Art of the Cocktail

Cocktails Up Close


Get up close & personal with cocktails and spirits, with guided tastings & Masterclasses by industry leaders as you enjoy various drinks and learn the tips and tricks of the trade.

All masterclasses take place at the Crystal Gardens at 713 Douglas Street.



Large format drink service and the art of the batch cocktail

October 14 – 2 PM 

Join highly decorated mixologist and Botanist Gin ambassador Gez McAlpine, as we explore the fundamentals of creating cocktails for large groups. From punches to Sangria, bottled cocktails and everything in between. Learn how serving quality drinks can be the easiest part of entertaining your guests.


About the host

Cutting his teeth in the influential bar scene of Melbourne, Gez McAlpine found a home in Vancouver, leading the team at the iconic Keefer bar, Vancouver’s premier destination for craft cocktails. Success took him to all corners of the globe, representing Canada in multiple global finals. As of 2016 Gez has traded the barspoon and shaker for an ambassador hat and now travels the country as western Canadian brand ambassador for Bruichladdich Single Malt, Mount Gay Rum and the Botanist Gin, bringing years of industry experience and spirits expertise to bartenders and consumers alike. 


Limited seats available!



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Make the 5 most important classic cocktails better than a bar 

October 14 – 11:30 AM

Nimble Bar Co. and Vessel Liquor bring you a hands-on bartending seminar for you to learn how to make the five most important classic cocktails better than most bars. Rediscover the Old Fashioned, Negroni, Sidecar, Whisky Sour, and Tom Collins. Because classics are at the base of all drinks you love, we will teach you how you can begin to parlay the DNA of these drinks into your own unique creations! We will talk about everything from functional flair to garnishes as you take the tactile approach alongside us. Expect to get your hands dirty with at least one of the five classic cocktails, as well as taste all 5 cocktails in the seminar. We will cover ice, garnishes, glassware, historical points, creating your own drinks, and much more.



About Vessel Liquor 

Located on Oak Bay Avenue & Fort St. Vessel Liquor is a local store promoting 3 principles:

EXPLORATION – When we're not out there tasting, we're exploring, learning, discovering - and bringing back our discoveries for our customers.

EDUCATION – All of our staff have accredited wine education, and we actively promote ongoing tasting and learning everyday.

FERMENTATION – All of our products started somewhere in nature: a grape, a grain, a seed. Someone grew it, someone raised it, someone harvested it and someone fermented, distilled, raised and bottled it for you.


About Nimble Bar Co. 

A creative cocktail and event agency; Nimble Bar Co specializes in creating bespoke cocktail experiences for venues, events, and businesses. Whether you're a café looking to increase revenue by offering world-class cocktails, a car dealership looking to create a signature drink for your clients, or a bride and groom who want the best of the downtown experience brought to their wedding, we execute with technical efficiency and panache. Our clients have included distilleries, bars and restaurants, lifestyle brands, hair salons, event planners, and much more...

Let us show you how we can take your business or event to the next level through creative cocktail solutions!


Limited seats available!



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Photos by Brooke Lark (top) & Kaufmann Mercantile (lower)

Must be legal drinking age or older to attend. Art of the Cocktail 2015.