Bourbon & Bowties

Bourbon & Bowties

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An upcoming event is bringing together bourbon and bowties, plus shopping, yummy food, and a fun fashion show for both men and women — all for a great cause!


This year’s Bourbon & Bowties Bash will be held November 10 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

Each year, the Emerging Leaders Council of JDRF Southwest Ohio hosts an annual fall benefit concert. However, according to JDRF Southwest Ohio Executive Director Melissa Newman, the event underwent a refresh and rebranding.

Out of the refresher came an event based on two concepts that were exceptionally popular at the time, bourbon and bowties. From there, the Bourbon & Bowtie Bash was born.

Since its inception, the Bourbon & Bowtie Bash has taken on a life of its own and attendance has doubled every year.

“The Bourbon & Bowtie Bash is Cincinnati’s hottest party, and it’s a night of pure fun benefitting a great cause, JDRF Southwest Ohio,” explains Newman. “The event features bourbon and cocktail samplings, tastings from the area’s coolest restaurants, tunes by DJ E-Trayn, a fashion show, and pop-up boutiques, celebrity bartenders and best bar competition, silent and live bowtie auctions, and so much more.”

This year, the event will be held on Friday, November 10, beginning at 6:30 pm at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

Not only has the event moved to a bigger venue, but the 2017 Bourbon & Bowtie Bash will be put on with Cincy Chic, who is working to integrate a full-fledged fashion show and pop-up boutiques at the event.

“We’re also adding Best Bar and Best Restaurant contests to allow our guests to vote on their favorites,” adds Newman. “We are also adding a new VIP area, with an elevated bar and lounge.”

Newman says that what makes her the most excited about this year’s event is the fashion show.

“This event always seems to attract Cincinnati’s best dressed, so it’s fun this year to more formally add the fashion aspect to the event,” says Newman. “We’ve partnered with Blaine’s Fine Menswear as our exclusive men’s outfitter for the fashion show this year and I can’t wait to see how they style our men, with the bowties, of course, being the focal point.”

Tickets for the event at $50 and sponsorships start at $750 with VIP perks. Newman says that tickets to the event sold out three months in advance last year, so you’re encouraged to get your tickets early!

To purchase tickets and complete event details, visit


Sara Elliott
Editor & Director of Strategic Communications - Sara is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. Sara started as an editorial intern before working her way up to assistant editor and then editor. She also serves as the Director of Strategic Communications, running Cincy Chic's social media sites. When she's not working for Cincy Chic, Sara is a mom to her toddler, Audrey. To contact Sara, send her an email at