Have you stopped by a Creatives Drink event yet? If you haven’t, then this is probably going to shock you: Creatives Drink is a completely free, pop-up networking event at some of the city’s hottest venues, with tons of free alcohol and the chance to mingle with new, creative minds.
No really, the alcohol is free.
Since the event started in 2015, it has grown from intimate gatherings at venues like Constellation Coffee and the Vandal, to hundreds of people queuing out the door at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland.
The Alcohol is provided by local producers and sellers, including Boyd and Blair, Faber, and even Pennsylvania Libations. Good music blares all night, and the flurry of DSLR cameras, unique fashion, and delicious cocktails builds an infectious, creative atmosphere.
The eighth Creatives Drink event (CD8) will be held TONIGHT, Thursday, May 11th, at the August Wilson Center Downtown, from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Expect great vibes and great drinks… but don’t expect to be the only person there.
Cody Baker, who co-founded Creatives Drink with Chancelor Humphrey, shares a little bit about the event, and his relationship with pittsburgh, below:
Can you quickly explain what Creatives Drink is in your own words?
Cody Baker: Creatives Drink is our take on a networking event.
Can you quickly explain what Creatives Drink isn’t?
CB: No shirts and ties, no name tags, no stuffy atmosphere. Now a days, you see someone walk down the street and can recognize them by their @ Handle. That’s the 2017 name tag.
What should people (who have never been before) expect when walking in?
CB: It’s 3 hours of free drinks, good music, and being surrounded by like minded people just like yourself. Go in and enjoy yourself.
Did you ever imagine Creatives Drink would grow this large?
What has changed since the beginning?
CB: We used to pass out the alcohol ourselves, now we can bring the actual sponsors into the event and have them showcase their product and pass it out. That’s the best part of the growth, because it gives the attendee and sponsor a better chance to connect.
What hasn’t changed?
CB: The people, music and atmosphere.
If you could host this event in any city in the world, where would it be?
CB: A huge goal of ours is to travel. I’d say Toronto, NYC and Chicago would be amazing.
If you have had a long day, what drink are you reaching for?
CB: Negroni… or an Old Fashioned now (shout out to Pete Butta).
What is the most creative drink you’ve ever had?
CB: I once had a shot that came in a glass made of alcoholic jello
If you could have anyone in the world show up to Creatives Drink, who would it be?
CB: Damn, that’s a crazy question. I’d have to say Casey Neistat.
Where do you have your craziest nights out in Pittsburgh?
CB: Goldmark, Brillo or the Flats
Where do you have your chilliest nights out in Pittsburgh?
CB: If I’m going for a chill night, I hit downtown spots.
Anything unique about Pittsburgh’s “going-out scene” that you love?
CB: I love that you can become a regular at spots, and make friends with bartenders after just a couple weekends.
Any hangover tips?
CB: Stick to one liquor. Don’t add champagne into the mix, no matter how great the day is. That’s when my head hurts the worse