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February 2017
$40

Cocktail Carnival – Signature Event

February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – OH Pool, 6850 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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The kick-off to AZCW! Mixologists and spirit specialists come from all over the country to showcase their brands and their talent. Nothing is out of bounds or off limits – from house made infusions and tinctures to whimsical cocktails you’ve never seen before.  No matter your cocktail or spirit of choice, with over 25 different tasting stations, you’ll definitely find something you love. This event always sells out so get your tickets early! $40 in advance, $50 at the door…

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RACK: Bloody Mary Bar

February 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Sands Bar, 6850 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Presented by Dirty Sue & Rutte Distilling

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Free

RACK: Muddled Mornings

February 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Sands Bar, 6850 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Sponsored by Perfect Purée, Kimo Sabe Mezcal, Barritts Ginger Beer

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Free

RACK: Cult Coffee on NITRO Bike

February 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Sands Parking Lot, 6850 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Presented by Cult Coffee

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$25

Beyond the Smoke: Understanding Cannabis in Food & Beverage

February 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Tropicana Room, 6850 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Speakers: Rachel Burkons, Huxton This seminar will explore the potential culinary and beverage applications of cannabis, as well as offer an in-depth education into an emerging category in the F&B space. From the ABCs of CBDs, to responsible dosing and the basics of various extraction methods, this seminar will offer F&B industry professionals an inside look at the future of cannabis and its place in the hospitality industry. Sponsored by The Clever Root Get Tickets

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$25

From Bartender to Bar Manager

February 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Sahara Room, 6850 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Speakers: Jillian Vose (The Dead Rabbit NYC), Tyson Buhler (Death & Co NYC) Join famed bartender Jillian Vose (Dead Rabbit, New York) and Tyson Buhler (Death & Co, New York) (Diageo World Class) as they walk you through what it takes to make the leap from Bartender to Bar Manager … it’s not as easy as you think. Get Tickets

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Free

RACK: Azunia Margarita Bar

February 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – OH Pool, 6850 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Presented by Azunia Tequila

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$25

The Art of the Tiki

February 18 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Sands Building, 6850 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Speakers: Martin Cate (Smuggler’s Cove), Georgi Radev (Mahiki London) Join Martin Cate (Smuggler’s Cove, San Francisco) and Georgi Radev (Mahiki, London) as they discuss the past and present of the art of Polynesian Pop. From the mugs, carvings, music, cocktails, and more, you'll learn how the art of tiki shapes the complete guest experience.  You'll sip on exotic cocktails while shopping at a bazaar filled with art by some of the most famous tiki artists living in the Southwest today.…

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$20

Cocktailgating Festival

February 18 @ 2:00 pm - February 19 @ 6:00 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Sands Parking Lot, 6850 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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The Sands parking lot at the Hotel Valley Ho has always been a popular destination for our guests, participants, sponsors to congregate between seminars and events. For 2017, we are taking over the parking lot and providing a full day’s experience of sampling, demo’s, games and fun. Tickets are $20 per day or are complimentary with a purchase of another SAME DAY event ticket (i.e. Seminar, Top Bars, Storyteller’s Dinner.) You can also buy a combination ticket to this event plus…

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$25

Modern Classics Workshop with Cherry Heering

February 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Tropicana Room, 6850 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Speakers: H. Joseph Ehrmann Join veteran barman and educator H. Joseph Ehrmann (Elixir, San Francisco) as he leads you through a multi-faceted workshop aimed at exploring and inspiring the flavor pairings possible in utilizing Cherry Heering in your original spin on a classic cocktail. We'll taste this classic liqueur with 12 different spirits, an array of bitters, produce and other modifiers and explore possibilities together. Sponsored by Cherry Heering, Boondocks American Whiskey, Los Arango Blanco Tequila Get Tickets

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$25

What The Hell is Cachaca?

February 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Sahara Room, 6850 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Speakers: Armando Rosario What the Hell is Cachaça? So you think you know? Join Armando Rosario as he details the history and production of the first distillate of the Americas and official spirit of Brazil. Sponsored By SGWS Get Tickets

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$25

Bartender’s BBQ

February 18 @ 2:00 pm - February 19 @ 6:00 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Sands Parking Lot, 6850 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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As a special bonus for the Cocktailgating Festival, come and enjoy some smokin’ delicious barbecue from Gene Samuel of the Black Tiger in Las Vegas. His cooking style is a hybrid style of CUE from Kansas City, Chicago and down-south with some afro-cuban/caribbean and Puerto Rican influences. For $25, get a limited-edition Bartenders BBQ t-shirt for $25–profits benefitting the USBG National Charity Foundation, dedicated to the Health & Wellness of bartenders nation-wide. - shirt supply is limited to the first 100!  So, get your ticket today! Please note;…

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$56

CrushBrew

February 18 @ 3:00 pm - February 19 @ 6:00 pm
Bridge between Olive & Ivy & Herb Box, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States + Google Map

Arizona Cocktail Week has partnered with CRUSHBREW, a Craft Beverage Festival at the Scottsdale Waterfront, during our Cocktailgating Festival! CRUSHBREW brings together craft beer, boutique wines, hard cider and craft spirits. We’ll also have our own AZCW tent at CRUSHBREW, demonstrating craft cocktails to the masses. In conjunction with CRUSHBREW, Arizona Cocktail Week will be offering a Combo Ticket in 2017 to attend the AZCW Cocktailgating Festival and CRUSHBREW on a single ticket. Ollie the Trolley will provide transportation between…

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$25

High Volume Art Perfected

February 18 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Sands Building, 6850 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Speakers: Chris Cardone (Diageo World Class Finalist), Nectaly Mendoza (Herbs & Rye), Ross Simon (Bitter & Twisted), Jacques Bezuidenhout (Forgery/Wild Hawk), Simon Thompson (Callooh Callay) Explore what it takes to put amazing and balanced cocktails in front of your guests in a high volume establishment. How much thought goes into this process even before the first drink is served, or the ice machine gets installed? Where do you even begin in this process of bar and menu design, never mind…

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$100

Storytellers

February 18 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Palm Court Lawn, 6850 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Join us in the garden and enjoy a meal from some of the Valley’s finest chefs paired with the best cocktails from renowned mixologists – all the while hearing their unique stories. Previous chefs and storytellers have included: Beau MacMillan, Cullen Campbell, Silvia Salcido Esperanza, Aaron May, Dale Degroff, Tony Abou-Ganim, Jillian Vose, Jonathan Pogash, and Mat Snapp. This year’s lineup will surely be a memorable one — Jennifer Russo (The Market by Jennifer), Courtney Bennett (Tito's Handmade Vodka), Jared…

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Free

Agave Alley

February 18 @ 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Bowlmor Scottsdale, 7300 E Thomas Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Break out your bowling shoes and give those balls a shine because Agave Alley is back, better than ever! This agave fueled bowling extravaganza is a free event offering sampling from over a dozen of Mexico’s finest spirit producers. This event is open to all 21+.

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Free

Mind, Body & Spirit

February 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Hotel Valley Ho – Palm Court Lawn, 6850 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Originally founded by Dushan Zaric, Patricia Richards and Natalie Bovis, this wellness initiative aims to support bartenders physically and energetically. Booze professionals give so much of themselves that burn-out and depression can set in when not balanced with self-nuturing and an occasional “time out.” During a fun and hectic cocktail festival, Mind Body Spirits is a chance to step away for a moment and refuel from the inside. Join us on the Palm Court Lawn from 10:30 - 11:30 am…

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RACK: Bloody Mary Bar

February 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Sands Bar, 6850 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Sponsored by Dirty Sue & Rutte Distilling

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RACK: Muddled Mornings

February 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Sands Bar, 6850 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Sponsored by Perfect Purée, Kimo Sabe Mezcal, Barritts Ginger Beer

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Free

RACK Alert: Roll Over Donuts with Crown Royal

February 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Sands Parking Lot, 6850 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Sponsored by Crown Royal Fresh, delicious doughnuts infused with Crown Royal Regal Apple, Crown Royal Maple Finished, and Crown Vanilla!

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RACK Alert: Cult Coffee on NITRO Bike

February 19 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Sands Parking Lot, 6850 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Sponsored by Cult Coffee

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Accent Flair

February 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Tropicana Room, 6850 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Speakers: Moe Isaza, and Chris Cardone One of the most important aspects of creating value is the differentiation of oneself; how to use body movements and bar tools to attract attention and create an unforgettable experience for your guests. This seminar will offer bartenders an opportunity to bridge multiple crucial techniques and philosophies together to become a more complete bartender. In this half presentation/half workshop, attendees will learn about the importance of using showmanship, a knowledge of flavors inside the…

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$25

Secrets of a Home Bartender

February 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Sahara Room, 6850 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Speakers: Randy Tarlow (Liquid Alchemist) When making your own bar, learn some of the tricks of the trade and helpful tips in creating your own mixology bar at home – from Syrups 101 to product selection to bar tools. Get Tickets

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$25

British Invasion from tea sippers to cocktail shakers

February 19 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Sands Building, 6850 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Speakers: Declan Padraic McGurk (Savoy), Jake Burger (Portbello Gin), Simon Thompson (Callooh Callay), Georgi Radev (Mahiki, London) Some of the most creative, award winning bars have come out of London. And over the last two decades, it has become an international cocktail powerhouse. How did it get to this point and what has been the driving force behind it? In this British Invasion, we meet some of the biggest names in the cocktail scene from across the pond and get an…

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Shedding some Light on the Dark Side of the Industry

February 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Tropicana Room, 6850 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Speakers: Tony Abou-Ganim (Moderator), Nectaly Mendoza, Chris Cardone, Damon Scott Many people ignore some of the harsh realities of our industry, such as alcoholism and the culture of drinking. Join moderator Tony Abou-Ganim as we meet some industry luminaries and hear some of their stories of how they’ve been through addiction and alcoholism and how they continue to work in our industry. If you know of someone that is dealing with addiction, please invite them. (50 attendent limit) Sponsored By:…

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$25

The Cold facts on the Hottest Brew

February 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Sahara Room, 6850 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Speakers: John Gozebekian "Cold" brewed coffee has been hot over the last 5-10 years. It’s not a new trend either, but a renewed one. Just because a coffee can be "cold brewed" doesn't mean it should be either. Get the facts on what makes a cold brew coffee, how it works and the benefits and drawbacks. Find out about the different types of cold brewed coffee, both "still" and "Nitro" infusions. See some mocktails and cocktails with cold brewed concentrate…

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$25

The Guest: The Common Denominator

February 19 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Sands Building, 6850 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Speakers: Declan Padraic McGurk (Savoy), Jillian Vose (The Dead Rabbit),  Phillip Bischoff (Manhattan Bar, Singapore) Three award winning venues from across the globe are all too aware there is one thing they have in common, and that's you! The historic American Bar of the London's Savoy; the culinary triumph of the Tippling Club; and the Worlds number one bar the Dead Rabbit shall all discuss their varied yet calculated approaches to the creation of great experiences. Get Tickets

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$40

Top Bars

February 19 @ 8:00 pm - 11:59 pm
The Croft, 22 E Buchanan St
Phoenix, AZ 85004 United States
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As one of Arizona Cocktail Week’s most exclusive event with some of the most distinguished mixologists and bars in the world, come celebrate with us as we take over Downtown Phoenix at the famed The Croft Downtown. Please note, parking for the Top Bars event is located at 401 S. 1st Ave, the lot is just West of The Croft. $40 in advance, $50 at the door BAR X Salt Lake City, UT BACKBEAT Austin, TX BOYS & GIRLS…

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Helen Davis Charity Bike Ride

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Let's Ride! Join Tony Abou-Ganim for the first bike ride of the year on Monday, February 20th, 2017 during Arizona Cocktail Week.  This ride benefits the Helen David Relief Fund at the USBG National Charity Foundation.  WHO: Anyone can ride, whether you’re a bartender or not!   WHY: It’s great exercise, fun company, food & drinks afterwards and it’s for a good cause!  All monies raised go towards the Helen David Relief Fund.  (Benefits bartenders affected by Breast Cancer.  Unfortunately, many bartenders…

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Hendrick’s Air Departures Lounge

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Sands Building, 6850 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Your gateway to an exquisitely odd, and more comfortable exit from Arizona Cocktail Week. Guests will take refuge from the mundanity of modern travel in our sanctuary of unusual amenities before being whisked to the airport in sprightly style. We encourage booking your appointment and baggage with our valet service from 12 to 6pm. Are you local with no airtime to catch? Set your worries aside as your presence is also welcome!

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$20

Artisanal Market

February 20 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
SoHo Ballroom, Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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This is the spirit and cocktail version of a Farmer’s Market. Walk through tables and tents of craft spirits, bitters, local artisans that feature everything from infused sugars and salts to shrubs to tonics. If you’re interested in finding those special spirits and crafty drink items, this is the place!

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$10

Last Slinger Standing

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Showroom at Culinary Drop Out – Farmer Arts District, 149 S Farmer Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281 United States
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The premier bartending competition of the Southwest! We invited United States Bartenders Guild chapters from Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and for 2017, Austin, Texas, to send us their best bartenders and we pit them against one another for the ultimate title of “Last Slinger Standing.” It is a fast-paced, anything can happen, high-energy elimination round competition to find the best bartender. The winner walks away with the coveted “Centennial Cup,” a cash prize and a donation to their…

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Anti Cocktail Party

February 20 @ 10:00 pm - February 21 @ 1:00 am
The Woodshed, 19 w Baseline Rd
Tempe, AZ 85283 United States
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Presented by: Bittermens, Fortaleza, Guinness Feeling cocktailed-out? Take a break from the infinite craft cocktails and enjoy a cold beer or shot as we continue celebrating the Last Slinger Standing at the Anti-Cocktail Party.

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Hendrick’s Air Departures Lounge

February 21 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Sands Building, 6850 E Main St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 United States
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Your gateway to an exquisitely odd, and more comfortable exit from Arizona Cocktail Week. Guests will take refuge from the mundanity of modern travel in our sanctuary of unusual amenities before being whisked to the airport in sprightly style. We encourage booking your appointment and baggage with our valet service from 12 to 6pm. Are you local with no airtime to catch? Set your worries aside as your presence is also welcome!

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$20

This Is Tucson Cocktail Showcase

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Playground Lounge, 278 E Congress St
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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  Presented by the Arizona Daily Star An Arizona Cocktail Week Event Featuring some of Tucson’s premier bar & restaurants showcasing & sampling their best Tucson cocktails to the public Featuring some of Tucson’s premier bar & restaurants showcasing & sampling their best Tucson cocktails to the public Cocktail sampling is included in admission. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit the Jupiter Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that advances the craft of bartending through educational programs and events. [av_one_half…

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$40

Last Call at the W Hotel: Hosted by Jack Daniels

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
W Scottsdale Wet Deck, 277 E Camelback Rd
Scottsdake, AZ 85251 United States
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Join us at the W Scottsdale for Arizona Cocktail Week’s closing night. Live music, tasty eats, rock n’ roll inspired activities, and craft cocktail sampling from our friends at Jack Daniel’s. For table reservations contact [email protected] or 602.405.0099

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