Sunday April 29, 2018 

3rd Annual Polynesian Dinner

7:00 PM @ Cucina 24. Sponsored by Cruzan.  Call Cucina 24 to reserve your spot. 

Bar Takeover at MG Road

With Jake Skinner (1618 in Greensboro, NC.).  Sponsored by Beam Suntory. 

9:00 Pm

Monday April 30, 2018 

US Bartenders Guild Meeting

1:00 pm  @ AC Hotel's Capella on 9.

USBG Membership widening training with Auchentoshan Master Brand Ambassador Simon Brooking from Scotland.  All current USBG members are welcome.  Anyone interested in joining the USBG encouraged to come see what it's all about! 

"Second in Command" dinner at Vivian

6:00 - 9:00 pm  @ Vivian 

The 2nd annual "Second in Command" pairing dinner will be prepared by Sous Chefs from Vivian, Cucina 24, and Table and hosted at RAD's newest restaurant, Vivian. This northern Italian themed meal will consist of a 5 course dinner with cocktail pairings featuring Italian liquor brands in the Campari Portfolio. 

There will be very limited seating for this unique dinner, so make sure to get yours before this sells out. Restaurant industry folks are offered a significantly discounted ticket price. If you're in the industry, let us know and we will give you a special ticket link.


Tickets available here!

Bar Takeover at Rhubarb

With Julian Goglia from the Pinewood group. Sponsored by Pernod Ricard.

9:00 pm. 

Tuesday May 1, 2018 

Workshop.  Makers Mark Maturation class: Its all about the wood. 

11:00 am @ Buxton Hall BBQ 

Maker’s Mark Ambassador Jane Bowie, who is also known as a Distillery Maturation Specialist, will lead this maturation class focused on the important roll wood plays in creating the flavor of some of our favorite liquors.

This event is free to folks in the food & beverage industry.  RSVP Required. Brunch included. 

Whiskey on the River: Wheat vs Peat

7:00 Pm @ Ol' Shakey's. 

This Whiskey Pairing dinner will feature some of the best quality whiskeys in Beam Suntory's portfolio.  Each whiskey will be thoughtfully paired with a course from Gharam House of Sovereign Remedies. 

Bar Takeover at S&W Times 

with talent from Brendan O'Neill and Josh Woodbridge from Seattle, WA.  Sponsored by Diageo. 9:00 pm 

Bar Takeover at Imperial Life

9:00 PM with Michael Barten.  Sponsored by William Grant

Wednesday May 2, 2018 

Workshop. Comparative Cognac with food pairing

11:00 am. @ The Waterbird

The educational seminar will feature Courvoisier National Brand ambassador, Zahra Bates, who will guide us through a comparative Cognac tasting. Each tasting will be thoughtfully paired with bites.


This event is free for food and beverage industry folks. Please RSVP!

Book Signing with Lisa Laird

1:00 pm. @ The Waterbird.  Lairds Apple Jack.  Join us for a walk through of the history of one of the oldest distilleries with tasting, book signing, and meet and greet with Lisa Laird.  


This event is free for food and beverage industry folks. Please RSVP!

Fire on the Mountain Redneck Tiki 

6 - 9 pm @ The Lazy Diamond

A tropical celebration of tiki culture that is more Southern Appalachia than South Seas. Seth Sullivan from the Cardinal in Boone, NC takes over Asheville's beloved Lazy Diamond to bring Asheville Cocktail Week some exotic hillbilly tiki tastes! 

DJ Lance Willie will be spinning an impressive collection of lurid island vinyl and the Krektones will be playing some surf swagger. Discover the unexpected at this magical extravaganza with special guests Eda Rhyne Distillery!

This event is free to attend. 21 + 

Bar Takeover at Top of the Monk

Sponsored by Lunazul with pre-cinco tequila drinks.  9:00 - midnight.

Bar Takeover at S&W The Times

Bar talent from Jaqueline Bruening & Liam Lynch from Jacksonville, FL.  Sponsored by Pernod Ricard. 

9:00 PM

Thursday May 3, 2018 

Workshop.  Kentucky Mashed Appeal.

11:00 am @ The Times S&W  with East Coast Whiskey Ambassador with Beam Suntory.  

This event is free to attend for those in the food and beverage industry.  21+.  RSVP Required.  

Seminar.  Bevspot

1:00 pm.  Pillar Kitchen at the Hilton Garden Inn

We all joined the bar industry to create meaningful, memorable beverage experiences for our guests. But, in the end, your beverage business is just that—a business. Learn why inventory efficiency can make or break your bar business and steps you can take today to improve it.

ELIXIR Craft Cocktail Competition

7:00 - 9:00 pm @ The Historic Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville


ELIXIR is the event that started it all, and it is one not to be missed! Now in it’s 6th year, ELIXIR promises to bring another exciting evening of collaboration between mixologists and spirit specialists. This ticketed public event provides tastings from distilleries, industry relevant vendors, and mixologists from bars and restaurants around Asheville. It’s a fun environment for the public to get in front of drink specialists while they demo and provide sample drinks in a structured competition style forum. All participating mixologists collaborate with one of the participating distilleries. The bartender + distillery pair share a table during the event to showcase their cocktail created together.

Elixir Craft Cocktail Competition is being put on with support from The Chemist -- a new distillery that is coming to the South Slope of Asheville. 

ELIXIR After Party

9:30 pm - 12:00 PM @ AC Hotel's Capella on 9.

This event is sponsored by Sutlers Spirits, Outerbanks Distilling, and Great Wagon Distilling.  We will have special cocktails & small bites. 

This event is invite only. 

With talent from Steven Hubner from Dot Dot Dot (Charlotte, Brian Laruso from Dogwood Southern (Charlotte). 


12:00 PM - Until @ The Lazy Diamond (aka the down town double crown) 

The Lazy Diamond is the official late night spot for Asheville Cocktail Week.  For those of us who are in it for the long haul and want to help close the bars down, we will gather at The Lazy Diamond! 

Friday May 4, 2018 

Stepping up Your Social Media Game with Beautiful Booze

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ The Waterbird Asheville. 

This seminar is a sequel to a Beautiful Boozes' popular photography seminar, where with the understanding that you have the content already we will show you how to put that content to the best use possible. Beginning with the basics of social media and moving onto some items that are utilized daily by social media professionals like ourselves that can help take your account to the next level. Understanding how to utilize social media effectively is the greatest tool in today's marketing world and for true visibility in a saturated world it extends well beyond just logging into your account and posting a photo. This seminar will give you the necessary tools to stand out and have your content shown to the most applicable market. 


RSVP required.

Bar Takeover at Aux Bar

9:00 pm.  @ Aux Bar. Sponsored by Jagermeister. 

This bar takeover is unlike no other. AUX Bar will be hosting a late night dance party on the patio with a cocktail list featuring Jagermeister cocktails and DJ Zati throwing down some tunes.

Bar Takeover at Social Lounge 

9:00 PM @ Social Lounge. Sponsored by George Dickel. 

Birds of a Feather

9:30 PM @ The Waterbird.  With Bedlam Vodka. 

Saturday May 5, 2018 

Kentucky Derby Party Sponsored by Beam Suntory

4 Pm - 7 PM @ Post 70 Indulgence Bar

Join us at the annual Derby Party at Post 70 Indulgence bar. 
Showing full Southern roots, we will imbibe in the “Derby-style” with mint juleps, front row derby viewing, and more.

Asheville Cocktail Week's Derby Party is sponsored by Beam Suntory and will feature cocktails from Maker's Mark, Maker's 46, & Maker's Cask Strength. 

The Derby party will begin at 4 on Saturday, May 5th and go until... Come celebrate the best minutes in horse racing excitement. Big hats encouraged & dapper attire is a must!


Cinco de Mayo Dance Party

10 PM - 2 PM @ Post 25 Kitchen and Lounge

Join us for our monthly dance party at Post 25!  We will be dancing the night away to DJ Costradamus' awesome tunes. We will have Cinco de Mayo drink specials, slushies and beer on special for your enjoyment.

Come party the night away with us at Post 25 during Asheville Cocktail Week 2018!


Music with a view

8 pm @ Pillar Rooftop Bar

Enjoy this low key evening at Pillar Bar with music from Taylor Martin.  Pillar will prepare a special cocktail menu.  


Sunday May 6, 2018 

Gospel Brunch

11 AM - 2 PM @ The Waterbird Asheville

Drop in and hang out with us in the brand new North Asheville Coffee shop & bar, The Waterbird as we close out the Asheville Cocktail Week 2018. The Reggie Sullivan Jazz Quartet will be playing tasty tunes while we drink coffee, enjoy brunch cocktails & eat delicious pre fixe menu. Supported by Effen Vodka, Social House Vodka, Bedlam Vodka, and PBR.

This brunch will be 21+

Monday May 7, 2018 

1:00 PM @ The Rhubarb 

Lisa McGrath Jameson National Brand Ambassador. 

Comprehensive tasting and brand training with one of Jameson's top trainers in the US.  Rhubarbs own Spencer Shultz will be incorporating Irish coffee.  Email Matt Wingo if you have questions. 

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