Tequila mockingbird. Tequila, Mezcal and Agave are a few of our favorite things. Arte Agave lets you experience all of them together. We attended Arte Agave in NYC at the Bowery Hotel earlier this month. This one of a kind experience is inspired by Latin culture and celebrates fine agave spirits and entertainment. We sipped various types of tequila and mezcal and savored Latin American bites all night long. We are excited to share our experience at Arte Agave with you.
What is Arte Agave?
Tequila might not be the answer, but it’s worth a shot. Bowery Collective, a boutique event production company founded by Walter Easterbrook, created Arte Agave to celebrate Latin culture, cuisine, drinks and entertainment. Walter, together with Emily Easterbrook, Partner and Creative Director of Bowery Collective produced Arte Agave in 4 cities: NYC (September 10th), Austin (September 17th), Atlanta (October 16th) and Washington D.C. (October 22nd).
Arte Agave NYC: Bowery Hotel
Tequila because you keep the feista feisty. Arte Agave NYC was held at The Bowery Hotel in Noho. With over 20 tasting stations carrying over 100 varieties of agave spirits, there’s something for everyone.
You can sip the tequila or Mezcal neat or as a cocktail. We tried both. We even participated in a Bruxo Mezcal tasting.
One of our favorites was Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul’s Mezcal, Dos Hombres.
We also enjoyed sipping on the Paloma from Patron.
The drinks were fantastic and there were so many brands to choose from. We definitely didn’t hit them all.
Arte Agave NYC: The Food
Arte Agave served a variety of light bites to pair with the tequila and mezcal. We snacked on chips and guacamole from Rosa Mexicano (we dined here many times in the past too- their food is fantastic). We also stopped by the customized chips and salsa station by Salsa Pistolero. The Mexican Tostada de Pulpo and Street Corn by La Loncheria were also quite delicious.
Taco about a party. Our friends loved the Carnitas Tacos and Esquites by El Gallo Taqueria. This line was quite long so we recommend arriving on time for the event and getting on the taco line right away. Then you can spend the rest of your time hitting the various tasting stations.
There were also a few pizza deliveries. Not Latin at all but still delicious.
The chocolate dessert station by Sandra Hakim looked fantastic too. We heard great things about the churros. We waited until the end to try them, but then they were all gone. So try the dessert during the tasting, and don’t wait until the end.
Arte Agave NYC: The Decorations
Arte Agave features Dia de los Muertos decorations. Expect vibrant colors, gorgeous sugar skulls and lots of colorful flowers. If you need ideas on how to host a Dia de los Muertos, then check out our party from last year.
Women could get into the festive spirit by wearing flowers in their hair.
Arte Agave NYC: The Entertainment
Arte Agave is equal parts food/drinks and entertainment. We listened to beats by DJ Ria Bird all night long.
There was also a gorgeous artist showcase featuring Daniel Valle, Albertus Joseph, Jonathan De Los Santos, Gabriela Rodriguez, Antonio Valle and La Sirena.
The stunning Dia de los Muertos dancers looked fantastic from head to toe.
The Luchadoras (Mexican wrestlers) also made their rounds.
We also enjoyed taking photos at the OverExpose.me photo booth.
Arte Agave: Giveaway
There was also a giveaway with a mix of Tequila and Mezcal. You just needed to snap a photo with the sugar skull paddle and tag a few brands.
There were multiple winners including Kanchana.
We had wonderful time at our first Arte Agave. Tickets are available for General Admission that include three hours of unlimited samplings of agave spirits and Latin inspired food. VIP tickets include early entry and four hours of unlimited premium agave spirit and Latin inspired food samplings. We recommend the VIP tickets and getting on the food lines at the beginning of the night. NYC and Dallas have already happened, but you can still make the Arte Agave festivals in Atlanta or Washington D.C.
When life gives you lemons, grab salt & tequila!