Detroit bars, bartenders showcased during Detroit Cocktail Week

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

It's booze week in Detroit. 

To put it more eloquently, the Detroit Cocktail Week has returned. It runs through Sunday with a schedule full of happy hours, cocktail dinners and industry-related workshops.

Detroit Cocktail Classic, part of Detroit Cocktail Week, is Friday at Eastern Market.

The keystone event of Detroit Cocktail Week is the Detroit Cocktail Classic, taking place Friday at Eastern Market's Sheds 3 and 5. Here, more than 50 Detroit area businesses will send their best bartenders and mixologists to show off their shaking, mixing and blending skills by serving drinks they've made special for this event. 

Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door, or $65 for VIP, which includes early access, 15 samples and light appetizers. The standard ticket includes access to the event at 7 p.m. and 10 drink samples. A portion of proceeds will benefit O.A.T.S., Offering Alternative Therapy with Smiles, a horse-assisted program for children and adults. 

To help keep imbibers upright, there's also a food truck rally in Shed 4 which is free and open to the public starting at 6 p.m. 

Bartender KaTrell Thomas pours a drink at a previous Detroit Cocktail Classic.

The best drinks of the Cocktail Classic will be awarded Sunday at a free event at the Monarch Club at the Metropolitan Building. Hosted by cocktail blogger Nick Britsky the Cocktail Classic award ceremony kicks off at 6 p.m.

Other highlights are a Tuesday night Woodford Reserve dinner at Grey Ghost at 47 Watson in Detroit. The $120 meal includes five cocktails paired with five plates from chefs Josef Giacomino and John Vermiglio. 

Remy Martin hosts an experience at Vertical Wine Bar Wednesday night at 7 p.m., 1538 Centre in Detroit. On Thursday, El Jimador and Herradura tequila takes over Takoi in Corktown for a multi-course dinner with cocktail pairings. Follow that up with a late-night happy hour across the street at Two James Spirits 10 p.m.-midnight Thursday; no tickets needed.

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