Sunday, December 9th – 2nd Annual USBG Austin Punchaeoke Holiday Spectacular at Franklin BBQ. Details forthcoming.
Sunday, October 21st – Grand Marnier Sunday Funday for Service Industry & Bartenders at Hula Hula (3825 Lake Austin Boulevard) from 1-4pm.
Monday, September 17th – Industry Happy Hour with Knob Creek at drink.well. (207 East 53rd Street) 5:30-7pm. Complimentary light bites, cocktails and tastings of Knob Creek Bourbon and the newly released Knob Creek Rye. Free for USBG members. No RSVP required.
Monday, September 17th – Tenneyson Absinthe Happy Hour at Four Seasons Austin. Cocktails by Travis Tober with food pairings, from 6pm-8pm. All cocktails and bites $5-$6.
Sunday, August 26th – USBG Open House Party – 4215 Bellvue Avenue, Austin, TX (*Current or renewing members only, please)
Thursday, August 9th - Casa Sauza Happy Hour – 5-7pm at Maria Maria (415 Colorado Street)
Tuesday, August 14th – Bombay Sapphire/GQ ‘Most Inspired Bartender’ Cocktail Competition – 7-10pm at Malverde (400-B West 2nd Street)
July 24-29th – Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, LA
June 19th – 42 Below Cocktail World Cup Local Competition – 7-10pm at HandleBar (121 East 5th Street)
Texas Tiki Week – June 24-July 1st. Participating venues include Drink.Well., Contigo Austin, The Tigress, Workhorse Bar, Bar Congress, The Volstead, Noble Pig and Bohanan’s San Antonio. Check out the events page for full details!
**Friday, May 11th - Rare Brandies Tasting with Charles Neal** – Lenoir – 1807 South 1st Street. Charles Neal, a renowned authority on cognac, armagnac, calvados and eau-de-vie, will guide us through a tasting of rare & unique spirits, giving us a look at these tipples through the eyes of an expert. Due to the level of utter awesomeness associated with this event, there are only 20 seats available and an RSVP is absolutely essential. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Tuesday, May 8th to secure a seat.
**Wednesday, May 9th - “Tales of the Cocktail Texas Tour” Preview of the 2012 Tales of the Cocktail conference, held each July in New Orleans. Join Ann Tunnerman, founder of Tales of the Cocktail for a special preview of this year’s conference. Food, cocktails and even some door prizes will be on the agenda. Time and location TBD.
Previous 2012 Events
**Thursday, April 19th – Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair “On the Rocks” Bartending Competition, sponsored by El Tesoro Tequila. $1,000 Cash Prize! For more information, visit our Competitions page.
**Tuesday, April 3rd – Barrel-Aged Cocktail Release – 6pm-11pm at The Tigress - 100 West North Loop Boulevard. Join Lara Nixon and Pam Pritchard for the next barrel-aged cocktail release of “12 Miles Out”
**Sunday, April 1st – USBG Campari ‘Best Aperitivo’ Cocktail Competition – 1108 East Cesar Chavez (private venue).
**Wednesday, March 21st – Join us for RE-Tox – USBG Austin Inaugural Post SXSW Bartender’s Appreciation Event. Paul & Paula (of Paula’s Texas Spirits) are graciously opening their beautiful home to Austin’s USBG community for an afternoon of complimentary cocktails, cold beer, professional chair massages, hot tubbing, ping pong and even a few awesome door prizes!