The Central West End Cocktail Party is this Saturday

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Mark your calendars for this Saturday. The Central West End is hosting its Cocktail Party featuring food and drink from local businesses, live entertainment, competitions and so much more. After taking a hiatus for the past two years due to Covid, the event nods to history by commemorating the first documented cocktail party, which was hosted by Central West End’s Mrs. Julius S. Walsh Jr. in 1917.

The bash will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 11, on Euclid Avenue between Maryland and McPherson avenues. The event is free of admission and is “pay as you go,” according to Kate Haher, executive director with the Central West End Business Community Improvement District. Vendors such as Brennan’s, Up Down, Salt + Smoke, Drunken Fish, El Burro Loco, Edera Italian Eatery, Vino and Patty Long Catering will be serving food and drink for purchase.

In addition to food, wine and beer, all vendors will serve a specialty cocktail. “Each business has at least one specialty cocktail served in fun drinking vessels,” Haher said. “It really depends, sometimes [the cocktails] will be in a fishbowl or a tin of some sort. It’s always fun to see the garnishes they put together and serve.”

To further liven the crowd, there will be a cocktail competition featuring local bartenders and a few select community members competing for the “best bartender” title. Visitors can look forward to street performers, fire dancers, aerial artists, cotton candy stations and balloon art. As for the music lineup, the event will have two stages featuring Hillary Fitz and The Service and Mo E All Stars with special guest Coco Soul. There will even be a kid's station with complimentary drinks, such as Shirley Temples and lemonade.

“Come out, enjoy a beautiful night in Central West End,” Haher said. “This has been an event that has been a favorite of many since its beginning. It truly is a party with a lot of good music and a lot of good energy. We’re really excited to be bringing it back.”