Orange County Market Place Presents Cocktales: Spirits With a Story

Orange County Market Place

Join Orange County Market Place for a night of spirits and stories as they bring together local writers, small bites and craft cocktails.


he Orange County Market Place is synonymous with fun, and if you’ve ever purchased a ticket to a concert series or any one of their other special events, then you are probably shaking your head in agreement with that statement right about now. In addition to your recurring favorites, OC Market Place continues to create new interactive experiences for us. In partnership with Sauté Magazine and Surf City Still Works, the venue will host its first signature event of its kind — Cocktales: Spirits With a Story on  Sept. 7, 2018, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Hussong’s Cantina.

Orange County Market Place

At some point in your life, you may have wondered: If my story had a playlist, what would it sound like? This event poses the question: If your story was a cocktail, what would it taste like?

Culinary arts and mixology are all about story-telling, where ingredients combine with perception and perception connects with memories. Cocktales: Spirits With a Story celebrates craft cocktails with a story-telling twist, making your average Friday night cocktail experience one for the memory bank. The mixologists behind Huntington Beach-based, Surf City Still Works will get their creative juices shaken and stirred as they come up with unique cocktails to complement the story narratives of five local writers.

Complete with music by folk, “bluesy-grass” duo, Sparky and the Ancient Mariner, and tasty bites provided by Orange County Market Place, guests will experience an entertaining night of literary creativity with a side of delicious mixology.

Patrons are invited to take part in the competition by judging the cocktail and story pairings. The evening will conclude with one winner receiving a cash prize, resulting in one happy writer with a crafted literary libation.

Written submissions are now closed. The selected writers will be notified if their work will showcase at the event by August 24. Be sure to check out winning essays on after the event. Tickets are now available!

We look forward to sharing good drinks, good stories and good times with you!

The Details

Ticket Cost: Early Bird  – $30, General Admission – $40, Designated Driver – $20

Don’t miss out on the early bird discount, ending August 24!

Date & Time: Sept. 7, 2018, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Venue: Hussong’s Cantina, Orange County Market Place.

Address: 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa

Additional Info

Guests can enter through Gate 1 and park for free in front of the building. No outside food or beverage is allowed. Please bring your photo ID with you to check in.

To learn more about the event, visit the event page.

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