Detroit Cocktail Classic is six days of boozy fun

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

The shakers will be rattled and mixing spoons twirled next week when the Detroit Cocktail Classic returns for a fourth year.

A celebration of Detroit’s bars, restaurants, craft spirits and bartenders, the weeklong event includes workshops, happy hours, distillery tours and cocktail-paired dinners.

The main event is the Grand Tasting at Eastern Market’s Shed 3, 6-10 p.m. Nov. 17. The craft cocktail bash features drinks from some of the city’s hottest spots, including the newly opened Prime + Proper, plus the Apparatus Room, Public House, Two James, Takoi, Standby, the Sugar House, Otus Supply and others.

Grand Tasting tickets, $50, include 12 beverage samples. So as not to “sample” on an empty stomach, there is a food truck rally planned for the same time and day at the next shed over.

Another highlight is the Whiskey Rebellion at Chartreuse Kitchen + Cocktails (15 E. Kirby), kicking off the Detroit Cocktail Classic week on Monday at 8 p.m. The party includes kegged cocktails, craft beer and light fare from Chartreuse’s chef Doug Hewitt, plus live music from the Jug Band and Shine on Kentucky Moon. Admission is $5.

Hendricks Gin will host a steampunk-inspired event at Sugar House (2130 Michigan) on Nov. 15. No admission fee or reservation required.

Another free event is a Tiki Bash with products from Beam Suntory (Jim Beam, Courvoisier, Maker’s Mark, etc.), 8-11 p.m. Nov. 16 at Mutiny (4654 Vernor). This will be the first event at this new bar, which is under the umbrella of the Detroit Optimist Society, which also owns Sugar House, Wright & Company, Bad Luck Bar and others.

The first of seven cocktail dinners planned next week is a Pierre Ferrand Cognac meal at Selden Standard (3921 Selden) with brand representative Victor Bouvier. The paired dinner is $90 per person, tax and tip included.

More cocktail dinners will be held next week at the Peterboro, Roast, Wright & Company, Grey Ghost, Frame in Hazel Park (sold out) and Takoi.

For a complete schedule and links to purchase tickets to next week’s dinners and workshops, visit

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