Welcome to Sacramento Cocktail Week, the ultimate celebration of Sacramento's vibrant cocktail culture! Join us from June 4th to June 8th for an unforgettable experience where local bars, restaurants, and cocktail enthusiasts come together.
Sacramento Cocktail Week is more than just great drinks. It's about fostering a sense of community and supporting our local businesses. As you explore the diverse bar scene, you'll have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, forge new friendships, and watch competitions like you've never seen before. It's a chance to celebrate the creativity, passion, and dedication that make Sacramento's cocktail community truly special.
In addition to the social experience, Sacramento Cocktail Week offers engaging educational opportunities. Our program features discussion panels and captivating keynote speakers from industry professionals who share their insights and expertise.
Join us at Sacramento Cocktail Week from June 4th to June 8th and immerse yourself in the spirit of community, support local businesses, and expand your cocktail horizons. Raise your glass and toast to the vibrant cocktail culture of Sacramento! Cheers!
SUNDAY JUNE 4TH
Kick off party
Time: 6-8pm Venue: Mayahuel Get ready to raise the bar and ignite your senses at the most anticipated event of the year! Join us at the stunning Mayahuel restaurant to kick off Sacramento Cocktail Week with a bang. Network with fellow hospitality industry pros and be among the first to preview the exciting lineup of events for 2023's Cocktail Week. With Lost Explorer Mezcal cocktail specials and passed apps this is the ultimate party to start the week in style - make sure you're there! Sponsor: Lost Explorer Mezcal
Cocktails and karaoke
Time: 9pm-Midnight Venue: Shady Lady Coming back with a vengeance! Cocktails & Karaoke ... a Sacramento Cocktail Week classic where competitors belt it and dealt it out. Picking a song of their choice and creating an original cocktail featuring Four Roses Bourbon. Esteemed panelists will be judging on performance, creativity, taste and presentation. Come root on your favorite bartenders sharing their other talents as well. Four Roses specials all night and karaoke open to the public immediately following the competition. Sponsor: Four Roses Bourbon
Join us at Sacramento Cocktail Week for an enlightening education class featuring a panel of renowned industry experts. This captivating discussion will explore various aspects of the hospitality industry, from customer experiences to team dynamics. Gain valuable insights into fostering inclusivity, tackling unconscious bias, and building vibrant work environments. Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to learn from the best in the business, network with like-minded individuals, and discover the future of hospitality. Secure your spot now for an inspiring panel discussion during Sacramento Cocktail Week.
Key Note Speaker: Josh Harris
Time: 11:30-12:30 with Q&A to follow.
Join us for an enlightening session featuring Josh Harris, owner and founder of Trick Dog Bar, as he takes us on a journey into the captivating world of non-alcoholic cocktails. Discover the artistry and innovation behind crafting exceptional alcohol-free beverages, explore the cultural shifts driving their popularity, and learn about the impact on the hospitality industry. Gain valuable insights from one of the industry's foremost experts and be inspired by the possibilities that await in this exciting realm. Don't miss out on this engaging session and secure your spot now to explore the non-alcoholic cocktail movement with Josh Harris. Sponsored by Seedlip.
Time: 8am Venue: Starting at Locked Barrel Join us, local celebrity Nick Amano-Dolan, and BV Run Club for a refreshing pre-party 5K run! Bartenders, lace up your shoes and start the week of festivities on a healthy note. Connect with colleagues, enjoy the scenery, and invigorate your body before diving into a week of bartending and celebrations. Don't miss this unique opportunity to kick off an unforgettable week of fun and create lasting memories! Participants will receive swag bags from Filthy.
TRIKES OF THUNDER
Time: 5-8pm Venue: Lowbrau (Streets in front) Get ready for Trikes of Thunder - the ultimate showdown of 16 fearless bartenders on custom-built tricycles racing to the finish line! This high-speed, action-packed race takes place on a specially designed track full of twists, turns, and obstacles that challenge even the most skilled riders. Each team of 2 brings their own unique style, decked out in custom themes, as they rev their engines and take off. It's a mad max-style battle where anything goes, and only one will emerge victorious. Who will be crowned the king of thunder?
The Vesper Social Club featuring Trick Dog at the Butterscotch Den
Time: 6-9pm Venue: The Butterscotch Den It's the Vesper Social Club! Join San Francisco’s Trick Dog Bar and Swan Oyster Depot for Martinis, Champagne, oysters and Hot Dogs at the swanky Butterscotch Den. Sponsored by Martini & Rossi, Grey Goose, Bombay Sapphire and Telmont Champagne.
BBQ, BOURBON, & BEATS
Time: 9pm-12am Venue: Shady Lady Saloon No one does it like the west coast does it. Eats featuring Dickel Bourbon bbq sauce and west coast style beats to jam to!
Get an exclusive opportunity to hear from industry experts as they share their insights and experiences on all things distilling-related. From opening your own distillery to the intricacies of the distilling process and the challenges faced in the industry, this panel discussion will provide valuable knowledge and firsthand perspectives. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to learn from renowned names in the industry and gain a deeper understanding of the art and science of distilling. Secure your spot now for this enlightening class during Sacramento Cocktail Week.
Key Note Speaker: Camper English
Time: 11:30-12:30 with Q&A to follow.
Camper English is a San Francisco-based cocktails and spirits writer and educator who has contributed to publications including Popular Science, Saveur, Details, Whisky Advocate, Drinks International, The Oxford Companion to Spirits & Cocktails, and many more. He is the author of Doctors and Distillers: The Remarkable Medicinal History of Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Cocktails (2022) and The Ice Book: Cool Cubes, Clear Spheres, and Other Chill Cocktail Crafts (2023). He is also the founder of CocktailSafe.org and CocktailGreen.org in addition to his main site Alcademics.com. Sponsored by Hotaling & Junipero Gin
Time: 2-5pm Venue: Cantina Alley Come and hang with us! Meet and Manny Hinojosa, the Global brand ambassador for Cazadores Tequila while enjoying some tequila at Cantina!
GOOD BOTTLE LIVE PODCAST
Time: 3-5pm Venue: Goldfields Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, gather 'round for a show that will leave you breathless with excitement! The world-renowned podcast, featuring the dynamic duo Chris Sinclair and Drew Garrison, has arrived in town and you're invited to be a part of the action!
Join us as we welcome the honored guest, the master distiller himself, Andy Nelson of Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery, as he shares his insights into the world of spirits and distillation. With his witty charm and vast knowledge, you'll be spellbound by his stories! But that's not all, folks! We've got audience participation like you've never seen before! Join us for silly games and fun prizes, and see if you have what it takes to be crowned the ultimate champion!
And if that's not enough to entice you, stick around after the show for a meet and greet with the hosts and our special guests. You'll have the chance to ask your burning questions during a live Q&A section, and even meet our surprise guest, who we promise will leave you in awe! So don't wait another minute, get your tickets now and come be a part of the magic! This is a show you won't want to miss! Sponsored by Nelson's Green Brier Distillery
BACK TO THE FUTURE
Time: 9pm-11pm Venue: Juju Kitchen & Cocktails Get ready to go Back to the Future! Join us for the ultimate 80's themed cocktail competition, where 8 talented competitors will battle it out to create the most creative riff on classic 80's cocktails featuring Tito's Vodka! With expert judges, delicious Tito's cocktails, and a night of nostalgia, this is an event you won't want to miss. So put on your neon, tease your hair, and come support your favorite competitor! Text Noah Pilkington if you'd like to compete 704-526-6060 Sponsored by Tito's Vodka
In this captivating diversity panel, industry luminaries come together to discuss the vital importance of representation in the cocktail world. From exploring the challenges faced by underrepresented communities to celebrating the transformative impact of inclusivity, this panel will delve into all aspects of diversity. Gain invaluable insights and inspiration from renowned names in the industry as they share their experiences and shed light on the path toward a more inclusive and equitable future. Don't miss this exceptional opportunity to be part of the conversation and learn how diversity strengthens and enriches the cocktail community. Secure your spot now for this enlightening class during Sacramento Cocktail Week.
KeyNote Speaker: Emma Janzen
Time: 11:30-12:30 with Q&A to follow.
Emma Janzen is a spirits and cocktail journalist, photographer, and James Beard Award-winning book author with over a decade’s worth of experience reporting on global drinks cultures. She has penned stories about mezcal, tequila, and other Mexican spirits for The New York Times, PUNCH, Imbibe, Eater, and more; currently serves as the Midwest Academy Chair for The World’s 50 Best Bars; and is also the Drinkways Editor for Good Beer Hunting. Writing and editing from her home base in the Midwest, she prefers her mezcal neat, her martinis made with gin, and her champagne served in a coupe.
Time: 4pm Venue: Kodaiko Ramen & Bar Camp Camellia & Friends present "Battle of the Brews 3: a Wet Hot American Sacramento Summer Cocktail Competition." Sponsored by Kodaiko, George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey, Camellia Coffee Roasters, & Breville/Baratza/Beanz.com
CHAREAU'S ALOE MARGARITA TAKEOVER
Time: 4-6pm Venue: Shady Lady Saloon Catch Tanya Clark, Chareau brand ambassador and bar veteran, behind the stick shakingup aloe margaritas! Sponsored by Chareau Aloe Liqueur
DUELING SHAKERS COMPETITION
Time: 7-9pm Venue: Bottle and Barlow Yeehaw! It's time for Dueling Shakers! Watch eight Sacramento bartenders go head to head in a western-themed bartending showdown to see who's the quickest behind the stick. With classic cocktails, creativity, and mystery ingredients, this event is sure to have you on the edge of your seat. Who will win the grand prize of $500? Find out at the hottest bartending competition in town! Sponsored by High West Distillery
MAN VS MACHINE
Time: 9pm-11pm Venue: Bodega Kitchen & Cocktails Get ready, folks, for the ultimate showdown! In one corner, we have three of the world's finest bartenders, ready to show off their cocktail mastery. And in the other corner, we have the unbeatable Chat GPT Ai, with its algorithmic power and machine learning might. It's Man vs. The Machine, and the stakes have never been higher!
Join us at Bodega Kitchen & Cocktails for an unforgettable evening of mixology mayhem. Our three bartenders will go head-to-head with Chat GPT Ai in a competition to see who can create the best cocktail. With a mystery set of ingredients thrown into the mix, it's anyone's game.
Will the human touch be enough to outdo the power of artificial intelligence? Or will Chat GPT Ai prove too formidable for even the most skilled bartenders? There's only one way to find out!
Throughout the evening, the audience will get to taste all the different cocktails and decide for themselves which team came out on top. You'll have the chance to sample a wide range of flavors and ingredients, all expertly crafted by our bartenders and the Chat GPT Ai. So come on down to Bodega Kitchen & Cocktails and witness the ultimate battle between Man and Machine. It's a cocktail exhibition you won't want to miss!
Time: 1pm Venue: Bodega Kitchen & Cocktails Get ready to savor the mouthwatering flavors of the Caribbean at Lechonera, the ultimate pig roast cookout community event! Presented by Bodega Kitchen & Cocktails, this delectable extravaganza is a fusion of Sacramento Cocktail Week and Bacon Fest, promising an unforgettable culinary experience. On Thursday, June 8th, starting at 1 pm, join us for an afternoon of tantalizing tastes and infectious rhythms. For just $50 a ticket, indulge in an all-you-can-eat feast where the star of the show is none other than a succulent, whole roasted pig. As you savor each delectable bite, let the vibrant beats of live Caribbean music transport you to an island paradise. Lechonera is set to be an epic celebration of flavors, sounds, and community spirit that you won't want to miss! Sponsored by Santa Teresa & Bacardi.
Time: 1-4PM Venue: B-Side Join us for a thrilling Jack Daniel's Corn Hole Tournament with drink specials and delicious food by 42's Food. Compete against skilled players for a chance to win prizes or simply come out to support your local community. Mark your calendars and gather your friends for a day of friendly competition, great drinks, and mouthwatering food! Registration begins at 12pm.
TRIPLE THREAT THROWDOWN
Time: 6-9pm Venue: Harlows Get ready for a night of epic proportions! It's the Triple Threat Throwdown cocktail competition, where bartenders face off in a battle for the title. Sponsored by the legendary Makers Mark Whiskey, this competition features 3 rounds of high-stakes action. In round 1, the audience gets to walk around and sample each bartender's unique creation - it's like the People's Choice Championship! The first place winner will receive a $1,000 prize, but only after going head-to-head with the top contenders in the final rounds. So come cheer on your favorite bartending team and see who will come out on top in this cocktail competition! Sponsored by Makers Mark
Anna Wick for supplying all photos for this website and for photographing all the main cockail week events. Anna Wick is a full-time food, beverage, and events photographer in Sacramento and the Bay Area, with over 8 years experience working with the hospitality industry. Her vibrant, descriptive work captures the heart and story of each space and subject, capturing every important detail. For inquiries, please email [email protected]