If the usual gin-and-tonic or rum-and-coke is no longer cutting it, some of the nation’s best bartenders will offer fresh inspiration when they gather in Las Vegas next week.
Now in its third year, For the Love of Cocktails from Wednesday through Feb. 12 attracts thousands of people eager to try the latest drink concoctions and food pairings.
It's an annual fundraiser with money going to the Helen David Bartender Relief Fund. David was a bar owner in Port Huron, Mich., who died of breast cancer. Now money at this and other events goes to support bartenders in need of medical attention.
The celebration promises plenty of clinking glasses and shouts of “cheers” as master mixologists Tony Abou-Ganim (founder of the relief fund) and Salvatore Calabrese are joined by other experts from the United States Bartenders Guild.
Some of the events are sold out. However, a limited number of tickets remain for two key activities.
You'd better plan to take a taxi back to your hotel after enjoying Downtown Cocktail Wars from 5 p.m. to midnight on Feb. 11.
The $50 ticket price features a pub crawl through the streets of downtown Sin City, with stops at venues such as the historic Atomic Liquors, the bohemian Downtown Cocktail Room, and the Laundry, a speakeasy hidden inside Commonwealth.
Starting at 6:30 p.m., more than two dozen original cocktails created just for the event will be offered along with appetizers.
Gala tickets cost $150.