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Chemistry of the Cocktail: 8th Annual Fundraiser

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Event Location: 
Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

Chemistry of the Cocktail

Join us for the 8th annual Chemistry of the Cocktail — The Discovery’s premier fundraising event. Come as a flapper, gangster, silent film star, or come as you are and explore 1920s-style libations, enjoy delectable fare from local culinary purveyors, and provide support for the museum’s mission in our community.

Classic Cocktails

Sample expertly crafted 1920s-era ”giggle water” like the Sidecar, Manhattan, a classic Gin & Tonic, and more!

Sommelier 101

Begin your journey toward becoming a distinguished sommelier when you explore how flavors in wine are perceived with mixologist and spirits expert Nicole Barker. Wine provided by Engine 8 Urban Winery.

Delectable Fare

Enjoy tasty bites from some of your favorite culinary purveyors like Cherry Bomb Catering, Men Wielding Fire, Washoe Public House, Mindful Cupcakes, and many more—see the full list below!

Break the Vault

Try your luck at breaking the vault and win big. For a $50 or $100 donation, you’ll have the chance to punch your choice of 100 compartments containing prizes like wine, alcohol, dining, experiences, and even travel!

Password Please

Be sure to visit the Science Speakeasy, presented by Dolan Automotive Group, to experiment with botanicals and their use in gin while sampling a classic French 75. All you’ll need to know to get in is the secret password.

Selfie Bling

Snap a commemorative photo of your 1920s self wearing a selection of high-end “ice” on loan from BVW Jewelers.

Impressive Grifter

Prepare to marvel at the mystical and magical talents of Justin Impossible. But keep an eye on your “cabbage!”

Proceeds from this event support The Discovery’s efforts to offer enriching educational programs and host engaging exhibitions focused on science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Ages 21+

Admission: $125/$150


VIP Tickets — $150

With a VIP ticket you’ll enjoy an additional hour (beginning at 6:00pm) of science and spirits including libations only available to VIP guests. VIP guests will also enjoy special entertainment and have the first opportunity to take part in the evening’s events, sample tasty bites, and bid on auction items.

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Tickets — $125

Your ticket to Chemistry of the Cocktail includes access to hands-on mixology stations, expertly crafted cocktails, delicious fare from your favorite local culinary hot spots, and bidding in the live and silent auctions.

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The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery) is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and relies on contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations to cover approximately 50% of the cost of its operation. Your support makes the operation and maintenance of this world-class, hands-on science center possible. The Discovery’s tax ID is #61-1474845.

Presenting sponsor:

Dolan Auto Group

Supporting sponsors:

Food & beverage sponsors:

Engine 8 Urban Winery