Last night, New Orleans nightlife was catapulted into another universe with an epic Tales of the Cocktail party hosted by William Grant & Sons. The theme? 2084: Welcome to Yonderyear, where anything is possible. “We wanted to dive into the unknown, and give everyone a chance to see how we would envision the future, before it even happened,” said Charlotte Voisey, the company’s portfolio brand ambassador. The grounds of the National WWII Museum were transformed into a landscape of futuristic wonderland-themed pop-up bars manned by bartenders clad in costumes that ran the gamut from retro-futurist go-go chic to post-apocalyptic dystopian desert dwellers.
Guests were greeted by silver-sparkle Martians while a Star Wars Stormtrooper from the Galactic Empire spun tunes in the DJ booth all night long. Flame throwers spat fire into the air, and an endless array of cocktails were mixed, shaken, stirred, and served up to Tales tipplers on what was supposed to be “the happiest night of their lives, 69 years before it happens.” Some of our favorite bartenders in the universe stopped by the SAVEUR pop-up bar to mix a quick drink and pose for some cosmically commemorative party pics. —By Jen Laskey & Erica Duecy