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Toronto Cocktail Week
Kristina Chau - Monday, September 30, 2013

Happy Monday!

Some of you may be thinking "as if there is such a thing", but when you work in an industry and at a job that you love, it really does exist!

With having said that, I really do love my job and this week your party guru is assisting at the inaugural Toronto Cocktail Week.  Taking place October 1 - 7, TCW is a joint venture between The Grid, SpiritHouse, and the Toronto Institute of Bartending. It promises to be the must-attend drink and food festival of the year—Toronto’s answer to Tales of the Cocktail, SFCW, and London Bar Week all wrapped into one. The Grid and SpiritHouse/TIB plan to make a lot of noise and really shake things up in Toronto’s cocktail scene. No pun intended!

To join in on the festivities, event tickets can be purchase online at but for a quick reference, here are a list of the events:

Opening Night/Hogtown Shakedown Semi-finals
October 1, 2013 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM | SpiritHouse

Ten of Toronto’s best bartenders will compete for a spot in the Finals, kicking off the inaugural Toronto Cocktail Week. Attendance is included with a Founder’s Pass or invitation only.

Event: The Cosmopolitan: 25th Anniversary
October 2, 2013 | 7:00PM - 11:00PM | The Spoke Club, Portland Room

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Cosmopolitan! It’s your chance to dress up and explore the Cosmopolitan in its classic form. Partake in drink-making lessons from world-renowned bartender and godfather of the Cosmopolitan, Dale DeGroff. Better still, join Toronto bartenders, Sarah Parniak (Cold Tea) and Joe Howell (The Spoke Club), as they create their own, millennial takes on the drink.

Hogtown Shaketown Bartender Competition Finals
October 3, 2013 | 7:00PM - 10:00PM | The Drake Hotel

Witness an epic battle of Toronto's top bartenders as they compete to make 5 cocktails in 5 spirit categories, using mystery ingredients. They’ll have limited time. Kevin Brauch will host. 

ON THE TOWN! A tribute to Bars, Speaks & Legendary Saloons with Dale Degroff
October 4, 2013 | 4:30PM - 7:00PM | The Dakota Tavern

Join James Beard Award-Winning mixologist and author Dale DeGroff for an evening of stories, cocktails, and songs from legendary watering holes and his 40 years of working them. Masterful story-telling, crafted cocktails from bygone eras, and tunes from the Great American Songbook make for an unforgettable evening!

Whiskey 3-Way Show 
October 4, 2013 | 7:00PM - 1:00AM | Maison Mercer

Attend, taste and discover the brown liquor! Enjoy a bevy of Toronto’s all-star mixologists whipping up 3 of their best whiskey-based cocktails. Taste food from 3 of Toronto’s most interesting eateries, and choose small pour flights from over 30 different kinds of whiskey from the world’s finest distillers.

The Grid’s Cocktail Generator Gala
October 5, 2013 | 7:00PM - 1:00AM | The Burroughes Building, 6th Floor 

This epic finale to the week will feature an all-star cast of bartenders from neighbourhoods across Toronto mixing drinks with a unique twist: The menu consists only of adjectives. Using The Grid’s Cocktail Generator, attendees will be asked to choose three in order to have customized cocktails whipped up for them.

Mott’s Clamato Caesar Brunches
October 6, 2013 | Times dependant on venue | Various Venues

Just what the doctor ordered at the end of Toronto Cocktail Week: a Mott’s Clamato Caesar and some yummy food. Check out our complete list of participating venues and enjoy brunch paired with a custom Mott’s Clamato Caesar, all for only $15!

The TCW13 Industry Thank You Party
October 7, 2013 | 7:00pm | The Drake Hotel

Join us at 86’d to wind down TCW with our partners, friends, and family. Taste winning cocktails from the Hogtown Shakedown bartender competition and stay for some surprise entertainment. Admission is free!

Throughout the week there will be other festivities happening at partner events and crawls around the city so be sure to plan accordingly!  

I hope to see you out at one of these fabulous events and we'll celebrate together.  Cheers!

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