SIP-tember: a Celebration of the Cocktail

For 2014, SIP-tember returns August 15th for six weeks, culminating in the Taste of Pasadena and SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge Finale on September 25th at the Rose Bowl.

Pasadena celebrates the cocktail during SIP-tember, with some of our favorite Pasadena Chamber member restaurants offering some of their favorite cocktails. Trattoria Neapolis, Kings Row Gastroub, Japon Bistro and Vertical Wine Bistro are joined by New York Deli’s Speakeasy, SORRISO and Bar Celona, as well as PUNCH in taking the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge.

Pasadena Chamber Board Chair CL Keedy presents Alan Lau of Toro Sushi with the trophy for serving Pasadena’s Favorite Cocktail 2013 during SIP-tember.

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

During SIP-tember, you can taste the Far East Mule or Pear Martini from Sushi Roku. And, you can try the Jala Pina Rita from Ruth’s Chris Steak House or their Strawberry Basil Gimlet. Central Park offers their popular Sangria or you can recover from the work week (or work day) with their Stress Reliever. Revisit your childhood (but with vodka) when you taste the Orange Julius from Clearman’s Galley or refresh with a Pomegranate Martini.

That’s not all! A/K/A Bistro has two new drinks on the menu, the Jalopeno and Cucumber and the Fair Trade Tea. Want to try an Exquisite Old Fashioned or maybe a Strawberry Surprise? Stop by New York Deli and try them. Or maybe the Watermelon King or Berry Breeze from the Tap Room at the Langham Huntington Hotel will be your favorites.

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.

In 2014, 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, Green Street Restaurant, California Pizza Kitchen, King’s Row Gastropub, Trattoria Neaopolis, Panda Catering, Slater’s 50/50, CitrusX Catering, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, POP Champagne and Dessert Bar, the Westin Pasadena, Osawa Shabu Shabu Sushi and many more.

Dance Syndicate had people up and moving at the Taste of Pasadena.

The Sip-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge Grand Finale was presented by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce as a Pasadena Restaurant Week event sponsored by The City of Pasadena and Trusted Choice Agents of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena.

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.

400 people joined us for the Taste of Pasadena & SIP-tember Finale at the Rose Bowl.

The following restaurants and lounges are offering cocktails for the 2014 Cocktail Bracket Challenge during SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail:

  • a/k/a Bistro
  • Bar Celona
  • Bistro 45
  • BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Central Park Restaurant
  • Clearman’s Galley
  • Dog Haus Biergarten
  • El Portal
  • Green Street Restaurant
  • ix-tapa Cantina
  • Japon Bistro
  • Kal’s Mediterranean Bistro
  • Kings Row Gastropub
  • The Luggage Room at La Grande Orange
  • McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks
  • New York Deli’s Speakeasy
  • The Otis Bar at La Grande Orange
  • POP Champagne and Dessert Bar
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  • Slater’s 50/50
  • Sushi Roku
  • The Taproom at the Langham Huntington Hotel
  • Trattoria Neapolis
  • Vertical Wine Bistro
  • Villa SORRISO

kicked off with a citywide cocktail party to celebrate the 101st anniversary of the birth of America’s first culinary celebrity -  Pasadena’s own Julia Child. The Julia Child Pasadena Cocktail Party on August 15th took place in restaurants all over Pasadena, culminating in a citywide happy birthday toast at 7:00pm. Patrons were encouraged to dress for a 1950s, 1960s or 1970s era cocktail party.

Venues offering cocktails for the 2013 SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge were

Many of Pasadena’s restaurants and lounges take part in the friendly bracket competition. 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.

Do your patrons need a ride home? UBER, the mobile dispatched limousine service will give a $20 credit to those who use the service and include the promotional code Siptember in the car request.

Sponsors of SIP-tember: a celebration of the cocktail include Presenting Sponsor the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. Gold Sponsors of SIP-tember and the Taste of Pasadena are The City of PasadenaSouthern California Gas Company’s Advanced Meter Project and Trusted Choice Agents of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena. Pasadena Magazine is Media Sponsor.

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

We are pleased to be working with Yelp! on promotions and publicity for SIP-tember and Taste of Pasadena event on September 26th.

The 2013 Pasadena Cocktail of the Year was the Toro Sushi Bar Lounge Cucumber Skinny-Tini.

Pasadena Chamber Board Chair CL Keedy and Board Member Joan De Souza present Alan Lau of Toro Sushi with the trophy for serving Pasadena’s Favorite Cocktail 2013 during SIP-tember.