5 Can’t-Miss Cocktail Conference Events

Into cocktails but an all-access pass isn’t in the cards for you? Here are five events for budget-conscious boozers.

Thursday, January 16


When do you ever get the chance to dress up and sample more than 20 cocktails in the same building? The Opening Night Gala at the Majestic Theatre allows attendees access to three levels of the theater, food stations, live music and a chance to taste plenty of spirits. At one-third the price of an all-access pass, this evening is worth every penny.

$100, 7-11pm, 224 E Houston.

Friday, January 17


Respected pro? Check. The know-how to impress your friends by making cocktails at home? Check. Boozing while you learn? Obviously. Conference veteran Sasha Petraske demonstrates techniques for saving time and creating batch cocktails along with punches for your next soiree during this Making Cocktails For Your Home Cocktail Party class.

$30, 11:00am, Sheraton Gunter Hotel-Baker Room.

Saturday, January 18


There isn’t a better backdrop to showcase downtown than Houston Street. The night includes cocktails, two anchor parties at Bohanan’s and Lüke Riverwalk, music from respected jazz band leader Brent Watkins (pulling double duty between the two venues), tasty snacks via Lüke chef John Russ and more.

$75, 6-10pm, Houston Street.

Sunday, January 19

Keep the party going in a dark and mostly quiet room (to better nurse that three-day hangover) as you take in a screening of Hey Bartender. The documentary, a 2013 SXSW Special Selection, follows the rebirth of craft cocktails and the people behind them. Hey Bartender features commentary by writer Graydon Carter, NYC restaurateur Danny Meyer and legendary club owner Amy Sacco. $10, 2pm, Aztec Theatre, 104 N St. Mary’s, Ste 200.

Sunday, January 19


William Grant & Sons hosts the Original Cocktail Competition–contestants will have 10 minutes to prepare a cocktail using an original recipe. The crème de la crème of local tenders will compete for a chance at $2,000. Anything can happen during this high stakes cocktail-off.

$10, 5pm, Aztec Theatre, 104 N St. Mary’s, Ste 200. —JE

All tickets can be purchased through sanantoniococktailconference.com.

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