LA’s ‘Art Beyond the Glass’ Annual Cocktail Festival to Benefit ‘Beautify’

Photo by Monique A. LeBleu ~ Brandon McCulloch, left, of Sunset and Vinyl and band Folk Riot, and friends at Art Beyond the Glass – ABTG VII 2018 fundraising event at Los Globos, Silverlake, Los Angeles, California, June 24, 2018.

L.A.’s premier cocktail culture festival, Art Beyond the Glass VIII, is this Sunday, June 23, 2019, at the landmark two-story nightclub Los Globos in Silver Lake. In its eighth year, the event that combines cocktails, art, painting, sculpture, photography, live music, DJ’s, and more, will feature more than 100 top bartenders making cocktails and showcasing their artistry in this annual collaborative fundraising effort.

The landmark space, donated for this event for a third consecutive year, is in the heart of Silver Lake on Sunset, which opened as L.A.’s first American Legion hall in the 1930s.

Art Beyond the Glass (ABTG) was co-founded in 2011 by Courvoisier National Brand Ambassador, Zahra Bates and Daniel Djang, Founder of the cocktail and spirits blog, Thirsty in LA, and Content Manager at Discover Los Angeles, and this year’s event is to benefit Beautify Earth.

An Aviation Gin “flight attendant” preparing passengers for a flight at the Art Beyond the Glass – ABTG VII 2018 fundraising event at Los Globos, Silverlake, Los Angeles, California, June 24, 2018.

“From saving an arts facility from closing to restoring a historic mural and contributing to the construction of a public radio station and community gathering place, Art Beyond the Glass will continue to make a positive and lasting impact on L.A.’s cultural legacy,” said Djang in a statement.

This year’s non-profit to benefit from the event is Beautify Earth. Founder Evan Meyer, a local Santa Monica resident, had was decided to take action and coordinate murals on dozens of walls on a street in Santa Monica and Venice that once dubbed “Stinkin’ Lincoln.” The result kickstarted a “Beautify” movement, to put an end to “blighted walls and fixtures by empowering artists, encouraging social responsibility, and instilling community pride in impoverished or neglected communities, streets, walls, and fixtures.” Beautify Earth also provides educational programs “designed to inspire and provide a framework for undiscovered talent to flourish.”

Proceeds from every ABTG event are donated to a cultural nonprofit organization. Since its inception in 2011, “ABTG has donated over $171,000 to nonprofits across the country and following ABTG VIII, the fundraising total will potentially top $200,000,” according to a release. 

Art Beyond the Glass VIII showcases “the artistic pursuits of bartenders outside of their bars” where everything from the cocktails to the art and music is created and performed by bartenders. Grown into a national event, this year features Julian Cox (Tartine Manufactory) and co-host Josh Gelfand from the Bay Area, with Brynn Blackstone (Raised by Wolves, San Diego), and Chris Barrett & Colby Poulin (A Clockwork Pour) from Oklahoma City.

Some of the bartenders and artists participating in ABTG VIII this year are Adam George, The Nomad, Aly Iwamoto, Bavel, Bryan Tetorakis, The Varnish, China Morbosa, Eveleigh, Dan Sabo, Pali Hotels, Harry Chin, Here’s Looking at You, Jason Yu, Songbird Cafe, Jesse Smyth Genever (Most Imaginative Bartender Finalist), Jodi Calderon, NomadNormandie Club, Josh Suchan, Ice and Alchemy, The Wallace, Kim Stodel, Providence, Melina Meza, Broken Shaker (Bacardi Legacy Winner), Max Reis, Gracias Madre, Ryan Silva, Otium, Sean Lickliter, Republique, and Tobin Shea, Redbird.

Additional artists to participate in ABTG VIII will include Anna Wingfield (Employees Only), Elizabeth Brice-Heames (Apotheke), Joel “Teknyc” Martinez (Madame Siam), and Peter Lloyd Jones (Everson Royce Bar), to name a few. Sweet & Chilli will be sponsoring the ABTG Local Artist Room in conjunction with the first-ever ABTG Media Lounge available for podcasters and Instagrammers.

This year the Jack Daniel’s Performance Stage will feature Dream Machines, The Cauterizers, as well as musician Brandon McCulloch and tap dancer Lee Howard, with DJ sets courtesy of Azunia Tequila, sponsor of the ABTG DJ Stage and event goods.

The Art Beyond the Glass – ABTG VII 2018 fundraising event at Los Globos, Silverlake, Los Angeles, California, June 24, 2018.

This year’s event will feature sponsored brands, such as Azunia Tequila, Jack Daniel’s, Sweet & Chilli, The 86 Co featuring Fords Gin, Aberfeldy Single Malt Scotch, Amass, Ancho Reyes / Montelobos, Aviation Gin, Back Bar Project, Beam Suntory, Bombay Sapphire, Botanist Gin, Chareau, Fernet-Branca, Grey Goose, High West / Mi Campo, Hotaling & Co, Ilegal Mezcal, Jagermeister, Mulholland Distilling, Partida Tequila, Peroni, Pomp & Whimsy, Liquid Alchemist, Redemption Whiskey, Singani 63, St Germain, Teeling Irish Whiskey, Tromba Tequila, and many more.

Ticket to the event includes all cocktails, all live entertainment, DJ, and art experiences, as well as bar bites from Guelaguetza, Prime Pizza and Tartine. There are opportunities to purchase bartender artwork, buy raffle tickets and bid on silent auction items such as artwork, photography, rare spirits and more for this fundraising event where all proceeds to benefit Beautify Earth.

Art Beyond the Glass VIII is this Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 at Los Globos located at 3040 West Sunset Boulevard, 90026, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. and is a 21 and over event. General Admission tickets are $70,00 per person, and if still available, tickets will be sold at the door for $75.00 per person. Please enjoy responsibly. ABTG strongly recommends using a rideshare service such as Lyft or Uber. For more information, please visit


About Monique A. LeBleu

Monique A. LeBleu is a writer, photographer, videographer, and shameless foodie and wineaux. A love of film history and a background in film production, post-production, and film theory provide unique insights into her movie reviews. As well, a background in technical theater fuels her passion on all-things theater. As a foodie, living in the ever-growing and diverse culinary landscape that is the City of Los Angeles feeds her never-ending pursuit of the perfect comfort food—the world's best Mac n' Cheese!
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