Posted by: Matt Browner Hamlin | November 5, 2010

We Like to Party

The DC Craft Bartenders Guild Repeal Day Ball has been the best party of the year the last two years. This year looks to be even better, per the DCCBG release for the Ball:

DC Craft Bartenders Guild Celebrates the Third Annual Repeal Day Ball

The DC Craft Bartender’s Guild (DCCBG) is holding its Third Annual Repeal Day Ball on December 4th from 9 P.M. to 12:30 A.M. for general admission (8 P.M. to 12:30 A.M. for VIP ticket holders) celebrating the 77th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. Attendees will enjoy craft cocktails from the city and country’s best mixologists served in era-themed rooms with food from Occasions Catering, while dancing along to 1920s hot jazz by the Red Hot Rhythm Chiefs. We will also honor legendary Washington, D.C.-bartender Jim Hewes with the Johnny Walker Silver Shaker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Bartending. The dress is creative black tie and will be held at Maison Biltmore at 1822 Biltmore Street, NW in Adams Morgan.

This year’s ball will have themed rooms corresponding to significant eras in cocktail history, 1800s (punches), 1900s (pre-Prohibition), 1920s (Prohibition), 1940s (Tiki), 1960s (Mad Men), 1980s (inspired by Cocktail, the movie) and the Future, along with the main ball room where the band will play.

Gina Chersevani, ambassador of the DCCBG and mixtress at PS7’s, calls the event, “The premier Repeal Day party in the country and the best party in Washington, D.C. all year —no one knows how to throw a party like bartenders.”

Come celebrate with cocktail creations from local favorites Gina Chersevani, Derek Brown, Tom Brown, Chantal Tseng, Owen Thomson, Rachel Sergi, Dan Searing, and Adam Bernbach, along with special guests–bartending legends Dale DeGroff from New York, Chris McMillian from New Orleans, John Hogan from Annapolis, and Jeffrey Morgenthaler from Portland, as well as nationally-renowned cocktail historian and writer David Wondrich and Tiki expert Jeff “Beachbum” Berry. We will also feature top brands including Absolut Citron Vodka, Plymouth Gin, Beefeater Gin, Dewar’s Scotch, Macchu Pisco, Fentimans Botanically Brewed Beverages, Canadian Club Whisky, Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum, Square One Organic Vodka, Square One Organic Botanical Spirit and Boca Loca Cachaça.

VIP guests will gain entry early and enjoy exclusive access to the bartenders, special demonstrations, heavy hor d’ouevres and access to the Hayman’s Old Tom Gin “Gin Lane” VIP after-party at one of the city’s top cocktail bars.

Tickets are $100 for general admission ($150 for VIP) and can be purchased online at The annual Repeal Day Ball benefits the D.C. Craft Bartenders George A. Williamson Scholarship Fund and the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans.

I seriously cannot recommend this party highly enough. It’s a blast. The cocktails and food are great. The people are great. It’s just straight-up fun.


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