This week is for the dogs — literally. A new canine-friendly cantina opens with drink specials for humans. Then there are opportunities to sip Texas wines, some of Napa’s best reds, and craft brew from all over the world. Sushi lovers, take note: a sushi hot spot will start specials on throwback favorites starting this week, too.
Thursday, October 4
Mutts Canine Cantina Grand Opening at Clearfork
The “pawty” officially starts Thursday at Fort Worth’s newest dog park, which doubles as dog-friendly a restaurant and bar. The Dallas-based concept will offer “yappy hour” both Thursday and Friday from 3-10 pm, featuring $3 frozen cocktails and draft beers along with DJ music. Think frozen lemonade made with Deep Eddy lemon vodka and pomegranate liqueur, frozen peach old fashioned, and a pecan praline shake spiked with bourbon. Admission to the dog park comes with a small fee, but there are options for monthly and annual memberships, with specials running all weekend.
Sip n’ Swirl at Restaurant 506
Taste wines from the Texas Hill Country’s famous Fall Creek Vineyards at this first Thursday come-and-go happy hour. The new American restaurant is located inside the elegant Sanford House Inn & Spa in Arlington. Guests will receive a flight of four pours paired with passed hors d’oeuvres. The event will run from 5-7 pm and is $20 per person. Reservations are not required.
Reds and Rubs at Cadillac Wines
The “reds” refer to top-notch red wines (think Silver Oak, Two Hands, and Duckhorn) and the “rubs” refer to dishes made with seasonings by local Grease Monkey Rubs. Highlights from the five-course menu — to be prepared by Reata chef Pete Hollingsworth at the car dealership wine bar — include shrimp gazpacho, duck prosciutto-wrapped scallops with jalapeño bacon cream corn, and smoked beef tenderloin with bacon-cheese grits. Reservations are $65 per person and dinner begins at 6 pm.
Saturday, October 6
Flying Saucer’s 13th Annual BeerFeast
For the first time, the annual craft brew festival will take place in Sundance Square. Patrons can sample 12 beers (two-ounce pours) from a lengthy lineup from all over the world for a general admission price of $35 (or $45 at the gate). Pay $68 and receive early admission at 12 pm (general admission gets in at 1 pm), a tasting glass, T-shirt, access to VIP-only beers, and complimentary bites from the Saucer’s sister restaurant, Bird Café. Additional tasting cards will be available for purchase. The event will run until 5 pm.
Monday, October 8
Throwback Menu at Blue Sushi Sake Grill
The West 7th Street restaurant has only been open eight years, so the term “throwback” is a bit of a stretch. But the temporary special menu featuring past fan favorites is worth a visit for dishes like coconut crab soup ($6), the Maui roll with shrimp tempura, toasted coconut, and pineapple sauce ($9), and ahi tuna tacos ($13). The menu will be available October 8-28.