Everyone’s favorite evening is back this week as Arts and Draughts once again takes over the Columbia Museum of Art this Friday night. As usual, there will be bands, games, scavenger hunts and food. (P.S. Did you know that Wurst Wagen does schnitzel now, and that it’s awesome? True story.) You’ll also get a chance to check out the brand new exhibition Japan and the Jazz Age. And, of course, there will be a beer and wine cash bar by The Whig, and a tasting of Lonerider’s Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen. In a shameless bit of self-promotion/full disclosure: Yours truly will also be on hand giving a Unique Perspective Tour where I try to eat and drink my way through the museum’s permanent collection. Tickets are $5 for museum members, $8 for non-members, and free if you join the night of the event.
Note to Dudes
Valentine’s Day approaches, but don’t go out and buy your lady any chocolates just yet. No, you need to wait until she goes to the Girls Pint Out meeting Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Keg Cowboy where they’ll be learning to pair beer with chocolate. In honor of Valentine’s Day (and just general good-to-know-ness), the all-female craft beer club will be sampling chocolates from Charleston’s Sweeteeth and, of course, some great craft beers to go with them. So listen to what your lady likes when she comes back from the meeting, and surprise her with a six-pack along with those chocolates. Give Keg Cowboy a call at 520-0404 or check out the Girls Pint Out Facebook page for more info.
Learn About IPAs
If you’re looking to pack even more beer knowledge into your week, Total Wine is having an IPA Fantasy class and tasting on Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. If you’re a hophead trying to get your fix or a newcomer looking to learn what all the fuss is about, then you’ll want to check this out. You’ll learn about (and taste) the difference between English, Belgian, American and Imperial IPAs. Cost is $15 per person. Visit totalwine.com and search for the Columbia location for more information.
On Cars, Education and Drinkin’
If you’re interested in engineering and/or cars and like a good drink and great discussion, you should check out EngenuitySC’s Science Café Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Speakeasy. The guest speaker is Dr. Paul Venhovens of Clemson, a leader in the field of automotive systems integration, as he talks about “Rethinking Automotive Engineering Education.” As always, science goes better with a good stiff drink.
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
Going someplace cool this weekend?
Let The Backpacker help you go lightweight, comfortable and in style! Patagonia, Prana, Merrell, The North Face and more! Click for location, hours and more info.
Make Your Own Beer and Wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop: 736 St. Andrews Road.
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
A Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Carnival
From 5-11 PM on December 31st on Main Street, enjoy rides, games, karaoke, food, drinks and more! More information here.
Great Gifts for the Whole Family
Don’t miss Half Moon Outfitters’ holiday sale! Up to 30% off Prana, Patagonia, The North Face, and other great brands. Location and hours here.
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