Local Living: 5 Things to do This Week in Nashville

Bartending 101 Whiskey and Aged Spirits

1. Bartending 101: Whiskey and Aged Spirits

Bartending 101 Whiskey and Aged Spirits


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WHAT: Calling all mixologist hopefuls and bartenders-to-be! In Bartending 101, you will learn all about Whiskey and Aged Spirits like cognac and special rums! You’ll learn about the history of these spirits, classic cocktails and their presentations, the reasons why some cocktails are shaken or stirred, and proper techniques. In this class, you will have the opportunity to make two cocktails for yourself, with guidance by City Winery Nashville’s Bar Manager Emily Schroeder. This class includes tastes of three spirits, two cocktails made by you, and a light cheese plate. Class Level: All Levels. Age Requirements: 21+

Purchase tickets here.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 25, 6:30pm

WHERE: City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville

2. Ross Mathews: Name Drop Tour

Ross Mathews Name Drop Tour


WHAT: Television personality Ross Mathews likes telling stories. And with his Hollywood experience – from interning behind the scenes at ​The Tonight Show with Jay Leno​ to judging ​RuPaul’s Drag Race​ – he has a lot to talk about. In ​Name Drop,​ Ross dishes about moments where he goes from soaring to crashing, like that time he was invited by Barbara Walters to host ​The View​ – only to arrive on set and discover she had no idea who he was; his Christmas with the Kardashians, which should be its own national holiday; and his talk with Omarosa on ​Celebrity Big Brother​, which, as it turns out, was ​just​ the tip of the iceberg.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 25, 8pm

WHERE: 3rd and Lindsley, 818 3rd Avenue South, Nashville

3. Nashville Tango Marathon

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WHAT: Check out Coco’s first edition of the Nashville Tango Marathon, Feb 28th-Mar 2nd! Beat the winter chill with warm embraces in the heart of the City of Music. They will have three full days of dancing with music curated by DJs from around the country!

Friday 1pm – 6pm Jae Grisham
Friday 9pm – 2am Melina Mistral
Saturday 1pm – 6pm Robin Thomas
Saturday 10pm – 3am Jun Yi
Sunday 1pm – 6pm Avik Basu
Sunday 9pm – 2am Khoi Dang-Vu

Learn more here.

WHEN: Friday, February 28 – Monday, March 2

WHERE: Coco’s Italian Market & Kitchen, 411 51st Avenue North, Nashville

4. Nashville Wine Auction’s Wined Up

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WHAT: Wined Up! is a fun, accessible, wine-tasting party. It brings together 26 West Coast vintners for Nashville’s best wine-tasting party and will feature specialty small plates prepared by guest chefs as well as a silent auction with lots of fine wines and luxury items. The event is the second night of “Pairings: Nashville’s Ultimate Wine and Food Weekend,” which includes a series of wine events for explorers and enthusiasts. The special “Collectors’ Showcase” floor will feature an additional 6-8 rare and collectible wines. Additional fees apply.

For more information and to make a reservation: nashvillewineauction.com/pairings/wined-up-2/.  

WHEN: Friday, February 28, 6pm

WHERE: City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville

5. Poet’s Corner: Featuring Doug Hoekstra

Poet's Corner Featuring Doug Hoekstra


WHAT: Join fellow poetry enthusiasts for a reading by featured local poet, Doug Hoekstra. Doug Hoekstra is a Chicago-bred, Nashville-based writer, educated at DePaul (B.A.) and Belmont (M.Ed.) respectively. His short stories, essays, and poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals. His first book, Bothering the Coffee Drinkers earned an Independent Publisher Award Bronze Medal (IPPY) for Best Short Fiction; his third book and first collection of poetry, Unopened came out in early 2019. As a musician/songwriter, Hoekstra has also released seven CDs of original material on labels in the U.S. and Europe, touring both the US and Europe extensively, and earning Nashville Music Award and Independent Music Award nominations. “Unopened is a reminder of how good a writer Doug Hoekstra is. As heartbreaking as it is often hilarious, it chronicles life, as Hoekstra’s songs also have done, with matter-of-fact honesty and realism.”(Pennyblack Music UK) Poet’s Corner is free and open to the public and takes place in the Fondren building, 2nd floor.

WHEN: Thursday, February 27, 6pm

WHERE: Scarritt Bennett Center, 1008 19th Avenue South, Nashville