GINvasion 2016


I can think of umpteen reasons why you should come to Cucina 24 this Saturday for their semi-not really-annual Tiki Night, instead I’ll hit you with the most important ones.

  1. It’s sponsored by BULLDOG Gin…this stuff is super special, so special, that Cucina is the ONLY bar in North Carolina to have it (I think).
  2. Some of the most BADASS people I know are guest bartending. Like, for real, we’re bringin’ in gin slingers from all over the US, specifically from the most famous cocktail bars in the country to help us throw down.
  3. Did I mention BULLDOG Gin?

Ok, so here’s the deal, this crew of badassery is a group of super talented people starting a tour of the East Coast making their way from NYC to New Orleans for Tales of The Cocktail. Not only are they stopping in Asheville for the night, but we’re putting them to work, not because Donnie needs the help, but because I need someone else to harass at the bar.

The graphic below has a full list of tour dates and who you can expect to be pouring those  way cool gin and tiki cocktails I was telling you about!

Also, in case you wanted to join the party on facebook…click HERE for the invite! Tell your friends, see you there!!



Don’t Miss the Bourbon Bus!!


Guys, The Wild Turkey bus is making it’s way through North Carolina next week and it’s making a couple of stops in Asheville and Charlotte.

If you haven’t seen the bus, check out the photo below, it is an opportunity for whiskey fans to hop aboard for a quick educational seminar about whiskey!

Details on when and where are below!


5/4- Ole Shakeys: 5pm
790 Riverside Dr. Asheville, NC 28801
5/5- Heist Brewery: 5pm
2909 N. Davidson St. Charlotte, NC 28205
See y’all on the bus!

#PlaneGang Hall of Fame


Are you a member of the #planegang? Do you want to be? Of course you do.

When you find a bar and people you love, you support them…hard. If you’re a part of the Public School/Banks Ave family, you get a tattoo of a paper plane. So that’s what we’re celebrating, the people who love the plane.

If you’re not in the gang, no worries, Sailor Jerry is giving away 3 #planegang tattoos to be done by the fabulous Integrity Alliance folks in Asheville.

If you’re already part of this group of rowdy kids, show up and let me take your photo, it’ll end up on the Banks Ave Wall of Fame!

Deets on the flier below!

PBR500 Dogs

A Peculiar Recap


Guys, if you missed our Hendrick’s Gin Cocktail Academies last week, I feel for ya, We had such a fantastic time learnin’ and boozin!

Charlotte and Asheville were so good to us and we had such a great turnout, Three CHEERS to Dandelion Market and Top of the Monk for hosting us!

Click HERE to see some video love from Sarah Crosland and Charlotte Five!

Below is a photo or a few of our Asheville sessions by the magnificent Kipper Schauer!


Thanks again to all of our media friends, industry folks and imbibers for coming out to support our unusual gin! We love y’all!

Negroni Week 2015


Y’all, it’s happening, Negroni Week is back. If you’re unfamiliar, let me explain. Bars all over the country get together to support a joint initiative by Campari and Imbibe Magazine to raise money for local charities through the sales of…you guessed it, Negronis! So far 2,676 bars are participating around the world and there are plenty more to come, I’m sure.

In North Carolina alone we have 19 bars taking part-2 in Charlotte and 13 in Asheville.

In Asheville, you can stop by The Imperial Life on Thursday night for Negroni Variations featuring the Botanist and Bombay Sapphire from 8-10 or if you’re local to Charlotte, you can stop by Pint Central for a barrel aged Negroni and a party on Saturday 6/6, all monies raised here goes to The Down’s Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte!

Click the link below to see if your local bar is included in the Negroni madness. If so, feel free to stop by and contribute your dollars while imbibing in a delicious beverage.