Art Beyond the Glass Comes to Oakland

It celebrates mixologists' artistic talents beyond the bar.


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Images: Eugene Lee

Art Beyond the Glass, a multi-city celebration of mixologists and their creative pursuits beyond the cocktail shaker, is coming to Oakland for the first time ever next month.

It's set for Sunday, Oct. 21 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hello Stranger bar on Broadway. 

Founded in Los Angeles six years ago by Courvoisier National Brand ambassador Zahra Bates and Discover Los Angeles editor Daniel Djang — who realized during a conversation that many bartenders they knew were also visual and performing artists when not mixing drinks — the event incorporates myriad art forms such as painting, photography, spoken word, bluegrass, dueling acoustic guitars, tap-dance, and many more ... all performed by talented mixologists. 

Of course, it also includes cocktails.

“We’ve been talking about bringing Art Beyond the Glass to the Bay Area for years, and we can’t wait to showcase the incredibly creative and talented bartender community at the inaugural ABTG Oakland," Djang said. 

Every ABTG event benefits a local arts-based charity. Proceeds from ABTG Oakland will go to Oakland-based Creative Growth Art Center. Founded in 1974 by Elias and Florence Katz, this nonprofit provides studios, gallery space, and supplies to more than 150 artists with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities.

Thus far, ABTG has donated more than $150,000 to nonprofit groups nationwide. 

All-inclusive tickets range from $40 to $50 and can be purchased here

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