The stars of the film are two men on opposite sides on the bartending spectrum. Steve Schneider is a retired U.S. Marine who suffered a life-threatening injury just prior to his deployment to Iraq. He tirns his focus to becoming a principal bartender at Employees Only. Meanwhile, Steve “Carpi” Carpentieri, a former bank executive, struggles to keep his neighborhood bar in Westport, Connecticut. He ventures into the world of craft cocktails to save his business by buying into a trend. The two men collide at the annual cocktail conference in New Orleans called Tales of the Cocktail.
See all the shakes and spills and sloppy nights during a one-night-only screening of the film at Music Box Theater on July 8. The film starts at 8 PM, with a complimentary cocktail reception before and a Q&A after with director Douglas Tirola, star Jim Meehan and local bartenders. Tickets cost $10 and are available online. If you can't catch Monday night's show, the film returns to Chicago in September.