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Sun Mar 20

Carajillo & Donuts Coffee Cart

Licor 43 will be partnering with Dark Horse Coffee Roasters to bring you back to life each morning on this epic adventure. We'll be serving Carajillos & Donuts or regular coffee if a little hair of the dog is too much to handle.

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Breakfast with the Mana Mobile

Join us for breakfast with the Mana Mobile in front of the Lafayette Hotel on Sunday and Monday from 10am to 1pm. Brunch appropriate Teremana cocktails and tasty breakfast treats, including the Rock’s famous French Toast.

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Mover & Shaker Pop Up Shop

Mover & Shaker is hosting the OFFICIAL Bartender’s Weekend pop up shop at the Lafayette Hotel from 10am to 4pm on March 20th and 21st.

Come find us in the Bourbon Room just off the main lobby!

Registration sponsored by Davos Brands

Be sure to stop by registration at the Lafayette Hotel to pick up your Bartender’s Weekend wristband and enjoy a refreshing cocktail compliments of our good friends at Aviation Gin.

Registration is necessary to verify your Industry affiliation, and wristbands are required to access to all of events and activities that make up Bartender’s Weekend (*please note that some events may require an additional RSVP).

Bartender’s Weekend gift bags with lots of goodies from our sponsors will be available for the first 500 people.

**PROOF OF COVID VACCINATION AND PHOTO ID WILL BE REQUIRED TO PICK UP YOUR WRISTBAND**

Ketel One Botanical presents: Spritz O'clock

Kick-off Bartender’s Weekend with a Ketel One Botanical Spritz poolside! Join us on Sunday, March 20th from 12 pm-4 pm at the Hotel Lafayette pool for the Ketel One Botanical Spritz O'clock. Start by perusing the pop-up market-full of local vendors-then, head down to the garnish bar to dress your Botanical Spritz for you take a dip in the pool. We can’t wait to see you there!

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Woodford Reserve Puzzle Challange

“There once was a box that was put to see,

If the mind of a peer, can solve by ween.

Here’s come the Woodford Donne,

He carry not sugar nor tea, yet fun.

Only then, when the ponder is done,

Can you take the whiskey and go.”

Highball Happy Hour

Join J. Rieger & Co Founder Ryan Maybee, and Beverage Director Andrew Olsen for an evening of busy billiards, casual conversation, and relaxed highballs. Guaranteed to be an O! SO GOOD time.

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Hometown Heroes

Join Bartender's Weekend founders Chris Patino and Erick Castro as they raise a glass and welcome everyone to America's Finest City. Enjoy cocktails created by some of the best (read: oldest) names in the San Diego bar scene, featuring a selection of well crafted spirits from Hotaling & Co's illustrious portfolio, and a bevy of snacks from the amazing team at J & Tony's.

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Mezcal Finds You

"You don't find mezcal, mezcal finds you." - Ron Cooper

Celebrate our community coming together with a Vida cocktail and a copita of our newest expression, Vida de Muertos, at this poolside happy hour. We look forward to the simple joy of gathering together and raising a toast - STIGIBEU!

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Brothers Bond Bourbon Kick Off

Join Brothers Bond Bourbon to kick off the weekend with an evening of bourbon, food and cigars. Photo moments, giveaways and the BBB team!

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

EspoLotería

"Come enjoy an evening of crafted cocktails and Espolotería, the game of chance. This will be a night you don't want to miss -- full of surprises and endless opportunities for you to act on instinct and create your own luck!

Additional RSVP is required: RSVP HERE

Maestro de Bodega Dinner at the Secret Garden

Patrón Tequila in collaboration with the team at Wormwood in University Heights is bringing the first of the Master Cellar dinner series to San Diego Bartenders Weekend. It will be a true bohemian experiences featuring the rarest tequilas from archives and few intriguing innovations accomplished by a four-course dinner.

Space is limited. Additional Sign Up Is Required: Sign Up Now.

Tequila Fortaleza Dinner at La Puerta-Mission Hills

Casual dinner at La Puerta's newest location just a 10 minute ride share from Hotel Lafayette. Enjoy small plates, cocktails and neat pours courtesy of one of the last traditionally made tequilas.

Space is limited. Additional Sign Up Is Required: Sign Up Now

Welcome, Amigos! Cutwater, Tequila, And You.

Reconnect with some infamous amigos for the official welcome to Bartenders Weekend hosted by San Diego’s own Cutwater Spirits at Fernside - deep in the heart of South Park. We’ll celebrate with Cutwater’s trio of tequilas, an appropriate abundance of tequila cocktails (in a can, made by hand, slushed with ice, and always nice), a plethora of pinatas, and summon the invisible swordsman for a proper tequila season salute. Just don’t get too close to the singing bush or expect anything besides Mexican food.

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

The Jump Off

Throwback Jams with laidback daiquiris and other rum libations. Taco Truck out front of the Till Two Club. DJ PESO djing the The Jump Off.

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.
Additional RSVP Is Required: RSVP NOW

Whisky Wishes and Caviar Dreams

Mississippi Ballroom. A throwback party for the ages, back to a time when we partied like the rich and famous! Think caviar bumps, whisky and bubs, gold and glitter extravaganza. Bring your best blazer or 80s inspired lewk, shoulder pads to the sky henny!

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Mon Mar 21

Carajillo & Donuts Coffee Cart

Licor 43 will be partnering with Dark Horse Coffee Roasters to bring you back to life each morning on this epic adventure. We'll be serving Carajillos & Donuts or regular coffee if a little hair of the dog is too much to handle.

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Breakfast with the Mana Mobile

Join us for breakfast with the Mana Mobile in front of the Lafayette Hotel on Sunday and Monday from 10am to 1pm. Brunch appropriate Teremana cocktails and tasty breakfast treats, including the Rock’s famous French Toast.

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Mover & Shaker Pop Up Shop

Mover & Shaker is hosting the OFFICIAL Bartender’s Weekend pop up shop at the Lafayette Hotel from 10am to 4pm on March 20th and 21st.

Come find us in the Bourbon Room just off the main lobby!

Registration

Be sure to stop by registration at the Lafayette Hotel to pick up your Bartender’s Weekend wristband and enjoy a refreshing cocktail compliments of our good friends at Aviation Gin.

Registration is necessary to verify your Industry affiliation, and wristbands are required to access to all of events and activities that make up Bartender’s Weekend (*please note that some events may require an additional RSVP).

Bartender’s Weekend gift bags with lots of goodies from our sponsors will be available for the first 500 people.

**PROOF OF COVID VACCINATION AND PHOTO ID WILL BE REQUIRED TO PICK UP YOUR WRISTBAND**

Squid Game Themed Brunch

Licor 43 invites you to a Squid Game themed Brunch! Licor 43 Milkshakes, delicious bites and Carajillos! Play a game of Red Light Green Light for a chance to win a Nespresso Machine. Dalgona treats. Cookie cutting competition. Come play all of your favorite games while sipping on some Licor 43!

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Empirical Pre-shift: Introducing Soka

Freeform distilling pioneers, Empirical, have a new spirit for y'all to mix with. Soka is produced, bottled & available exclusively in the US. Swing by to try some, learn more about the juice & grab a to-go cocktail from Iain Griffiths to be enjoyed by the pool!

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

RCS Rum Cruise

Calling all RUM RUNNERS! Join us for a three-hour luxury catamaran cruise around Mission Bay and gorgeous San Diego. Lunch will be provided along with PLENTY of RUM!!! #notformortals.

Shuttle picks up in front of the Lafayette Hotel at 1pm.

Space is limited. Additional sign up Is required: Sign Up Now

St. Germain Flavor Tour with Erick Castro

St. Germain Flavor Tour is a live R&D session lead by Erick Castro, Bartender-at-Large and Earlecia Richelle, the North American Ambassador for St~Germain. We will take you on a journey through the most inspiring flavor destinations in San Diego. Followed by a flavor technique workshop. Then you will get the chance to get involved in a cocktail play session behind the award-winning bar, Raised by Wolves with fresh ingredients and fresh ideas.

Space is limited. Additional sign up is required: Sign Up Now

The F#*@ing Catamaran RYE Mixer!

Join us upon the Triton Catamaran as we set sail around the San Diego Bay for a 3 hour adventure! We will have live music, great cocktails featuring the entire Infinium Spirits Portfolio (Templeton RYE, Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, Rives Gin, Corralejo Tequila, Crystal Head Vodka, and many more!) along with amazing views of San Diego and a whole lot of fun in the Sun... RYE? Cause it's The F#*@ing Catamaran RYE Mixer!

Space is limited. Additional sign up is required: Sign Up Now

Brown & Balanced Pool Party

Brown & Balanced makes its triumphant return to in-person events poolside at The Lafayette Hotel. Dress to impress in your best 80s and 90s hip-hop-inspired attire and enjoy cocktails from some of the best Black and Brown Bartenders from around the country, bites from Louisiana Purchase, and music from DJ Kewl Brez. Ain’t no party like a west coast party, cause a west coast party don't stop!

Sponsored by Equiano, Giffard, Hendrick's, Lyre's, Mezcal Amaras, Sorel, Patrón and Uncle Nearest.

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Making Copitas with Dos Hombres Mezcal

Sit and sip on some liquid sunshine, while crafting your own handmade copitas, then join for lunch and some cocktails to get ready for the night!

Space is limited. Additional sign up is required: Sign Up Now

Woodford Reserve Puzzle Challange

“There once was a box that was put to see,

If the mind of a peer, can solve by ween.

Here’s come the Woodford Donne,

He carry not sugar nor tea, yet fun.

Only then, when the ponder is done,

Can you take the whiskey and go.”

Haute Garbage

Join Kelsey Ramage (Trash Collective) and Anna Mains (Monkey Shoulder) for an afternoon of trash talking and thrift shopping. Like Macklemore said, one man’s trash is another man’s come up….Reduce, Reuse, In Style. Garbage cocktails included.

Location : Haute Garbage - a  trashy pop up in the heart of North Park
Leaving Lafayette Hotel at 1pm - returning at 4pm

Space is limited. Additional Sign Up Is Required: Sign Up Now

St. Germain Flavor Tour with Erick Castro

St. Germain Flavor Tour is a live R&D session lead by Erick Castro, Bartender-at-Large and Earlecia Richelle, the North American Ambassador for St~Germain. We will take you on a journey through the most inspiring flavor destinations in San Diego. Followed by a flavor technique workshop. Then you will get the chance to get involved in a cocktail play session behind the award-winning bar, Raised by Wolves with fresh ingredients and fresh ideas.

Space is limited. Additional sign up is required: Sign Up Now

BELIZE: A Ted Lasso Themed Party

BELIZE: A Ted Lasso Themed Party. #rumislife

Coin Op PunkaBilly Hootenanny

Live Punkabilly Music from Los Muertos, featuring Ilegal Mezcal cocktails throughout. Hot Dog eating competition, giveaways, and all the fun one can mustard! Closed to the public, 4-6pm.

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Escape to Greece

Join Kástra Elión for a sunset cruise through the eyes of Greece via the San Diego Bay. Experience a unique olive and vodka tasting while exploring different varietals, flavor profiles, music, and mythology. Are you ready to OPA?! Led by Master distiller Frank Mihalopoulos.

Transportation:
Bus pickup from Lafayette at 3:15pm
Boat departs at 4:00pm
Boat returns at 6:30pm
Bus from the docks back to hotel around 7:00pm

Space is limited. Additional sign up is required: Sign Up Now

The Heart of Jamaica Happy Hour

Join us for rum trivia, swag, and cocktails crafted with Joy.

Additional RSVP is required: RSVP HERE

Bubbles and Brunch

Pernod Ricard presents: Bubbles & Brunch

Who doesn’t like breakfast for dinner? Join us for champagne from GH Mumm and Beefeater, Lillet and Campo Viejo sips. Live DJ, fun photo op, and all your breakfast dreams come true, including a decked out cereal bar!

Located at Ginger's just inside Barleymash downtown.

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Jägermeister Behind the Shot Live

Jägermeister has been involved with Bartender’s Weekend for many years, hosting pop-ups and events around San Diego. This year we are hosting the first ever Behind the Shot Live event, where we will bring our monthly industry newsletter to life through the best drinks, music and food, San Diego has to offer!

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

WELL, HOT DANG!

Monday 3/21 from 6pm to 9pm at J&Tony's. WELL, HOT DANG! J&Tony's and Producer Mezcal welcome the honky-tonk folks from Yacht Club (Denver, CO) for a night of mezcal, live music, and a special appearance by Hollywood Frank, an elusive hot dog pop-up.

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Bacardi 90's Party

Come vibe to the sound of the 90’s. Enjoy free game play all night long. Try your luck in our grab a swag claw machine, enter to win in our skeeball champion competition and most importantly come early to receive your one of a kind bartenders weekend coin. No matter what spirit category you prefer we got you covered!

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Old Forester Does Top Gun

Join Old Forester for an evening of utter nonsense all in the name of this 80's cinematic masterpiece (filmed in San Diego!). Will there be 80s jams? YES. Will there be fun Old Fo cocktails? YES. Will there be a Righteous Brothers sing-a-long? YOU BET! Bring your aviators and spend an evening with your friends at Old Forester!

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

The Irish Exit

It's been a long and busy Paddy's weekend, but it's time to Irish Exit on St. Patrick's Day 2022 the right way, with some Irish Whiskey. Join Lost Irish Whiskey for great drinks, chats and the craic at a true San Diego Irish Pub.

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Tue Mar 22

Carajillo & Donuts Coffee Cart

Licor 43 will be partnering with Dark Horse Coffee Roasters to bring you back to life each morning on this epic adventure. We'll be serving Carajillos & Donuts or regular coffee if a little hair of the dog is too much to handle.

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Registration

Be sure to stop by registration at the Lafayette Hotel to pick up your Bartender’s Weekend wristband.

Registration is necessary to verify your Industry affiliation, and wristbands are required to access to all of events and activities that make up Bartender’s Weekend (*please note that some events may require an additional RSVP).

Bartender’s Weekend gift bags with lots of goodies from our sponsors will be available for the first 500 people.

**PROOF OF COVID VACCINATION AND PHOTO ID WILL BE REQUIRED TO PICK UP YOUR WRISTBAND**

Sound Baths and Mushroom Mocha

Join us in the West Courtyard at the Lafayette Hotel for a meditative experience powered by sound. Guests will also have the chance to explore the healing power of medicinal mushrooms, in the form of mushroom teas, compliments of the Fun Earth Co.

Space is limited. First come first served.

ABOUT MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS
Medicinal mushrooms are a hot topic in the natural health world right now. People are starting to recognize the many health benefits that these fungi can have on different areas of their lives like physical, mental and emotional health. Medicinal mushrooms have been used for centuries by people around the world for healing purposes.

Mushroom Mocha is the perfect blend of mushrooms and cocoa for energy, focus, and immune support. We love adding it to our morning coffee, tea, or even by itself in hot water or steamed milk.

We will be offering a buy one get one special for bartenders weekend! Buy in person or use code: Healthybartender

ABOUT SOUND BATHS
JaimieLee is a certified Sound Healer based in Marina Del Rey. Sound Baths are a meditative experience where the participants are bathed in sound waves. These sounds come from different ancient instruments that have been used in meditation for thousands of years. Some of the short and long term benefits of sound meditation are relieving stress and anxiety, improving sleep, unblocking emotions, activating higher states of consciousness, and a greater sense of wellbeing.

“Hair of the Dog” with Humboldt

Hangover? Never heard of her! Finish off Bartender’s Weekend with a bloody on your way to take a dip in the Lafayette pool. Full Bloody Mary bar with Humboldt’s organic vodka!

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Distillery Visit & Interactive Portfolio Experience

Hop on the bus and grab a cocktail as we head to Miramar for a look behind the scenes at Cutwater Spirits – San Diego’s first distillery since prohibition. Enjoy a leisurely lunch on the patio and cocktails from their talented bar team, followed by a tasting and interactive experience to explore Cutwater’s award-winning portfolio of over 20 bottled spirits that span nearly every category including tequilas, rums, gins, vodkas, mezcals, whiskeys and liqueurs. Lunch and Cocktails Included!

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Lyre's Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Pop-Up

Lyre’s exquisite range of lovingly crafted non-alcoholic spirits was born from a quest to make the impossible possible and provide a drink for anybody, anytime, anywhere.

Lyre's pop-up bar will serve cocktails with the finest (and most awarded) range of non-alcoholic spirits the world has ever seen. Come and meet our ambassadors and try for yourself.

Find out more about our spirits at www.lyres.com or ask our team for a contact in your city.

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Woodford Reserve Puzzle Challange

“There once was a box that was put to see,

If the mind of a peer, can solve by ween.

Here’s come the Woodford Donne,

He carry not sugar nor tea, yet fun.

Only then, when the ponder is done,

Can you take the whiskey and go.”

“Friends of the Mana” Poolside Luau

Join Teremana Tequila in a poolside celebration of the service and hospitality industry. Hawaiian delicacies and entertainment will be provided by Islander Luau, including fresh flower leis and a whole pig roast. Teremana cocktails created and served by good friends from near and far. $1 for every cocktail served will be donated to the Pacific Islander Festival; a volunteer-based organization made up of members who have the drive to help perpetuate the Pacific Islander community.

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Distillery Tasting & Tour

Come tour Old Harbor Distilling; San Diego's first downtown distillery. We can't wait for you to see and taste what we've been working on.

Additional sign up is required: SIGN UP HERE and use code OHBW at checkout.

Bus will pick up in front of the Lafayette Hotel at 1pm sharp!

"Stir Crazy" Happy Hour with Vermouth Giardino

Go "Stir Crazy" with creators Chris Patino and Stacey Swenson as they introduce Villa Massa's Vermouth Giardino to the world. Rat Pack meets beach bungalow with piano bar vibes in the lobby at the Lafayette Hotel. #GetFortified

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

A Swan Song at the Swan Bar

Join us for a "Last Hurrah" Happy Hour, our Swan Song if you will, featuring bites from Swan Bar and cocktails from The Bartenders Fable & the brand formerly known as Bently Heritage.

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Gray Whale Gin Whale Watching & Sunset Cruise

Join Gray Whale Gin as we set sail to join our whale friends on their annual migration to the arctic. Drinks and light bites will be provided. Seating is LIMITED.

This event is SOLD OUT.

Banh Mi Up!

Caffeinate and rejuvenate with Mr. Black Cold Brew Liqueur, Starward Whisky, and the refreshing and delicious flavors of Vietnam! Wildly unique coffee and tea cocktails in one hand, Banh Mis and cups of Pho in the other. Come experience flavors of Vietnam and spirits of Australia brought to you by the team at Kingfisher, San Diego’s Newest Cocktail bar in Golden Hill!

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Dance with Milagro Tequila

Never been to Lumi? Now is your chance to be part of the energetic and upscale rooftop. Milagro is bringing you the brighter side of tequila. A professional dance instructor will take us through some latin dance moves. Next time you hear some bachata or merengue you will be ready for center stage. The DJ will be spinning Latin hits and top 40. Delicious food and cocktails will be awaiting your presence. Salud mi gente.

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Host: @chicharronesconlimon

To INFINIUM and BEYOND!!!

A galactic adventure through the Infinium Portfolio. Explore the galaxy of Awesome music, Infinium Cocktails, Alien encounters, and out-of-this-world fun. You can even get on the list to have a private tour of the "Captains Quarters" (Infinium headquarters next door!) where you can indulge in rare & high-end Infinium Spirits Brands! Explorers welcome... TO INFINIUM & BEYOND!!!

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Tomorrow Night Today

Celebrate our products from the lands of tomorrow, tonight with Broken Shed Vodka and RUM Co of Fiji. Join us at Queenstown Public House for a 30 person New Zealand inspired dinner served with tastings of our innovative New Zealand vodka and RUMs of Fiji. This Dinner is RSVP only.

Additional sign up is required: Sign Up Now

Downtown SD Bar Crawl

Your favorite brands are taking over your favorite San Diego bars in the inaugural Bartenders Weekend Downtown Bar Crawl!

Mount Gay Rum Takeover at False Idol
Barbados comes to San Diego as Mount Gay Rum & Collectif 1806 takes over False Idol.
675 W Beech St., San Diego, CA, 92101

Paint the Town Blue with Bruichladdich Classic Laddie at Craft + Commerce
The wild blue waters of Islay meet the San Diego shores. Enjoy Bruichladdich Classic Laddie cocktails as this iconic blue bottle takes over the bar at Craft & Commerce.
675 W Beech St., San Diego, CA, 92101

Cookout & Cocktails with Sagamore Spirit at Aero Club Bar
Come join Sagamore Spirit for a night of cocktails, BBQ, and patio vibes at Aero Club Bar, one of San Diego’s coolest whiskey bars. Sagamore Spirit rye whiskey cocktails and Space Kat BBQ food truck will keep this backyard party going into the night. Enjoy giveaways, games, and a 360 photo booth. See you there!
3365 India St., San Diego, CA, 92103

Fernet-Branca Pizza Party & Tattoo Pop-Up at Basic Bar & Pizza
Join Fernet-Branca at Basic Pizza to get the last stamp on your passport & to enjoy delicious cocktails. Free pizza, drink specials, music, custom flash tattoos and more.
Basic Bar & Pizza
410 Tenth Ave., San Diego, CA, 92101

Stay Fortified
Join The House of Lustau for an evening of Sherry, Vermut, cocktails, and tapas. This new-age, Spanish-themed event is sure to keep you fortified on the last night of Bartender's Weekend!
Metl Bar
748 5th Ave., San Diego, CA, 92101

Bourbon, Burgers, Burlesque
Join Redemption Whiskey as we host the swamp jazz and burlesque group, Alligator Wine. Cocktails provided by a lineup of special guest bartenders, and of course, burgers … because alliteration.
Whiskey House
420 3rd Ave., San Diego, CA, 92101

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

A Midsommar Night's Dream

Please join El Silencio mezcal and Dahlia tequila at The Lion's Share featuring a live DJ set and a masquerade where nothing is quite as it seems.

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

No Big Deal...

…goes unpunished…

Delicious Drinks, Garbage Shots, Live Performances, and other atrocities.
Special Guest Star… The Wheel of Death.

You probably shouldn’t even go...

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.

Wed Mar 23

Wake Up San Diego with Beam Suntory

Join Maker's 46, Sipsmith Gin, Knob Creek Rye, Tres Generacions tequila, House of Suntory, and the Highball team for an immersive farewell brunch, including fun activities for the day you leave SD.

This event is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend.