Drink In Some Vista History

Plus: Arts and Draughts Returns

By Tug Baker
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

If you like a little learning with your libations, Historic Columbia has just the thing for you as it brings back its Happy Hour History Tours every Friday this May. The tours will guide you through the Vista area as you learn all sorts of neat stuff about the buildings, architecture and history of the West Gervais Street Historic District. (That’s the official name for the Vista. See? You’re learning already!) Along the way, you’ll make stops for cocktails and appetizers to wash down all that knowledge. The tours meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Publix parking lot and run until 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for Historic Columbia members and $25 for non-members. The price includes your food and drink tickets. You can reserve a spot by calling 252-1770, ext. 23, emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or online at historiccolumbia.org.

Arts and Draughts Returns

Everyone’s favorite downtown event, Arts and Draughts, is back at the Columbia Museum of Art this Friday at 7 p.m. As usual, there will be music, art tours, food, games and everyone you know. This time around, the featured brewery is Goose Island so there will be tastings of 312 Urban Pale Ale as well 312 Urban Wheat Ale and Honker’s Ale on tap. But most excitingly, the guaranteed-to-please Goose Island vintage beers Matilda, Sofie and The Illinois will also be on tap. Tickets are $5 for CMA members and $8 for non-members, or you can join/renew your membership that night and get in for free.

Have a Margarita

Monday is Cinco De Mayo, so you can expect margarita and Dos Equis specials at every bar and longer-than-usual waits at Mexican restaurants. But if you’re looking for something a little different this year, check out Jake’s in Five Points, which will be hosting a Cinco De Mayo celebration that is also a fundraiser for the Columbia US Bartender’s Guild chapter and Pawmetto Lifeline. Some of Columbia’s best bartenders will be on hand to participate in a Margarita-Off. They’ll be shaking up their best margaritas for you to taste. There will also be margarita specials at the bar and a gourmet taco bar for $5. And since its part of Jake’s Yappy Hour, dogs are welcome too. Admission is a $5 donation that goes to Pawmetto Lifeline and to help pay the USBG dues for the best of the margarita shake-off participants. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m.

Girls Pint Out Meets

Finally, a little heads up about the Girls Pint Out meeting next Wednesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. Lady beer lovers will meet at the Budweiser distribution center and learn about how beer gets from brewery to bar. There will also be a craft beer tasting, door prizes, and a blind taste test.

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