Experience new drinks and flavors with these 5 drink-focused events

Try some of Nomad World Bar's new nightly events
Experience new drinks and flavors with these 5 drink-focused events
Start your week with Madison Magazine's Top Shelf Winter Taste.

March 20-26
If you were a frequenter at Cardinal Bar on Wilson Street and were saddened to hear about its closing, wipe away those tears because Nomad World Bar is officially here. Instead of changing the whole bar, Nomad kept some of the traditions while integrating some new twists. One highlight includes “Spicy Saturdays,” which features former Cardinal Bar staple, DJ Chamo and latin-themed dance lessons which will change on a weekly basis. While it’s official grand opening was March 16, weekly events and specials continue throughout the week.

March 20
Join Madison Magazine at the Top Shelf Winter Taste. Enjoy samples of top shelf whiskeys, ryes, bourbons, tequilas and more while eating savory and sweet treats. 100.5 ESPN radio also will broadcast live from the party. $25, 6-9 p.m., madisonmagazineexperience.com

March 21
Break the “old boys club” whiskey reputation at Coopers Tavern for “Women in Whiskey.” Start off the night at a free seminar and tasting event with Robin Nance and Tish Harcus, two top experts. Afterwards join for a four-course meal and paired whiskey beverages, featuring braised short rib and a dark chocolate torte. $60, 3-9 p.m., thecooperstavern.com

March 22
Celebrate the beginning of spring at Vintage Brewing Co. for its “Spring Beer Dinner.” Before eating dinner, enjoy a cocktail hour with a choice of mixed drink, beer or wine and light hor d’œuvrres. Immediately afterwards, experience a four-course meal paired with Vintage Brewing Co. brews. $55, 6 p.m., vintagebrewingcompany.com

March 26
For one special evening get the chance to try Heritage Tavern bartender’s homemade “pears in bottles.” Two years ago, he decided to grow pears in empty bottles as they aged in Death’s Door Distillery’s gin. Sample cocktails with the gin along with a “pear”ing menu. Only 40 seats are available, so get tickets sooner rather than later to try these unique cocktails. $95, 5:30-10 p.m., facebook.com