Dining and Drink

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, May the Fourth and more

Star Wars, Cinco de Mayo and chicken wing madness

Tuesday, May 2
Three Japanese cuisine courses and Japanese craft beer—what could be better? Get a taste for both at Umami Ramen & Dumpling Bar’s Beer Belly Dinner. Try a beer-braised pork belly bun, French onion-style beer broth ramen and biru wagashi, a selection of house-made Japanese confections. 5:30-10 p.m., facebook.com 

Wednesday, May 3
“I have the right to life, liberty and chicken wings,” says Mindy Kaling. If this is your life motto, then The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.’s Beer and Wing Ding is the event for you. Sample beers from Madison brewery favorites with an endless, all-you-can-eat chicken wing buffet. Hardcore chicken wing lovers, get ready for the ultimate wing-eating smackdown with a head-to-head hot wing-eating contest between all participating brewers. $25, 5-7 p.m., facebook.com

Thursday, May 4
May the Fourth be with you at a Star Wars Party at Yahara Bay Distillery. As a way to honor the fallen Princess Lea actor, Carrie Fisher, there will be Star Wars movies and themed cocktails. Sip on some fun drinks while geeking out—costumes are fully encouraged. 5-10 p.m., facebook.com

Friday, May 5
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Eldorado Grill! It’s time to get all the margs your heart desires with Arette Margarita specials all night. Enjoy a late night happy hour with appetizer specials later in the night in the bar and patio. They are even open an hour later to accommodate for the fun-filled night. 4-11 p.m., eldoradogrillmadison.com

Saturday, May 6
Join both The Wine and Hop Shop and Hop Haus for the Big Brew Day. Hop Haus is providing hot brewing water and yeast for the Rushmore IPA recipe, so get ready to brew. New brewers and old brewers are welcome to bring some homebrew, ingredients and all homebrewing equipment. 9 a.m.-12 p.m., eventbrite.com

There are few things in life better than coffee, pastries, dogs and cats, so at Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin, they bring you Coffee & Canines. Meet adoptable dogs and cats while munching on baked goods from Batch Bakehouse and coffee from EVP Coffee. Can’t make this one? The event usually occurs the first Saturday of every month. 9 a.m.-12 p.m., underdogpetrescue.org 

Watch the Kentucky Derby in style at Blue Moon Bar & Grill. Find your fanciest wide-brimmed hat with the most frills possible and prepare to sip on some beer barrel bourbon mint juleps. Even beer drinkers will be thrilled with kegs from Bells, Lagunitas, Founders, Central Waters and more. What’s better than some Kentucky bourbon during the Kentucky Derby? 11 a.m.-12 a.m. facebook.com


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