Last fall, I had a BLAST being a part of the Trigger’s Toys cocktail extravaganza, a fundraising event that united dozens of bartenders from around Texas to set up pop-up bars throughout Henry’s Majestic and whip up outstanding drinks all night long … for charity, of course!
As much fun as that event was, the former Fantasy Bar Draft is getting a big revamp this year, with a new name but the same charitable focus. The Ultimate Cocktail Experience is, like last year, raising money for Trigger’s Toys — an organization that brings joy and toys to kids in treatment hospitals — but this time, the party will take place outdoors, and bartender teams have been assigned region-focused pop-up bar concepts to bring to life on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Klyde Warren Park will play host to the Ultimate Cocktail Experience, and team captains and assigned regions are as follows:
Kiyoko Kinoshita from Midnight Rambler (Asia)
Andrew Stofko from Victor Tangos (North America)
Jenny Park from Filament (Europe)
Ravinder Singh from Rapscallion (South America)
Bryan Dalton from Mexican Sugar (Africa)
More than 100 bartenders will be divided amongst these five teams, and, like last year, work together to conceptualize the feel and the cocktail menu of their respective bar. They’ve already got their names down, and, trust me, that’s half the battle. Check out these monikers, though: Rafiki’s: A-frican Good Time (Africa); Mad Hatter’s Cocktail Emporium (Europe); Kamikaze (Asia); New World Carnival (North America); and Dr. Amazon’s Apothecary (South America). I’m already having an amazing time! Now just imagine the scene at Klyde Warren Park when each of these bar concepts is up and running and serving incredible beverages!
Imagine no more and get your tickets so you can be in on the action when it unfolds. General admission tickets are $65 (plus a $4 fee), which allows entry right at the 6:30 p.m. start time, and VIP tickets, for $125 (plus a $7 fee), which gets you in at 6 for a Champagne reception and also includes spirits tastings.
Needless to say, a) proceeds from both ticket levels will benefit Trigger’s Toys and put a smile on the face of dozens of kids who need a lift, and b) the Ultimate Cocktail Experience will be an experience reserved for those 21 and up! Purchase your ticket today for next weekend’s event before they sell out.
Ultimate Cocktail Experience
What: Five teams of bartenders bring regionally inspired bar concepts to life and serve up bomb drinks for a good cause.
When: Saturday, Nov. 5
Where: Klyde Warren Park
Cost: General admission, $65 (plus a $4 fee); VIP, $125 (plus a $7 fee). Buy tickets here.