Pop-Up Parties, Competitions and More: Where to Enjoy the San Antonio Cocktail Conference Spillover

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Booze brands from all across the land will be in San Antonio this week showing off their particular portfolio. Even if you're only slated for one or two official San Antonio Cocktail Conference parties/seminars (find all of the ones we're not going to miss here), you can still enjoy cocktails throughout several of the city's best bars.

Tuesday, January 9

Compass Box Kick Off // Start the cocktail conference on a classy note with Compass Box High King St. Glasgow Blend cocktails at The Last Word. Stop in for $7 pours of the Glasgow Blend and $8 What Is Dead May Never Die cocktails with Glasgow blend, sweet vermouth, house habanero tincture and salt. No cover, 8-10pm, 229 E. Houston St., (210) 314-1285.

Wednesday, January 10
Big Easy Bayou Boogie // After celebrating Women Shaking It Up, bounce on over to L0wcountry for their Big Easy Bayou Boogie. Hosted by the bar and Derelict Airship Distillery (and sponsors Redemption Rye, Caffe del Fuego, Chareau Aloe Liqueur, Emerald Absinthe, Teeling Irish Whiskey), the party will feature cocktail specials, music by the Crescent Soul Revue (10pam-1am), and FREE gumbo while it lasts. No cover, 4pm-2am, 318 Martinez St., (210) 560-2224.

A Night Cap with Kimo Sabe Mezcal // Stop by The Last Word for cocktails by brand ambassadors Nicki Petry and Jen Keyser as well as music by Luis Banuelos and gifts for the first 50 guests. No cover, midnight-2am, 229 E. Houston St., (210) 314-1285.

Thursday, January 11
Angel's Envy Happy Hour // The public is welcome to attend this takeover at Juniper Tar featuring Kentucky Straight Bourbon finished in port wine barrels and Whiskey Guardian Rashid Barrett. No cover, 6-8pm, 244 W. Houston St., (210) 229-1833.

Meet the Maker // Tomas Estes, co-founder of Tequila Ocho, will visit Downstairs at The Esquire Tavern for a meet-and-greet and Ocho cocktail specials. No cover, 5-7pm, 155 E. Commerce St., (210) 222-2521.

Gin & Juice Party // No, Snoop Dogg won't be at The Last Word, but you will have access to Aviation Gin cocktails and plenty of hip-hop jams. No cover, 10pm-2am, 229 E. Houston St., (210) 314-1285.

Cumbia Crunk at Rumble // You'll have plenty of chances to sample the American Distilling Institute's winner of Best of Class two years running with a cumbia party at Rumble that includes The Mezcal Donkeys and the Kimo Sabe Mezcal Lucha Libre Girls. Bonus: The Kimo Sabe Mezcal bus will be making rounds to and from The Doseum to Rumble from 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. No cover, 10:30pm-2am, 2410 N. St. Mary's St.

Come & Taste It // Cutty Sark says ahoy to the Cocktail Conference with a pop-up bar inside the Motor Lobby of the St. Anthony Hotel. Stop in for a "Texas Toast" at midnight, music by Sound Cream Airstream and games. Pick up your wristband from the San Antonio Cocktail Conference Central during regular business hours of from any of your Cutty friends. 10:30pm-1:30am, St. Anthony Hotel, 300 E. Travis St.

Cynar Pop-Up // Very rarely is a pop-up truly as spontaneous as once was imagined, but here we are! This herbaceous amaro with artichoke origins will tickle your tastebuds with two pop-ups with locations still TBD for Thursday-Saturday. Text DRINK to 77453 for updates.

Monkey 47 After-Party // Juniper Tar hosts Monkey 47 gin to for GET THIS — $4.70 — cocktails. Can't beat that. No cover, 10pm-2am, 6-8pm, 244 W. Houston St., (210) 229-1833. 

Friday, January 12
Kentucky Cantina // Knob Creek and El Tesoro host this whiskey and tequila pop-up bar by Chris Bostick of Austin's Half Step. Prices vary, 5-7pm, Ritas on the Riverwalk, 245 E. Commerce St.

Meet the Maker // John Troia, founder of Tempus Fugit Spirits will be on-hand for absinthe, oysters and cocktails. No cover, 5-7pm, 155 E. Commerce St., (210) 222-2521.

Pagan Idol Takeover //
San Francisco's tiki-centric Pagan Idol takes command of the wells at Hot Joy for some "rum-soaked debauchery" and music by Daikaiju. No cover, 10pm-2am, 1014 S. Alamo St., (210) 368-9324.

Monkey Shoulder After-Party // Do you like poolside parties and feeling posh AF? RSVP to this bacchanal featuring Monkey Shoulder cocktails as made by brand ambassador Seb Derbomez and local industry vets. RSVP is required, and entry is based on availability, 10:30pm-1:30am, 300 E. Travis St.

Slow & Low Social Club // The Roosevelt Buffet will serve as a hot spot for late night whiskey, beer, music and games inside the 1978 Chevy G20 cocktail lounge. No cover, 10pm-1am Friday & Saturday, 119 S. Flores St.

Maison Ferrand Tiki Takeover // Plantation rum, Citadelle gin and Pierre Ferrand Cognac will be the shows of this tiki party at Juniper Tar. Bring your comfiest Hawaiian shirt. No cover, 9pm-2am, 244 W. Houston St., (210) 229-1833. 

Hendrick's Ministry of Relaxation // Hendrick's Lounge will let you kick back and relax after so many days of drinking. Open to San Antonio Cocktail Conference attendees, the Hendrick's "Ministry of Relaxation" will offer spa treatments and a sampling of cocktails. RSVP is required, and entry is based on availability so get there early, noon-5pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday.

Lucha Limon // Billed as a Tequila Interchange Project fundraiser, this event heads to El Mirador where competitors will hand-squeeze limes in this bracket-style tourney. The public is invited in to watch, and enjoy specials on tequila, mezcal , sotol and agave-filled cocktails. A raffle with rare bottles will benefit the Tequila Interchange Project, which advocates "the preservation of sustainable, traditional and quality practices in the industries of agave distilled spirits." No cover, 5-8pm, 722 S. St. Mary's St.

Girl Gang Honky Tonk Takeover // Our resident gals are putting on their best boots during the San Antonio Cocktail Conference for a Honky Tonk Takeover at Paper Tiger. Made up of founding members Danielle Chapman, Denise De Glopper, Haleigh Guillory, Karen Tartt, Zulcoralis “Zulco” Rodriguez, and Vanessa Vara, Girl Gang SA is teaming up with girl gangs from across Texas to host this cocktail competition. Visiting gangs include
Erin Ashford, Steph Teslar, Ornella Ashcraft, Brita Turner, and Tacy Rowland of Austin; Racheal Buie, Alli Genoway, Linda Salinas, Marla Martinez, Michelle Womack, Qwesha Byrd and Ninotchka Daly Gandulla of Houston; and Keisha Cooper, Michaela Marie, Mandy Meggs, Reid Lewis of Dallas. Ford's Gin will sponsor the affair with assists by Cana Brava Rum, Aylesbury Duck Vodka, and Tequila Cabeza (part of The 86 Co. portfolio), with the bartenders going head to head to see who makes the best cocktail in Texas. Proceeds from the event will benefit Planned Parenthood, as is Girl Gang's mission to help nonprofits. Prices vary, 11pm-2am, 2410 N. St. Mary's St.

Sunday, January 14

The Barman's Brunch // After three years at The Esquire Tavern, The Barman's Brunch will move to Rosella at the Rand where the bar staff will be joined by 10 out-of-town bartenders, in donating all tip proceeds toward Dress for Success San Antonio. Rosella at the Rand will have a special cocktail menu prepared especially for the event and their full brunch menu. Prices vary, 11am-4pm, 114 Houston St., (210) 595-1410.