About Art Beyond the Glass

Art Beyond the Glass (ABTG) is a special event that showcases the artistic pursuits of top bartenders when they're not behind the stick. At ABTG, everything from the cocktails to the art and music is created and performed by bartenders. Proceeds from every ABTG event are donated to a local arts-based charity. The inaugural ABTG raised more than $6,000 for Inner-City Arts. In 2013, ABTG II raised $13,700 for Art Share L.A. ABTG III raised $18,000 for the Mural Conservancy to restore Struggles of the World, one of the landmark Freeway Murals from the 1984 Summer Olympics. The largest edition of the event to date, ABTG IV raised just over $20,000 for KCRW on behalf of its Capital Campaign to open a new Media Center and public event space in Santa Monica.

ABTG began, as many things do, with a conversation in a bar. In the fall of 2011, bartender Zahra Bates and writer Daniel Djang were at Sunny Spot in Venice, discussing how so many bartenders in Los Angeles express themselves creatively through painting, photography, music, and other arts. But at the time there wasn't a proper showcase for bartenders to share their art. To fill this gap, Art Beyond the Glass was born.

By uniting the bar community, which gives back to the art community, Art Beyond the Glass helps to strengthen the community in which we live.

Zahra Bates - Co-Founder

Zahra Bates is currently the National Brand Ambassador for Courvoisier. She was previously a bartender at The Pikey in Hollywood, Senior Bartender at the historic Cole's Red Car Bar in Downtown L.A., and the Bar Manager at Providence, which earned two Michelin stars during her tenure. Zahra shares her knowledge and experience at seminars and events across the country, as well as through frequent guest bartender shifts and online videos.

Daniel Djang - Co-Founder

Daniel Djang is the founder and editor of the award-winning cocktail and spirits blog, Thirsty in LA. When he's not bending an elbow at a bar near you, Daniel is the Content Manager for discoverlosangeles.com, the official website of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board.