Booze lovers can officially start counting down the days until the fourth annual Arizona Cocktail Week takes the Valley and state by storm.
The week-long event will feature bartender competitions, cocktail parties, and pop-up speakeasies and will go down from Saturday, February 14 to Saturday, February 21.
The festival will begin on Saturday, February 14 with the all-day, all-night Cocktail Carnival at the Hotel Valley Ho. The poolside party will feature dozens of vendor booths, carnival games, circus performers, live performances from local bands, and cocktail tastings.
Then on Monday, February 16 the Last Slinger Standing Event will return, this time at the Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour in downtown Phoenix. The competition, which is now the Southwest's premier bartending competition, will pit Arizona's best bartenders against the best from Colorado and Nevada -- as well as a to-be-determined "wild card" competitor from another national United States Bartender's Guild Chapter.
This year's Last Slinger Standing Event will be a nod to the cocktail "Dark Ages" and will feature a new Flair category.
Other return events in this year's expanded lineup include the Top Bars of America pop-up, Artisanal Spirit & Cocktail Market, interactive tastings and educational seminars, and Imbibe & Dine cocktail and food pairing dinners.
For updates on the Arizona Cocktail Week schedule sign up on the Arizona Cocktail Week website.