First-Ever Pittsburgh Cocktail Week is Coming

The celebration of Pittsburgh's dynamic drinks scene will kick off in mid-September.

Photo by John Altdorfer


Pittsburgh’s evolution from shot-and-a-beer town to craft cocktail city will be getting another boost next month. The first-ever Pittsburgh Cocktail Week will feature tequila classes, ice-carving seminars, whiskey tastings and even a 101 on shrubs and preserving with Butterjoint’s Will Groves.

Just want to sit back and consume instead of using your noodle? No problem. The week will feature a cocktail competition, with more than 20 participating bars creating Pittsburgh-themed drinks with local ingredients.

Here’s the full line-up:

Monday, Sept. 16
Tequila Classes at Verde. The industry class is at noon, the open-to-the-public seminar starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 17
Ice carving and shaping at the Livermore. Industry class at noon, public at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 18
Wigle Whiskey aging seminar for industry professionals at noon, whiskey tasting at 7 p.m., both events at the Wigle distillery. At Bar Marco, there's a service-industry mixer at 10 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 19
Flair bartending with Mike Mills of Meat and Potatoes, at Bar Marco; industry professionals only, at noon. In the evening, a seminar involving Boyd & Blair vodka is being planned.

Friday, Sept. 20
Johnny Foster of The Artful Drinker, a service-industry marketing firm, on craft spirits, at 12:30 p.m., location to be announced.

Saturday, Sept. 21
Will Groves of the Butterjoint on shrubs and preserving, 12:30 p.m., location to be determined. In the evening, Bill Larkin, owner of Arsenal Cider House will co-host a seminar on cider cocktails at 7 p.m., Benjamin's, 900 Western Ave.

Sunday, Sept. 22
Wrap Party at The Omni William Penn's downstairs Speakeasy.

For more, head to the Post-Gazette.


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