In the early days of the craft cocktail resurgence, The Violet Hour’s Head Mixologist and founding partner, Toby Maloney, worked at the original Milk & Honey on New York’s Lower East Side. One of Toby’s rituals in that era involved collecting an array of intriguing and unique ingredients as he made his way through Chinatown on his way to work. Toby would then beguile his guests at Milk & Honey’s tiny, four seat bar with cocktails concocted from the treasures he’d picked up on his wending walk. Those guests would be treated to what amounted to a cocktail tasting menu, telling the story of that day’s travels.

In the spirit of those walks and those original, four, intimate seats, The Violet Hour is pleased to introduce a new series offering guests the opportunity to step into the obsessive mind of a bartender.

Each week, we’ll be saving four to six seats at the bar in front of one of our bartenders with a story to tell... in cocktail form. The lucky folks in those four to six seats will be treated to a unique cocktail experience. Trusting their palates to the hands of the bartender, they’ll get to enjoy a progression of cocktails focused around the theme chosen by that bartender.

It’s a guided tasting menu with the bartender leading the way through their inspiration and thought process. The theme might be a city or country, a specific ingredient or group of ingredients, an abstract concept, or a really excellent set of bourbons—each case offers a unique opportunity for a dealer’s choice dialogue, with guest and bartender getting to geek out and really dig into a topic.

Toby himself will be at the helm for many of these sessions, while we’re fortunate enough enough to have him in town a bit longer than normal. However, other Violet Hour bartenders will take the reins for themes of specific interest to them.

You can reserve one of those very select seats for yourself by purchasing a ticket through Eventbrite!