If being outdoorsy means you like drinking on patios, this week’s events are for you. There are two opportunities to dine and imbibe alfresco on two of downtown’s hottest patios. For those who like to bar hop, a pub crawl on Magnolia Avenue will keep participants on the move. But first, an elegant wine tasting kicks things off in Arlington, while a pop-up Sunday brunch at a local distillery closes out the weekend with comfort food and craft cocktails.
Thursday, September 6
Sip n’ Swirl at Restaurant506
Located inside the elegant Sanford House Inn & Spa in Arlington, the new American restaurant is popular for special occasions, Sunday brunch, and first Thursday wine socials. Guests will meet in the Van Gogh Lounge for a flight of four pours paired with passed hors d’oeuvres. The come-and-go event will run from 5-7 p. and is $20 per person. Reservations are not required.
Friday, September 7
Patio Clam Bake at Grace
This event will sell out quickly so make reservations now. Menu items range from clam chowder to salmon rillette, but the star of the seventh annual party on the patio is chef Blaine Staniford’s New England-style clam bake, which features a heaping helping of three kinds of clams, diver scallops, Maine lobster, jumbo prawns, mussels, King crab, and calamari. All courses are paired with wines, which are included in the $145 per person price (plus tax and gratuity). A champagne reception starts at 6:30 pm and dinner follows at 7 pm.
Saturday, September 8
Sunset Supper Club at Perch
There are two opportunities this weekend to perch atop downtown’s newest rooftop restaurant. Located on the 12th floor Sky Lobby level of the Frost Tower, Perch will offer a pre-fixe, four-course dinner for $60 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Wine, beer, and cocktails are not included. Seating times are 6 pm and 8 pm. Or make plans to visit Sunday for Perch’s new monthly “second Sunday brunch” from 10 am-3 pm. Reservations are required for both dining events.
Reading While Intoxicated Magnolia Pub Crawl
Start at Off the Record to pick up a $10 wristband that’s good for themed drink specials at participating West Magnolia Avenue bars. The Boiled Owl Tavern will serve banana Karenina shots based on the classic novel Anna Karenina, while Main at South Side will serve White Angel martinis inspired by the book Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Other participating bars include Fairmount Music Hall and The Lazy Moose, with more to come.
Sunday, September 9
Moonshine & Dine: a Brunch Pop-Up with Chef Jen Williams at Acre Distilling
Arrive any time from 12-2 pm for craft cocktails made with Acre Distilling spirits and brunch bites by Jen Williams of JayCee Hospitality. Menu planning is still in the works, but Williams promises Italian bomboloni doughnuts “that eat like pillows” covered in a glaze made from Acre’s “liquid pancake liqueur.” Drinks and food may be purchased a la carte, but reservations are recommended as space is limited.