SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail

SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail began August 15th.

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Pasadena's finest and favorite bars, restaurants and lounges put their best drinks forward in the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, a head-to-head online cocktail competition.

Download the brackets here:  

You be the judge as 64 cocktails face off in 32 brackets for a chance to be among the four finalist cocktails in a live competition at the Taste of Pasadena at the Rose Bowl at the end of September.

SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail

  • Bartenders are ready to serve specialty cocktails during SIP-tember.
    Bartenders are ready to serve specialty cocktails during SIP-tember.
  • Delicious libations for SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail.
    Delicious libations for SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail.
  • Creative cocktails abound during SIP-tember.
    Creative cocktails abound during SIP-tember.
  • Enjoy specially crafted cocktail during the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge.
    Enjoy specially crafted cocktail during the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge.
  • Vore for your favorites online during SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail.
    Vore for your favorites online during SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail.
  • Exotic ingredients and master craftsmanship come together during SIP-tember.
    Exotic ingredients and master craftsmanship come together during SIP-tember.
  • 500 people enjoy food and drink at the Taste of Pasadena
    500 people enjoy food and drink at the Taste of Pasadena

Drinks being offered for the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge include special margaritas, new interpretations of traditional cocktails and some specially created drinks from some of Pasadena’s premiere mixologists.

Restaurants and lounges offer great interpretations of traditional cocktails. Try drinks created especially for the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge. Previous drinks named Pasadena’s Favorite Cocktail include the Broad Street Hurricane from Ruth’s Chris Steak House, the Cucumber Skinny-tini from Toro Sushi, the Vin de Pomplemousse from Green Street Restaurant or White Horse Lounge’s 2016 Forbidden and Ruth's Chris' Julio's Passion.

Once again, SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail culminates in a grand taste-off at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on September 28th. Everyone (21 years-old or older) attending the Taste of Pasadena that evening will be able to taste the four finalist cocktails and vote for your favorite.

In 2016, more than four hundred people were on hand for the finale of the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge. In addition to the four featured cocktail finalists, guests attendees at the SIP-tember Bracket Challenge Finale tasted culinary treats from The Raymond Restaurant, California Pizza Kitchen, CaterArt Catering, POP Champagne and Dessert Bar, Osawa Shabu Shabu Sushi, Twohey's and many more.

The Sip-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge Grand Finale is presented by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce as a Pasadena Restaurant Week event sponsored by The City of Pasadena, Wells Fargo, The Pasadena Star-News and the Rose Bowl.

The SIP-tember cocktail bracket challenge is an annual six week long competition among Pasadena Chamber of Commerce member restaurants and lounges. Competitors served drinks that were paired against each other in a competition.

A complete list of venues offering cocktails for the 2017 SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge will be annouced in early August.

Look for a special announcement of a glorious kick-off event on August 15th.

Once again, SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail culminates in a grand taste-off at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Everyone attending the Taste of Pasadena that evening will be able to taste the four finalist cocktails and vote for your favorite.

The SIP-tember cocktail bracket challenge is an annual six week long competition among Pasadena Chamber of Commerce member restaurants and lounges. Competitors served drinks that were paired against each other in a competition.

Venues that offer cocktails for the 2017 SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge include:

Voting for SIP-tember kicks off on August 15, 2017.

Once again, we will be hosting an informal citywide cocktail party to celebrate the 103nd anniversary of the birth of America’s first culinary celebrity -  Pasadena’s own Julia Child. The Julia Child Pasadena Cocktail Party on August 15th takes place in restaurants all over Pasadena, culminating in a citywide happy birthday toast at 7:00pm. Patrons are encouraged to dress for a 1950s, 1960s or 1970s era cocktail party.

Look for information on a special kick-off event with Patron at El Cholo in Pasadena. 

SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail and the Taste of Pasadena provide a terrific opportunity for patrons to visit new places, remember old favorites and see the breadth of excellent offerings found in the Pasadena area.

The Rose Bowl generously hosts the Taste of Pasadena on September 28, 2017.

Dance Syndicate is providing entertainment at the SIP-tember Finale and Taste of Pasadena at the Rose Bowl.

Pasadena Restaurant Week events are presented by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce with our restaurant members. SIP-tember and the Taste of Pasadena are generously supported by Gold Sponsors the City of Pasadena, The Pasadena Star-News and Wells Fargo.