Guide to Arizona Cocktail Week, February 14 Through 21

Categories: Events

Zachary Fowle
Prepare to get all shook up from the list of events at this year's Arizona Cocktail Week.
The Arizona Cocktail Week schedule has finally been announced and there are some events you won't want to miss. Interestingly, the schedule skews toward a rum-and-tiki bent that we haven't seen in past years, but there seems to be something for everyone, whether you love aromatized wine, bitters, mezcal, or whiskey. We definitely are going to sample what the top bars from around the country mix up at Crudo, and we can't wait to hear what Dale Degroff, the king of modern cocktails, has to say in his seminar.

The full list of five days' worth of imbibing festivities is worth a look.

See Also: Devour Phoenix Brings Battling Bartenders, Local Craft Spirits to Crescent Ballroom on February 9

Wristband holders for Cocktail Week get discounted drinks at local cocktail hotspots beginning on February 14 until February 21, along with free access to some of these events. Reservations for many of these events are very limited, so book now if you're interested. For full descriptions, pricing and location information for each of these events, along with ticketing, please visit the Arizona Cocktail Week website.

Saturday, February 15

  • Tasting Panel Tasting Bar Event
    Sands Building at Hotel Valley Ho
    (10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
    Sample cocktails from a range of spirit makers and bartenders from around the world.

  • Rum for All Seminar
    Sands Building at Hotel Valley Ho
    (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
    A look into the history and distillation of rum -- likely the oldest spirit in the world.

  • Diageo World Class Seminar
    Sands Building at Hotel Valley Ho
    (1 to 5 p.m.)
    Champion bartenders Ricky Gomez and Jeff Bell discuss the world of competitive bartending through live demos and tastings.

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    Courtesy of Arizona Cocktail Week.
  • Deep Eddy Cocktail Truck
    Sands Building Parking Lot
    (2 to 5 p.m.)
    It's like a food truck -- but with booze!

  • Fortified Wine, Aromatized Wine, Vermouth and Amari Seminar
    Sands Building at Hotel Valley Ho
    (3 to 4:30 p.m.)
    A discussion of the past, present and future of these types of wine led by Steve Olson, including tips on tasting and using them in cocktails.

  • Japanese Whiskey Blending Seminar
    Sands Building at Hotel Valley Ho
    (5 to 6:30 p.m.)
    The House of Suntory's Neyah White talks Japanese whiskey history with samples in tow.

  • Cocktail Carnival Event
    OH Pool at Hotel Valley Ho
    (7 to 10 p.m.)
    A Cirque du Soleil-themed cocktail party by the pool with tiki drinks and cabana tastings.

Location Info


Hotel Valley Ho

6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General


3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Virtu Honest Craft

3701 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Mabel's on Main - CLOSED

7018 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

J&G Steakhouse

6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Hotel Palomar

2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Starr Pass Resort

3600 W. Starr Pass Blvd., Tucson, AZ

Category: General

Red Revolver Lounge

7316 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

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