South Florida Food and Drinks This Weekend: Santacon, Brewery Parties, and Bus Loops

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Bad Santa Bus Loop
Get in the Christmas spirit with a bad Santa bus loop. Venues include Tilted Kilt, America’s Backyard, The Crafti Bar, Tarpon Bend, Fork and Balls and more. Check in at the are Tilted Kilt or The Brass Tap (300 SE Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale).Admission is $30 prepay and $35 at the door. Proceeds benefit Riverwalk Trust, Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation, The Broward Co. Gator Club Scholarship Fund, Jack and Jill Children’s Center, and Covenant House Florida. This event is 6 to 11 p.m. Visit BusLoop.org.


Bangin' Banjo Brewing's Anything Gose Fest
Enjoy a plethora of Gose-style brews at Bangin' Banjo Brewing Company (3200 NW 23 Ave., # 500, Pompano Beach). Tapa pairings will accompany brews such as Cypress Creek Cream Ale, Moodoo Voodoo Milk Stout, Odin's Revenge Belgian Style Red Ale and others. This event is from noon to 7 p.m. Visit BanginBanjoBrewing.com.

Eighth Anniversay of Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar
Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar (224 Clematis St., West Palm Beach) will be celebrating its eighth birthday with a block party. Rocco Mangel will be giving free Patron shots at the bar, and there will be drink specials as well as live music. This event is from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Visit Roccostacos.com.

Saltwater Brewery’s Two Year Anniversary
Join Saltwater Brewery (1701 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach) as they turn two years old this weekend. From noon to 11 p.m., enjoy brews such as Confused in the Morning, Monk's Vacation, Pineapple Upsaidedown Cake, Coffee Screamin Reels IPA, Sea Katz and more. Live music and food trucks are the icing on this boozy cake. Visit SaltWaterBrewery.com.

Yoga and Wine Tasting
You know what goes with yoga? Wine. Head to the SloBody studio (209 NE Fifth Ter., Delray Beach) from 4 to 6 p.m. for some wine tasting and yoga. Admission is $35. Visit WillYogaForWine.com.

The opportunity to dress as Santa and bar hop is far and few between but Santacon Fort Lauderdale
(904 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) is here, which means it’s time to take out the red suit. This starts at 6 p.m. Visit SantaConFTL.com. Enjoy $3 drinks and two for one specials at bars like Mango’s, Bull Market, Tarpon Bend, Crafti Bar, O Lounge and more. Visit SantaConFTL.com.

Ugly Sweater 
Hope you have more than one ugly sweater. Brimstone Woodfire Grill (14575 SW Fifth St., Pembroke Pines) and Grille 401 (401 E. Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale) both will be celebrating with ugly sweater parties this weekend. Brimstone’s party is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. while Grille 401’s is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is a contest and $5 cocktails. Call 954-430-2333 for Brimstone and 954-767-0222 for Grille 401.

Santa at Hoffman’s Chocolates
Santa will be making an early pit stop at Hoffman’s Chocolates in Weston (1727 Main St., Weston), Boca Raton (5250 Town Center Circle, Suite 135 in Boca Raton) and Plantation (801 S. University Dr., Plantation). This is from 1 to 4 p.m. Visit Hoffmans.com.

Vegan Fest
The Tamarac Community Center (Paradise Ballroom 8601 W. Commercial Blvd.) will be having a holiday party this weekend, and a healthy one at that. There will be music, dancing, trivia and plenty of vegan food. This is from 5 to 8:45 p.m. Call 954-597-3620.

Bad Santa Brunch
Tap 42 (1411 South Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale) will be hosting brunch with Santa from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees will not only get to meet the big man, but take Jim Bean Maple themed shots with him as well as bottomless mimosas, Funky Buddha Floridian and Bloody Mary’s for $15 during brunch. Visit Tap42.com.

Sunday Day

It’s sangria day, and Farmer’s Table (1901 N Military Trl., Boca Raton) is celebrating. Enjoy the Seville Sangria with a choice of red or white wine, seasonal berries, vanilla and thyme among its flavors. Visit FarmersTableBoca.com.

Throughout December

Brimstone Woodfire Grill’s White Maple Martini
Brimstone Woodfire Grill (14575 SW Fifth St., Pembroke Pines) is showcasing its White Maple Martini until the end of December. The martini is created with sortilege maple Canadian whiskey, butterscotch brandy, and cream and adorned with cinnamon. It is available for $14. Visit brimstonewoodfiregrill.com.

Hoffman's Chocolate Winter Wonderland
Hoffman’s Chocolates is celebrating not only its 40th-anniversary but its 25th-annual Winter Wonderland at Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory, Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlour and Gardens (5190 Lake Worth Road). Until Wednesday, December 30, attendees can enjoy lights, holiday displays, entertainment, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and more. Visitors will also be able to win free Hoffman’s chocolate for a year by entering a drawing. Visit hoffmans.com

For more events, visit our online calendar or pick up the print edition of the New Times Broward-Palm Beach every Thursday. To submit an event, use our online form

Natalya Jones is a food and music writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in entertainment and fun things to do in South Florida, follow her on Twitter.

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