As we all well know, cocktails are an art. But that doesn’t mean that many of the Los Angeles bartenders aren’t multi-talented, with abilities that reach far beyond the bar.
And for the second time this June 30th, dozens of LA’s top bartenders will gather for Art Beyond the Glass II, a fundraising event with, of course, cocktails, but also art, music and more – all entirely created and performed by bartenders. This year’s event will be at the exclusive, members-only Los Angeles Athletic Club’s new bar, Invention.
Proceeds from the event go to Art Share LA, which is a nonprofit in Downtown LA with a 28,000 square-foot warehouse that that serves as a sanctuary for the arts, right in the Arts District. It was founded in 1997 by Chip Austin Hunter as an affordable housing project and community arts center.
We’ll be treated to painting, photography, illustration, music and more. Returning bartenders include Julian Cox (Soigne Group), Matthew Biancaniello (Cliff’s Edge), Brian Butler (Sunny Spot), Justin Pike (The Tasting Kitchen), Laura Lindsay (Connie & Ted’s), and DJs Dave Fernie (Pour Vous) and Steve Livigni (Old Lightning). New performers include Beau DuBois (The Corner Door), Brittini Rae Peterson (Goldie’s), DJ Dino Balocchi (Littlefork), DJ Paul Sanguinetti (Patina Group) and furniture designer Philip Renderer (Seven Grand). Aidan Demarest (Tello Demarest Liquid Assets) will serve as the ever entertaining, no holds barred emcee.
Behind the bar, you’ll find people like Brent Falco and Cari Hah (Cole’s), Giovanni Martinez (Sadie), Danielle Crouch (Cana), Dave Kupchinsky (The Eveleigh), Karen Grill (Bestia) and others – so drinks will be more than up to snuff.
Founders of Art Beyond the Glass, Daniel Djang (Thirsty in LA) and Zahra Bates (Cole’s), have a few more tricks up their sleeve, as well, so it’ll definitely be worth your while to go to a newly remodeled, members-only space; drink the best cocktails in town for the day and enjoy awesome talent.
Sponsoring spirits include: Bacardi, Becherovka, Casa Noble Tequila, Leblon Cachaça, Pisco Portón Zaya Rum, Morrison Bowmore, Aviation Gin, Belvedere Vodka, Java Juice, Karlsson’s Vodka, La Niña Del Mezcal, Artin the Age, Cointreau, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, Miracle Mile Bitters, Novo Fogo Cachaça and Angel City Brewing. Additional sponsorship and support provided by dineLA and Red Bull.
Also, if you’re interested in an Los Angeles Athletic Club full membership or ‘Social Membership,’ new members will receive 50% off their Art Beyond the Glass II tickets and will be able to enjoy a host of benefits at the LAAC all year round. Call 213.630.5200 for more info.
I will see you at the Athletic Club on June 30th!