Food & Drink

The Weekend Playbook: #BDOYL, tiki parties, and a whole lot of BBQ

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Chef Andy Husbands/Tremont 647

Event of the Week: Best Day Of Your Life at Charlie's Kitchen: As it is the Best Day of Your Life, hit the beer garden at Charlie's Kitchen on Friday at 1p and, if you tell Thrillist's Boston editor how funny you think his jokes are lately, he'll buy you things like beer. And burgers. Maybe even a lobster roll. Wait, what is this Best Day of Your Life thing you're talking about? See the full itinerary here

Thursday, June 20thDubbed a "veritable beer bacchanal… a suds soiree… a frenzy of fermentation… a zoo of zymurgy…", Bauer's three-hour Big Beer Tasting's going down at the The College Club of Boston on Comm Ave and will boast suds from brewers like Troeg's, Mayflower, and Jack's Abby. Don't find yourself on the outside

Four house-made sausages. Four craft beers. Chef Jay Silva's pulling out all the stops at Bambara's Big Boy Beer & Sausage dinner, where he'll pair the likes of his wild salmon & smoked shrimp sausage, spicy chorizo tacos, and bacon bratwurst with beers including Avery's White Rascal and Victory Brewing's Summer Love. You will most certainly need a reservation

Because there's always money in the banana daiquiri stand, Kendall's Belly Wine Bar went out and got one for the Summer, and they're debuting it tonight on the patio with an epic pig roast at 7p. Not an event to be missed -- grab your tickets ASAP

Friday, June 21stBilled as the "biggest ribfest on the East Coast", the Phantom Gourmet's BBQ Beach Party kicks off Friday night at City Hall Plaza and features top 'Qing teams from around the country, along with a beach bar, "tons of sand", and an official Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. You're going to want to see the food and score your ticket now

Saturday, June 22ndBreak out your finest grass skirt or Hawaiian shirt (if you do, you get a gratis app!) and make haste to the South End's Coda Bar & Kitchen, where they'll be hosting a Summer-starting tiki party complete with Caribbean-inspired rum cocktails, reggae beats, and a roasted suckling pig. Get in on the action

As you're still talking smack about the home run you cranked on Crane Beach four Summer's ago, show off your silky swing in Saturday's 3rd Annual WIFFLE Ball Challenge for charity, taking place at BU's Nickerson Field. Register a full team or sign up to join one

Sunday, June 23rdBack in May we told you about a Marathon-related campaign to raise cash to cover the food & drink tab at Precinct Bar for "Boston's finest, first responders, and heroes". Well, they ended up raking in $2K and are celebrating the "A Hero's Tab" campaign Sunday at 1p. They'll be partying until the money runs out and you should be there

Starting at 11a, The Lansdowne Pub is rocking live tunes all day in a huge, eight-band charity fundraiser called Sunday Fund-Day. There'll also be a silent auction and raffle. Scan the lineup, and then go

Fork & Tune "is a dining experience that uses groundbreaking albums as inspiration for an eight-course meal served around one communal table." So, there you go. There's one taking place Sunday night based on Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life and requires a ticket that's hidden behind this link

Monday, June 24thBlue Inc. has just rolled out an Industry Night lineup of specialty hot dogs from 10p-2a that includes choice franks like the Buffalo sauce-, caramelized onions-, and blue cheese-topped Dogzilla, and a beef chili & BBQ sauce number dubbed "I’ll Have My Weiner Doggy Style". Oh yea, they're also rocking $1 tacos Mon-Sat from 4-6p. Try all the dogs

Tuesday, June 25thSpend Tuesday night sitting under the stars drinking Mexican firewater at BOKX 109's five-course patio tequila dinner, complete w/ adobo-rubbed scallops, grilled cactus salad, and confit pork belly. And, as you'll probably need a ride home, Uber now goes to the Western 'burbs. Book your spot here

Former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez wants to serve you free ice cream. Which is exactly what he'll be doing around town on Tuesday out of a Good Humor truck as part of the company's "Share the Love" campaign. Stay tuned for details as to when/where he'll be parked, here

Want to beat the heat by learning how to make refreshing sake 'tails? Then hit Myers + Chang's at 530p where Noon Inthasuwan of Moksa will be leading this week's Summer cocktail class. Best to call ahead though

Wednesday, June 26thHop Chef Boston. Wednesday night at the Cyclorama, watch five area chefs (including Andy Husbands, Joshua Smith, etc.) compete to create the perfect "beer and food" pairing using ales from Brewery Ommegang. And then eat all the food and drink all the beer. But first, buy your ticket

Never afraid to venture into uncharted territory, Olde Magoun's has been boldly serving a lineup of tasty Spanish tapas -- from duck confit in port wine and sizzling garlic shrimp, to grilled lamb chops with apricot sauce and bacon-wrapped figs -- on Wednesday nights in June. Consider this your last chance to try 'em

New Openings…

  • The Handle Bar: Despite the fact that it sounds like they should be serving booze, they don't. Instead, this just-opened Southie cycling studio will help you pass out thanks to intense (and free!) 45min spin sessions this weekend on one of their 30 brand new bikes.

  • Now open in the former Khoury's State Spa on Broadway in Somerville, East End Grille's mixing specialty cocktails alongside upscale sustenance like beef carpaccio, beef sliders w/ chili bacon mayo, grilled swordfish, and a hazelnut meringue w/ raspberry coulis and caramelized white chocolate crumble.
  • With a name that not-so-subtly sticks it to the previous occupant, the employee-owned Just Crust is now serving pizza in the Harvard Square space that formerly housed Upper Crust. Spy the full menu here
  • Did we miss something? Why don't you tell us what YOU'RE going to do this weekend in the comments below, and then we'll comment back, and then we'll all have a fantastic and productive conversation!