Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Jonathan Gold is throwing a massive “new cocktail” party at Union Station for Zocalo Public Square, a non-profit that hosts prominent guest speakers at free events. Gold will honor Los Angeles’ “cocktail moment,” defined by bartenders bent on artisanal ingredients. Our fave is The Edison’s Marcos Tello who uses agave nectar and forgotten liqueurs to great effect. Eric Alperin of Varnish, who mixes ancients like grappa into egg whites and pisco sour, will be running the bar show while Gold demonstrates his theory that L.A.’s mixed drinks are the new wine, paired with food to compliment flavor. To lend a hand, Cedric Moses, Downtown’s nightlife king will join the party, and our cream of the crop restaurants will too. Palate Food + Wine, Providence, Comme Ca, Cut, Rivera, 213, and Mozza will all be giving samples of their fine food. What else would you expect with a $300 ticket ($250 each for couples)? Jonathan Gold’s Cocktail Party at Union Station, October 18th, 7:00 p.m., 800 North Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90012. Make reservations through the website.