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Sat Mar 2

San Diego Bartender Shakedown

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The San Diego Bartender Shakedown presented by Imbibe was designed to showcase San Diego’s finest cocktail bars to the community at large, while highlighting some of our brightest cocktail makers, as well as our favorite spirits.

Select Bar’s from all over San Diego County are being brought together under one roof for a “One Night Only” event to highlight some of the best bars that America’s Finest City has to offer.

Please note that there are two ticket options:

VIP Tickets allow atendees access to the event at 6PM (one hour early), plus admission to the VIP lounge thought the duration of the event.

General Admission Tickets allow access to the event at 7PM without access to the VIP area.

All tickets include access to the event, where guests will be able to sample craft cocktails from twenty one of San Diego's best bars. Ticket includes everything, there is nothing more to buy.

Participating Bars Include:

Born & Raised
Captain Charles Kenneth
Craft & Commerce
False Idol
Georges Level 2
Grass Skirt
Hundred Proof
Lion's Share
Noble Experiment
Park and Rec
Polite Provisions
Raised by Wolves
Soda & Swine
Sycamore Den

You must be +21 to attend this event.

Plus, we are partnering with 501(c)3 Inspire Artistic Minds and the San Diego Chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild to provide an element of charity for the evening.

About Imbibe

Imbibe is liquid culture. In every issue of the James Beard award-winning magazine and on our website, we celebrate drinks as a distinct culinary category, deserving in-depth exploration of the people, places, cultures and flavors surrounding beverages around the world.

About Bartender's Weekend

Bartender’s Weekend is a three day, Industry focused, networking event aimed at promoting the “Spirit of Hospitality” embodied throughout the profession of Bartending. Now in our 6th year, this San Diego based event has captivated the hearts and minds of Service and Hospitality Professionals worldwide, as well as the Brands that support them. And as with previous years all proceeds from any the "Weekend’s" events are donated to our industry relevant charity partners.

Sun Mar 3

Registration Opens

Swing by the Lafayette Hotel to pick up your wristband. This will make it easier to attend some of the larger events, as well as provide you with access to discounts from some of our partners around town.

While you are checking in enjoy a Jameson Caskmates Irish Coffee, pick up some swag and meet Jameson's California Brand Ambassador, Saoirse Mc Cabe.

The first 300 people to check in at registration will receive a complimentary gift bag courtesy of Imbibe Magazine.

Stop by and say hello!

Azunia Tequila Welcome Breakfast

Azunia Tequila is back again this year to host the first official event of Bartender's Weekend!

Complimentary breakfast and Azunia Tequila cocktails for the first 50 attendees. $5 Azunia Tequila cocktails after that.

Your choice of one of Chef Q's signature open faced omelets. Either short rib or vegetarian, plus welcome drink - "Spaghetti Western", a butter washed, marmalade infused Azunia Tequila Negroni.

And plenty of Topo Chico on hand!

Lillet Your Way Brunch

Come and enjoy refreshing Lillet Spritzes garnished to your liking, alongside good company and friends! Brunch will be served, music will be playing, and cocktails will be flowing.

Private, Invite Only.

Cocktails & Cuts

Why not look sharp for Bartender's Weekend with a complimentary shave, haircut or blowout?

Open to all registered Bartender's Weekend attendee, so be sure to pick up your wristband at the Lafayette Hotel!

Spanish Gin & Tonic Raw Pairings

Escape to the Mediterranean with Gin Mare!

Start your night on Kettner´s rooftop and discover the latest trend in drinks with Gin Mare and their Spanish style Gin and Tonics matched with food pairings by chef Brian Redzikowski.

Fernet-Times at Coin-Op High

Who is going to be this year's Bartenders Weekend King and Queen? Join us at Coin-Op Gaslamp dressed in your best 80’s prom attire! Enjoy delicious Malfy gin and Fernet-Branca cocktails, vote for your favorite King and Queen, get your prom picture taken and leave with some sweet swag. First 90 people in line with a Zoltar fortune will get a Fernet-Branca coin, with more coin opportunities throughout the party.

We will be crowning this year 2019 Bartenders Weekend King and Queen. So submit a picture, your name, where you work, and a sentence or two on why you think you should be this year's Bartenders Weekend King or Queen.

Anyone that wants in on this must submit by February 22nd to: fernetrep@gmail.com.

Then there will be online voting from 8 am February 25th - 6 pm March 3rd and this will be announced by 6:30 pm!! The top 3 Kings and Queens will leave with a Bartender’s Weekend Fernet-Branca coin, and the winning King and Queen will also get a Fernet-Branca beach cruiser with a coveted Crown and Tierra along with a sash and scepter!!! Click the link below for details.


Officers’ Mess

Come celebrate the official release of Fords Gin Officers' Reserve with a navy-strength happy hour! Enlist the aid of a $5 cocktail, courtesy of the men and women aboard the good ship False Idol.

Additionally, we will be serving complimentary pink gin toasts every 20 minutes, to celebrate the people and places we love- do it for Queen and country!

Official Welcome Party of Bartender's Weekend "Stay Bonded" presented by Heaven Hill

Come out and celebrate the 122nd Anniversary of the Bottled in Bond Act with Heaven Hill. Enjoy some of our favorite classic cocktails made with our Bottled in Bond spirits (Rittenhouse Rye, Evan Williams, Henry McKenna 10 Yr, Mellow Corn, Sacred Bond Brandy) & Dubonnet. Sip them neat or have a drink from the Stay Bonded Ice Luge. Then later, we can all dive into a refreshing Deep Eddy Vodka martini or gimlet. #staybonded

This party is open to all registered attendees of Bartender's Weekend. Attendees with wristbands will have priority access, so be sure to pick yours up at the Lafayette Hotel.

“Wake Me Up. F@ck Me Up.”

Get your night going with a Grey Goose Espresso Martini and other Coffee Cocktails so you can Party like a Supermodel....or so the legend goes.

Remember the 80's

80’s pizza party and boozy ice cream float party. We’re gonna party likes it’s 1989... there might be Nintendo...

Brought to you by:

Brugal 1888
Frisco California Brandy
Maximo Mezcal

The Irish Exit

Join us for the Ultimate Irish Pub experience at the Field Irish Pub, as St. Patrick’s Day arrives early to San Diego. Perfect pints of Guinness, Tullamore DEW whiskey and cocktails crafted by the Dead Rabbit’s Jack McGarry. Guinness Ambassador and San Diego’s Irishman of the year Eoghain Clavin will be on hand to pour you the perfect pint, with “Barley to Blarney” authors Jack McGarry and Tim Herlihy on hand to sign a limited number of new release copies of their Irish Whiskey book from Barley to Blarney; A Whiskey Lover’s Guide to Ireland.

Not to be missed, join us for the Irish Exit at The Field Irish Pub.


Step up to the Black Magic Silencio Altar, and prepare to receive the Mark of the Alebrije.

Once the ceremony is complete, take in the sights and libations while collecting your personal Discoteca Silencio headset. Step up to the bar for exclusive El Silencio Mezcal cocktails, then head towards the dance floor to experience a pulsating battle between DJs, existing entirely on curated frequencies. This is one ritual you don’t want to miss!


Cynar Pizza Drop

Cynar + pizza pop up tonight at Smoking Gun - don’t miss your slice starting at 11:45PM!

Mon Mar 4

Wake Up & Smell The Barley

Kick start the morning with your first choice in American Single Malt -- stop by the lobby of The Lafayette Hotel to find Daniel Kutch and Nathan Burdette of Collectif 1806 pouring Westland American Single Malts, coffee and cocktails. Neat or on the rocks, cold brew or drip, here or to-go ; stop by and grab a dram!

Registration Opens

Day Two of Bartender's Weekend. Registration continues, so swing by the Lafayette Hotel if you haven't picked up your wristband.

This will make it easier to attend some of the larger events, as well as provide you with access to discounts from some of our partners around town.

Plus, the first 300 people to check in at registration will receive a complimentary gift bag courtesy of Imbibe Magazine.

Stop by and say hello!

Bartender Yoga

Join Venture Active and Jameson for a yoga class with a difference.

This one hour Vinyasa flow class was created with bartenders in mind – suitable for all levels; modifications will be offered for beginners as well as challenges for those who want to take it to the next level!

Reward yourself afterwards with some Jameson cocktails and a classic beer and shot sampling with our San Diego Brewery Partner, Green Flash, in the Lafayette Conservatory.

Spaces are limited to 25 for the class, yoga mats are provided.


Industry Takedown

Two Games, one final round! 1st event sumo suit takedown. 2nd event puppet bartender. 3rd and final event secret ingredient cokcktail competition. Prizes for 1st place. All competitors will receive medals.

Liquid Art

Join us in creating your own piece of art while sipping single village mezcal from Del Maguey. Take a break from the sun and the shots to relax, to breathe, and to create. You will get to take home your one-of-a-kind painting, taste, and learn about the delicious mezcals, the traditions of the single villages, and the individual families that create Del Maguey.

Space is limited. RSVP Now!


Park to Bar

Join the Angel’s Envy team on an educational walk through San Diego’s Balboa Park with our local horticulturist and guide, Tiger Palafox. Learn about the history of the park and discover San Diego’s unique flora while foraging seasonal herbs, shrubs, and fruits in one of the many gardens along the way. After our exploration of the park, enjoy a well deserved happy hour at Madison on Park, where we will utilize those seasonal ingredients in Angel’s Envy cocktails.

Everyone should meet the Angel’s Envy team and our guide Tiger at the fountain in front of the Fleet Center promptly at 12pm/

Bartender's Cornhole Triple Crown

We're holding a Cornhole tournament with room for 16 teams (sign through a Facebook event). Clement Daiquiris on draft, Cutwater cans, and a Mai Tai-ish drink featuring Rum Bar. Join us if you are looking for a great place to hang out and recharge with a little bit of competition sprinkled in!

Bartenders Weekend Menu throughout the "Weekend" at Fernside that will feature specially priced cocktails from our sponsors.

Bartender Olympics presented by Edrington

The 3rd Annual Bartenders Olympics, Six teams, Five events, winner takes all. Fast paced game oriented tournament with a jeopardy final round. Four members per team.

Discounted drinks from Partita, Brugal and highland park.

To register your team, please contact: adam@coinopsd.com

High West Shoot Out

Enjoy the hospitality of High West and True North while participating in a fun friendly competition to see who has the fastest hand in the land.

Small Bar. Big Funk.

Join us for a Big Dance Party at Small Bar while we boogie our way through the eras of funk with cocktails curated by special guest bartenders from around the country.

Licorería Limantour: Bar Takeover

The famed #11 on World 50 Best Bars list, Licorería Limantour bar team will takeover the wells of Hundred Proof to give you a taste of their Mexico City flair. Come through for cocktails and street tacos courtesy of Remy-Cointreau and Collectif 1806.

Bon Voyage takes over Polite Provisions

Lot 40 | Pike Creek | J.P. Wiser’s Presents: An unforgettable pop-up experience at Polite Provisions for one night only.

Join us for an evening with the esteemed and inventive crew of Bon Voyage!

We look forward to showcasing one of their conceptualized menus, exclusively created for this event! You will not want to miss out. Come through for delectable Canadian Whisky cocktails, small bites, giveaways, and a good time.

Rebels & Diplomats

Diplomatico Rum takes over Sycamore Den, featuring guests, Gianna Johns, Nomad Lead Bartender and Saeed “Hawk” House, lead bartender of Ever Bar, specialty cocktails, and more. Keep your eyes out…rumor has it that a secret society has started holding meetings within the cozy, retro walls of the bar. Who will you meet, and, even more importantly, what will you discover about yourself?

Cynar Pizza Drop

Bartender's Weekend Attendees! Didn’t grab a slice last night? Visit Coin Op in North Park at 11:45PM for Cynar & pizza courtesy of Campari!

Tue Mar 5

Wake Up & Smell The Barley

Kick start the morning with your first choice in American Single Malt -- stop by the lobby of The Lafayette Hotel to find Daniel Kutch and Nathan Burdette of Collectif 1806 pouring Westland American Single Malts, coffee and cocktails. Neat or on the rocks, cold brew or drip, here or to-go; stop by and grab a dram!

Restorative Paddleboard Yoga

Jim Beam Black is excited to provide a bit of personal sustainability by hosting a truly one of a kind San Diego experience. Start your day on the water with a Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga class followed by low-proof cocktails and snacks near the beach. With water making up over 60% of all bourbon, we thought what better way to unwind and find balance than on Mission Bay.

RSVP required. Limited to 20 guests. Transportation will be provided.


Ilegal Harbor Cruise

Back again for the third year, please join Ilegal Mezcal for an amazing tour of the Mission Bay, with friends new and old, live music, Ilegal drink specials throughout, and fun in the sun before the beach bar events!

12PM dock party with welcome cocktail.
1-3PM cruise with live music by Low Volts and the Hi-Watts. Space is limited.

This event is FREE to attend! Please use code "MEZCAL 666" when booking.


Monkey 47 Safari

Please join national Monkey 47 Gin brand ambassador Lacy Hawkins for a true #MonkeySafari! Monkey 47 Gin will take you on an exploration of San Diego! We’ll travel by bike to visit local cheese shops, butchers and bakers to gather provisions for a German lunch on the beach. After lunch you’ll have time to explore tide pools, take a dip in the ocean or even play a game of volleyball. This experience will support local small businesses, get your heart-rate up and CO2 emissions down, all while enjoying the outdoors and company of friends.

Please RSVP to: Lacy@bonvivants.com

Space is limited. This event is free to attend.

Malibu Games

Malibu is coming to serve up some fun! Get ready to compete against your industry friends at an exclusive party featuring the Malibu Games. Bartenders will enjoy a day of fun filled games, prizes, and Malibu cocktails.

Additional RSVP required.


Aperol Spritz Break & Bocce

Join Aperol for an afternoon of sun, sand, and bocce! Come enjoy one of Italy’s most popular cocktails and see if you’ve got what it takes to compete in our bocce tournament as we take over Maverick’s Beach Club. RSVP required.


Redemption Mardi Gras Crawfish Boil

Beads, Booze and Crawfish at the beach. Need we say more?

Backyard Kitchen and Tap, 832 Garnet Ave, on the Patio 3-5pm.

"Who Dat New Cocktail Bar!?"

Woke up late or planning on going to the beach a little later and need a ride? Come by Louisana Purchase first for a Mari Gras Inspired happy hour with a twist on some of the famous Classic Cocktails from New Orleans.

Come join the team at San Diego's newest cocktail bar, for an Infinium Spirits Happy Hour, featuring New Orleans / Mardi Gras themed food and cocktails and live entertainment. Just a quick scooter or uber ride from the Hotel Lafayette to Louisiana Purchase.

Guests will receive a welcome cocktail and tray pass hors d'oeuvres. Specialty Cocktails, (New Carre, Hurricane, Specialty Sazerac) there after will be $5. We have 100 commemorative pins, which are first come first served. A specialty, themed lunch and snacks menu will be offered for the event.

The bus will pick us up at 5:30 pm to head to the "No but, No cuts, No Coconuts" RSVP if you want a spot on the bus (40 max).


The Greatest Whiskey on Earth

Come see the Greatest Whiskey on Earth at Big Top Carnival by the Sea! Whiskey Guardians Sean O’Connell, Brian Murphy, Angel Teta, Eli Kastenbaum and Ashely Irwin, will be taking over Waterbar in Pacific Beach from 4pm- 6pm. Alongside these incredible Guardians will be sword dancers, mind-bending contortionists and of course, deliciously inspired cocktails and bites. In town for night only, friends – you don’t want to miss it.

No Cuts, No Buts, No Coconuts

Avion Tequila is taking over Miss B's Coconut Club and turn it into a knock down, drag out, no holds barred, rip roaring, cocktails and dreams loving, cantina style mothership.

Featuring R&D Style Cocktail Creations from:

Yael Vengroff
Aaron Polsky
Christine Wiseman
Chris Patino
Stacey Swenson

Be there or be square...

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

Black Art @ Kindred

Inside the graphite bottle of Black Art Islay Single Malt Scotch from Bruichladdich lies an unparalleled spirit nearly three decades in the making. Please join Collectif 1806 within the depths of KINDRED's lair to enjoy a personal Black Art experience, alongside a mystical array of other ominous and transfixing wonders.

Espolon Cocktail Fights

Here’s your chance to be front row for a cocktail battle of the ages—we’ve challenged the area’s best bartender duos to go toe-to-toe in a showdown that tests the limits of their creativity. The bartending team that brings their best will take home the coveted championship belts, win an all-expense paid educational trip to the distillery in Mexico, and a chance to compete in the National Championship in November. Come see the fights at Moonshine. Trade only. RSVP required to attend.


Monkey Shoulder Pajama Jammy Jam!

There are after parties and then there are Monkey Shoulder After Parties.

Join U.S. Ambassador Vance Henderson with Las Vegas’ very own Herbs & Rye and Cleaver for an experience guaranteed to have all the peeps Jammin’ during SD Bartender’s Weekend!

Grab your onesie or robe, breakout your pajamas, and swing on in as we mix Cheeky Times right in your cup. It’s a one-of-a-kind party giving you all the good vibes, so don’t miss the fun!

Trade Only | Must be 21 Years or Older | Must RSVP | Invitation Non-transferable

Please Drink Responsibly.

California Carnaval!

Join us for the Ultimate Carnival Party hosted by Capucana Cachaça and Grass Skirt!

Get down to Brazilian Beats and enjoy our selection of Craft Cocktails and batidas, celebrating your last night of Bartenders Weekend with a bang!

Don’t forget your carnival attire whether it be a Hawaiian shirt or tropical t and shorts.

Cynar Pizza Drop

Calling all bartenders! Love Cynar? Love pizza? Visit Cerveza Jack’s at 11:45PM for both.