On October 13, the Ultimate Cocktail Experience (UCE)—one of the world’s largest charity cocktail events—is popping up once more. This year, the highly-anticipated festivities will take place October 13 at Harlowe MXM, the Deep Ellum restaurant and nightlife emporium featuring delicious food, multiple bars and one of the city’s best rooftops. On that date, some of the best bartenders in DFW and around the country will convene to mix up drinks for a great cause.
Now in its eighth year, the Ultimate Cocktail Experience is more than just cocktails and fun—although there’s plenty of both. Most importantly is the event’s mission to raise money for Trigger’s Toys, a non-profit organization that provides aid to hospitalized children and their families. Through UCE, the organization is able to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, all earmarked to assist those in need.
After prior year events at Klyde Warren Park and the Bomb Factory, this year’s UCE is going back to its roots with a focus on the hospitality industry. The smaller, more contained affair will recapture what UCE does best—engage with the bar and restaurant community while maximizing the amount of money it raises.
The theme is UCE All-Stars and will feature five winners from previous years. Each winner will captain one of the bars and will be responsible for creating an original concept and menu of drinks. Your bar captains are:
- Kyle Hilla, The Statler
- Zach Smigiel, Billy Can Can
- Andrew Stofko, Te Deseo
- Ravinder Singh, Beverley’s
- Megan McClinton, the Usual
It’s going to be a fun evening filled with good drinks and good times, but even better: All proceeds from the Ultimate Cocktail Experience will benefit Trigger’s Toys and go toward reducing the financial and emotional stress on chronically-ill children and their families. That’s a cause we can all drink to, so keep an eye out for ticket details as they become available, and then join in the fun.
The Ultimate Cocktail Experience takes place on Sunday, October 13. Harlowe is located at 2823 Main St in Deep Ellum. Buy tickets here —> Ultimate Cocktail Experience