Congratulations. You got the kids back to school -- if you have some, of course -- and you made it through another week of work. You deserve to celebrate, with a drink.
As is always the case when you live in fun-loving place such as South Florida, there are plenty of options for entertainment -- and a bevvy or two. Whether you're looking to chill out with some barbecue, drink some craft beer, or go crazy with a party, we have a culinary event for you in Broward and Palm Beach counties this weekend.
5. Craft Beer Tastings
In case you hadn't noticed, tastings are in right now. Whether it's small plates at restaurants, beer and wine flights in bars, or even New Times Pairings September 26, it's all about sampling. This weekend, Crown Wine and Spirits is holding a couple of craft beer tastings of its own. $10 gets you a complimentary pint glass and access to over 40 brews, snacks, and more. The two hour tastings take place at 7 p.m. on Friday in Fort Lauderdale and Saturday in Delray Beach.
Crown Wine and Spirits is located at 1030 Northeast 15th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-358-9463. And 911 SE 6th Ave. in Delray Beach. Call 561-278-2100, or visit crownwineandspirits.com.
4. Grill Party Barbecue
Sundays are the perfect day for lazing around and eating straight off the barbecue. The only problem: cooking requires work. Starting this week and lasting through mid-October, Max's Grille is doing the work for you, holding a weekly barbecue for $24.95 per person. Starting at 5 p.m., guests can choose two meats, such as ½ rack of baby back pork ribs, slow roasted brisket or a quarter of a chicken -- either white or dark meat -- two sides, and a dessert.
Max's Grille is located at 404 Plaza Real in Boca Raton. Call 561-368-0080, or visit maxsgrille.com.
3. Beer Dinner with Funky Buddha Hop Gun
Funky Buddha has been making its way around the Broward beer scene. On Friday at 5:30 p.m., it's heading over to Whole Foods Market Coral Springs for a penny beer night and pub dinner event. The brewery's Hop Gun IPA will be offered to guests for a penny and three dinner specials will be featured for $10.99 a plate. Warren Hill will be playing music onsite.
Whole Foods Market is located at 810 University Drive in Coral Springs. Call 954-753-8000, or visit wholefoodsmarket.com.
2. F@#%ING Catalina Wine Mixer!
Birthday parties are supposed to be messy. If it's inspired by Will Ferrell, you know it's going to be a disaster. To celebrate its 14th birthday, Tarpon Bend is holding a Catalina wine mixer to encourage bad decision-making on Saturday at 7 p.m. Jared Michael Hobgood from Irish Kevin's in Key West will be playing party-inducing live music.
Tarpon Bend is located at 200 SW Second St. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-523-3233, or visit tarponbend.com.
1. Sultry Spanish Nights
Spain and France might have completely different cultures, but they share a border -- and a penchant for enjoying great food and drinks. As part of its 'Tour du Monde' series of events, Pistache French Bistro is hosting an evening of Spanish-style celebration on Saturday. The event will feature Spanish food and drinks, Flamenco dancers, and guitar players. Dinner is available beginning at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment starting at 8 p.m. A stamp in your 'Tour du Monde' passport gets you free drinks at the next event and a chance to win a trip to France.
Pistache French Bistro is located at 101 N. Clematis St. in West Palm Beach. Call 561-833-5090, or visit pistachewpb.com.
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