Upcoming Events: Mix It Up Tonight and Help Clean Out Rudz's Cellar

Been waiting for the perfect Friday night to check out the new LaB 5555 series at the Houston Museum of Natural Science? Grab your soft-soled museum shoes, because tonight is that night.

Tonight, four of Houston's best bartenders will be shaking things up as they compete to make the best Tanqueray Gin-based cocktail. The first 150 guests will be the judges as the following bartenders stir and strain their stuff:

Cocktails will be sampled between 8 and 9 p.m. tonight, with the winner announced shortly after. And because you'll need some bites between your booze, food trucks H-Town StrEATS, The Rice Box, Good Dog Hot Dogs and SweetRide will be outside to keep you full. After the winner of tonight's mixology competition is announced, stick around to hear DJ Dave Wrangler spin tunes and enjoy live video projection art by local artist CHNNLZ.

Admission to tonight's event is $20, which includes cocktail samples at the competition for the first 150 guests (and a "geeky gift" from the HMNS for the first 200). You can purchase tickets online at the HMNS Web site.

What do chefs enjoy doing after a hard day's work? Having a drink, just like many of us. And now, some of the city's brightest culinary talents are inviting you to join them for a cocktail or two at Double Trouble every Monday in September. Helmed by master mixologist Chris Frankel, the "Drink with the Chefs" series will host a different chef (or two) every week along with a special cocktail menu for the evening. Best of all? It's free save for the cost of any drinks you order.

The all-star lineup of chefs will feature:

Frankel and his guest chef-bartenders will start shaking drinks each Monday at 9 p.m. and finish at 2 a.m., when Double Trouble closes. Swing by to chat at the bar with the chefs, enjoy their concoctions and watch them adapt to working outside the kitchen for a change.

"John and I always get asked, 'What happens to the beers we have after the tasting dinner?'" writes chef Joe Apa on Rudyard's website. "Well, if it's keg beer, it makes its way into the rotation downstairs; if it's bottled, we store it....until now. The cellar is overfull...we need more room. So we're counting on you to sign up and come sample over 30 different beers and enjoy an evening of food and fun."

The Clean Out the Cellar beer dinner - the latest in Rudyard's popular series of beer dinners - will feature all of these beers, including hard-to-find gems and old favorites like Biere de Boucanier, Lindemans Kriek, Tripel Karmalite, Poperings Hommel, S'Peters Porter and brews from Clown Shoes, Ska, Laughing Dog, Boulevard, Stone and dozens more. The dinner will take place on August 30 starting at 7 p.m. The cost is only $40, which gets you five-courses of Apa's grub with beer pairings. Seating is limited; call 713-521-0521 for reservations.

Perry's 79-cent "Flashback Friday" Pork Chop Friday lunch promotion will be offered again this fall at all Perry's locations. The insanely popular Perry's Pork Chop Friday lunch, served with whipped potatoes and homemade applesauce, is traditionally $11.95 each Friday. However, on this special Friday - which will be announced only via social media - the first 100 people at each location will receive vouchers for this lunch favorite for just 79 cents (in honor of Perry's opening as butcher shop in 1979).

The 79-cent promotion has proven so popular, in fact, that it will be an ongoing signature event for Perry's. Fans of the chop should to follow Perry's on Twitter (@PerrysDining) and on Facebook for to keep abreast of the upcoming Flashback Friday and all future 79-cent deals.

Sunday, August 26 is the 12th anniversary of Flying Saucer's downtown location. In honor of the milestone, the beer bar will be tapping a dozen rare beers throughout the day for serious beer knurds: Six will be tapped and noon and six more at 6 p.m. that evening, so you'll have no excuse not to come out and join the party.

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