Appetizers
August 15, 2011
Midtown Cocktail Week kicks off

It's that time of year when downtown and midtown fills with the sounds of ice shaking in cocktail shakers like boozy maracas. Midtown Cocktail Week kicks off today and runs through Sunday, with a variety of tastings and classes for the cocktail inclined. Today's shenanigans kick off at 2 p.m. with a "punch bowl bunco party" class at Restaurant Thir13en (13th & H streets, Sacramento) and continue from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Shady Lady (14th and R streets, Sacramento) in a salute to women bartenders.

Other highlights include a cocktail competition Tuesday at Red Lotus (28th and J streets, Sacramento), "A Night in Cuba" on Wednesday at Zocalo (18th and Capitol, Sacramento) and a luau-themed closing bash on Sunday at Golden Bear (24th and K streets, Sacramento). Also check out Wednesday's "Wine Buzz" column for a fun circus-themed party coming on Friday to the Citizen Hotel (10th and J streets, Sacramento).

The organizers of Midtown Cocktail Week also encourage everyone to party responsibly, so keep a designated driver or cab number handy. Midtown Cocktail Week has partnered with RADD - The Entertainment Industry's Voice For Road Safety to promote these efforts.

For a full line-up of events: www.midtowncocktailweek.org

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