Hey, lush! Here are some drinking events at which you can get discounted, unlimited or free drinks over the next two weeks.
Girls vs. Boys opening tasting: Friday, March 8, Bear and Bird Boutique and Gallery debuts its gendered exhibit with samples from Boulder Beer Company and Stone Brewing Company, plus cupcakes. Opening reception goes on from 7-10 p.m. 4566 N. University Drive, Lauderhill; 954-748-0181 or Facebook.com.
ABC Fine Wine and Spirits craft-beer tasting: The liquor-store chain recently introduced a beer-experts program, so its Coral Springs location will break in new staffers with a tasting on March 14. For $10, attendees will receive a souvenir glass and taste more than 60 craft beers. 2693 N. University Drive, Coral Springs; 954-344-9911, ABCFWS.com.
Cigar City tap takeovers: The darling of Florida’s craft-beer scene will invade the Laser Wolf on March 12 and Tap 42 on March 14. The Tap 42 takeover is also the Craft Brewjas’ first meetup of the year. South Florida’s leading lady-advocates of women drinking craft beer will feature six Cigar City brews at their event. Pricing varies by location. The Laser Wolf, 901 Progresso Drive, Fort Lauderdale; 954-667-9373, LaserWolf.com. Tap 42, 1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-463-4900, Tap42.com.
Legal Sea Foods Patron tequila tutorial: For $28 plus tax and gratuity, guests can sample three kinds of Patron cocktails paired with seafood bites at the Boca Raton location Friday, March 8. The pairing will start at 5:30 p.m., and a Patron representative will talk through the brand’s different styles and answer questions. Cocktail choices include Patron Reposado, Patron XO Café liqueur and Pyrat XO Reserve, from the company’s rum branch. 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 561-447-2112, LegalSeaFoods.com.
Slainte Irish Pub and Kitchen anniversary: Get free beer and birthday cake with lunch purchase Friday, March 15, to celebrate six years and the recent renovations of Slainte. From 4 p.m. to close, Smithwick’s Guinness and Harp beers will cost $5, and there will be a bagpipe performance from 6-9 p.m. 1500 Gateway Blvd., Boynton Beach; 561-742-4190 or SlaintePubs.com.
Lake Worth Mug-a-Thon: To raise funds for the Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative Gallery’s new location, South Shores Tavern is offering unlimited beer refills Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9, starting at 7 p.m. The catch is you’ll have to buy one of the gallery’s custom-made mugs for $30, but that’s a tax-deductible amount. 502 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth; 561-547-7656, SouthShoresTavern.com.
Sweetwater’s the Bruery vs. Brewery Ommegang pairing: Boynton Beach’s premier spot for boutique-distilled spirits has recently pumped its craft-beer repertoire. On March 13, Sweetwater Bar and Grill will hold a pairing dinner pitting products from two of the best breweries around. It costs $55 plus tax and gratuity for three pairing rounds and one intro beer. Reservations are required. 1507 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach; 561-506-9277, Sweetwater33.com.
Sprung Beer Festival: From the makers of Grovetoberfest comes this spring-themed craft-beer festival. If its fall counterpart is any indication of Sprung’s quality, it should be one of the best beer festivals south of Jupiter. Tickets cost $39-$89 plus fees for the March 9 event. Peacock Park, 2820 MacFarlane Road, Coconut Grove; 305-461-2700, IGotSprung.com.
Through the Looking Glass cocktail reception: Street artist Trek6’s “Through the Looking Glass” exhibit opens 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Hand Crafted Miami. The spray painter was behind Wynwood’s iconic “boombox building,” an eye-catching, empty structure facing I-95. At the opening reception, guests can get free vodka cocktails from 7 to 9 p.m. 3484 N. Miami Ave., Miami; HandCraftedMiami.com.
Cocktails for a Cause at Tobacco Road: Drink from an open bar for $20 from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 21, thanks to the Young Professionals Network. The mixer benefits Communities in Schools of Miami, which works to keep kids in school. 626 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-374-1198, Tobacco-Road.com.Copyright © 2015, South Florida