paul Sanguinetti (Patina Group)
Team Belvedere aka Team Handsome:
Dan Long (Big Bar), Devon Espinosa (Pour Vous), Francois Vera (No Vacancy), Ricky Yarnall (OCBC)
Team La Niña Del Mezcal:
Angela Gomez (A-Frame), Beau du Bois (The Corner Door), Brian Butler (Sunny Spot, The Brig), Jen Len (Caña)
Just of few the favorite cocktails of Art Beyond the Glass 2 included:
Jill Webster (Harvard & Stone) –
Boozy Sno-cones – Campari or Cynar
Cari Hah and Zahra Bates (Cole’s):
Boozy otter pops in watermelon, lemon and berry flavors.
Beau Du Bois (Corner Door),:
Taco Truck - La Nina del Mezcal, pineapple and cinnamon-infused Campari, Carpano Antica, mole bitters
Brady Weise (1886 Bar):
Panic at the Pisco - Pisco Porton, lime juice, St. Vincent pineapple gum syrup, Angel City IPA, yuzu bitters.
Christopher Day (Cole’s):
Old Fostered - Zaya Rum, Miracle Mile Chocolate-Chili Bitters, Java Juice, fried banana demerara syrup.
Giovanni Martinez (Sadie):
Oaxacan Czech Point - Del Maguey Crema de Mezcal, Coke, Becherovka, ice cream.
Jason Schiffer (320 Main):
Leblon Cachaca punch - lemon, lime, blueberry-cucumber-sage shrub and lavender spice bitters.
Kate Grutman (Soho House West Hollywood)
La Bonita - Bombay Sapphire gin, Granny Smith apple-infused dry vermouth, sour cherry bitters, lime, club soda.
Held at the L.A. Athletic Club, the proceeds of ticket sales and silent auction benefitted the non-profit Art Share LA, an affordable housing project and community arts center in downtown L.A.
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