10 Events Not to Miss During Arizona Cocktail Week: February 14 Through 21

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Top Bars of America When: Sunday, February 15 from 9 p.m. to midnight Where: Hotel Valley Ho Ballrooms Entry: $25

While much of Arizona Cocktail Week will focus on highlighting our local bars and restaurants, this event will bring some of the top bars from all over the country right to our own backyard. During Top Bars of America, you'll be able to "bar hop" among pop-up bars from well-respected national spots such as The Dead Rabbit in New York, Rose.Rabbit.Lie in Las Vegas, Death & Co. in New York, and Acorn in New York.

Artisanal Spirit and Cocktail Market When: Monday, February 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. Where: Sands Building, Hotel Valley Ho Entry: Free with AZCW wristband

If you're looking to learn about the boutique spirits available in our state and check out some of the latest trends in bartending, then you won't want to miss this market and sampling event. In addition to craft spirits from micro-distillers, the event will feature bitters, syrups, purees, and pretty much everything else cocktail related.

Last Slinger Standing When: Monday, February 16, begins at 7 p.m. Where: Bitter & Twisted Entry: Sold out

Hopefully you already got tickets to this event, which will be held this year at Bitter & Twisted in downtown Phoenix. This cocktail competition pits teams of bartenders from Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona against each other in a contest that includes secret ingredients, challenges, and more. This year Arizona's team includes Joshua James of Clever Koi, Matthew Talavera of Cup Café at Hotel Congress, Tim Lafever of Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, Erick Bornmann of Flycatcher (Tucson) and Crudo, and Brandon Casey of Citizen Public House. The winner will walk away with the Centennial Cup with their name emblazoned on the trophy plaque.

See also: Meet the 2014 Arizona Last Slinger Standing Bartending Team

Jade Bar Reunion When: Tuesday, February 17 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Where: Counter Intuitive Entry: $25

Celebrate Fat Tuesday this year at the soon-to-open spot Counter Intuitive in Scottsdale. Not only will this be a chance to check out the new digs, it will also be a reunion for some of the nations top mixologists who all started their careers at the Vallay's own Jade Bar at the Sanctuary Resort. The event will reunite names such as Micah Olson of Crudo, Jason Asher of Youngs Market, Clint Spotleson of Renaissance Hotels, Jillian Vose of Dead Rabbit, and Tyson Buhler of Death & Co for a night of food and drinks.

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Lauren Saria
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