SIP-tember: a Celebration of the Cocktail

For 2015, SIP-tember returns August 15th for six weeks, culminating in the Taste of Pasadena and SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge Finale on September 24th 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. The Taproom at the Langham Huntington Hotel, a|k|a Bistro, Vertical Wine Bistro and Bistro 45 take on returning champ Green Street Restaurant in taking the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge.

Pasadena Chamber 2013 Board Chair CL Keedy presents Alan Lau of Toro Sushi with the trophy for serving Pasadena’s Favorite Cocktail at the Taste of Pasadena at the Rose Bowl.

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.

Look for 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 and the Vin de Pomplemousse from Green Street Restaurant.

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

Japon Bistro has the Japanese Bloody Mary and the Mango King in the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge.

Japon Bistro has the Japanese Bloody Mary and the Mango King in the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge.

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, Slater’s 50/50, CitrusX Catering, POP Champagne and Dessert Bar, the Westin Pasadena, Osawa Shabu Shabu Sushi 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 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.

Venues offering cocktails for the 2015 SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge include:

Speakeasy at New York Deli offers the New Old Fashioned and the Strawberry Surprise.

Speakeasy at New York Deli offers the New Old Fashioned and the Strawberry Surprise.

El Cholo offers two margaritas in the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge.

El Cholo offered two margaritas in the 2014 SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge.

SIP-tember kicks off with a citywide cocktail party to celebrate the 102nd  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.

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 Sponsor of SIP-tember and the Taste of Pasadena is The City of Pasadena.

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