Speakeasy Cocktail Festival Brings the 1920s Back to Atlanta

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Get your pinstripe suits and feather boas ready, the Speakeasy Cocktail Festival is returning for its second year.

Taking place the weekend before the 31st, the Prohibition-era cocktail celebration is the perfect Halloween party — and yes, you’ll want to come in costume. The festival will be held on Saturday, October 26th at the Atlanta Event Center at Opera, with two identical sessions: 1:30 to 4:30pm and 5 to 8pm.

Speakeasy Cocktail FestivalGuests will enjoy libations in several Prohibition-styled lounges:

Speakeasy Liquid Lounges — Located throughout the festival, these will offer tastes of cocktails, beer and wine in a souvenir glass.

Cigar Lounge — Guests will have the Speakeasy Cocktail Festivalopportunity to sample premium cigars and exclusive spirit selections from Camus & McCormick Distilling Co.

Casino Lounge — Attendees can play poker, blackjack, roulette and craps and enjoy exclusive spirits from Hedonist Cognac. Chip leaders and poker table winners will have the opportunity to win a premium prize package from Dave & Buster’s and a three night stay for two with transportation at the MGM Grand Resort’s Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

VIP Lounge — Guests who purchase a VIP ticket will have access to special Patron Spirits tastings, entry to win a Beau Rivage Resort trip package and drink specials at Article 14 Restaurant.

Speakeasy Cocktail FestivalCome for the cocktails, stay for the entertainment. There will be burlesque-inspired performances by Dangerous Curves, live music from local bands Cicada Rhythm and Lives of the Monster Dogs, entertainment from the Sadie Hawkins and Marilyn Chen duo and more.

Speakeasy Cocktail FestivalClick here to see highlights from last year’s event

There will also be the Makers & Shakers Mixology Championship, where some of Atlanta’s best mixologists will compete head to head in a secret ingredient bartending contest. The final challenge will be held at the end of session two.

Be sure to come dressed to the nines in Prohibition-era inspired garb — it could win you a trip to Beau Rivage! Each session will have a costume contest for guests, with the winner receiving a resort and casino package.

Tickets are now available online at the Speakeasy Cocktail Festival’s website and cost $75 for general admission and $110 for VIP. Each ticket is for one session and comes with 10 tasting tabs.

Proceeds will benefit the Health Education and Communication Center of Atlanta, which works to build awareness to improve health literacy and positively impact health outcomes throughout Georgia.

For more information visit www.speakeasycocktailfestival.com.

The Speakeasy Cocktail Festival, Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Atlanta Event Center at Opera, 1150 Crescent Ave. NE, Midtown.

photo credit: Speakeasy Cocktail Festival