Weekend Planner: Drinks GaloreBy Farah Fleurima
December 12, 2013 By Farah Fleurima | December 12, 2013
Wine Walk in Bishop Arts
Tonight, Bishop Arts shops will be keeping a cache of vino on hand just for you. It's that special first Thursday (date changed so you didn't have to sip and navigate last week's bad weather) where for $10 you can buy a wine glass and wander through boutiques in the Oak Cliff enclave from 6 to 9 PM to shop and score a refill. Don't go trying this at your local mall.
Dallas Winter Warmer
With a terrific list of craft beer labels represented from here and not here, Dallas Winter Warmer is the city’s first fest spotlighting the brews of the season. Expect stouts and porters, bocks and barleywines. Your $40 general admission fee gets you a snifter, 12 2-oz. samples and free water; $75 VIP admission gets you all that plus access to appetizers and limited-edition beers.
The details are scarce on this free event, but we know you have to show up at a designated location at a designated time with a designated map, dressed in full Santa (or Santa’s friend or significant other) garb and ready for a bar crawl. Hundreds of Santa wannabes have shown up at past events, even hopping on the DART train en masse to get from one location to the next. A novel way to make up for being cooped up inside last weekend.
Cocktails for a Cause
A little before 6 PM on Sunday, that whooshing sound you’ll hear will be almost all of your favorite bartenders in town landing at The Standard Pour for this cocktail-flavored fundraiser. Trigger’s Toys, which delivers holiday gifts to kids in hospitals, is throwing this event, in which more than 40 of the area’s top bartenders will work in teams of five at a pop-up bar-within-the-bar and shake up cocktails, then switch off to the next team of five. Drinks will sell for $10, with all of the proceeds going toward Trigger’s Toys. This is a collaboration among the nonprofit, TSP’s mixologist Brian McCullough and Whiskey Cake’s mixologist Sean Conner. Even if it weren’t for charity, it’d be a more-than-worthy event to swing by, because, really, you’re not likely to see this many drink slingers (like Emily Perkins from Victor Tangos, Lucky Campbell from Abacus and Omar Yeefoon, most recently from Bar Smyth) in one spot and mixing cocktails. No cover, no registration, no tickets, just show up at TSP between 6 PM and 2 AM.