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Seattle Cocktail Week: It’s Here!

The first-ever toast to our cocktail culture takes place October 27–30.

By Christopher Werner October 26, 2011

Finally! Seattle Cocktail Week occurs October 27–30.

The long overdue, four-day booze fest we’re calling Seattle Cocktail Week is finally upon us. It isn’t a seminar-and-demo–driven turbine like the one in Portland so much as a rallying of 80-some bars promising discounts, special menus, and booze-soaked shenanigans Thursday, October 27 through Sunday evening.

Anyone wanting to get in on the action should pick up a “passport” listing the participating bars, the specials they have planned, and sponsors, says Andrew Friedman, president of the Washington State Bartenders Guild. Establishments across town will have the 100-page booklet; the Guild, which organized Cocktail Week, is asking for a $2 donation. (Liberty on Capitol Hill—Friedman is a co-owner—is sure to have them.) [UPDATE 10/27: Here’s a list of bars stocking the guide.]

“What started off as a small ‘passport’ has turned into this book,” says Friedman, noting how enthusiasm for Cocktail Week has totally ballooned.

What kind of specials are we looking at? Liberty, for instance, will mix drinks with local brands on Thursday; the next night it hosts Portland barman Tommy Klus on behalf of Del Maguey Mezcal. You might consider hitting up Rob Roy on Thursday for Boobs, Booze, and Beignets. LUPEC Seattle organized the fundraiser for breast cancer research, and Where Ya At Matt is providing the eats.

Also, this sounds fun: Tan Vinh of The Seattle Times reports neighborhood bar crawls will take place Thursday–Saturday, with a closing night party at the Capitol Hill Barrio.

We’ll update you as we hear of more noteworthy events, but you can keep tabs on things via the Seattle Cocktail Week facebook page.

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