Bartenders show artistic sides in DTLA benefit competition
Mia Sarazen, bartender at Areal, mixed up Sailor Jerry cocktails and showcased her photography at last year's event.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Ever wonder what bartenders do in the daylight hours? Many of them pursue careers in art, music, photography and other passions.
Art Beyond the Glass (ABTG) aims to showcase these talents in an event this Sunday at the L.A. Athletic Club. Teams of bartenders will showcase their art while also competing in a cocktail-making competition. There will be DJs in the lounge area, a dance floor and other live performances.
"At ABTG, everything from the cocktails to the art and music is created and performed by bartenders," according to the event's website.
Tickets cost $50 and proceeds goes toward the Arts District non-profit, Art Share L.A. The inaugural event last year in Hollywood raised more than $6,000 for Inner-City Arts, an agency on Skid Row.
The LAist reports that last year's ABTG was: "one of the wildest industry events we've attended to date, with a dirty dance party, live street art performances, and all sorts of wacky entertainment."
This year's event features teams of four bartenders with names such as "Team Belvedere aka Team Handsome" and "Team La Niña Del Mezcal." Downtown will be well represented at the event, with participating bartenders from Seven Grand, The Varnish and Cole's Red Car Bar.
Art Beyond the Glass was created by Zahra Bates, bartender at Cole's Red Car Bar in DTLA; and Daniel Djang, founder and editor of spirits blog Thirsty in L.A.
The competition goes from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.