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PHOENIX magazine's Summer Cocktail Camp

PHOENIX magazine is proud to present our Summer Cocktail Camp, a 12-week, rotating event series that bring guests up-close-and-personal with the Valley's best mixologists and bartenders to showcase their craft. Join us on Sunday afternoons this summer to taste the best cocktails in town, while learning all about mixology and how a good drink is made!

August 4, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

10 N San Marcos Pl #B1, Chandler, AZ 85225

Join us for another Summer Cocktail Camp at The Ostrich in Downtown Chandler!

Take a good look around these walls — they’ve been frozen in time since 1912. Picture this room as it once was, a clandestine speakeasy hosting guests like you during prohibition. Imagine the patrons, a lively mix of scofflaws, sharing laughs, smiles, and secret toasts until the sun painted the morning sky. This place harbored secret tunnels that still exist beyond these walls, and that ladder in the hallway was reserved exclusively for famed and noteworthy guests of the San Marcos Hotel.

Legend has it that, post-prohibition, Ostrich feathers were collected from the bustling streets outside and stashed right here, under the direction of Dr. AJ Chandler. Those feathers were later sold to Hollywood’s elite, adorning flapper dresses and hats, all thanks to the doctor’s entrepreneurial flair. After Dr. Chandler’s death, the room was boarded up and sealed holding its secrets for almost a century in the dark.

In 2014 — I climbed that same ladder used by guests from eras past, unveiling a dirt floor cocooned in concrete and history. Inspired by the tales echoing within, a vision unfolded and a duty took hold: to transform that dusty past into the cocktail bar you see today. Our drinks, created by a stellar team of mixologists, pay homage to classic cocktails and modern-day crafts that weave their own new stories in this historic setting.

The Ostrich, born from this legacy, honors those who reveled here before us, sharing drinks, stories, and laughter. So, take a moment, enjoy this drink, savor the company around you, share a tale, and lift your glass high. Here’s to this room’s long and rich history and to our fleeting, precious time together.

Thanks for being here tonight. Cheers!

~ Michael Merendino | Proprieter

The original Summer Cocktail Camp (2014-2019) was the brainchild of the late, great Ty Largo, who passed away in 2022. In memory of the Valley-based PR whiz, a portion of the proceeds from PHOENIX magazine's 2024 Cocktail Camp will be donated to one-n-ten in Ty's honor.

ZBiotics Partnership!

This year, we've partnered with ZBiotics to help you avoid any rough mornings after Camp. Genetically engineered by a team of PhD microbiologists, ZBiotics® Pre-Alcohol is a probiotic drink that breaks down the byproduct of alcohol responsible for rough mornings after drinking. If you'd like your ticket to include a bottle of ZBiotics, be sure to pick the ticket option labeled "w/ ZBiotics" and we'll have it for you when you arrive!

Find out more about how it works here!

Important Information:

  • Tickets include three to four (3-4) cocktails that will be demonstrated and served to all guests.
  • Camp will start promptly at 2:00 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early in order to park, check in, and get settled.
  • The Summer Cocktail Camp is 21+ only. IDs will be checked upon entry.
  • Each Camp will have limited availability based on each location's capacity.
  • This is an alcohol-related event. The use of ride share, taxis, or public transportation is highly recommended.
  • Tickets do not include food. Some Camp locations may offer small bites or food for purchase, but this is not guaranteed
  • There will not be a Cocktail Camp on August 18.
  • This event has a no-refund policy.

Check out all our upcoming Camps!

June 9 - Melinda's Alley

June 23 - Shimogamo Gilbert

June 30 - Beginner's Luck

July 7 - New Penny Cafe

July 14 - First & Last

July 21 - The Madam

July 28 - Uchi

August 4 - The Ostrich

August 11 - Across the Pond

August 25 - Sunny's Lounge

September 1 - Kasai Scottsdale

Have questions? Email us at events@citieswestmedia.com


Venue Information

The Ostrich
10 North San Marcos Place b1
Chandler, AZ 85225

Organizer Information

PHOENIX magazine

6310 East Thomas Road
suite 200
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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