Friday, August 22, 2014

Saturday's lineup of booze & beyond

A crowd-pleasing crop of drink events throughout the day.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 11:21 AM

click to enlarge Don't miss the drinking shindigs the region's got planned for Saturday. - THE MANDARIN HIDE VIA FACEBOOK
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  • Don't miss the drinking shindigs the region's got planned for Saturday.

On Saturday, a bundle of beverage-related festivities are happening, which is strange (in the sense that these are jam-packed into one day), but awesome.

From beer fests to a pub crawl for comic lovers, here's our top picks for libation happenings that'll get you through the day.

Start your weekend off right in Tampa with a pressure-brewed iced coffee from Commune + Co. The Ybor City-based company will host another one of its pop-up coffee shops at Frolic Exchange, a boutique with vintage and recycled clothing, beginning at 10 a.m. A raffle for a vintage Chemex brewing vessel will happen before the event is through, and each coffee purchase gets your name into the drawing. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 4634 Florida Ave., Tampa, 813-997-2100.

St. Petersburg's Mandarin Hide is celebrating the end of summer with boozy snow cones and $5 Reyka Vodka craft cocktails. Enjoy music by Archaic Interest, as well as grub from Ciccio Cali, raffles and prizes. 3-9 p.m. 231 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-231-4007.

You don't have to sacrifice Saturday morning cartoons for this comics-themed bar hop (phew!). Decked in your favorite comic book character's garb, check in at the Dunedin Historical Museum by 6 p.m. The pub crawl costs $25 in advance and $30 the day of, and comic enthusiasts will visit Skip's Bar & Grill, Flanagan's Irish Pub, Dunedin Brewery, Rosie's Tavern and Kelly's. Admission gets you a drink at each bar, after-hours access to the museum and entry into a costume contest to win an Emerald City Comics prize. 6 p.m.-midnight. 349 Main St., Dunedin, 727-736-1176.

The Florida Avenue Beer Company, Coppertail Brewing Co., JDub's Brewing Company, Three Palms Brewing and way more craft breweries will serve up their suds at the Dali Museum's 4th Annual Liquid Desires party. The evening celebrates the museum's Marvels of Illusion exhibit, and will also feature food offerings from six local restaurants. General admission is $50, while VIP is $85. 8-11 p.m. 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg, 800-442-3254

I'll be at CL's Beer Fest Saturday, but if you snagged tickets to Barley Mow Brewing Company's Showgirl Shandy release party and burlesque show, I'm envious.

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