Get the Most Out of AZ Cocktail Week 2015

This article was written by Local Food Systems Intern, Sarah Schenck.

Arizona’s 4th Annual Cocktail Week is upon us!


If your spirits are up about the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition, but you just can’t wait to celebrate cocktail culture, then take part in Arizona’s 4th Annual Cocktail Week (AZCW). Considered the premier cocktail event of the Southwest, the week is dedicated to the craft of cocktails and fine spirits with festivities including educational seminars, parties, tastings and dinners throughout the state of Arizona. This year, it’s all going down February 14-21Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 2.19.51 PM

Kicking off the excitement of a 50+ event line-up is the signature Cocktail Carnival on February 14th at Hotel Valley Ho. This can’t-miss pool party features carnival games, Cirque du Soleil performances, live local bands, and cocktail samples galore.

For those really gung-ho on catching all the main events, book a reservation at Hotel Valley Ho. It will be the hub of major happenings from the 14th-16th where you can join in on seminars, dine with celeb chefs and mixologists at the Storytelling D5060190676_a7088dc672_zinner, mingle and sip with renowned cocktail concoctors at Top Bars of America, or stock up on goods at the Artisanal Spirit & Cocktail Market- just to name a few.

To fully take advantage of AZCW, be sure to pick up a wristband that will get you access to discounted drinks at an array of bars and restaurants throughout the state (17th-21st).

Flash that bracelet for booze and mix up your week with promotional cocktail creations from local spots including:


Chelsea’s Kitchen Citizen Public House Crudo Culinary Dropout District American Kitchen and Wine Bar Ingo’s Tasty Food La Grande Orange 5240760596_d2b5f91bbf_zLittle Cleo’s Olive & Ivy PY Steakhouse The Arrogant Butcher The Gladly


For a full list of events, participants, dates, and tickets, check out the official website.

If brews are more your thing, don't fret. February 12-21 also happens to be Arizona Beer Week.