SUNDAY, 6/2 - Geeks Who Drink: Quiz for a Cause
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SUNDAY, 6/2 Geeks Who Drink: Quiz for a Cause June 2 at 7:30p Nox, 302 N. Goodman St. $5, at the door A special iteration of Nox’s weekly pub quiz series, with craft canned cocktails from Southern Tier Distilling. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Gilda’s Club. MONDAY, 6/3 Bar Career Path with Chuck Cerankosky, Ralph DiTucci, Donny Clutterbuck June 3 at 1:30p Jackrabbit Club, 50 Anderson Ave. FREE ENTRY The growth of the Rochester food and beverage scene over the last decade has resulted in more bar and restaurant management positions becoming available. With many new and talented bartenders and their cohorts being offered opportunities to grow into the leadership positions in demand, DiTucci (Bar Mecca, Cristallino Premium Ice), Chuck Cerankosky (RCR, Good Luck, Cure, Radio Social, Bar Bantam), and Donny Clutterbuck (Cure, Pour Cost) will discuss some of the strategies, responsibilities and skill sets that are helpful in the progression of a bar career. From Guatemala to Leyenda: A Conversation with Ivy Mix June 3 at 3p Jackrabbit Club, 40 Anderson Ave. FREE ENTRY Ivy Mix talks about her career in the industry: the ups and downs of how she arrived at creating Speed Rack, the all-female bartending competition and breast cancer charity, as well as opening her bar, Leyenda, in Brooklyn. This conversation will focus on the importance of inclusion, as well as some fundamental issues facing women within the industry - and ideas about how we can help. Drinks and Prints June 3 at 5p Tiny Fish Printing, 139 Garson Ave.
FREE ENTRY Get a taste of Glass Revolution spirits while experiencing an evening of art at Tiny Fish Printing’s newly opened showroom. Take a peek into the Rochester Print Club archives, with selected works from artists like Kathryn Polk, Carol Wax and Robert Marx. Then, make your own screen printed takeaway poster! Katboocha: Make your Own Kombucha Class June 3 at 6p Bar Bantam, 1 S. Clinton Ave. $28, available via Rochester Brainery Kat Schwarz is the owner of Katboocha, Rochester's first all-kombucha brewery! Katboocha focuses on small batch kombucha to hone in on flavor and artistry through "huggable" fermenters. During this class you will not only learn what kombucha is, but also how to make it at home for yourself. Bar Bantam will be open for cocktails before and after the class. Art of the Mix June 3 at 6p Rochester Contemporary Art Center, 137 East Ave. $70, available via RoCo RoCo's 8th annual mixology fundraiser will feature signature cocktails & thoughtful amuse bouche pairings from 13 of Rochester's finest establishments. Vern's Pop-Up June 3 at 6p Roux, 688 Park Ave. Our newest neighbor pops by for a preview dinner! Come sample a New American menu with the Italian flair of Vern's, which opens two doors down early this summer, and cocktail pairings from Glass Revolution and Amrut Whiskeys. Industry Carnival June 3 at 6p The Playhouse // Swillburger, 820 S. Clinton FREE ENTRY For one night only, the carnival is in town! Spectacular games, bangin’ cocktails highlighting Hendrick’s Gin and poppin’ snacks -- this is the Playhouse’s industry night as you’ve never seen it before. Family friendly until 8p. Sneak Peek June 3 at 9:30p Cheshire, 647 South Ave. FREE ENTRY Sneak on over to Cheshire for a special night. In addition to the usual hospitality-centric experience, we are offering you the chance to imbibe at the hands of several skilled bartenders
from around town. We have our eyes set on industry folk in particular, though all are welcome. Let us take care of you before the RCR really kicks off. TUESDAY, 6/4 Got Milk? 11:30 a.m. Jackrabbit Club, 40 Anderson Ave. FREE ENTRY What is milk punch -- how do we make it and why would we want to? Eamon Rockey of "Rockey's Milk Punch" explores the concept and execution of milk punch. Deaf Hospitality Seminar June 4 at 12:30p Jackrabbit Club, 40 Anderson Ave. FREE ENTRY Rochester has the highest per capita population of deaf or hard-of-hearing adults under 65 in the nation. Join Joshua Mora, Chris McQuaid, and Katharina Jackson to learn about deaf experience in bars and how to better serve the deaf community. Mora will teach basic signs, social cues and more. The Future of Rye in America: a Conversation with Allen Katz June 4 at 3p The Cub Room, 739 South Clinton FREE ENTRY A seminar on the future of rye whiskey in America hosted by Allen Katz of New York Distilling Company, and featuring The Cub Room and Ragtime Rye from New York Distilling as well as Rye from Sagamore, J.H. Cutter, Old Potrero, and Lot 40. The seminar will be followed by a happy hour with cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres. Taco Boozeday June 4 at 5p Ox & Stone, 282 Alexander Street FREE ENTRY Two. Dollar. Tacos. Five. Dollar. Margaritas. Now that's something to taco 'bout. Spirit Backward June 4 at 5p Roux, 688 Park Ave. FREE ENTRY, RSVP via Eventbrite
A full cocktail and food menu takeover all night long featuring low ABV cocktails and Moroccan/French cuisine sponsored by the Brown-Forman portfolio. Build a Better Home Bar June 4 at 5p Cheshire, 647 South Ave. $25, at the door Fancy yourself a bartender? After Cheshire's "Build Your Own Bar" seminar, you should. During this seminar we will teach you the basic skills you need to mix, shake, and stir your favorite cocktails. In addition to these essential know-hows, we will help you decide how to stock your bar with your favorite spirits. During the seminar, you will have the opportunity to try your hand at bartending basics, as well as sample great cocktails from your favorite Cheshire bartenders. But wait, there's more. You will also have the chance to WIN your own set of bartending tools. Aperitivo Hour June 4 at 5p Bar Bantam, 1 S. Clinton Ave. FREE ENTRY The concept of happy hour is almost in direct contention with the concept of aperitivo hour. What are some pointers we can take from this European tradition, and how can we make money doing it? Josh Holly and Scott Krahn discuss ideological differences, cocktail differences, and how to break down the pricing. Drinking on Deadline: Inside Beverage Media with Imbibe Magazine June 4 at 6p Bar Bantam, 1 S. Clinton Ave. FREE ENTRY Cocktails and bar culture are enjoying a special moment in the media spotlight, from traditional newspapers and magazines to podcasts and online outlets. So where does your bar fit in? This seminar and Q&A session with Imbibe Magazine Executive Editor Paul Clarke will offer a few insights into today’s world of drinks journalism, and explore ways to attract media coverage for your bar, your cocktails or your career. Life’s a Beach June 4 at 6p Locals Only, 311 Alexander Street FREE ENTRY Locals Only is hosting their first annual beach party, so bring your beach balls, umbrellas and sunscreen for a party on the boardwalk! Summertime fun, tiki lanterns and breezy cocktails made just for you! Life’s a beach, so why not have some fun? Crafting a Classic with The Drinksmiths
June 4 at 6p The Daily Refresher, 293 Alexander St. $55, available via Eventbrite Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a great cocktail? Join The Daily Refresher and The Drinksmiths as we teach a class on the components of our greatest hits with a focus on Powers Whisky. Participants will enjoy a short lecture and instructional session where they will be able to make two cocktails. Light snacks also provided. Fiasco: A Glassblowing Cocktail Party June 4 at 6:30p More Fire Glass Studio, 36 Field Street $25, available via Eventbrite RCR and More Fire Glass Studio join forces for a one-of-a-kind event! Sip cold spirits from Glass Revolution while observing a hot glass blowing demonstration by Jen, Michael and Elizabeth of More Fire. All demo items will be available for auction after the workshop, and attendees can also purchase special hand-blown glassware and bar items from the More Fire showroom. 21+ ONLY. Cocktail History Happy Hour June 4 at 7:30p Nox, 302 N. Goodman St. $20, purchase via Rochester Brainery Learn about cocktail history and enjoy some of the first expressions in the cocktail revolution. Take a quiz for a chance to earn prizes after! Drink flight included with ticket; sponsored by William Grant & Sons. WEDNESDAY, 6/5 Owning the Story: A Conversation about Identity & Media June 5 at 12:30p Jackrabbit Club, 40 Anderson Ave. FREE ENTRY From Netflix series to daily newspapers, food & beverage culture is an increasingly popular focus for today’s media. But the ways media tells the stories of those in the hospitality industry has impacts that extend deep into our larger culture. Paul Clarke, executive editor of Imbibe Magazine, and hospitality activist Ashtin Berry, cofounder of Radical Exchange, will discuss the ways the media covers hospitality professionals, focusing on the showcasing of marginalized identities, and the ways language can create narratives that have far-reaching implications. This conversation-style session will also delve into how hospitality professionals play a part in
creating these narratives, how they can take ownership of their own stories, and what they should know to keep this kind of conversation going forward. Clearly Beautiful Cocktails June 5 at 1:30p Jackrabbit Club, 40 Anderson Ave. FREE ENTRY Crystal clear, large format ice has become a standard of excellence in great cocktail bars across America. From the Old Fashioned to the Highball and beyond, today's bartenders are using premium, clear ice to elevate the presentation of their most prized cocktails. In this seminar, Ralph DiTucci, Founder of Cristallino Premium Ice, will demonstrate a variety of uses for large format cocktail ice, sharing tips and techniques for easy handling and use during bar service and special events. How and Why to Build a Longer Table June 5 at 2:30p The Spirit Room, 139 State St. FREE ENTRY We can all make great cocktails; can you make the world a better place for your employees and your patrons? Join us on this deep dive, as we walk you through the intersecting axis of privilege, the difference between diversity, equity, and inclusion, how inclusion can make your company more profitable, practical steps on avoiding tokenism, and defining your role in a social movement towards equality. A-Malfy Aperitivo Beach Party June 5 at 5p Branca Midtown, 280 East Broad St. FREE ENTRY Bask in the paradise of the Amalfi coast while sipping on the bright and fresh Malfy Gin. Featuring bubbly aperitivo cocktails and small bites that will transport you to Italian paradise. Ciao, bella! Strictly Business June 5 at 5p Cheshire, 647 South Ave. FREE ENTRY Tonight is the after party before the after party. Cheshire is the place where you can relax with perfect cocktails, mood lighting and great music. Stop by for a drink and stay for the dopest hip hop playlist. We will have several off-menu drinks at the ready, brought to you by William Grant & Sons. After all, we mean business. Spanish Street Festival June 5 at 5:30p
Tapas 177, 177 Saint Paul St. $15, available via Eventbrite This will be a progressive event -- beginning at the upstairs bar and finishing on the downstairs courtyard patio -- featuring regional food specialties found at various festivals throughout Spain. A sampling of Iberian-inspired cocktails with the unique barreled wines of Cooper & Thief will be served alongside each tapa. Using decor, music, artwork, video and flavor, we aspire to transport our guests (if only in spirit) to Barcelona, Malaga, Bunol and Pamplona for the evening. You Can Pick Your Friends Spirit Dinner June 5 at 5:30p and 8p (two seatings) Cure, 50 Public Market $69, Available via Cure Alpine Distilling showcase. From the city that annually welcomes 100x its static population in tourism comes a spirits company as diverse and intentional as the population it supports. Alpine Distilling produces well-made spirits, and Cure creates cuisine and cocktails to highlight their features. Booze & Botany June 5 at 6p George Eastman Museum, 900 East Ave. $55, available via Eventbrite The George Eastman Museum's elaborate and historic gardens provide a picturesque setting for guests to sip botanical cocktail creations, enjoy hors d'oeuvres, listen to live music, and create a cyanotype (sun print) using fresh herbs and flowers. White, khaki, and floral attire, along with sun hats, encouraged. Sponsored by Ketel One Botanical. Whiskey Unparalleled Spirit Dinner June 5 at 6p Good Luck, 50 Anderson Ave. $75, available via Good Luck Here at Good Luck, we sure do love our whiskey. For this dinner, we'll prove this true with a deep dive into the portfolio of Brown-Forman, enjoying expressions of Old Forester and Woodford Reserve in neat and cocktail formats. These fine bourbons and ryes will explore the complements of distilling and degustation with four courses of cuisine from the Good Luck smokehouse. Classic with a Modern Twist Spirit Dinner June 5 at 6p Lento, 274 N. Goodman St. $45, call 271-3470 for reservations Five classic cocktails from the portfolio of Hotaling & Co. featuring a modern twist paired with a dish from classic eras featuring an updated preparation from Chef Art Rogers.
Whistlepig Spirit Dinner June 5 at 6p The Revelry, 1290 University Ave. FREE ENTRY Come get your pig on! Join The Revelry for a Southern-inspired block party featuring a 120 lb. pig roast with signature southern sides. Grab a Whistlepig whiskey cocktail and play a yard game outside. Backyard Cookout June 5 at 7p The Owl House, 75 Marshall St. $80, call to reserve: 360-2920 We’re busting out the grill for a delicious cookout-inspired pairing dinner. Join us on the patio for conversation, delightful drinks featuring B eam Suntory spirits, and four thoughtfully designed courses. Vegan and vegetarian options available. $80 per person includes 4-course dinner, spirit pairings, tip and tax. Limited seating available. House Party of the Damned Presents: A Tribute to Lili St. Cyr June 5 at 9p The Spirit Room, 139 State St. $5, cash only at the door Commemorating the birthday of burlesque legend Lili St. Cyr, local musician Reverend Kingfish will perform songs of infidelity, booze and death, accompanied by local burlesque dancers. Showcasing a mix of early blues, jazz, and barrel house jams, Reverend Kingfish and his bathtub hoochers will conjure the mood of old-time vaudeville cabaret, alongside cocktails from sponsor Beam Suntory. Tarot card readings will also be available. O’Cinco de Juno June 5 at 10p Good Luck, 50 Anderson Ave. FREE ENTRY They name the joint ‘Good Luck,’ and t’isn’t an Irish bar? Well tonight, mates, let’s imagine ol’ Lucky’s as a proper pub and cocktail parlor. Enjoy celtic cocktails crafted from the spirited whiskeys Tyrconnell, Connemara and Kilbeggan. Throw back a pint and don’t ye dare miss our midnight Irish car bomb seminar. Sláinte! THURSDAY, 6/6
Kondo Your Bar Life June 6 at 12:30p The Daily Refresher, 293 Alexander St. FREE ENTRY Yoga is helpful, but who has the time? Make the time. John Henry and Elana Effrat guide you through a sweeping tutorial regarding productivity and organization, broken down by categories and tools in useful snippets. Booze & Beyond: Life, Death & Libations June 6 at 2p The Spirit Room, 139 State St. FREE ENTRY A lively discussion on how alcohol has been used to honor these universal experiences across cultures. From offerings to Olympian gods to 40 oz. commemorations, the practice of “pouring one out” for the dead is one of the oldest human customs spanning five-thousand years. Templeton Happy Hour June 6 at 5p Branca Midtown, 280 E. Broad St #100 FREE ENTRY Enjoy the good stuff with Templeton and Branca. Tonic Takeover June 6 at 5p The Revelry, 1290 University Ave. FREE ENTRY A perfectly proportioned gin & tonic is a thing of beauty. But the refreshingly bitter character of a tasty tonic can complement any number of spirits, adding verve and complexity to even the simplest of cocktails. Join the team from Skurnik Wines & Spirits as they serve a selection of highballs celebrating distillates, quinine and the magic that happens when the two come together. Netflix and Chill, Dude June 6 at 5p Ox & Stone, 282 Alexander St. $20, available via Eventbrite So, you wanna come to our place and watch a movie or something? Come on in, we'll fix you a real nice drink. Pick your theater room, sit back, and relax. Your ticket gets you entry for a movie, a Monkey Shoulder cocktail and your choice of junk food. And our 'lobby' isn't just serving Coca-Cola products.
Prism Sentence Spirit Dinner June 6 at 5:30p and 8p (two seatings) Cure, 50 Public Market $69, Available via Cure What do you do when you’re afforded the ability to work with every flavor imaginable? You accept your fate. In this collaboration between Giffard/Backbar Project and Cure, we use laser-focused cocktail builds and a wide array of cuisine to illustrate a full dynamic range of flavors and textures. Moulin Rouge Dance Party June 6 at 6p The Daily Refresher, 293 Alexander St. FREE ENTRY Come to The Daily Refresher as we transform our bar into a fantastical French early-twentieth century cabaret: “Moulin Rouge” meets “The Great Gatsby” meets the circus. Burlesque performances, (candy) cigarette girls, and hula performers. Enjoy the evening in a luxurious lounge enjoying elevated cocktails spotlighting Real McCoy and High West spirits and a live DJ dance party late into the night. Angel’s Lucky Spirit Dinner June 6 at 6p Good Luck, 50 Anderson Ave. $75, available via Good Luck The port cask-finished bourbons and ryes of Angel’s Envy come to earth for a four-course spirit dinner. This heavenly collection of whiskeys will show its complexity and elegance in pairing with the divine cooking of the Good Luck kitchen. 2019 Rochester Cocktail Revival Gala June 6 at 6p Strasenburgh Planetarium, 663 East Ave. $45, available via Eventbrite Join us for the most extravagant event of the sixth annual Rochester Cocktail Revival, the 2019 RCR Gala: a night under the heavens with Lunazul Tequila and Larceny Bourbon. Mingle beneath a magical projection show in the Strasenburgh Planetarium while enjoying cocktails crafted by Rochester's finest bartending talent. The gala will feature multiple bars, a tasting table, hors d'oeuvres, a planetarium show, and other entertainment. Dress to impress! 21+ only. There Can Only Be One June 6 at 6p The Playhouse // Swillburger, 820 S. Clinton FREE ENTRY
If you've had one cocktail, you've had 'em all... SAID NO ONE EVER. Help us celebrate mixed drink diversity with a competitive tasting of four different classic cocktail recipes showcasing spirits from Honeoye Falls Distillery. Taste entries from Rochester's top bartenders and vote for your favorite! Casino Royale June 6 at 7p Cheshire, 647 South Ave. FREE ENTRY Test your luck and press your luck. Here at Cheshire, we invite you to our blackjack tables and our fully stocked bar featuring Greenhook Ginsmiths. Drink, gamble, socialize - on this night, we will be here with drinks in hand and tokens in pocket. Buy a drink, get 10 tokens to spend at our blackjack tables. Do you like your martini shaken or stirred? Perhaps both? In either case, Cheshire's got you. Ultimate Mixtape June 6 at 8p Swan Dive, 289 Alexander St. FREE ENTRY Staff curated playlists, along with live performances by local hip hop artists and DJs, inspire a Copper and Kings-focused cocktail menu. Total Recall June 6 at 10p Good Luck, 50 Anderson Ave. FREE ENTRY This annual event reunites legends of the Rochester craft bar scene, all throwing down together behind the pine at Good Luck. Stay tuned for an all-star roster of special guest bartenders, anchored by the stellar spirit portfolio of Hotaling & Co. FRIDAY, 6/7 Industry Agave Lunch June 7 at 12p Ox & Stone, 282 Alexander St. TRADE ONLY; RCR WRISTBAND REQUIRED Rochester bartenders are invited to join the Michael Skurnik spirits team for a lunch and learn. Taste through an expansive collection of agave spirits paired with Ox & Stone fare.
Whiskey Walkaround June 7 at 2:30p Cure, 50 Public Market FREE ENTRY Sample more than 50 whisk(e)ys from the portfolio of Michael Skurnik. Take a figurative tour of the world of whiskeys, with spirits literally from around the world. High Dive Fest June 7 at 3p Swan Dive, 289 Alexander St. FREE ENTRY, RSVP via Eventbrite Inspired by large music festivals like Electric Forest, the Dive transforms into a micro festival. Neon everywhere. Bands throughout the day in Big Pink, and various DJs and bands on the side patio. Street-style food menu and fried goodness. Cocktail menu highlighting Metallica’s Blackened Whiskey brand will be served in comically large neon glassware (i.e., hand grenade New Orleans). Slushies for days. Don’t need to purchase a wristband, but with it you get access to a discounted featured cocktail menu and priority access at the door. Bee’s Knees Release Party June 7 at 5p The Cub Room, 739 South Clinton FREE ENTRY What do Lemon, Honey, Gin, and Fifth Frame all have in common? They’re the Bee’s Knees! Join us for a special limited release of Fifth Frame’s first-ever Bee’s Knees Cocktail-inspired sour beer, featuring honey, lemon, and juniper and aged in gin barrels. Come by to pair it with a delicious honey and lemon dessert. Is there a better way to transition from Cocktail Revival into Real Beer Week? Owl House Oyster Bar June 7 at 5p The Owl House, 75 Marshall St. FREE ENTRY For one night each year, The Owl House is transformed into a spectacular oyster bar. Join us for a cocktail party featuring oysters and Neversink Gin martinis. Owl House Oyster Bar should not be missed! Reservations can be made by calling 3 60-2920. Land, Spey and Skye Spirit Dinner June 7 at 6p Good Luck, 50 Anderson Ave. $85, available via Good Luck Scotch. An ancient, moody, bold and expressive whisky, demanding attention, respect and understanding. We'd like to assert that, at its finest, our cuisine showcases the same emotions. For this dinner, we'll complement the floral and fierce elegance of a prized collection Single Malt
Scotches with four courses of craftsmanship from the Good Luck kitchen. Seasonal preparations will allow Chef Martello and crew to tune cuisine to the intricate nuances of the full range of expressions from Oban (Highland), Lagavulin (Islay), Taliskar (Isle of Skye) and Dalwhinnie (Speyside). Rock ‘n' Roll Prom June 7 at 6p The Daily Refresher, 293 Alexander St. FREE ENTRY It's the prom celebration of the decades! Put on vintage digs and bring a date to relive your favorite high school dance memories. We will have fun twists on classic cocktails with Jägermeister and a live cover band so you can Do The Twist to classic tunes. No Sympathy for the Devil June 7 at 6p Roux, 688 Park Ave FREE ENTRY Get wavy, lose your mind, and then find it again with us as we slink through the night, Singapore slings in hand. Fear and Loathing is taking over Roux sponsored by Bacardi so dress up, drop out, and get lost with us. Israeli BBQ June 7 at 6p Radio Social, 20 Carlson Rd. FREE ENTRY It’s officially summer time at Radio Social! Play lawn games in our backyard while enjoying delicious cocktails made with Nolet’s Gin and dope Israeli-inspired barbecue from Chef Steve Eakins and crew. Snack Shack and DJ Chreath provide the beats, and a $25 pass gets you BBQ and two drinks. Sols Similaires Spirit Dinner June 7 at 5:30p and 8p (two seatings) Cure, 50 Public Market $69, available via Cure Cognac is an extremely versatile spirit, ranging from use in its many unadulterated original forms to shaken, stirred, and carbonated drinks. The kitchen at Cure collaborates with Moet-Hennessy to showcase the versatility and history of Cognac in all its grandeur. Luau Pig Roast June 7 at 7p Ox & Stone, 282 Alexander St. FREE ENTRY Hawaii, anyone? It's the pig roast of the summer, luau-style. Tiki cocktails featuring Angostura Rum and Hawaiian food take over at the Ox. Slow-roasted pork with traditional sides, poke
bowls, surf rock and grass skirts. Now, Mai Tai ask you a question? How could you possibly resist? Skirts & Suits June 7 at 7p Cheshire, 647 South Ave. FREE ENTRY Come spend the evening with Cheshire in collaboration with Derrick Lucas from Jazz 90.1. Dress to the nines. (Best dressed for the evening will win a prize.) Drink the night away with specialty cocktails from St. George Spirits, along with all of your Cheshire favorites. Super Sound June 7 at 7:30p Anthology, 336 East Ave. $15, available via TicketWeb The biggest musical event of RCR: come drink, dance, revive and imbibe! Friday, June 7 features the bluegrass tunes of Finger Lakes-based Dirty Blanket with The Brothers Blue, with curated whiskey cocktails from Bulleit. Nightcap Theatre June 7 at 7:30p and 9p The Metropolitan, 1 S. Clinton Ave. $30, available via Eventbrite Where a cocktail party and a night out at the theatre coincide. This interactive drama will whisk attendees away to the 26th floor of the glamorous Metropolitan Building, where they become part of a mid-century modern story while sipping period-appropriate cocktails from Absolut Elyx. An original production written for RCR by local performers Kerry Young & Abby DeVuyst. Mid-century attire appreciated, but not required. Two performances: 7:30p and 9p. Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency June 7 at 9p The Playhouse // Swillburger, 820 S. Clinton Ave. FREE ENTRY Dust off your rotary phone, unearth your old banana seat cruiser and head to The Playhouse // Swillburger for a 1960s-inspired cocktail party with Mad Men themed drinks from the Constellation Brands spirit portfolio, dapper outfits, and classy tunes. Gangster Party II June 7 at 9p Branca Midtown, 280 East Broad St. FREE ENTRY Like any good gangster movie, we're doing a sequel! Celebrate your favorite cinema and dress your baddest. Featuring classic Italian cocktails from the Campari Portfolio, because bitter is
better. Aperol Spritz will be flowing from the golden fountain all night long. Raise a glass and party like a gangster! Bada bing. Synthwave Dance Party June 7 at 9p The Revelry, 1290 University Ave. FREE ENTRY Swing through The Revelry for a throwback into the future. Our dance floor will be reinforced and ready for the spirit of Ryan Gosling to move through you. Wear your neon blockers because this party will be lit. And dress like the 80s is today... Because where we're going, we don't need roads. Sponsored by Santa Teresa Rum. Jalisco Disco June 7 at 9p Bitter Honey, 127 Railroad St. FREE ENTRY Join the team at Bitter Honey for Jalisco Disco! A throwback to the days where the lights were low, the music was hot and the booze was flowing. Our team will be joined by Bar Clavel's beverage director Dre Levon as he hops behind the bar and presents a speciality cocktail menu for the evening featuring G4 Tequila. 70s-era attire preferred. Welcome to the Jungle: Cocktail Safari June 7 at 10p Good Luck, 50 Anderson Ave. FREE ENTRY What we’ll be doing: beasting behind the bar, riling up a fantastical menagerie of wild cocktails contacted from the exotic spirits of Maison Ferrand and Plantation Rum. What you’ll be doing: arriving in animal prints and dancing the royal rumpus to the wild sounds of DJ Roco Rex! Dearly Beloved: A Prince Drag Extravaganza & Dance Party June 7 at 10p The Spirit Room, 139 State St. $5, cash at the door only June 7 is the day our purple lord and velvet savior, Prince Rogers Nelson, was born. Get ready for a night of lipstick, duct tape and crying doves! Drag Queens from Rochester and NYC will be purple raining all over our stage, celebrating the life and music of a rock ’n roll legend. Supported by Great Women Spirits. Casa Dragones Pop-up June 7 at 10:30p Cure, 50 Public Market FREE ENTRY A late night soirée featuring the elegant and intriguing tequila of Casa Dragones against the backdrop of live jazz from the Lost Wax Collective.
SATURDAY, 6/8 Spirit Tasting Spectacular June 8 at 11a The Metropolitan, 1 S. Clinton Ave. $15, available via Eventbrite Taste through more than 40 spirit brands, including national and New York State distillers. Sample an expansive variety of craft spirits -- the toolkit of the RCR bartenders. Entry includes samples of up to 16 spirits. A cash bar featuring drink specials and bar snacks will be available at Bar Bantam in the lobby of The Metropolitan. 21+ only. First 150 attendees receive a Rochester Cocktail Revival tote and copy of Imbibe Magazine. CBD vs. THC in Cocktails: A Hands-On Workshop June 8 at 11a Good Luck, 50 Anderson Ave. $15, available at restaurantgoodluck.com What's the difference between CBD and THC, and how are each usable in the cocktail world? Taste the difference in this hands-on workshop! Warren Bobrow will demonstrate with infusions, seltzers, bitters and Pickett's Ginger Beer Syrup. Sponsored by El Buho mezcal. R(h)um Deep Dive 1 p.m. Bar Bantam, 1 S. Clinton Ave. $15 (includes admission to the Spirit Tasting Spectacular), purchase via Eventbrite Skurnik Spirits tackles the complex category of R(h)um as seen through the lens of Caribbean culture and provenance. We’re excited to offer an intimate educational experience that will use the touchstones of production history, terroir, and Tiki Culture to paint a vivid picture of what r(h)um means in this part of the world and beyond. Camp J - Bird June 8 at 2p Swan Dive, 289 Alexander St. FREE ENTRY Think 80s summer camp, but with Swan staff as the counselors and guests as the campers. T-shirts provided, dining hall-style food menu, punch-focused Campari cocktail menu, canned veggies, and on and on and on. Sign-up the week prior for ‘The Talent Show’ on the side patio stage at 6p, arts and crafts, kiddie pool in the back lot (take a dip, no divin’), tug of war, and more. Nighttime screening of “Wet Hot American Summer” on the turf. Oh, and DJs. Would you not wanna attend with all your friends?
Toga Party June 8 at 4p The Daily Refresher, 293 Alexander St. FREE ENTRY "You guys up for a toga party?" The Daily Refresher is throwing a celebration that would make Belushi proud: a live band with cocktail and shot specials from Tito’s Vodka. Discounts for patrons wearing a toga! With Age Comes Spirit Dinner June 8 at 6p Good Luck, 50 Anderson Ave. $85, available via Good Luck Time: the secret ingredient in all great spirits, allowing vigorous interplay of wood, oxygen and alcohol, tumbling in ways unseen to create beautiful expressions of the waters of life. This dinner will showcase the different results to be found in the ageing of a variety of spirits. Belle Meade Bourbon, High West Double Rye, Real McCoy 12yr Rum, Casa Noble Reposado Tequila and Copper and Kings Brandy will pair with five inspired courses of Good Luck culinary expertise. Summer Camp Ox-Ah-Wanna June 8 at 6p Ox & Stone, 282 Alexander St. FREE ENTRY Camp Ox-Ah-Wanna, we hold you in our hearts. When we think about you it makes us wanna START. (Drinking, that is.) Our 'Salute Your Shorts' summer camp-themed party will surely get out of hand once the camp instructors turn in. The music will get bumped up, and we'll break into those campy cocktails using Four Roses Bourbon. Summer camp costumes optional, but strongly encouraged. Super Sound June 8 at 7:30p Anthology, 336 East Ave. $15, available via TicketWeb aturday, June 8 The biggest musical event of RCR: come drink, dance, revive and imbibe! S showcases the soulful jazz of Vermont-based Kat Wright with special guest Flying Object, with a cocktail bar featuring Jack Daniels and Old Forester whiskeys. Cheshire's Bourbon Boutique June 8 at 9p Cheshire, 647 South Ave.
FREE ENTRY Cheshire and Four Roses Bourbon bring you a variety of bourbons and bourbon-based cocktails. Mezcal and Mofongo: A Night in Old San Juan June 8 at 9p Bitter Honey, 127 Railroad St. FREE ENTRY Una noche de fuego! Salsa night at Bitter Honey with live music, tropical rum cocktails and Puerto Rican themed late night menu. Join us for a sweaty, late night. Shakin’ Too: Cocktail Boogaloo June 8 at 10p Good Luck, 50 Anderson Ave. FREE ENTRY A Casamigos cocktail party and breakdancing exposition, with a few of Rochester’s finest breakers popping and locking on the linoleum while our bar crew shakes and stirs a fly assortment of Casamigos tequila and mezcal cocktails, all backdropped with a hip-hop set from the rocksteady sound system of DJ Daggz. The Green Scene June 8 at 10p Cure, 50 Public Market FREE ENTRY A Chartreuse seance and a Chartreuse slushy machine will be the foundation of the RCR’s biggest little party. DJ Delano provides beats to shake the place while you close out the RCR with all your friends in the cocktail universe. SUNDAY, 6/9 Industry Pilates June 9 at 11a Bitter Honey, 127 Railroad St. FREE ENTRY PIlates is just Jazzercise for millennials, right? A pilates class geared toward bar personnel with exercises and stretches to restore and condition bodies working hard behind the pine during RCR. Sponsored by Tito’s Vodka. Hip Hop Brunch June 9 at 11a
The Revelry, 1290 University Ave. FREE ENTRY Dance on over to The Revelry for our annual hip hop brunch. This Battle Royale pre-game is just what you need to hang with your local bartenders to celebrate the upcoming Battle with all of your favorite products from Pernod Ricard. The DJ will start spinning those funky beats at 11a, come get your hip hop going early - and remember, Brunch Rules Everything Around Me. Whiskey Brunch: Cocktails and Crooners June 9 at 11a The Cub Room, 739 South Clinton FREE ENTRY Join us alongside Tommy Brunett of Iron Smoke and his all-star, whiskey-soaked rat pack for live music, cocktails and, of course, brunch. There will also be a donation drop-off to support Golisano Children’s Hospital. Effervescent Brunch June 9 at 11:30a The Owl House, 75 Marshall St. FREE ENTRY Join us for a brunch menu takeover with sparkling cocktails featuring Mionetto Prosecco. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant: 360-2920. Stories with Cocktails June 9 at 1p Cheshire, 647 South Ave. $20, available via RocSpoke Enjoy handcrafted classic cocktails while listening to local writers read their cocktail-inspired stories. A continuation of Rochester Spoken Word’s long-running Speak Easy Series held monthly at Cheshire, Stories with Cocktails is sure to bring you back to the literary golden age. Bar Room Battle Royale June 9 at 5p Radio Social, 20 Carlson Rd. $12, available via Eventbrite RCR bartenders from around the city go shaker-to-shaker in the annual Bar Room Battle Royale, but only one will claim mixological supremacy. Ticket price includes admission to the Iron Shaker tasting arena and the Bar Ninja competition, spirit tasting tables, and samples. Cash bar with drink specials and bar snacks will also be available, all set to the soundtrack of DJ Chreath. $15 at the door. Sponsored by Campari America.
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