Let’s All Toast to Old Town Cocktail Week!

Friends drinking spritz at cocktail bar with face masks – New normal friendship concept with happy people having fun together toasting drinks at restaurant – Bright filter with focus on left woman

Alexandria, VA – Cheers!! The second annual Old Town Cocktail week is happening September 10-19 at your favorite spots from bars and restaurants to boutiques and art galleries all over Old Town Alexandria.

The week will kick off with Art on the Rocks on Friday, September 10 at Waterfront Park, held by The Art League at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, and will conclude with a Meet the Makers Tasting Event at Market Square. In order to maintain the health and safety for the signature week and its attendees, all events will be ticketed and/or reservations required.

This year’s Old Town Cocktail Week participants include:



Blackwall Hitch


Cafe 44

Captain Gregory’s


Chop Shop Taco

Daniel O’ Connell’s Irish Restaurant

Hard Times Cafe

King & Rye

King’s Ransom

Lighthorse Tavern

Majestic Cafe

Murphy’s Irish Pub

Tequila & Taco

The People’s Drug


Union Street Public House

Village Brauhaus

Virtue Feed & Grain Warehouse

Whiskey & Oyster

Old Town Cocktail Week Schedule of Events – September 10-19, 2021

Art on the Rocks at Waterfront Park Friday, September 10

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

As the official kickoff to Old Town Cocktail week, Art on the Rocks 2021 challenges talented local mixologists and chefs to each create the most artistic cocktail & appetizer pairing, inspired by a piece of art by a local Art League artist. The event is a festive fundraiser that helps support the local arts community while spotlighting our fabulous local bar restaurants right here in Alexandria. Ticket holders will get to sample all of the delicious pairings and vote for their favorite during the event. A panel of experts will crown the winners of the most creative cocktail, appetizer, and artwork pairing, and announce the crowd favorite.

Wellness Weekends (Mocktails) on the Water with Barre3 Co-Hosted by EYA – Robinson Landing

September 11

September 12

September 18

September 19

Class Times: 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Registration required. Class fee.

Enjoy a first-class workout with Barre3 and get your head and body in shape to fit into your favorite cocktail dress or t-shirt & shorts. Join for 45 minutes of strength conditioning, cardio, mindfulness – with postures and movements that can be adapted for everyone. Bring a yoga mat and an optional set of handheld weights. Giveaways and mocktails to follow each class.

Come Aboard Tall Ship Providence with Captain Gregory’s Sunday, September 12

Sail Times: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Be immersed in the seaside culture and history of rum as we learn the history of a maritime favorite. Guests can come aboard the Tall Ship Providence for tastings and sailing with entertainment by Captain Gregory’s.

Yappy Hour at King & Rye, Passionately Pets, and the Animal Welfare League Monday, September 13

A picture of a white bichon frise puppy with a pint of lager in a pub garden in England.

5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Calling all dog and cocktail lovers. Bring your fur-baby to King & Rye to enjoy music in the outdoor Cocktail Garden as guests drink and dine. Local pet boutique Passionately Pets will pop up to get your pup a cocktail-themed toy so they are entertained as well.

Cocktail Seminars

Monday, September 13 through 16 Times Vary. Visit website for schedule.

● September 13 – The Art of Making a Margarita at Chop Shop Taco – The Margarita has proven to be the most popular cocktail in the world, and for good reason. Join us as we experience every expression of tequila with our spirits expert, McGarrit Franco of Pernod Ricard. Learn about each tequila, the history of The Margarita, the importance of citrus and fresh squeezed juices, and how to recreate them at home.

● September 14 – Explore the World of Tiki Cocktails at Chadwicks – There may be a few things that come to mind when you think tiki: coconuts, bamboo, tropical flavors, rum — but there is a rich history to be discovered. Join in at Chadwicks to experience the flavors of Tiki and why modern culture continues to love it.

● September 15 – Elegant Evening with Manhattan at Bastille – Contrary to the popularized phrase, this classic cocktail is stirred—not shaken! Learn about the important details in crafting your Manhattan at home through variations of the cocktail from our Catoctin spirit specialist. Become familiar with fortified wines, amaro, and bitters to step up your mixing confidence. Menu created by Jon Schott of King’s Ransom and Jacob Sunny of Bastille Brasserie & Bar.

● September 16 – The Long and Winding History of the Old Fashion Cocktail at Virtue Feed & Grain – With the guidance of a Beam Suntory spirits expert, experience the intricacies and differences of four variations of the Old Fashioned cocktail using unique spirits in each. Learn about its evolution throughout history and how to recreate your favorite recipe at home. With such rich history and flavor, it’s no wonder the Old Fashioned is the most ordered cocktail in the DC Metropolitan area.

Movie Night on King Street Presented by Jack Taylor Toyota

Friday, September 17 – Featured Movie Cocktails, starring Tom Cruise

Saturday, September 18 – Featured Movie Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart

7:30 p.m.

Parking lot at the 910 King Street

What fun it is to be outdoors and under the stars! Old Town makes it even better with the addition of two classic movies you can enjoy with friends and family. Gather together with the drinks and food available on site to make this night even more special. It’s the perfect way to end a day of cocktail celebration. Pop-up bites for sale by Bittersweet Catering. Bring your own chairs or blanket. Dogs are not allowed. Reservations required. Outside food and beverages are not permitted.

Meet the Makers at Market Square Sunday, September 19

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Market Square

What better way to spend Virginia Spirits Month and Bourbon Heritage Month as Old Town closes out cocktail week. Eight different spirit makers will be on site who will bring favorite flavors. At each booth, guests will have a chance to hear from the makers about the spirit they have brought to taste and how it mixes in a well-crafted cocktail. Small bites will be provided by Bittersweet Catering with the purchase of a ticket. Represented Distilleries: Catoctin Creek, KO Distilling, Cirrus, Filibuster, Tarnished Truth, Smooth Ambler Spirits, FEW Spirits, and Maker’s Mark.

For tickets and more information about Old Town Cocktail Week, visit or on social at @OldTownCocktailWeek.

ICYMI: Circle of Friends/Family Parties at the People’s Drug and King’s Ransom

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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