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State of the Art 2016

  • Southern Food & Beverage Museum 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard New Orleans, LA, 70113 United States (map)

In New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail and looking for the best drinks the city has to offer? Are you a cocktail enthusiast seeking the latest in liquid innovation? Plan now to attend "State of the Art," The Museum of the American Cocktail's biggest annual cocktail celebration and fundraising event. Making the evening all the more special this year is a presentation by amaro expert and salt superstar Mark Bitterman, custom cocktails by Adam Seger, and the New Orleans premiere of "BarTales New York," a new single-city documentary series featuring Dale DeGroff and Gaz Regan.

Storied for its love of tradition and reverence for classic drinks, the Crescent City is home to an amazing group of creative bartenders who showcase their skills at establishments around town. Featuring 12 bartenders from across the region, "State of the Art" offers the connoisseur both classic cocktails and innovative drinks from local masters mixing and twisting the cocktail canon. Admission includes drinks and hors d'oeuvres.


6:00 PM: State of the Art 2016 begins with a seminar on amaro and the use of salt in cocktails by Mark Bitterman, along with drinks specially prepared by drinkmaster Adam Seger.

6:30 PM: guests will enjoy the New Orleans premiere of producer Randy Foreman's "BarTales New York," which saw its Los Angeles debut last month. (Additional screenings will take place across the evening.) Take a look at the trailer, available online here.

7:00 PM: The competition begins! Twelve of the city's best bartenders vie for most creative cocktail employing both amaro and salt as featured ingredients. Attendees will be able to vote for their favorite cocktail for the People's Choice Award.


Advance tickets are $35 for MOTAC-SoFAB members and $40 for the general public. Admission at the door is $45 for members and $50 for the general public.

If you have any issues with the ticketing software or would prefer to make your reservation on the phone, please call us at 504-267-7490 during the week or 504-569-0405 on weekends. Tickets may be refunded or exchanged up to 48 hours prior to the event. After 48 hours no refunds will be available.

All "State of the Art 2015" proceeds benefit The Museum of the American Cocktail, a division of the National Food & Beverage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural enterprise. Many thanks to our sponsors who have made this event possible.

Later Event: August 1
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