Two Houston area festivals promise whiskey lovers an abundance of cocktails, food, and entertainment

Two festivals this month promise whiskey lovers an abundance of whiskey samples, cocktails, seminars, food, and entertainment.

The first, Houston Whiskey Riot , is set for Saturday, April 15, at Post Houston downtown. The second, HTX Whiskey Weekend , kicks off April 28 for a two-day showcase at City Place in Spring.

Here’s what you need to know about each:


What: This large format tasting event brings noted and emerging whiskey brands together under one roof for an immersive whiskey experience presided over by master distillers and brand representatives. More than 200 types of whiskey will be available for sampling, as well as whiskey cocktails, access to seminars, and the opportunity to talk one-on-one with whiskey experts.

When/where: April 14, 4 to 7 p.m. at Post Houston, 401 Franklin.

How much: General admission tickets on are $90 and includes full sampling, access to seminars, and an official Whiskey Riot tasting glass to keep. VIP tickets, $160, allow early entry (3-4 p.m.) and includes a buffet. Must be 21 to attend.


What: Now in its second year, the festival features whiskey distillers from around the world offering complimentary tastings, education sessions, food, and music. There are several ticketed events for multiple whiskey tasting and education opportunities.

When/where: April 28 and 29 at City Place Plaza, 1250 Lake Plaza Dr., Spring.

How much: Tickets to these events are available through

• Chef’s Table by Butcher’s Ball: Limited to 100 guests, this dinner features pitmasters from Blood Bros. BBQ and chefs from Luloo’s Day and Night collaborating on a menu with whiskey cocktails from Still Austin. April 28 at 6 p.m.; $185 per person.

• Whiskey seminars: Three different whiskey seminars on April 29 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.; $35 per seminar.

• A Taste of City Place: The weekend’s signature event is a whiskey sampling from various distillers as well as food, cocktails, and mocktails. April 29, noon to 6 p.m.; $85 per person.

• Whiskey Under the Stars: A smaller-scale sampling of Milam & Green whiskey along with cigar rolling and live music. April 29, 6 to 10 p.m.; $35 per person.

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