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PDX Cocktail Week: Pre-Funking with Red Star & House Spirits

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

 

Red Star Tavern

Red Star Tavern revelers at Negroni Party. Photo by Byron Beck.

Portland Cocktail Week kicked off a little early with two parties on Saturday night. The first was the Negroni blow-out at Red Star Tavern, and the second was House Spirits "10th Birthday" party at Jacobsen Salt Co.

If anyone was wondering whether or not Portland Cocktail Week is serious about mixing professional development for bartenders with a healthy dose of good, old partying they had to look no farther than to two of the parties that kicked off what is considered as one of the top three cocktail makers conventions in the country right now (trailing right behind New Orleans Tales of the Cocktail). 

See Portland Cocktail Week party slideshow below.

First up, early Saturday night, was the “Negroni Party” at downtown Portland’s Red Star Tavern sponsored by Campari. The theme was 80’s “butt-rock” with a DJ spinning Poison, White Snake and all those spandexed, big-haired, pretty boy bands. Master mixologist/bartender Brandon Lockman manned the main bar (complete with electric guitar ice luge) while several other butt-rocking Kimpton Hotel bartenders played their best Negroni hits in Red Star’s private event space located right behind a super-secret bookshelf entrance. 

Next up was the “Happy 10th Birthday House Spirits Distillery!” party at Jacobsen Salt Company in Southeast Portland. Their well-played theme was an actual 10-year-olds birthday party complete with princesses, balloons, scary clowns and inflatables…and, oh yes…adult beverages courtesy House Spirits. That party went way past most of these adult “children’s” bedtime but no one seemed to mind, especially late arrival Jim Meehan, the super hot, former New York City bartender (of PDT fame) who, by relocating to Portland and basically spun the cocktail world on its head.

See more photos of Portland Cocktail Week's Red Star Tavern and House Spirits parties here

 

Related Slideshow: PDX Cocktail Week: Pre-Funking with Red Star & House Spirits

Portland Cocktail Week kicked off a little early with two parties on Saturday night. First up was the Negroni blow-out at Red Star Tavern, and the second was House Spirits "10th Birthday" party at Jacobsen Salt Co.

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Brandon Lockman

 Bartender Brandon Lockman shows off his guns while pouring a bit of the bubbly at Negroni Party at Red Star Tavern sponsored by Campari.

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Bassy Bartender

One of the bartenders played a bassy bottle of the good stuff at Negroni Party at Red Star Tavern  sponsored by Campari. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Electric guitar ice luge

One of the highlights of the Negroni Party at Red Star Tavern was the electric guitar ice luge.

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Tim and Tracy

Tim and Tracy Howard Gurton show some kind of hand signals at Negroni Party at Red Star Tavern sponsored by Campari.

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Rock Stars at Red Star

Revelers give it their best rock star look at the Negroni Party at Red Star Tavern sponsored by Campari. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Nice shot

 Taking a shot off the electric guitar luge at the Negroni Party at Red Star Tavern sponsored by Campari. 

Photo by Byron Beck.

 

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Nice Negroni Tat

Temp tat's were displayed on various body parts at the Negroni Party at Red Star Tavern sponsored by Campari.  

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Princess Bartender

One of several costumed bartenders (this one was Ariel from "The Little Mermaid") at the House Spirits 10th Birthday Party at Jacobsen Salt Co.

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Snow White Server

"Snow White" served cocktails at the House Spirits 10th Birthday Party at Jacobsen Salt Co.

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Party Hat

One of the guests, sporting a party hat, at House Spirits 10th Birthday Party at Jacobsen Salt Co.

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Scary (?) Clown Bartender

A (sort of ) scary clown served up Aviation gin cocktails at House Spirits 10th Birthday Party at Jacobsen Salt Co.

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Jennifer and Matthew

Jennifer Quist and Matthew Domingo at House Spirits 10th Birthday Party at Jacobsen Salt Co.

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Party Boys

Events and party person Mason Davis (right) and friend at House Spirits 10th Birthday Party at Jacobsen Salt Co.

Photo by Byron Beck.

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Tom Oliver

Photographer Tom Oliver at House Spirits 10th Birthday Party at Jacobsen Salt Co.

Photo by Byron Beck.

 
 

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