One of Dallas’ hottest cocktail-centric events is back for its sixth annual toast: The Ultimate Cocktail Experience returns to Klyde Warren Park on Saturday, Sept. 30. This baby has come a long way from its earlier iteration as a collection of themed pop-up bars under one roof (remember that one year I was on a bar team?! Epic!).
Back then, teams of DFW bartenders dreamed up concepts and menus for fanciful pop-up bars in one location. And, boy, has it evolved from there!
[This post originally appeared at The Dallas Diva]
Starting with last year’s event, UCE has been hosted at Klyde Warren Park, giving each bar concept much more room — ahhh! Plus, instead of dreaming up a concept and theme from scratch, each team draws a country or region of the world as its theme and builds a menu from there. Each team must put its own spin on a classic drink from the region as well as concoct a non-alcoholic potion. This year, the team captains, cities and classic drinks are as follows:
Mexico City: Brad Hensarling & Megan McClinton, The Usual (Margarita)
London: Omar Yeefoon, Shoals (Gin and Tonic)
New Orleans: Keisha Cooper, Shoals (Sazerac)
Hong Kong: Robbie Call, Filament (Rob Roy)
Casablanca: Andrew Stofko, Hot Joy (Mule)
Havana: Ravinder Singh, Rapscallion (Daiquiri)
Adding to the team talent will be guest-starring drinks slingers from around the world, including pros from NYC and London. So be prepared to tipple well.
Last year’s UCE racked up more than $200,000 for the event’s perennial beneficiary: Trigger’s Toys, which helps lighten the financial load of families of chronically ill children. Founder Bryan Townsend and the UCE team hopes to smash that total this year, so your attendance is super-appreciated! Not only will there be fine cocktails aplenty, but food trucks will be on hand to fill your belly — entry tickets even include one food truck item!
Speaking of … grab your tickets here! General admission is $65 and gets you access to all the bar concepts and one food truck dish. VIP tickets (limited quantity) are $125 and get you all that plus entry to UCE a half hour before general admission for a special reception and free valet parking.
Ultimate Cocktail Experience 2017
What: A sampling of regionally themed cocktails from the city’s (and the world’s) top bartenders.
Where: Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
When: 6 p.m. (VIP); 6:30 p.m. for general admission
How much: $65 (GA), $125 (VIP); buy tickets here.