The word “cocktail” was coined in a newspaper in 1806. To commemorate the occasion, a number of local restaurants, bars, and bartenders are hosting happy hours and parties over a weeklong period. Buck up, liver. Check out these events all over town.
Bar Pilar's Adam Bernbach will make the Washington cocktail, the rickey, in honor of its inventor, George A. Williamson. Bernbach will be leaving Bar Pilar in a few weeks, so this might be your last chance to watch him make some interesting drinks. 5 to 7. [Ed Note: We previously reported Bernbach's Tuesday Cocktail Session would be devoted to the rickey. That is not the case. The weekly session will feature all original drinks.]
Bartenders Gina Chersevani (PS 7’s), Jason Strich (Rasika), and Rachel Sergi (Zaytinya) give the ’80s—a decade known for less-than dazzling-cocktails—a second, ahem, shot with a happy-hour party at PS 7’s. A deejay will spin tunes as interesting variations of ’80s cocktails are served. 5 PM.
Sova, a coffeeshop on DC’s H Street, Northeast, that recently relaunched itself as an espresso-and-wine bar, will host a talk about pisco, a South American liquor, and also have some pisco-based drinks from its new cocktail list. 7 to 9; call 202-277-3473 to reserve a spot.
The main event of World Cocktail Week is a five-course dinner at Proof. It’ll feature a series of specialty cocktails created for the night by some of Washington’s best bartenders. Tickets are $145 a person, and proceeds benefit the Museum of the American Cocktail. To purchase tickets, contact Karen Chan at email@example.com. 7 PM.
Have you been missing Justin Guthrie? So have we. The former Central Michel Richard bartender will be at the lounge at Sonoma to offer customers a taste of a cucumber-milk punch and other gin-based cocktails. 6 to 9.