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Mar 11

Consider Saturday Street Closings Before Your Friday Night Revel

I was reminded that on Saturday morning and afternoon, there will be a lot of streets closed downtown for the very long, but highly entertaining, St Patrick’s Day Parade. Of course, I was reminded in case anyone wants to attend the Wine Fest Auction and Luncheon at the Hilton. But you all know what I’m thinking. If you plan on ending up in a hotel on Friday night after the Grand Tastings, consider the street closings when parking. Since the parade also tends to last several hours, you also need to consider the street closings if you’re heading downtown for the afternoon Grand Tasting.

St Patrick's Day Parade, Cincinnati

Starting at 8:00am  Saturday, these streets will be closed :

  • Eggleston between Broadway and East 3rd St
  • Reedy between Broadway and Court St
  • All of Butler, Culvert, and Sentinel Streets

Starting at 10:30 am, the following additional streets will close:

  • 5th St from Sentinel to Plum St
  • Plum St from 5th to 3rd St
  • West 3rd from Plum to Central

Last year we just embraced the parade wholeheartedly. I recommend a huge breakfast at Hathaway’s, then cut under the parade and through the parking garage to end up topside on Fountain Square. Then you can just relax and enjoy the fun and occasional oddity of the parade.

You can join us on the Square again this year, as we meet up with the Hoperatives, MommyBits, and several other bloggers. We’d love to see you!

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Feb 23

Tonic Cocktail Classes Are Here!

Now you, too, can be a craft bartender. Well, sort of. You can definitely learn the ins and outs while enjoying the ambience of my favorite bar.

They’re calling it the Tonic On Fourth Cocktails and Spirits Club, but basically it’s a set of classes. (You can sign up for each class individually.) It includes a hands‐on class curriculum, all taught by my favorite mixologist (ok, excluding Molly) Josh Durr. The first class, Bartending 101, looks to be similar to the excellent class I took from Josh back in December. The classes will prove to be both educational and fun, and will be geared for both the novice and advanced.

Why are they offering these? Basically they want everyone to enjoy a classic cocktail – whether at their bar or in your own home. The way I see it, the more people who understand a good cocktail, the more bartenders will have to start making an excellent Manhattan. 😉

Photo by Bob 5chw4rtz

The Tonic on Fourth Cocktails and Spirits Club will offer courses twice a month beginning February 25, 2010 from 5:30‐8:00pm. The first class of each month will be part of the Bartending Series, rotating series levels each month. The second class of the month will focus on more specific topics, drilling down into things like those homemade tinctures and bitters with which I’m so taken.

Photo by Bob 5chw4rtz

The upcoming classes, all of which run from 5:30 – 8:30 pm, include

  • Bartending 101, 102, & 103 (Master Class Series)
    • 101: Successful Home Bartending & Foundations of Bartending – 2/25 and 5/13, $35
    • 102: A Crash Course in the Foundations of the Professional Bartender – 3/10, $55
    • 103: How to Mix Drinks in the 21st Century – 4/8, $75
  • Distillation – Discover how your favorite spirits are made.
    • 3/31, $45
  • Bourbon : A History & Tasting of our Nations Authentic Spirit
    • 4/22, $45
  • Spring Cocktails: Market Fresh Libations
    • 5/27, $45

You can purchase your spot through TicketDerby.com under the heading “Tonic Cocktail School.”

Thanks to Bob for some of the photos!

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Feb 05

Featured Cincinnati Wine Events: Feb 5 – 12

Be still my beating heart!  The Weekly Wine Events are back! Really, all is takes is for me to be in town longer than a week at a time. And happily, I’m in town for quite a while this time! I’m terribly behind at this, and my calendar crashed and lost a lot of information this morning. So … please let me know what I’ve missed and I’ll add it to the calendar!

You’re probably thinking Super Bowl for this weekend, but take a moment to peruse the rest of the February calendar. There are all sorts of great events coming up. Of course, if you look ahead on the calendar, you’ll see things with a Valentine’s theme starting to pop up. In my Molecular Bartending post last week, Josh commented and said he’ll be offering cocktail classes at Tonic soon as well. I don’t know what the schedule is for that, but as soon as I know – well, you’ll find it on the calendar and I’ll make sure to share. Pucks & Pinot is also next week. It’s the Cincinnati Cyclones wine tasting event. I mention it because I’m in love with the name!

I want to take a minute to let you know about Give to Haiti weekend at The Wine Merchant (3972 Edwards Road
Oakley). All wine bar proceeds made during the week benefit Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund, so head over to their wine bar tonite through Sunday.

Remember, all the recurring events, those dependable weekly tastings, are displayed on our calendar. The one-time events are after the jump.

For information on what’s going on in Dayton, you can refer to Mark’s blog at Uncorked.

Local Wine Tasting Event Calendar

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Dec 31

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

So tonite is New Year’s Eve, ushering out the old year and decade and welcoming in the new. Tonite, we’re just having a low-key evening including dinner out with friends and maybe back to their place. At the moment, I’m just leaning towards Dick Clark / Ryan Seacrest and some tea at midnight. It’s been a crazy busy year, full of travel and change. I’m hoping if I usher in the new year calmly, then 2010 might reflect some of that calm.

What are you doing? There are a lot of options, and I’ll point you in the right direction to find lists of parties. Don’t forget, the new Mynt Martini is now open on Fountain Square. I expect the place to give Tonic a run for its money, although I’ll take vintage cocktails over creative martinis any day. Amazing location though! If anyone goes, I’d love for you to write me up a review!

On to festivities:

  • MetroMix has compiled a pretty good listing of the larger New Year’s Eve celebrations.
  • ZipScene is listing over 130 New Year’s events. You have no excuse for not finding something to do. Bootsy’s and Red are included on that list.
  • The Wise Owl Wine Bar in West Chester (sorry, no web site yet) has a fairly low-key New Year’s Eve event. You can RSVP online or call them at 513.889.2500.
  • CityBeat has everything listed, from parties, to hosting your own dinner party, to a worst-case scenario survival guide.

And in case you overindulge – hey, it happens! – you can count on a free taxi ride home. Mothers Against Drunk Driving is sponsoring free taxi rides home as long as you’re within the 275 loop. The number to call (write this down) is 513-768-FREE.

Image by Flickr User Waldo Jaquith
via Creative Commons

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