Five Best South Florida Food and Drink Events: Free Drinks, Brew Bus, and More

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Congratulations, you made it through yet another working week. You might as well give yourself a pat on the back to celebrate -- or better yet, a drink or three.

Whether you are looking to drink craft beer around town, like the idea of taking in some historical knowledge, or just want to get down on some free drinks at happy hour, there's something for you to do in South Florida this weekend.

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5. Sunday Comfort Cooking at the Grille

Eating out gets to be heavy on the wallet. As much as you may enjoy going out and ordering multi-course meals, it's not practical unless you have deep pockets -- if you do, by all means, go ahead. This Sunday, Grille 401 is launching a new dinner series of prix fixe home-style cooked family dinner called Sunday Comfort Cooking at the Grille. For $29 per adult, $11 per kid, the meal includes special entrée, a glass of house wine and choice of dessert. This week it's featuring a Certified Angus Beef Meatloaf topped with shiitake stroganoff served with parmesan potatoes. With choice of white chocolate bread pudding, flourless chocolate waffle, key lime pie, and seasonal fruit with cream.

4. 100+ Abandoned Dogs Fundraiser at Union

Who doesn't love animals and socializing on the weekend -- if you don't, you just suck at life. Here's your chance to support homeless and abused pets while hanging out with other like-minded animal-lovers. On Sunday from 3 to 8 p.m., Union Sushi is hosting a fundraiser for 100+ Abandoned Dogs. Sponsored by Tito's Vodka, the event will feature a guest appearance by former NFL player Sabatino Piscitelli and other soon-to-be announced celebrity guests. Raffles and silent auctions will also be included. There is no cost to attend. Visit facebook.com/events/229942133874034/.

3. A Taste of History

Chances are you're going to dine out over the weekend (we mean, you are currently reading a food blog), you might as well learn something in the process. From 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at Tarpon Bend, archaeologists from Florida Public Archaeology Network Southeast Region will be exploring that evolution of the past 10,000 years of food in South Florida, from Ice Age mammoths -- yes, it did get cold on this strip of land at one point in time - to grocery stores and burger stands. For $45 per person, guests will be treated to a specialty cocktail, appetizers, main course, and dessert all designed to fit the theme of the evening, paired with fascinating conversation. The Florida Public Archaeology Network aims to promote conservation, study, and public awareness of Florida's unique archaelogical heritage. Advance registration is required and space is limited; so, reserve a spot as soon as possible. Visit tasteofhistory.eventbrite.com

2. South Florida Brew Bus Coastal Cruise Tour

The folks of South Florida Brew Bus have organized a Drink Like a Local Tour from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. For $50 per person, the tour will take local craft beer enthusiasts to Funky Buddha Brewery, Saltwater Brewery, and Due South Brewing for a fun daytime drinking excuse. Tickets include one pint per brewery, a private tour of each facility, roundtrip transportation, pretzels and peanuts, and samples of Brew Bus Brewing's line of craft beers throughout the day. Each place of business will have food trucks onsite for anyone looking to purchase lunch. Check-in takes place at 12:15 p.m. at Funky Buddha Brewery. Visit southfl.brewbususa.com.

1. New Times Happy Hour at America's Backyard

The happiest hour of the week begins shortly after 5 p.m. on Friday evening. From 6 to 8 p.m., we're hosting a happy hour for our awesome readers (i.e. you) with Skyy Vodka and Corona, as well as light bites. The free end-of-week release is taking place at America's Backyard. Registration is required for entrance. To get a ticket, visit voiceplaces.com/broward-palm-beach/new-times-happy-hour-at-america-s-backyard.

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