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  • Writer's pictureKhalid Williams

New Haven Cocktail Week-The Elm City celebrates 7 days of drinks culture and camaraderie.

Are you proud to be from Connecticut? I damn sure am, but I used to not be. Any time I wanted food after 10 PM, or as soon as I got around my NYC friends, I would take a dialectical poop on my home state, seeking consensus with those who I thought lived cooler lives than I.

It feels like when we mention our state (outside of political debates with dudes who are still boycotting Nike) I hear folks who have found their path of pleasure in Connecticut and focus on the good.

The truth is, we have improved our self image in the last 10 years, and drinking culture has been the biggest reason that we have broken the shackles of our Nutmegger's inferiority complex. New Haven Cocktail Week sees the entire coalition of thoughtful beverage curators collaborating to give the world a tour guide to why Connecticut is awesome in general, and how New Haven particularly presents craft-minded drinking in a unique way not found in any other city on Earth. The week of events draws a crowd from all over the country (and the world!) and is a perfect time to take a second look at what our crown jewel of a city does every day- provide a resounding rhythm of inspiration and vibrancy, one beverage at a time.


here's a small list of some of the rad stuff happening in the best nhv bars all week long.

SUNDAY AUGUST 27 SPIRITS BALL | KICK OFF PARTY GIOIA 2PM - 5PM 150 Wooster street, new haven COCKTAIL WEEK AFTER PARTY sponsored by Heaven Hill Distillery OLIVES & OIL 10PM - 12AM 124 Temple street, New Haven MONDAY AUGUST 28 RABBIT HOLE DISTILLERY SEMINAR BAR 5PM - 6:30PM 254 crown street, new haven LAPHROAIG SEMINAR TASTING OWL SHOP 7PM - 8:30PM 268 college street, new haven TUESDAY AUGUST 29 ELIJAH CRAIG SEMINAR LAB OAK HAVEN 5PM - 6:30PM 932 state street, new haven MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE PARTY $10 theme cocktails, costume contest, prizes, popcorn, music by DJ Flip, OAK HAVEN 7PM - 10PM 932 state street, new haven WEDNESDAY AUGUST 30 CAMPARI ITALIAN PORTFOLIO CLASS OLIVES & OIL 5PM - 6:30PM 124 temple street, new haven HOUSE OF SUNTORY SEMINAR ORDINARY 7PM - 8:30PM 990 chapel street BEAM SUNTORY AFTER PARTY ORDINARY 8:30PM - 10:30 990 chapel street THURSDAY AUGUST 31 NELSON'S GREEN BRIER SEMINAR ELM CITY SOCIAL 6PM - 7:30PM 266 college street, new haven FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1 HAPPY HOUR IN THE PLAZA TEMPLE PLAZA 4PM - 8PM Cocktails by NHCW, food by chef John of Olives & Oil and Elm City Social. School of Rock band

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