Art Beyond the Glass ll: L.A.’s Top Bartenders Gather for Cocktails, Community and a Cause

Los Angeles bartenders are among the most imaginative in the world when it comes to the art of creating cocktails, and many of them also have an artistic side outside their bars. On June 30, 2013, dozens of LA’s top bartenders will gather for Art Beyond the Glass ll, a unique fundraising event that features cocktails, art, music and more, entirely created and performed by bartenders. ABTG II is taking place from 3:30-7:30 pm at the historic Los Angeles Athletic Club in downtown Los Angeles, with proceeds going to Art Share LA, a nonprofit located in downtown LA.

Building on an inaugural event that many guests dubbed “the party of the year,” Art Beyond the Glass llfeatures an expanded lineup of bartenders showcasing their artistry within and beyond the glass, including painting, photography, illustration, music and more. Among the bartenders participating again this year are Julian Cox (Soigné Group); Matthew Biancaniello (Cliff’s Edge); bartender/artist Brian Butler (Sunny Spot); bartender/artist Justin Pike (The Tasting Kitchen); singer Laura Lindsay (Connie & Ted’s); and DJs Dave Fernie (Pour Vous) and Steve Livigni (Old Lightning). First time participants include Beau DuBois (The Corner Door); artist Brittini Rae Peterson (Goldie’s); DJ Dino Balocchi (Littlefork); bartender/DJ Paul Sanguinetti (Patina Group); and furniture designer Philip Renderer (Seven Grand). As the emcee, Neat owner Aidan Demarest (Tello Demarest Liquid Assets) will no doubt make his first appearance at ABTG one to remember.

Art Beyond the Glass is the brainchild of Zahra Bates, Cole’s Red Car Bar Senior Bartender, and Daniel Djang, Founder and Editor of the cocktail and spirits blog,Thirsty in LA ( “There was so much love, energy and good will from that first Art Beyond The Glass,” Djang recalls. “The excitement has been building for a year, and we can’t wait to see everyone again.” Adds Bates, “We love our people, and any chance we have to shine a spotlight on them, we’ll take it.”

This year’s event will take place at the Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC) in downtown L.A., including the members-only Invention bar, the recently opened project from Liquid Assets. Besides Invention, there are other spaces and a few surprises awaiting guests at the historic LAAC, which opened in 1880. LAAC Executive Chef and his team will prepare complimentary bites and tray-passed apps throughout the event.

Proceeds from Art Beyond the Glass II will go to Art Share LA, a vital non-profit that supports the arts, located in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles. Art Share LA has a 28,000 square-foot warehouse with 30 subsidized live/work lofts for artists, along with a community-programmed facility that offers classes, exhibitions and events.

“After researching a number of local non-profits, we found that many aspects of Art Share LA really resonated with us,” Djang explains. “From its Arts District location in downtown to its mission to strengthen the community through its arts programs and affordable live/work spaces for artists, we felt it was right in line with what we wanted to express with the event.”

The all-inclusive tickets include cocktails, spirit tastings, bar bites and  live entertainment. In addition to online ticket sales, funds will be raised through raffle tickets, silent auction, and other items. For the first time, guests will be able to purchase bartender art, with a portion of sales going to Art Share.

Partial List of Participating Bartenders/Artists:


·       Angela Gomez – A-Frame

·       Beau DuBois – The Corner Door

·       Brent Falco – Cole’s Red Car Bar

·       Cari Hah – Cole’s Red Car Bar

·       Dan McClary – Westside Tavern

·       Danielle Crouch – Caña

·       Dave Kupchinsky – Eveleigh

·       Dave Whitton – Villains Tavern

·       Edwin Cruz – The Spare Room

·       Giovanni Martinez – Sadie

·       Jason Schiffer – 320 Main

·       Joe Swifka – La Descarga

·       Julian Cox – Soigné Group

·       Karen Grill – Bestia

·       Matthew Biancaniello – Cliff’s Edge

·       Maxine Winn – Harvard & Stone

·       Ricky Yarnall – (OCBC)


·       Amanda Gunderson – The Bazaar (fine art)

·       Brian Butler – Sunny Spot, The Brig (bartender & fine art)

·       Brittini Rae Peterson – Goldie’s (fine art)

·       Danny Cymbal – Casey’s Irish Pub (video)

·       Gabriella Mlynarczyk – .ink (fine art)

·       Justin Pike – The Tasting Kitchen (bartender & fine art)

·       Leandro Dimonrovia – Cole’s Red Car Bar (video)

·       Pablo Moix  – Old Lightning (street art)

·       Peter Lloyd-Jones – 1886 Bar at The Raymond (fine art)

·       Plex – Tony’s Saloon (fine art)

·       Philip Renderer – Seven Grand (furniture design)


·       Allan Katz – Caña

·       Dave Fernie – Pour Vous

·       Dino Balocchi – Littlefork

·       Naomi Schimek – The Spare Room

·       Paul Sanguinetti – Patina Group (bartender & DJ set)

·       Steve Livigni – Old Lightning


·       Brian Summers – Bäco Mercat (singer)

·       Christopher Day – Cole’s (piano)

·       Erik Trickett – Roe (singer, keyboards)

·       Lauren Trickett – Tantalum (singer)

·       Laura Lindsay – Connie & Ted’s (singer)

·       Luke Ford – Seven Grand (singer)

·       Kiowa Bryan – Eveleigh (singer)


·       Eugene Lee – Big Bar

·       Tatsu Oiye – A-Frame

Live performance:

·       Joshua Lucas & Jordan Goldman – Writers Room (magic) 

Art Beyond the Glass ll is being made possible with the generous support of sponsoring brands, including Bacardi, Becherovka, Casa Noble Tequila, Leblon Cachaça, Pisco Portón Zaya Rum, Morrison Bowmore, Aviation Gin, Belvedere Vodka, Java Juice, Karlsson’s Vodka, La Niña Del Mezcal, Art in the Age, Cointreau, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, Miracle Mile Bitters, Novo Fogo Cachaça and Angel City Brewing. Additional sponsorship and support provided by dineLA and Red Bull.

To encourage the responsible enjoyment of its sponsors, ABTG is partnering with Uber. The popular car service is offering a promo code ($20 off for new users) to be used to or from the event using an Uber Black Car or SUV.

If last year’s event was any indication, this year’s will be even bigger, better and more deliciously artistic. Says Djang, “We have many returning bartenders and artists, as well as new participants that recently moved to LA or weren’t able to make it last year. Based on what some of these amazing talents have told us they’re working on for ABTG II, this year’s edition promises to be a fantastic event!”

“This year we’re in a historic venue in the heart of downtown, which highlights our commitment to our local community,” says Bates. “It’s our hope that ABTG will be around as long as the LAAC.”

Ticket Information:  Art Beyond The Glass II will take place on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC) in downtown Los Angeles from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Tickets for the event are $50.00 per person through June 29, 2013. Art Beyond the Glass ll tickets are only available online exclusively at Please note that tickets will not be available for purchase at the door on the day of the event.

New members who sign up for a Los Angeles Athletic Club full membership or ‘Social Membership’ will receive 50% off their Art Beyond the Glass II tickets, and will be able to enjoy a host of benefits at the LAAC all year round. For more information please contact the LAAC membership department at213.630.5200.

Parking:  Validated onsite parking at the LAAC will be available for $4.50 per car.

Art Beyond the Glass ll is a 21-year and over event (ID is required). For more information,, or call the Los Angeles Athletic Club directly at 213.625.2211.

About Art Share LA: Art Share LA is a sanctuary for the arts in downtown LA, founded in 1997 by Chip Austin Hunter as an affordable housing project and community arts center. The nonprofit organization maintains a 28,000 square-foot warehouse in the heart of the Arts District. Art Share LA includes an Artist Residency of 30 affordable live-work lofts and a Venue with a 99-seat theater, gallery, painting studio, and class/meeting/rehearsal rooms. Visit to get involved.

Los Angeles Athletic Club:  Since it’s founding in 1880, the Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC) has remained dedicated to its mission of providing for the body, mind and spirit of its members. Marcos Tello and Aidan Demarest form Tello Demarest Liquid Assets, two of the most respected bartenders and brand ambassadors in the country, are overseeing the new LAAC bar program. Art Beyond The Glass II will take place in the new Invention bar and lounge, as well as other spaces throughout the spectacular LAAC.


Logo Design: ABTG logo designed by Dave Stolte, Home Bar Basics.


Cocktail Coupe Image:  Courtesy of Eric Alperin, The Varnish.


Attached Photos:  Invention Bar (Photo 1) & Invention Lounge (Photo 2) at LAAC.


Photo Credit:  David Guettler Photography.


Los Angeles Athletic Club

431 West Seventh Street

Los Angeles, CA  90014

T: 213.625.2211




Twitter: @ABTGLA


About Lindsay Taub:
Lindsay Taub is an LA-based writer/editor who covers travel, lifestyle, culture, music/arts, food, wellness, and more. She calls Los Angeles home when she's there, but prefers to leave the city for the mountains and open spaces as often as possible. She loves cooking, gardening, live music, hiking with her three rescue dogs, and rustic luxury. Follow her on instagram/twitter @lindsaytaub and follow the Pacific Punch @ThePacificPunch or email Learn more at and .***


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