San Diego Spirits Festival returns to the Embarcadero

San Diego Spirits Festival

Port Pavilion transforms into a large cocktail venue featuring top-shelf food, drinks and live entertainment

Novice enthusiasts and mixed-drink aficionados will sip and taste their way through some of the region’s best liquor curators, skilled mixologists and top chefs at the 11th annual San Diego Spirits Festival. The two-day cocktail affair will feature bartender battles, mini seminars, dance performances, live music and the San Diego International Spirits Competition, led by George Manska, inventor of the NEAT whiskey glass. A Grand Tasting with unlimited cocktails will be held both days.

San Diego Spirits Festival: 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday; 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier, 1000 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego. Saturday: $65-$75 general pass, $120 VIP, $25 designated driver; Sunday: $55-$65 general pass, $95 VIP, $20 designated driver.