World Cocktail Week kicks off on May 6 and runs through May 13. Below, a list of the events going on around the city. Last year I went to the Proof dinner and it was so fun that I'm planning to check out some of the other events going on as well.
Cocktail Cage Match - 1-2 p.m.
WAMU 88.5 FM
Tune in to WAMU’s Kojo Nnambi Show to hear a debate between Todd Thrasher of Restaurant Eve, PX and Derek M. Brown of the Gibson, SOVA on the merits of culinary cocktails versus classic cocktails.
Honoring D.C.'s Greatest Bartender - 3 p.m.
Visit to the grave of George A. Williamson, legendary D.C. bartender and inventor of the Rickey.
For details, contact: Derek Brown
Bar Pilar - 5-7 p.m.
Plymouth Gin Rickey Happy Hour with Adam Bernbach, DC's indigenous cocktail featuring Plymouth Gin.
PS7’s - 5-8 p.m.
80's Happy Hour Remix - Gina Chersevani in promotion with Skyy Vodka will be remixing 80's cocktails to a new beat, with music provided by DJ Brian Miller! There will flare, fire, and fun with the help of fellow guild members Rachel Sergi from Zatinaya and Jason Strich from Rasika. Get out your hairspray and tight roll your jeans for an outrageous time.
The Warehouse Cafe - 6-8 p.m.
Punch Club Happy Hour, featuring classic punches by Dan Searing of Room 11
SOVA Espresso and Wine - 7-9 p.m.
Featuring the Bay Area Philosopher and assorted Pisco cocktails with Pisco expert Melanie Asher and SOVA head bartender Jamie MacBain.
The Gibson - 6-8 p.m.
Tiffany's Tiki Happy Hour - We are offering a selection of three classic tiki drinks made by Tiffany Short.
Proof - 7 p.m.
Cocktail party and five-course dinner benefiting the Museum of the American Cocktail will kick off with a cocktail hour featuring passed hors d'oeuvres and five specialty cocktails created just for this event. Proof’s executive chef Haidar Karoum will prepare a five-course tasting menu that will be paired with five additional specialty cocktails.The city's top mixologists will create cocktails for the evening, including Adam Bernbach, Derek Brown, Gina Chersevani, Justin Guthrie, Owen Thomson, Todd Thrasher, Chantal Tseng, Rico Wisnor, Jill Zimorski, and Sebastian Zutant. $145 per person. Contact: Karen Chan
Sonoma Lounge - 6-9 p.m.
Upstairs Happy Hour - Cucumber Milk Punch, along with other cocktails featuring Hendricks Gin by Justin Guthrie and Tom Street.
Tabard Inn - 10 p.m.
Reverse Happy Hour with Chantal Tseng - Featuring “May” cocktails by Chantal Tseng.