Come on. Admit you are a fan of wild cocktails. Of course The Haberdasher consistently does them better than anyone, so when the downtown bar amps up its game you had better pay attention.

Get ready for “Tiki in December,” The Haberdasher’s second annual Tiki Week, which begins Monday, Dec. 5, and rolls into its third annual Tiki Party on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 9 p.m.

The week will be filled with concoctions old and new from our area’s most capable bartenders, with an exciting 10-drink Tiki cocktail menu. They’re going all out and keeping with the traditions of visionaries such as “Trader Vic” Bergeron and Donn Beach, serving elaborately garnished drinks in a variety of tropical-themed mugs and glasses.

That’s not all. Under the direction of Chef Zane Phillips, the kitchen crew will be slinging a special menu of modern and original dishes inspired by the pan-Asian, South Pacific and Caribbean cuisine of traditional Tiki restaurants.

For the Saturday party, porkmaster Big Joe Duke will be roasting a whole suckling pig, so you know the soiree is going to be serious.

That’s what I like: plan a Saturday party but start on Monday. This event is usually in August, but a late June opening of the new location pushed it back. Time to fetch the grass skirts and flowered shirts down from the attic. You were going to be up there fishing out Christmas lights anyway!

Grand Mariner joins Marines toy drive
Saturday, Dec. 3, is the date for this year’s Toys for Tots drive at the Grand Mariner restaurant, 5-10 p.m. at 6036 Rock Point Road on beautiful Dog River. This is in conjunction with the P.L. Wilson Detachment of the Marine Corps League.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a toy, make a donation or, at the very least, enjoy some of the Mariner’s fine seafood. The restaurant is generously donating 10 percent of its profits to Toys for Tots.

Reservations can be made from 5-7:30 p.m. followed by open seating. With a $10 cash donation you will receive a Grand Mariner gift certificate. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, and two booze baskets will be raffled off for the adults. The kids will delight that Santa Claus will be on hand.

For more information contact Dianna at 251-377-9818 or Tiffany at 251-209-4716.

Haint Blue is a go
The folks at Haint Blue Brewing Co. announced via social media that they are moving forward with their plans to open Mobile’s latest (and currently only) brewing company. Their crowd-funding campaign ends on Dec. 9, so those who wish to make a last minute investment in this piece of history should visit wefunder.com/haintbluebrew, which has reached over $200,000 at the time of this writing.

The new brewery is to be located in the 7,000-square-foot section of the Crystal Ice House that backs up to the Church Street Cemetery. The company’s hope is to be ready by Mardi Gras. Fingers crossed for a menu!

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