Tonight: Party. Or Party Not. There Is No Try

Cosplay and cocktails. | Photo by Te Ann Lakeotes

Cosplay and cocktails. | Photo by Te Ann Lakeotes

“People who know Social Mixology know that, in the past, when I’ve said, ‘Trust me: Don’t show up fashionably late to this party,’ there was a specific reason for it. It was worth the effort of showing up on time. And [dressed] in theme. Never before has this been more true.” Such is the decree of beverage industry impresario Tobin Ellis, who will, ahem, awaken Downtown tonight with the return of his moveable speakeasy.

“We have some wicked surprises in store for Star Wars fans. Some of the things we’re raffling and auctioning off are equally awesome. As in one of the most sought-after Christmas presents of this year that has been sold out for months. Yep, we are giving away one of those,” says Ellis, whose his chief hobby is being benignly cryptic.

The event goes off at 8 p.m. tonight somewhere Downtown. If you haven’t already, you need to register to learn where (“Join us to find us”). Show up in costume—Star Wars-inspired is much appreciated, but any other sci-fi cosplay is welcome—at the stroke of 8 p.m. at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street and … well, you’ll see. If you can only make it to a portion of the party (as in, maybe you have tickets to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens), make sure it’s from 8-10 p.m.

Once inside, you’ll enjoy free food, plus themed cocktails by bartenders pitching in their valuable time to make this charity event a success. One hundred percent of proceeds from the silent auction, donations and sponsorship after event production costs goes directly to two charities close to both Ellis and Star Wars fans’ hearts.

“And the entertainment production of this party is light years ahead of previous Social Mixology parties.” Pun likely intended. But if you’re thinking, “He’s a bartender. How good can his design skills possibly be?” consider that his Signature Cocktail Station by Perlick was just awarded a 2015 Good Design award by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, the oldest and the world’s most recognized program for design excellence worldwide.

So there’s that.

“And for those of you who are saying to yourself, ‘I’ll try to make it,’” Ellis cautions, “I offer the wisdom of Master Yoda: ‘Do. Or do not. There is no try.’”