The sixth annual Artini, the Corcoran's perennially sold-out cocktail party, returns March 22 with art-inspired drinks from a new group of "it" bartenders, including the Gibson's Frank Jones, the Passenger's Alex Bookless and Bandolero's Taha Ismail.


A look at last year's Artini soiree at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. And yes, those are chocolate-covered strawberries on the buffet.  (Photo by Rebecca D'Angelo/For the Washington Post)

The party, which began in 2008, tasks eight mixologists with creating a drink inspired by a work from the Corcoran's collection. Attendees can taste all the drinks, nosh on hors d'oeuvres and get to know bartenders from new restaurants such as Daikaya.  A winner will be officially chosen, but by that point, most of the partygoers will have already picked their favorite.

General admission tickets are $125; VIP tickets (buy these if you want early access and a swag bag) are $160 for Corcoran members or $200 for the general public. If you want the cocktails without shelling out the big bucks, you can order each concoction when the featured bartenders add them to their bar's menu for one night. Dates below:

March 1
The Gibson
Mixologist: Frank Jones

March 5
Bandolero
Mixologist: Taha Ismail

March 6
The Passenger
Mixologist: Alex Bookless

March 7
P.O.V. at the W. Hotel
Mixologist: Joe Ambrose

March 13
Zentan
Mixologist: Josh Berner

March 14
Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Mixologist: Amy Russell

March 19
Ambar
Mixologist: Milton Hernandez