ST. ALBANS CITY — Five local restaurants competed Friday night for the chance to serve lucky St. Albans residents their final drink of 2018.

La Casa Burrito, Twiggs, Nelly’s Pub, The Old Foundry at One Federal and Mill River Brewing competed to serve a unique cocktail at the Last Night St. Albans gala on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31.

The St. Albans for the Future initiative, a non-profit organization directed by the city’s downtown board, based the event on First Night Burlington, a New Year’s Eve celebration that ended in 2017 after 35 years. Erik Johnson, the downtown board’s vice chair, said the board saw an opportunity to seize on First Night’s absence, to provide locals — and visitors — an inexpensive and entertaining way to welcome 2019.

A Last Night button allows entry to most of the night’s events: a children’s carnival in the St. Albans Museum’s Bliss Room, a beer, cheese and chocolate tasting at 14th Star, a paint and sip at Twiggs, and a comedy hour at Nelly’s Pub. The button costs $5.

Only the masquerade gala, the actual countdown event, costs more: $20 per person.

That’s where the winning cocktail will be served.

Restaurant representatives gathered in the event room at the 14th Star Brewing Co. last night, offering the more than 30 attendees small samples of each unique cocktail.

The door opened at 7 p.m. At 7:15, the announcement rang out: time to mix.

No two mixes were the same.

 

To learn the nature of those differences, pick up a copy of Friday’s Messenger, or subscribe to our online edition.