In case you missed out on your chance to taste some of Conquest Brewing’s 17.5 percent ABV anniversary brew, The Finisher, during its celebration a few weeks ago, you have another chance this Thursday at Flying Saucer as it hosts a Conquest Beer Dinner in collaboration with next door neighbor The Mamas and The Tapas. From 7 to 9 p.m., guests will sit down to four courses of food and seven Conquest beers. The Finisher is appropriately the final beer of the night, and Conquest founder and brewmaster Joseph Ackerman will be on hand to talk about the beers as well. Personally, I think the main course pairing of Sacred Heart IPA and Warrior Heart IPA with pork bulgogi and spiced beef on fried rice sounds pretty perfect. The Conquest beer dinner is $40 per person, or $35 if you’re a Flying Saucer UFO member. To reserve your spot, swing by Flying Saucer or call 933-9997.
Mardi Gras? Party Gras!
Is it time for Mardi Gras already? As 2014 continues to fly by, we should all take a moment to slow down and enjoy the festivities this Saturday at the Mardi Gras Festival at City Roots. The festivities start off at noon as the parade takes off from City Roots, led by 2014 King and Queen Kevn Kinney and Cindi Boiter, and makes its way down Rosewood. If you haven’t found a Krewe to roll with yet, there are still plenty out there looking for people who want to dress up crazy and have a good time. The parade ends up back at City Roots at 1:30 p.m., where the rest of the celebration will continue with bands, food and, of course, drink! The parade is free if you’re hanging out along the parade route, and admission to City Roots for the festival itself is $10, a portion of which goes to benefit the Animal Mission.
In the spirit of Fat Tuesday, why not also enjoy all-you-can-eat chili and all-you-can-drink wine and beer at the 16th annual Palladium Society Chili Cook-Off this Saturday? From 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ellison Building on the State Fairgrounds, you can try out some truly creative attempts at the best chili. And nothing washes all that chili down like all-you-can-drink beer and wine. Tickets are $15 for Palladium members, $25 for Historic Columbia members and $30 for non-members. All tickets are $30 at the door, so make sure you get advance tickets at historiccolumbia.org. Kids 12 and under get in free, so you can bring the kids, too.
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
Trustus Theatre Presents Evil Dead, The Musical
This musical version of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films promises to serve up more humor than horror. You can read more and purchase your tickets here.
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