Midtown Cocktail Week is one glass act after another

In the spirit of spontaneity, we cruised the menu of events for Midtown Cocktail Week, which kicks off today and wraps up Sunday, keeping an eye on those pop-ups. Try this sampling, both shaken and stirred.



•  Absolutely!, 5 p.m. at Foundation, 400 L St., (916) 321-9522, Meet Absolut vodka “ambassador” Jessamine McLellan and taste Absolut and Absolut Elyx.

•  Rookie competition, 9:30 p.m. at the Golden Bear, 2326 K St., 916) 441-2242, Who can make the best original shooter and expertly assemble a classic frozen drink? Rookie bartenders will go blender-to-blender for cash and prizes.


•  Freaky Tiki Luau, 3-6 p.m. at Pour House, 1910 Q St., (916) 706-2465, Classic tiki cocktails will get a tweak, paired with luau cuisine with a twist.

•  The whiskey sour and friends, 4-6 p.m. at Capital Dime, 1801 L St., (916) 443-1010, Learn how to make the perfect whiskey sour, and variations on the classic.


•  Craft cocktails redux, 10 p.m. at the Limelight Bar & Cafe, 1014 Alhambra Blvd., (916) 446-2208, In celebration of the craft cocktail movement, craftily choose your favorite.

•  Under the Big Top, 9 p.m.-midnight at Capitol Garage, 1500 K St., (916) 444-3633, A circus atmosphere will prevail, with bartenders as “ringmasters” mixing mezcal-based margaritas. The bites will be “circus inspired,” as will be the performances.


•  Bourbon happy hour, 3-6 p.m. at Foundation, 400 L St., (916) 321-9522, A “boot camp” where bourbon drinks will rule.


•  Bitters and mixers, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, 1900 Alhambra Blvd., (916) 455-2667, Learn how to make orange bitters, tonic, “tipsy” cherries and basil syrup; $45.


•  Guy walks into a bar... 7 p.m. at Pour House, 1910 Q St., (916) 706-2465, Four local comics will center their acts around cocktails.

Scheduled events

Here are some highlights:

•  Cocktail Competition, 6-9 p.m. today at Harlow’s, 2708 J St., (916) 441-4693, $15: Batched cocktails will be on the menu, tasted by you and judged by a trio of “industry leaders.” Cover band Apple Z will rock.

•  Just Chill: A Spirited Snow Cone Party, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Centro, 2730 J St., (916) 442-2552; free admission: Infused tequilas will be poured into frosty snow cones. Feel the burn while chilling.

•  Amaro Tomorrow, 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Shady Lady, 1409 R St., (916) 231-9121; free admission: Antipasti will team with amari-based cocktails. Amari (the plural of “amaro”) are bitter Italian liqueurs usually served as digestifs, and include Campari, Fernet and Averna.

•  Bright Lights, Big City, 6-9 p.m. Friday at Grange in the Citizen Hotel, 926 J St., (916) 492-4450; free admission: Small plates will match with an array of craft cocktails and live music. Dance to tunes by Happy Fangs, DJ Katz and the Satin Dollz.

•  Big Ole Roundup, 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Goldfield Trading Post, 1630 J St., (916) 441-4340; free admission: The country-themed bar-restaurant will serve bourbon-based drinks and appetizers, with honky-tonk music.

•  Island Summer Nights, 1-4 p.m. Aug. 24 at Crawdad’s River Cantina, 1375 Garden Highway, (916) 929-2268; free admission: Midtown Cocktail Week closes with tiki cocktails, island-inspired bites and live music.

For the complete list of all the events, visit or call (916) 596-1952.