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
Silver-sparkle Martians greeted revelers to a night of cosmic cocktails and festivities. New York City bartenders Tonia Guffey, from Dram, and Jessie Wohlers, from Clover Club, square off in a drinks duel. Lynette Marrerro, from the national female bartending competition Speed Rack, channels Carmen Miranda in the Yonderyear. Michelle Chernoff and Adele Robberstad, from Cheery Heering liqueur, make it rain. Spirits stars Jacques Bezviden, Tad Carducci, Alexis Doctolero, and Shawn Starbuck Kelley transmit good vibes to Venus. Roving Connecticut bartenders Christian Hurtado (top) and David Cohade pour us a double. Eric Alperin, of The Varnish in Los Angeles, and Ivy Mix, of Leyenda in New York City, under the influence of Love Potion No. 9. SAVEUR’s Deanna Forgione and Araceli Franco get in on the festivities. Travis St. Germain, of Clover Club in Brooklyn, prefers his Martini thrown, not stirred. Boston bartenders Nicole Lebedevitch, of Lincoln, and Jackson Cannon, of The Hawthorne, commune with the cocktail gods. Erick Castro, of Polite Provisions in San Diego, poses as a galactic Caesar. Writer Jen Laskey and digital director Erica Duecy from the SAVEUR mothership. Raconteurs and time-traveling barmen Willy Shine and Leo DeGroff. Adam Leibrandt, of Tanjong Beach Club in Singapore, whips up a classic whiskey sour. Shannon Fischer, Dushan Zaric, Doron Gild, and Ana Jovanicevic on a mission to create mind-blowing cocktails for the new frontier. Simon Corporale, of Artesian in London, and Masa Urushido, of Saxon & Parole in New York City, stirring up trouble. Sean Kenyon, of Denver’s Blue Collar Cocktails, and NYC bar impressario Julie Reiner (Flatiron Lounge, Pegu Club, and others), brace for impact. Susan Fedroff, of Pegu Club, and Jonathan Yusen, of William Grant & Sons, get a special escort to 2084. Natalie Bovis, of The Liquid Muse in Santa Fe, shows off her garnish juggling skills. “No problems here, Houston,” say Texas bartenders David Cedeno of Dolce Vita and Luis Villegas of Bovine & Barley. Julie Renee Williams, of New York City’s Sleep No More, does her best Martian impression. As the night wore on, more than 1,000 tipplers sampled from the William Grant & Sons spirits portfolio. Sipping our last cocktails, we clinked glasses with this spirited galactic girl, and bid farewell to 2084…for now.