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.
Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
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.
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations 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.
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.
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!
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