Like a box of fine china or a man covered in ants, cocktails just beg to be shaken. Stir up the nightlife with today's Groupon: for $50, you get one ticket to the Pittsburgh Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival (a $100 value) at the East Club Lounge at Heinz Field on Friday, November 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The mixologists at the Pittsburgh Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival pour inventive and classic samples of premium spirits from around the world during a relaxing evening of glass clinking. One ticket ushers guests into the plush East Club Lounge, bedecked in a Mad Men theme and saturated with sampling stations, live music, and the din of repeated toasts to the inventor of krumping. In addition to sips of whiskey, scotch, vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and cordials, servers balance samples of appetizers that can be stored in mouths to keep delighted squeals to a minimum during the silent auction, the proceeds of which benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Western Pennsylvania Chapter. Though this year's lineup is still pending, last year's festival housed an extensive list of vendors.
Pittsburgh Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival
Each year, hundreds of spirit connoisseurs gather around the ample sampling tables of the Pittsburgh Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival. Seasoned tasters and curious beginners alike sip not only whiskies and scotches from the likes of Balvenie, Laphroaig, and Knob Creek, but also sample gin, vodka, tequila, and other spirits crafted by distilleries from throughout the globe. Attendees can make a beeline for their favorite firewater or take an opportunity to try a pour of pricier brands reserved only for movie stars who need it to support their barley-based DNA structure as gourmet appetizers and live music add to the cocktail-party atmosphere. Meanwhile, guests can browse and bid on a silent auction that benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s western-Pennsylvania chapter.