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Celebrate National Margarita Day in Boston

Boston-area restaurants will be serving a variety of luscious concoctions to celebrate National Margarita Day on February 22nd so gear up, Bostonians and get your drinking cap on. For your binge drinking selection ease, Joonbug has compiled the ultimate roundup of venues to get your margarita fix in honor of this awesome holiday.

Besito Mexican

(75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA; and Mall at Chestnut Hill)

One of Besito's signature margaritas is taking this holiday by storm. Besito proudly boasts all natural ingredients to make up their luscious margaritas. Celebrate National Margarita Day with Besito's La Sandia Margarita, prepared with fresh watermelon, agave nectar, juice from half a lime, PATRON Premium Silver Tequila and a fresh piece of watermelon to garnish. An invigorating, fresh treat!

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Whisky Live Returns for its 11th Anniversary to Chelsea Piers

Produced by Whisky Magazine, the annnual renowned tasting event, Whisky Live, is one of New York's most exciting evening to whisky lovers! This event is an undeniably splendid chance to sample premium single malt scotches, bourbons, ryes and Irish whiskies on Manhattan's waterfront with stunning views of the Hudson river. Not only is it a platform to taste but also to mingle with representatives from very well known distillieries like Johnnie Walker, Glenmorangie, Ardberg, The Glenlivet, Beam and Heaven Hill. Whisky Live features award-winning whiskies from producers across America and internationally (Scotland, Ireland, Australia, etc.).

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Webster Hall Hosting 3rd Annual Beer and Whiskey Festival

Honoring Webster Hall's historic importance and inspired to bring back the feel of the prohibition era in 1920's New York City, the organizers are taking our otherwise hip party spot back to its dapper roots. Webster Hall is opening their doors to East Ville Des Folies, a beer and whiskey festival, for over 1500 guests. That's right, four floors of rare beers and whiskeys from all over the world lavishly laid out in Webster Hall's 40,000 sq-foot venue.

As a common hangout for some of our most famous mobsters and mafia crew, Webster Hall is will be temporarily stowing away their disco ball to make space for some more era-relevant entertainment. Featuring Aerialist, Flappers and Burlesque performances by Gin Minsky, Cassandra Rosebeetleand Rosie Cheek. And that's not all. The tasting festival will further complete the experience with performances by Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra, Miss Ida Blue, Queen Esther’s Trio and Gelber and Manning.

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Weekend Picks: Pinot Days New York at City Winery

This Sunday is the day that wine is made for, so let us rejoice and be glad in the celebration of Pinot Days' return to New York! From 1pm to 4pm at City Winery, approximately 1,000 particularly passionate pinot lovers will gather together with proud producers from California, Oregon, and New Zealand to revel in the glory of over 100 phenomenal wines being showcased this weekend. It is no mystery that pinot noirs are nothing to be trifled with, as any and all of the winemakers in attendance this Sunday will be happy to tell you, but that should in no way deter anyone and everyone from heading down to City Winery to partake in the discovery and celebration of wines worthy of critical acclaim and praise. If you aren't already a devoted fan of pinot noir, by the end of the day's festivities, you will be.

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Weekend Picks: Battle of the Cabernets at the Boston Harbor Hotel

Believe it or not, but America is the #1 country in the world when it comes to drinking wine, buying 322 million cases in 2014 alone.This Thursday, take a break from your hectic work week and celebrate our nation’s classiest preoccupation by going to the 26th Annual Boston Wine Festival's Battle of the Cabernets.

The night promises to showcase the best of what Nappa Valley has to offer, while also pairing the wines with a variety of dishes prepared by renowned chef Daniel Bruce. Each dish has been designed to further enhance the evening’s main attraction, so make sure to bring your appetite with you. A distinguished panel of cabernet experts will lead attendees in a blind tasting, and at the end of the night, you’ll get a chance to vote for your favorite. War may be a divisive subject in America, but the Battle of the Cabernets is a campaign everyone can raise a glass to.

What: Battle of the Cabernets at Boston Harbor Hotel

When: Thursday, January 15th, 7pm

Where: Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA

New Coffee Trends of 2015

Let’s face it, coffee is no longer just a source of caffeine to get us out of bed in the morning. Coffee beans have become the canvas for a whole new genre of exotic espresso based concoctions. Consumers over the past decade have become increasingly more fascinated with where their coffee actually comes from. In response, coffee roasters have taught us that the actual roasting process is one of the most fundamental aspects when crafting the perfect cup of joe. Many coffee aficionados, like the group of innovators at Stumptown Coffee roasters, want to be transparent with their consumers, showcasing how their coffee is made from the raw green coffee beans all the way into your cup. In recent years coffee and espresso drinks have risen to the level of gourmet foods and fine wines, as roasters figure out ways to bring out the unique flavor profiles of each type of bean, among the many different varieties of beans from around the world. 2015 is already bringing us new coffee trends and if you’re wondering what’s next, here are a few coffee shops already ahead of the game.

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Holiday Gifts for Friends Who Love Wine

Not sure what to get for that friend who has everything, especially as your budget tightens up leading to the holidays? Fear not, we have done the legwork for you. Pick up some of these great bottles of wine for an affordable, slam dunk gift giving season. We’ve also suggested some food pairings to go along with each because, you know, we’re awesome like that.

1.) HobNob’s 2013 Wicked

We’ve written about Wicked before, and we think it’s an excellent go-to for wine drinkers of all styles and taste (except those who drink exclusively whites, that could look like you aren’t paying attention). With notes of chocolate, coffee, and bright red fruits, Wicked pairs wonderfully with meats like pork, lamb or steak, though anything on the heartier side would work.

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A Spirit Lovers Holiday Gift Guide


We all know what everyone really wishes for this holiday season--a little liquid courage. While the holidays are mostly a time to embrace our loved ones and be grateful for what we do have, spiking everyone’s drinks at your family’s annual holiday party might make for an extremely entertaining evening. Instead of paying a visit to your local liquor store and browsing the shelves for hours contemplating the right bottle, take some suggestions from our holiday spirits gift guide! Not only will you be the hero this year, impressing everyone with your impeccable taste in liquor, you’ll be the one everyone envies with the perfect treat to share with your loved ones this season.

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Weekend Pick: Hoppy Holidays Beer Festival at Drink the District

This weekend, drink to December at DOCK5 at Union Market, where a wide range of breweries will be sampling over 50 beers, which can be sampled over the three-hour timeframe each entry ticket allows. Guests will also be treated to unlimited full pours of two beers of their choice, in addition to delicious eats from local food trucks.

Attendees can choose between one of three sessions (from 12:00pm-3:00pm; 4:30pm-4:30pm, or 9:00pm-12:00am). Whether you're more of a day-drinker, or prefer to imbibe at night, your options are open. Admission is $40, for all-access beer and bites (as mentioned above) and enjoyable live entertainment. Hoppy Holidays!


What: Hoppy Holidays Beer Festival at Drink the District

When:Saturday, December 6th, 12pm

Where: DOCK5 @ Union Market,1309 5th St. Northeast, Washington, DC

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Win New Friends by CraftingThese Bomb Holiday Cocktails

1.) Fall Classic

While this piece is aimed at helping you create the most glam holiday party possible, some of your guests might not be ready to dive head first into the December holidays, and that’s okay! For those of us still clinging to fall with tightened, cloyed grips, feel free to mix up a Fall Classic, inspired by the expert mixologists at Gramercy Tavern. Because nothing says fall like a giant martini glass full of boozy apples.

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