Creative Loafing’s Craft Cocktail Competition, Highball is Almost Here

More Than a Dozen Local Bars and Restaurants are Competing for the Title Of Tampa Bay’s Best Highball on Friday, December 8th at Nova 535

Tampa Bay, FLA (December 6th, 2023) – Who makes the best highball cocktail in Tampa Bay? Creative Loafing is teaming up with Beam Suntory again to let locals decide at Highball Cocktail Competition 2023 on Thursday, December 8th, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Nova 535 (535 Dr. M.L.K. Jr. St. N. in St. Pete).


Everyone’s favorite cocktail competition, Highball 2023 presented by Beam Suntory, is back, and Creative Loafing is challenging local bartenders to get creative with their favorite highball cocktail. This year we’ve added Maker’s 46 to the mix for five drink categories!


Attendees will get a chance to sample their way around more than a dozen highballs created with Haku Vodka, Sipsmith Gin, Suntory Whisky Toki, Hornitos Tequila, and Maker’s 46 crafted by Tampa Bay’s top mixologists and vote for their favorite in each spirit category to help select an overall winner to be named Tampa Bay’s Best Highball. Plus, enjoy music, tarot, entertainment, local bites, and more.


This year, we’re announcing group ticket rates for your corporate holiday parties! Group rates will begin with a minimum purchase of ten tickets and will enjoy a 20% discount off of face ticket value.


Featuring Cocktails by:

Jotoro Tequila Bar

Pisces Sushi & Global Bistro

Good Intentions

American Social Bar & Kitchen

The Hangar Restaurant & Flight Lounge

Sonder Social Club



Red Mesa Cantina

Casa Tina’s

The Living Room

Blur Nightclub

Hawkers Asian Street Food

Madison Avenue Pizza

Doodle Noodle Bar

The Saint


A portion of proceeds benefits Current Initiatives of Tampa Bay. Current Initiatives is a

not-for-profit organization incorporated in Florida that is committed to educating and mobilizing

communities to be Hope Dealers through the Laundry Project, Hope For Homes Project and

Affordable Christmas initiatives. Tickets are on sale now. Follow @cltampabay on Instagram for surprise promo codes and ticket giveaways throughout the holiday season.


For more information on Highball 2023, visit 


Please use the following hashtags for all digital promotions: #HighballTampaBay


For more information on Beam Suntory, visit 


For more information on Current Initiatives of Tampa Bay, visit 


CREATIVE LOAFING: Creative Loafing is an award-winning alternative publication committed to providing Tampa Bay with an independent perspective, up-to-the-minute local news, and a comprehensive listing of local happenings. Creative Loafing offers readers’ unique events and CL Deals, a locally focused platform featuring dining and event experiences at half-off their regular price. For more information about Creative Loafing, visit and 


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