Austin’s drinking events calendar, May 2016

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a margarita at parties around Austin.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a margarita at parties around Austin.

Barks for Beers, ongoing from Sunday, May 1 through Tuesday, May 31. The fundraiser for Divine Canines returns for a third year. Just purchase the Barks for Beers pint glass at one of the participating breweries and you’ll get a free pour at each of them in return. $20.

Bringing Alsace to Austin at Easy Tiger, 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Party Alsatian-style with food and wine served by the glass from this fabled region of France.

Hotel Van Zandt’s On Deck, 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Live DJ music, tiki-themed cocktails and beautiful views of the city while you relax on the pool deck at Hotel Van Zandt.

Alcomar’s Uno de Mayo One-Year Anniversary Party, 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Drink specials include $1 oyster shooters, mimosas and cervezas, as well as a peek at the new bar menu.

Flight Night with Pappy Van Winkle at Easy Tiger, 5 p.m. Monday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 3. Just 30 flights of this very special whiskey are available for each of the two days. $50.

Mt. Beautiful Wine Dinner at Jenna’s Asian Kitchen, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. The restaurant is throwing a four-course dinner featuring New Zealand wine to benefit Texas ProStart. $60.

Ay, chihuhua! Cinco de Mayo at Yard Bar, 11 a.m. Thursday, May 5. Food and drinks specials, plus dogs in sombreros. Need we say more?

Cinco de Mayo at Z’Tejas, 11 a.m. Thursday, May 5. $5 Dulce Vida margaritas, $3 Corona beers and a Habanero Inferno Taco Challenge that will get you $5 off the meal — if you can finish it.

Cinco de Mayo Party at Pelons Tex-Mex Restaurant, 2 p.m. Thursday, May 5. 10 different tequila producers will have tastings throughout the day, plus mariachis from 2 to 5 p.m. and a DJ after that.

Cinco de Mayo at Whisler’s, 4 p.m. Thursday, May 5. Celebrate with El Silencio Mezcal and Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, as well as live music from Luis Banuelos.

First Thursday: Cinco de Mayo at South Congress Hotel, 5 p.m. Thursday, May 5. $6 margaritas, music from El Tule, an extended happy hour and festive treats from an ice cream truck.

Tacos & Tequila at the Belmont, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5. Enjoy tequila samples, margaritas and live music from Grupo Fantasma at this party hosted by Mix 94.7, Majic 95.5 and others. $30.

Liberty Kitchen’s 1st Anniversary Party, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7. Live music, local beers, a crawfish boil and Derby Day cocktails make this celebration hard to miss. Call for reservations: 512-840-1333.

Rogness Brewing’s 4th Anniversary Party, 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 7. Twelve beers on tap and two food trucks to celebrate the milestone; $12 tickets get you up to 10 pours in a Rogness glass you can keep.

Derby Day at the Four Seasons, 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7. Get dressed up for this party with a Build-Your-Own-Mint-Julep bar, fun giveaways and costume contests and food specials.

Photo by Chisum Pierce. Don your elegant hat and join Drink.Well to watch the Kentucky Derby, mint julep in hand.

Photo by Chisum Pierce. Don your elegant hat and join Drink.Well to watch the Kentucky Derby, mint julep in hand.

Drink.Well’s 5th Annual Derby Day Celebration, 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7. In addition to a menu of mint juleps, the North Loop bar will have bourbon punches, Kentucky hot browns and other southern specialties.

Opal Divine’s American Whiskey Festival, 6 p.m. Saturday, May 7. A live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby will play while you can try bourbons and ryes from Kentucky and beyond. $43.19.

The Craft Series at the Driskill One-Year Anniversary Celebration, 6 p.m. Monday, May 9. A four-course feast paired with Live Oak Brewing beers to commemorate a year of this culinary series at the 1886 Café & Bakery. $40.

Austin Eastciders Pineapple Cider Launch Party, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10. Get a first taste of this new cider at Easy Tiger, where there will be cider flights, food specials and goody bags.

Official Drink of Austin, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 12. Try the boozy creations of local bar teams as they duke it out to make the winning cocktail. The event benefits the Austin Food & Wine Alliance. $55-$65.

Book & Beer at in.gredients, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 13. The Austin Public Library’s brilliant mix of literature with libations returns with discounted beer specials and an unveiling of in.gredients’ Little Free Library.

Craftsman 1-Year Anniversary Party, 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14. $1 prosecco on tap, Goose Island samples and giveaways, and live music to celebrate one year of this east side bar.

Spec’s Fest, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14. Live music, food samplings, fun door prizes, expert advice on pairings and store-wide specials will be offered during this free event at the 4970 W. Hwy. 290 location.

Off-Centered Film Fest, 12 to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14. The film and beer festival from the Alamo Drafthouse and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has returned with a boat party and film screening.

“United Tastes of Texas” signing at Treaty Oak Distilling, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14. Cookbook author Jessica Dupuy will be on hand with copies of her book and cocktails from Treaty Oak.

Untapped Festival Austin, 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14. More than 300 beers from more than 75 breweries are ready for sampling at this beer fest that will also have great live music. $37-$135.

Brewery District Bike Tour, 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 15. Start at Adelbert’s and bike your way to 4th Tap Brewing Co-op and Circle Brewing for an afternoon of both beer and exercise.

Whip In’s 5th Annual Pink Mahal Party, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Welcome rosé season with rosés from all over the world, paired with an appetizer bar. $25 gets you three glasses of wine, as well as access to the bites.

Barrel-Aged Beer Party at Craft Pride, 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21. More than a dozen Texas-made barrel-aged brews will be tapped for this wrap-up to American Craft Beer Week.

Texas Keeper Cider’s Grafter Rosé Picnic, 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21. The second batch of this popular cider-wine blend debuts at the cidery with a picnic lunch and live music. $15 tickets include a special souvenir glass and the picnic.

Barton Springs Full Moon Swim with Uncle Billy’s, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Beer specials and plenty of spicy barbecue await after your chilly swim through Austin’s favorite watering hole.

“Bridesmaids” Pub Run & Screening, 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 24. Don your ugliest bridesmaid’s dress and meet at the Paramount Theatre for this pub run and screening of the Kristen Wiig comedy.

National Wine Day at St. Genevieve, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25. Whether you prefer red, white, rosé, or sparkling, you’ll be able to enjoy $2 off all wine by the glass in celebration of this important holiday.

Real Ale Mysterium Verum Beer Dinner, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26. There isn’t much information about this pairing dinner — or many tickets left — but the words “Mysterium Verum” are all you need to know.

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