The Varnish, 213 Nightlife's acclaimed bar in the back of Cole's, celebrates its fifth anniversary today. To honor this milestone, the bar will be hosting a number of special events beginning tonight, Feb. 24, with its official fifth birthday party. 

Tonight at the bar, founding partners Eric Alperin and Sasha Petraske will co-host the Varnish's official birthday party with GM Max Seaman. The two bartenders, who are both considered booze legends, will be behind the bar serving a specialty cocktail menu and complimentary Brugal rum and Taittinger Champagne punch and shots of Amaro Ramazzotti.
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Over the next month, former Varnish bartenders will be popping up behind the bar every Monday night in what they're calling the Bartender Reunion Series. From 7-11 p.m., these former Varnish bartenders will prepare a limited edition menu for the evening. Here's the calendar:

March 3:
Marcos Tello (The Edison, 1886 and Los Balcones)

March 10:
Eugene Shaw (Scopa and Bottled in Bond) & Daniel Eun Esq. (former bartender at PDT, currently practicing law in LA)

March 17:
Chris Bostick (Half Step, Austin, TX)

March 24:
Chris Ojeda (Soho House)

March 31:
Alexander Day & Devon Tarby (Honeycut and Proprietors, LLC)   


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