Death in the South Pacific, the perfect drink for National Rum Day.

Photo: Evan Martin

Before we begin talking drinking events, I should alert you to this promotional contest from Canon Seattle, Jamie Boudreau’s forthcoming Capitol Hill bar. August 16 through 19, Canon will be posting a daily trivia question on Facebook and Twitter. The first person to answer the question correctly gets to attend an exclusive preview event at the bar. Also they can bring a guest. See the bar’s FB page for details.

Okay, onward.

Tuesday, August 16 is National Rum Day. I stand by last year’s suggestions, and would like to add that Naga in Bellevue has a tiki menu. Though Evan Martin has left the building, you can still order up his award-winning Death in the South Pacific. I sampled one this weekend and it remains delicious. If all you tiki haters tried that cocktail, you might end up drinking your words.

On Wednesday, August 17, Woodinville restaurant Italianissimo is featuring white wines from Woodinville. The price is $20, for that you get six samples. Happy hour will go long, meaning a half price bar menu until 7:30pm.

Attention, good-cause drinkers: Thursday, August 18 is the Picnic and Barrel Auction at Chateau Ste. Michelle. Twenty-five wineries show up with wines still aging in the barrel—it’s like you get to travel forward in time and try the vinos of future vintages. Plus you can buy them. This event is put on by the Auction of Washington Wines to benefit Seattle Children’s and the Washington Wine Education Foundation. Tickets here.

Friday, August 19 BalMar in Ballard hosts a benefit for Planned Parenthood. Exchange a $10 donation for a wristband and be eligible for happy hour prices all night long—$4 wells, $3.5 draughts, and $2 PBRs. Good deal on a Friday.

Happy drinking.

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