It’s almost the weekend, and if you’ve been stuck inside around a space heater all week, it’s time to get out — warm winter foods are in season, and plenty of dark drinks will brighten your day. Here are a few enticing activities to lure you out of the house.
K2 Lounge, Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, 6 p.m.
Friday nights transform this museum cafe into a Pan-Asian lounge with solid happy hour specials and a guest DJ, who goes on at 7 p.m. Drink up and then enjoy thematic tours and films: This Friday (and every second Friday of the month), museum guides join professional storytellers from Talkingstick Collective to discuss Himalayan art — a topic we imagine is exceptionally fascinating after a highball or two.
Mystery IPA Contest, Mugs Alehouse, 125 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, Saturday, noon
Think you have what it takes to dominate a blind tasting? Or perhaps you just really like IPAs? For $30 you can achieve both and choose which brewery will have their IPA featured at the bar for six months. Attendees will sample 12 American-style IPAs — in four-ounce pours — with unlimited access to each contestant. Once you vote, you’re able to grab a free take-home pint glass of the beer you selected — and continue filling up as much as you like until 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the bar’s event ticketing website.
Beer & Cassoulet, Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East Seventh Street, Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m.
The famous French stew known as cassoulet makes its return to this East Village underground beer temple, where $45 gets you a laundry list of beer pairings along with three cassoulet dishes. Beers range from farmhouse-style ales to a lager brewed with nougat, with nine beers to sample in total. On Sunday, the bar will host its annual cassoulet cook-off, where amateur and professional chefs will compete to be crowned champion. For $30, attendees can sample 10 different style of cassoulets and receive one free drink. Tickets for both weekend events can be purchased through the bar’s website.
Fried Chicken Feast, The Breslin, 16 West 29th Street, Sunday, 5:30 p.m.
It’s stuff-your-face-then-hibernate season, and no better place to do it this weekend than at the Breslin. This $50 feast includes duck-fat-fried chicken with habanero and gorgonzola sauces, biscuits, and slaw plus other sides and a strawberry rhubarb pie with buttermilk ice cream. Reservations are accepted for parties of five to 12 guests and can be made by emailing email@example.com.