Violet Hour, Death & Co. swap barmen

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"In the spirit of camaraderie and cocktail appreciation," Manhattan's Death & Co. and our own Violet Hour are embarking on an interesting four-night experiment beginning Sunday. Alchemy Consulting duo Jason Cott and Toby Maloney have written to tell us of the first-ever bartender exchange between the two cocktail oases. D & C's Joaquin Simo will come to Chicago, while the Violet Hour's Kirk Estopinal heads east.

It's "not simply a bartender vacation," writes Cott, "but a focused idea to share and exchange new techniques and recipes from some of the top cocktailians in the world." Both bartenders are toting their own syrups and bitters, and customers will be encouraged to take advantage of the fresh talent. 

No word on whether Simo will have any foie-gras-infused bourbon on hand for his Loosey Goosey.

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