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Inaugural Bartenders Ball Kicks Off a Week of Creativity and Celebration

Charlottesville’s top mixologists square off to find the city’s best all-local cocktail.

Monday April 8, 2019 | 7:30–10:00pm  Old Metropolitan Hall | $30 ticket includes eight cocktail tastings


This year, Tom Tom is mixing up the party with a brand-new event: the Bartenders Ball! At this kick-off celebration, Charlottesville’s most creative mixologists will go head to head, creating specialty cocktails with local ingredients and local liquor.  Eight bars will be live, each captained by the mixologist who will be pouring samples and discussing the origins and craft of their drink. At the conclusion of the night, you’ll hear from each of the mixologists and see the winners crowned from a jury vote of journalists and restaurateurs. 

Fans of Tom Tom’s Craft Cocktail Competition: Rest easy! We’ll still be rolling out the fifth year of this popular event throughout the week of Tom Tom. The mixologists at the Ball (and a few others) will showcase craft cocktails highlighting locally-sourced aromatics, liquors, and artisanal garnishes at top bars and restaurants throughout the downtown. So during Festival week (April 8–14), catch a talk or workshop, see a performance, and swing by the Mall for a craft cocktail. Winners will be chosen based on a public vote and unveiled at Tom Tom’s finale Block Party on Sunday. 

That Monday, the Bartenders Ball will immediately follow the Cville Gives Grant Night—the third-annual Festival event where nearly $25,000 is distributed to area nonprofits each year—and a host of community programs and workshops. Head to the Tom Tom Schedule for more info.




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