What to Do This Weekend: Mexican Independence Day, Sake Tasting, Sweet Tea City BBQ


It’s Friday, and the start of the weekend is in sight. So ditch the suit and tie or pencil skirt, and head out to one of these events.

Life of Roebling, Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl Street, Friday, 7 p.m.

Before Oktoberfest hits, you might brush up on a little German-American history. Discuss the life of John August Robeling–who brought you the Brooklyn Bridge–over dinner and drinks. Kristian Roebling, the great-great-great grandson of John Roebling, will lead the talk; it all takes place in the oldest standing structure in New York City, which dates back to the colonial era. Tickets are $95.

Mexican Independence Day Weekend, Casa Mezcal, 86 Orchard Street, Friday through Sunday, 9:30 p.m.

Forget Cinco De Mayo, Mexican Independence Day Weekend is the proper way to celebrate our southern neighbor–and since the holiday falls on a Monday this year, a few places are opting for three days of celebration instead of one. One of those is Casa Mezcal, where beginning at 9:30 p.m. tonight, you’ll find drink specials like $5 beers and $7 margaritas and live music. The specials will run all weekend and also include a Sunday brunch beginning at 12 p.m. The restaurant and bar is co-owned by Mexican painter Guillermo Olguín and features original artwork from around the world; order the chapulqueso, which nets you grasshoppers in molten cheese.

Sweet Tea City’s 3rd Annual BBQ, Boat Basin Cafe, 79th Street at Riverside Drive, Saturday, 2 p.m.

Frat boys everywhere unite for one of the biggest tailgate parties of the college football season. Tickets are $80 and include all-you-can-eat BBQ items like pulled pork and sausages, and sweet tea vodka will be poured out of all sorts of drinking apparatuses. Did we mention beer pong and cornhole tournaments all day long? Claim your spot at what might be the only tailgate party in the country that doesn’t require a parking pass.

Sake Tasting, Amura, 1567 Second Avenue, Saturday, 10 p.m.

The knowledge dropped at this event will help you the next time you find yourself in front of the sushi counter pondering sake or wandering through the wine store longing for something a little different. For $60, participants receive five Kagatobi sakes from Fukumitsuya Brewery to pair with Amura’s selection of sushi, sashimi, and appetizers. Make reservations for the tasting by calling the restaurant directly.