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

Art Behind the Glass lllNow in its third year, Art Beyond the Glass is going to back to where it all began! Art Beyond the Glass lll is taking place at Sadie Kitchen & Lounge on Sunday, June 29, 2014.  As they did for the inaugural fundraising event, Sadie is once again donating its space, staff and food.  Art Beyond the Glass lll will be raising funds for the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, an acclaimed arts nonprofit that works to restore, preserve, and document the murals of Los Angeles.  Proceeds from ABTG lll will help restore Luchas del Mundo (Struggles of the World), a landmark mural created for the 1984 Olympics by famed artist Willie Herrón lll.

Art Beyond the Glass lll features an expanded lineup of top bartenders from across the L.A. area that will mix and showcase their art, music, photography and much more. Among the bartenders returning for Art Beyond the Glass lll are Chris Amirault (Harlowe); Julian Cox (Soigné Group); Chris Day (Tipple & Brine); Beau Du Bois (The Corner Door); Dave Whitton (Sunset Marquis); Karen Grill (Bestia); Giovanni Martinez (Sadie); Dan McClary (Reiss Co); Francois Vera (Pour Vous), and Brady Weise (1886).

First time participating bartenders include: Ken Baranda (Hakkasan); Mary Bartlett (Honeycut); Talia Gallina (A-Frame); Josh Goldman (Soigné Group); Jason Hubert (Black Market Liquor Bar); Kelly Merrell (Trader Sam’s); Elizabeth Mickiewicz (Sadie); Alex Barbatsis (Rivera); Eva Pelczer (Honeycut); Alex Straus (The Bon Vivants); Jeremy Lake (Crossroads); Brian Summers (Black Market Liquor Bar); Sofia Szabo (The Spare Room); Joe Valdovinos (The Playground); Nick Meyer (Soigné Group), and Christine Wiseman (La Descarga).

Hosted by Dan “The Imbiber” Dunn, Art Beyond the Glass III is taking place at Sadie Kitchen & Lounge, a stunning, 7,300 square-foot venue that mixes Golden Age Hollywood glamour and modern aesthetics. ABTG III is expanding to include the Cherokee Courtyard, Sadie's gorgeous new outdoor area. The Sadie bar program is overseen by Giovanni Martinez, one of L.A.’s most innovative and highly respected bartenders. Executive chef Jonathan Moulton features a seasonal menu of globally influenced comfort food.

Art Beyond the Glass was co-founded in 2012 by bartender Zahra Bates (The Pikey) and Daniel Djang, Founder and Editor of the cocktail and spirits blog, Thirsty in LA ( “It's hard to believe we're in our third year of Art Beyond the Glass. What's really amazing is that the legacy of this year's event - restoring one of the freeway murals from the 1984 Olympics - will be appreciated by future generations of Angelenos. It's something that everyone, from our incredible bartenders and generous sponsors, to volunteers and guests, can look back on with pride.” Adds Bates, “I am in awe of how many bartenders said yes again and so incredibly proud to be working with Daniel Djang, Allan Katz and Danielle Crouch this year. A group of people dedicated to the idea that together we can make a visible change for the better.”

The ABTG lll all-inclusive ticket includes cocktails, art, entertainment, and bar bites from Sadie and Guelaguetza, which is also donating their food. In addition, guests will be able to purchase bartender art, buy raffle tickets and bid on silent auction items, including artwork, photography, rare spirits and much more. All proceeds will be donated directly to the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles.

Live performances:  Performers include singers Kiowa Bryan (Eveleigh), Luke Ford (Seven Grand) and Erik Trickett (Caña); Higher Flux featuring Ali Huleisy (Melrose Umbrella Co) and Robbie Gregg (Copa D'Oro); Matt Mann & The Shine Runners featuring Josh Curtis (Copa D'Oro); magic by Joshua Lucas (Honeycut) and Jordan Gold (littlefork).