It’s Thanksgiving week, and while we have you covered for the big day with both dine-in options and best spots for take-out, save room for even more tasty events this weekend. Gather family visiting for the weekend and head out to a cupcake and beer pairing, a dog-friendly pub crawl, and a pho-licious pop-up. Cocktail connoisseurs can also celebrate the season in “miraculous” fashion at a local bar now through New Year’s Eve.
Friday, November 23
Cupcake Pop-Up at HopFusion Ale Works
Black Friday shopping mayhem calls for cupcakes and beer, preferably at the same time. Kitty Bunny Bakery is here to help. The Allen-based bakers will visit HopFusion to share their seasonal goodies, including cupcake flavors like bananas foster, Mexican hot chocolate, pancakes and bacon, and gingerbread. Cupcakes will be available for purchase at the brewery from 5-9 pm.
Miracle in Cowtown at Proper on Magnolia
A New York City-based pop-up bar will make its second appearance at Proper on Magnolia come Black Friday. The concept began five years ago when a New York City bar owner halted construction of his anticipated new East Village space to transform it into a winter wonderland of holiday cheer. Crowds swarmed, and now the "Miracle" concept pops up at bars around the world. Cocktails include the Snowball Old Fashioned, made with butterscotch rye, spiced simple syrup and orange zest; and newcomers like the Christmas Carol Barrel, made with aged rum; and the frothy, tequila-based And a Partridge in a Pear Tree. Cocktails are served in ornate custom glassware, from mugs and coupes to highballs and rocks glasses. The glassware is available for purchase, and 10 percent of select glassware sales will benefit Action Against Hunger. Miracle in Cowtown will run through December 31.
Saturday, November 24
Saturday After Thanksgiving Party at Martin House Brewing Company
There’ll be nine special beers on tap for one day only at this popular annual after-Thanksgiving shindig. Taste them while you can from 2-5 pm with $10 admission, which includes four 8-ounce pours and a Thanksgiving pint glass. (Four more pours can be purchased for $10.) The brews include Wassail Crush, made with blood orange and cloves; American Pie, with apple cinnamon; Luby’s Lemon Icebox, made with lemon sour and graham crackers; and a caramel pecan praline stout.
Sunday, November 25
Canines can get in on Sunday fun day festivities with this dog-friendly “pup-crawl.” Stops for brews and dog treats include Pouring Glory, HopFusion Ale Works, and the Collective Brewing Project. The $25 per-person price includes a pour at each stop and a custom stainless steel pint glass. The crawl starts at 11 am.
Pho Pop-Up at Avoca Coffee
Chilly weather calls for pho, the Vietnamese noodle soup made with hot beef broth and brisket, meatballs, basil leaves, and bean sprouts. Pop-up queen Hao Tran of Lost in the Sauce will share her take on the traditional dish, including a vegetarian option. Find her at the Magnolia Avenue coffee shop from 12 pm until she runs out.