Art Beyond the Glass IV: L.A.’s Top Bartenders Gather for Cocktails, Community and a Great Cause

(Los Angeles, CA), June 18, 2015: Now in its fourth year, Art Beyond the Glass IV is taking place on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at General Lee's in Chinatown. For the first time, ABTG is taking place in a public location: the historic Chinatown Central Plaza outside of General Lee’s, with the famous Seven Star Cavern Wishing Well as the backdrop for live performances. This year Art Beyond the Glass IV will be raising funds for KCRW, widely regarded as one of the world’s most influential independent music radio stations. Proceeds from ABTG IV will go to KCRW’s Capital Campaign to build a 35,000 square-foot Media Center, which will house KCRW in its entirety and become a public gathering place for the City of Los Angeles.

Art Beyond the Glass IV features an expanded lineup of top bartenders from across the L.A. area that will mix cocktails and showcase their art, music, photography and much more. Bartenders returning to this year’s ABTG include: Alex Straus (EP/LP), Anna Knudson (Sassafras Saloon), Beau Du Bois (The Corner Door), Brian Butler (Sunny Spot), Christine Wiseman (Break Room 86), Dave Fernie (Honeycut), Dino Balocchi (Melrose Umbrella Co.), Francois Vera (Pour Vous), Giovanni Martinez (Sadie), Greg Bryson (The Wallace), Jeremy Lake (Lost Property), Julian Cox (Soigné Group), Karen Grill (Sassafras Saloon), Kelly Merrell (Trader Sam’s), Kiowa Bryan (Eveleigh) and Una Green (Belcampo Meat Co.).

First time participating bartenders include: Aaron Alvarez (Big Bar), Anthony Settecase (Venice Whaler), Brandyn Tepper (Simbal), Brian Klemm (Magnolia House), Cappy Sorentino (Hatchet Hall), Dan Sabo (Ace Hotel), Daniel Eun (The Normandie Club), Garrett Mikell (Eveleigh), Gina Maria Allen (Artisan House), Katie Emmerson (The Walker Inn), Marie King (Tonga Hut), Max Seaman (The Varnish), Melaney Schmidt (The Standard DTLA), Russell Thomas (Alley Lounge), Ryan Wainwright (Terrine), Vincenzo Marianella (Copa d’Oro) and William Cutting (The Front Yard).

Hosted by Dan “The Imbiber” Dunn, Art Beyond the Glass IV is taking place at General Lee’s, a stunning two-level venue that’s located in the heart of Chinatown. General Lee’s occupies a landmark space that was originally the legendary Man Jen Low, the earliest Chinese restaurant known by name in L.A. General Lee’s features a soaring interior with Mid-Century, vintage Chinese furniture and neo-Tiki design touches. The bar program is helmed by Christopher Day, an award-winning bartender and a veteran of some of the city’s most renowned bars.

Art Beyond the Glass was co-founded in 2012 by Courvoisier National Brand Ambassador, Zahra Bates and Daniel Djang, Founder and Editor of the cocktail and spirits blog, Thirsty in LA ( “Thanks to our amazing community of bartenders, sponsors, volunteers and guests, this will be the biggest Art Beyond the Glass yet!” says Djang. “I'm excited to see all the new faces alongside bartenders that have been with us from day one. It's such an honor to be raising funds for KCRW. It's one of the most vital nonprofits in L.A. and its influence is truly global.”

The ABTG IV all-inclusive ticket includes cocktails, art, entertainment, and bar bites from L.A. chefs such as Executive Chef Nick Liberato (Venice Whaler, Top Chef, Bar Rescue), Chef de Cuisine Ali Haji (The Corner Door) and more who will also be donating their food in support of this event. In addition, guests will be able to purchase bartender art, buy raffle tickets and bid on silent auction items, including artwork, photography, rare spirits and much more. All proceeds will be donated to the KCRW Foundation.

Live performances, sponsored by Jack Daniel’s: Performers include Anna Knudson (Sassafras) reciting spoken word, Anthony Settecase (Venice Whaler) preforming an acoustic set, Brooklynn Jaye (The Wallace) performing her debut EP; Copper the Bet band featuring Brian Summers (Black Market Liquor Bar); Irish Dance performed by Katie Emmerson (The Walker Inn); Kim Stodel (Bar Chloe & Providence) on the ukelele; Route 11 band featuring Gina Maria Allen (Artisan House), and The Bella-Donnas featuring Evalee Gertz (Beelman’s Pub) performing burlesque.

Art Beyond the Glass IV is made possible with the generous support of our sponsoring brands, including Auchentoshan, Aviation Gin, Bacardi, Back Bar Project (Nuestra Soledad, Giffard), Brugal, Bulldog Gin, Dirty Sue, Disaronno, Encanto, Famous Grouse, Jack Daniel’s, Jägermeister, La Niña del Mezcal, Leaf Vodka, Leblon, Lucas Bols, Lustau, Perfect Purée of Napa Valley, Rhum Clement, Selvarey, Snow Leopard, Tequila Cabeza, Ancho Reyes, Chartreuse, Golden Road Brewing, Henry Wine Group (Clear Creek, Imbue, Lucano), Jarritos, Mandarine Napoleon, Miracle Mile Bitters and Q Sodas.

Sound is being provided by N>EFFECT PRODUCTIONS, a Southern California based entertainment production-company specializing in the spectacular.

Art Beyond the Glass IV is being produced with the participation and support of the Southern California Chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild (USBG).

ABTG IV is also being co-presented by the Chinatown Business Improvement District. The mission of the Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council is to creatively plan, manage and facilitate the rebirth of Chinatown as a multinational, culturally defined, economically vibrant and socially engaging community.

Ticket Information: Art Beyond The Glass IV will take place on Sunday, June 28th, 2015 at General Lee’s from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Tickets for the event are $60.00 per person and will be available exclusively at Eventbrite until 6:00 pm on Saturday, June 27th, 2015. Please note that tickets will not be available for purchase at the door on the day of the event.

Transportation and Parking: The event is a short walk from the Metro Gold Line Chinatown station. Lot parking is available in the neighborhood, and street parking is also an option.

Art Beyond the Glass IV is a 21-year and over event (ID is required). For more information, visit, or call General Lee’s directly at 213.625.7500.

General Lee’s
475 Gin Ling Way
Los Angeles, CA 90012
T: 213.625.7500

Lawrence Moore
Lawrence Moore & Associates Inc.
T: 213.952.6121

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posted on 2015-06-19

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