2017 Guide to Detroit Cocktail Classic


2017 Guide to Detroit Cocktail Classic

Detroit Cocktail Classic is back for its 4th year with a series of workshops, cocktail-paired dinners and the epic Grand Tasting at Eastern Market.

Detroit Cocktail Classic is hosting a week of creative, immersive and memorable events at locations across the city, including the hottest restaurants in town. Don’t miss this premiere cocktail event, November 13th-18th.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Detroit Cocktail Classic: Grand Tasting

Enter to win a pair of tickets to the Detroit Cocktail Classic: Grand Tasting

Monday, November 13th

Whiskey Rebellion @ 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Chartreuse – 15 E Kirby St.
Kegged cocktails, craft beer, and light fare from chef Doug Hewitt Jr., plus live music by The Jug Band and Shine on Kentucky Moon

Tuesday, November 14th

Detroit Hospitality Workshop @ 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ($50)
Westin Book Cadillac – 1114 Washington Blvd
The Detroit Hospitality Workshop offers a chance for people who like to take care of people to come together, share ideas, and offer inspiration to one another.

Pierre Ferrand Cognac Cocktail Dinner @ 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. ($90)
Selden Standard – 3921 2nd Ave
Victor Bouvier from Maison Ferrand hosts a special Cognac Cocktail Dinner at Selden Standard.

Highland Park Cocktail Dinner @ 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ($65)
The Peterboro – 420 Peterboro St.
This dinner will feature specially selected scotch that’s paired with a four-course dinner from Chef Joe Flores.

Spirit of Detroit @ 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. 
Two James – 2445 Michigan Ave.
Featuring specialty craft cocktails and giveaways for complimentary tours of the distillery.

Wednesday, November 15th

USBG Cocktail Competition Workshop @ 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. ($50)
Detroit USBG – 1114 Washington Blvd
Cocktail competitions have many different components but one common element – they all have judges and competitors and both require an understanding of the other. This two part seminar will feature industry experts from around the country teaching best practices for judges and competitors.

Bad Luck Bar Happy Hour @ 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Bad Luck Bar – 1218 Griswold
Bad Luck Bar is partnering with Lot 40 Rye to provide signature happy hour cocktails in one of Detroit’s most exclusive spaces.

Stuff We Like to Drink Cocktail Dinner @ 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ($150)
Roast – 1128 Washington Blvd
Antoine Przekop of Little Guy Wines hosts a dinner featuring the Haus Alpenz portfolio and an exploration of some of Roast’s front of house personalities presented in the form of liquid.

Smooth Ambler Spirits Cocktail Dinner @ 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ($95)
Wright & Co. – 1500 Woodward Ave. Floor 2
John Little, CEO and Master Distiller of Smooth Ambler Spirits, hosts sinner at Wright & Co.

Peculiar Adventures in Time: A Departure from the Normal @ 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Sugar House – 2130 Michigan Ave
Peculiar Adventures in Time: a Departure from the Normal is a steampunk-inspired event brought to you by Hendricks Gin.

Thursday, November 16th

Papa’s Pilar Cocktail Dinner @ 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ($95)
Grey Ghost – 47 Watson St.
Philip Greene, Brand Ambassador and author of To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion and The Manhattan: The Story of the First Modern Cocktail, hosts dinner at Grey Ghost.

Woodford Reserve/Mabel Gray Cocktail Dinner @ 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ($85)
Fame – 23839 John R, Hazel Park
Detroit Cocktail Classic presents the Woodford Reserve/Mabel Gray Cocktail Dinner at Frame.

Haus Alpenz Cocktail Dinner @ 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. ($100)
Takoi – 2520 Michigan Ave
This dinner will be presented as a Takoi Experience AKA our version of a tasting menu served family style. Our Chefs feed you wave after wave of food, based on what’s fresh – in nature & in their minds.

Tiki Bash @ 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. 
Mutiny- 4654 Vernor Hwy
Rebel against the monotony of daily obligations, embrace island life, and satisfy all of your Tiki dreams at this year’s Tiki Bash.

Friday, November 17th

Detroit Cocktail Classic: Grand Tasting @ 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. ($50)
Eastern Market – 2934 Russell St.
Over 40 of Detroit’s top drinking establishments are paired with top shelf spirit brands to concoct a signature drink for the occasion that will be served at their unique “Libation Station.” Attendees will taste their way around the event, interacting and engaging with representatives from each establishment and spirit purveyor. Each attendee will receive 12 beverage samples with admission.

Saturday, November 18th

Hangover Brunch @ 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Honest John’s – 488 Selden St.
You made it through an entire week of Detroit Cocktail Classic and we’re rewarding you with the official no frills Hangover Brunch presented by Tito’s Vodka. You bloody well earned it.


Photo credit: Detroit Cocktail Classic


Due to COVID-19, most events and venues have been cancelled and closed.

We will continue to keep you updated on events as they resume their normal scheduling.

In the meantime, we highly suggest you confirm the dates and details
for each event with the venue itself prior to attending.