Gib’s and Merchant turn their bars over to some of the state’s finest bartenders. Just off the Capitol, Jacki Walczak (Lucille), Meghan McCormick (Heritage Tavern), Amanda McGinley (Sardine), Marilyn Matt (Underground Food Collective), Mariah Renz (Julep), Megan Tuohy, Annie Leahy (Robin Room) & Jenny Griep (Osteria Papavero) join Devan Friedl at Merchant to sling Bol’s Genever cocktails; Thor Messer wipes and fetches bottles. Lauren Franchi, aka DJ Lolo, the mind behind inclusive dance party Miss Connections, holds down the music. For a change of pace, let the MCW shuttle bus will whisk you from Merchant to Gib’s, the first bar in Madison to plant a paw paw tree in its backyard. At Gib’s, bartender Kym Reindl will transform the second floor bar with the help of Katie Rose (Milwaukee’s Goodkind) the Nonino sisters’ sublime grappa, some sporty-spicy 90s pop, a projector, and DJ Glynis Fisher.
MERCHANT BOLS COCKTAIL MENU
Glass Ceiling Bol’s Genever, sugar, Bittercube Bolivar and Orange Bitters
HBIC Bols Genever, Bols lychee, Bols Parfait Amour, Lemon Juice and Sparkling Wine
Pogo Pogo Pineapple rum, Galliano, Bols Creme Di Cacao, Pineapple and Lime Juice
Money Shots Damrak Orange Gin shot