Six bar stars, one night: The Christ­mas cock­tail party you don’t want to miss

The Charlotte Observer - - Front Page - BY KATH­LEEN PURVIS

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Brian LoRusso got the idea when he went to pick a tag from the an­gel tree at the McCrory YMCA on Beat­ties Ford Road.

There was the tree, cov­ered with tags for kids who need Christ­mas gifts. There was LoRusso, bar man­ager at Dog­wood South­ern Ta­ble + Bar, with lots of very tal­ented bar­tenders. And there was the Gin Mill, 1423 S. Tryon St., co-owned by LoRusso’s brother, sit­ting empty one night dur­ing De­cem­ber for the com­pany Christ­mas party.

“I thought it would be cool to take the tags off the tree.” All the tags, he thought. So LoRusso texted his friends and an un­usual pop-up bar event is the re­sult.

On Dec. 10, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., LoRusso and his friends — Ste­fan Hueb­ner of Dot Dot Dot, Colleen Hughes of Hab­erdish, Kel Min­ton of Soul Gas­trolounge, Amanda Brit­ton of Bardo and cock­tail con­sul­tant Bob Pe­ters of . . . well, ev­ery­where, will be be­hind the bar at the Gin Mill for one night, each one mak­ing a drink.

The cover charge is $ 20 and the drinks will sell for $ 10. Ev­ery­thing they raise will go to the McCrory YMCA an­gel tree. There may be food, too.

You don’t have to buy a ticket, you just have to show up. And give gen­er­ously.

Kath­leen Purvis: 704-358-5236; @kath­leen­purvis.

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