SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail and SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge return August 1st

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.

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, Ruth's Chris' Julio's Passion and The  Ish from Sushi Roku.

Once again, SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail culminates in a grand taste-off at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on September 13th.

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 2017, 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 El Cholo Sushi Roku, California Pizza Kitchen, POP Champagne and Dessert Bar, Du-par's, Simply Cupcakes and many more.

Taking part in the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge are old favorites and new competitors. Joining us (so far) are:

  • Foothill
  • Trejo's Cantina
  • The Mixx
  • La Grande Orange (Otis Bar)
  • Bistro 45
  • True Food Kitchen
  • TapRoom at the Langham Huntington Hotel
  • Vertical Wine Bistro
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House
  • White Horse Lounge
  • Roy's Hawaiian
  • Fleming's Prime Steak House and Wine Bar
  • Mi Piace
  • Lucky Baldwin's Trappiste Pub
  • Foothill

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, Sierra Family of Dealerships 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 2018 SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge will be announced in July.

Look for a special announcement of a glorious kick-off event on July 31st.

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.

Voting for SIP-tember kicks off on August 1, 2018.

Once again, we will be hosting an informal citywide cocktail party to celebrate the 104th 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 13, 2018.

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 Sierra family of Dealerships and Wells Fargo.