Central West End Cocktail Party returns to St. Louis on June 8

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One of our favorite parties of the year returns to the charming streets of the Central West End on Saturday, June 8. In commemoration of what was reportedly the first cocktail party on record, held by Mrs. Julius S. Walsh Jr. at her Lindell Boulevard home in 1917, the seventh annual Central West End Cocktail Party will take over Euclid Avenue between Maryland and McPherson avenues from 5 to 10 p.m. that evening.

Thousands of people are expected to attend this free event featuring live music, dancing, other live entertainment and plenty of exceptional food and drinks in one of St. Louis' most vibrant neighborhoods. Don’t miss the spirited cocktail competition at 6 p.m. featuring some of the top local bartenders and judged by Sauce digital editor Lauren Healey, among other cocktail connoisseurs in the city.

"This fun-filled event is a celebration of the CWE's history and its eclectic array of neighborhood establishments," Kate Haher, executive director of the CWE Business Community Improvement District, said in a release. "Featuring food and drink from beloved spots like Brennan's, Twisted Ranch, Up-Down and Edera, attendees are invited to sip and sample the night away beneath the stars."

Don't miss live music throughout the event on two stages at opposite ends of the event footprint by popular acts including Marquise Knox, Grooveliner, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes and Monkh. You’ll also get to see aerial performances, fire dancers, unicyclists and more. Look out for photo booths to capture you in all your cocktail-attire glory. While this is a cocktail-focused event, it is family-friendly and open to the public.