It's that time of year, when the world falls in love and every song you hear seem to say: Just Keep Drinking. Here now, a round up of five great excuses to ring in the holidays, whether you want to give back to the community or act like a complete psychopath in Rudolph jammies. Enjoy.
Tales of the Toddy at HOB
Date: Friday, 12/19 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Details: Tales of the Toddy returns for the ninth year with a raucous celebration of all things holiday boozin'. Teams of New Orleans finest bartenders compete to make the season's tastiest drinks. Tickets available here ($40/person).
Latkes With a Twist at Bellocq
Date: December 11, 8 p.m.
Details: A latke bar from Domenica's Alon Shaya (including toppings like salsa verde, whipped goat cheese and poached yard egg) and cocktails from Cure Co. make this community-wide Hanukkah celebration/fundraiser for the Jewish Children's Regional Service a must-attend at just $25/person.
Ugly Sweater Party at Cafe Adelaide
Date: Today, December 9 at 5:30 p.m.
Details: Put on your finest ugly holiday sweater and head to the Swizzle Stick for grandma-style retro snacks and a trio of drinks at $25/person. RSVP at 595-3305.
Solstice Punch Party at The Branch at Oxalis
Date: December 21, 6 p.m.
Details: SoBou's Abigail Gullo and Andy Parkinson bring all things punch to The Branch for this glamorous affair (fancy attire suggested).
Running of the Santas at Barcadia
Date: December 13, 3 p.m.
Details: Oh, the horror. Thousands of Santas and their elven subordinates descend upon to Warehouse District and CBD for this gigantic pub crawl/block party ordeal with live music and booze specials that eventually ends up at the North Pole of evil, Generations Hall.
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