(December 7th, 2017 – Tampa, Fla.) – Who makes the best craft cocktail in Tampa Bay? Creative Loafing is letting locals decide at the second annual craft cocktail competition hosted by CL, HighBall 2018, on Thursday, January 25th, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Nova 535 (535 Dr. M.L.K. Jr. St. N. in St. Pete). Early bird tickets are on sale now with special pricing ending December 15th.
Featuring notable spirits, bartenders, and more, HighBall 2018 will showcase craft cocktails created by Tampa Bay’s top mixologists with either whisky, vodka, gin, or rum as they compete to win over attendees’ taste buds. Attendees will be able to sample their way around unlimited craft cocktails as they judge the tasty concoctions all for the sake of finding the best whisky, vodka, gin, and rum cocktails, as well as ‘Tampa Bay’s Best Cocktail’ at HighBall 2018.
Competing cocktails will be mixed with Kozuba & Sons Distillery Mr. Rye Whisky, St. Pete Distillery’s Old St. Pete Tropical Gin, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and more to be announced.
Featuring craft cocktails by:
American Social Restaurant & Bar
Beach Bar Restaurant
BRGR Kitchen & Bar
CW’s Gin Joint
Lantern Lane Lounge @ The Birchwood
Mise en Place
Park & Rec
Paul’s Landing at Vinoy Renaissance Resort
Pisces Sushi & Global Bistro
Taps Restaurant Bar & Lounge
The Living Room on Main
The Mill Restaurant
Tickets for HighBall are on sale now and available for purchase at cltampa.com/highball.
General Admission (GA) tickets are $25 early bird (now through December 15th), $30 advance (December 16th through January 24th), and $30 door (January 25th). General Admission includes craft cocktail samples from each bar/restaurant, complimentary bites, and voting in each category of the HighBall competition.
VIP tickets are $50 early bird (now through December 15th), $55 advance (December 16th through January 24th), and $80 door (January 25th). VIP Admission includes early entry for an extra hour of sampling without the crowds from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. brought to you by Mini Doughnut Factory, craft cocktail samples from each bar/restaurant, complimentary bites, a private VIP area featuring VIP-only perks like mini doughnuts by Mini Doughnut Factory, and voting in each category of the HighBall competition.
Creative Loafing, once again, has teamed up with Lyft to get attendees to and from HighBall 2018 safely. First-time Lyft users get their first ride free up to $20 by downloading the app, creating an account, and entering the code CLTAMPA in the ‘Payment’ section.
Attendees are encouraged to stay in-the-know on all event details by RSVPing to the Facebook event here: bit.ly/hbfb2018
Special thanks to our sponsors and partners Nova 535, Mini Doughnut Factory, Cabrera Law Group, Lyft, and Roundhouse Creative.
For more information on HighBall 2018, including information on purchasing tickets and participating in and sponsoring this event, visit cltampa.com/highball. Please use the following hashtag for all digital promotions: #CLHighBall
About Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing is an award-winning alternative, weekly newspaper and website committed to providing Tampa Bay with an independent perspective, up-to-the-minute local news, and a comprehensive listing of local happenings. Creative Loafing offers readers’ unique monthly events and CL Deals, a locally focused platform featuring dining and event experiences at half-off their regular price. For more information about Creative Loafing, visit cltampa.com and cldeals.com.
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