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Halloween Happenings: Five places to celebrate the spooky holiday with themed cocktails

31 Oct

Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean you should drink any scary concoction that’s handed to you. Plenty of mixology-focused venues around the city are highlighting holiday libations and other tasty treats for tonight’s troublemakers.

The first three come from Richard Sandoval Restaurants. Don your costume and head to the bar at Zengo (622 Third Avenue, New York, NY) for a complimentary Witch’s Eye Cocktail, which comprises sparkling sake and Pisco, garnished with a frozen grape. Stop by the dining room for a game of Trick or Treat in which you choose a guaranteed treat or pick from a bag of tricks—take a chance with the latter and you could get a free Margarita voucher, a $100 or $200 gift card, or nada.

Two other Sandoval venues, Maya (1191 First Avenue, New York, NY) and Pampano (209 East 49th Street, New York, NY), are serving up a special Dia de los Muertos menu through November 1st. Both restaurants offer three creepy cocktails for the occasion: the Medianoche, mixing Riazul Añejo Tequila, sweet vermouth, lemon zest, hibiscus purée and hibiscus foam, garnished with a lemon twist; La Ofrenda, made with Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila, Patrón Citrónge liqueur, mandarin purée and a marigold; and the Margarita del Diablo, blending Riazul Reposado, blood orange purée and sour mix in a glass with a mole negro rim. If you’re hungry, order the Trio de Tamales ($10 each or $26 for a sampler plate) at Maya or opt for the five-course prix-fixe meal at Pampano ($50 a person).

In Soho, Lani Kai (525 Broome Street, New York, NY) is hosting a Hawaiian-themed soirée called “Mahaloween.” The party includes a costume contest and $8 Mai Tais and $6 Tequila drinks from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for those who dress up.

And lastly, Louis 649 (649 East 9th Street, New York, NY) in the East Village shows some skin with “Francine’s Pink Room,” a burlesque bash featuring jazz and mixology. Sets start at 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. with performances from Bettina May, Tansy Tan and Franny Fluffer. The event is free, but make sure to shoot an email to rsvp@louis649.com before sauntering over.

© Amber Drea and New York Drinkie, 2011. Photo courtesy of Richard Sandoval Restaurants. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of images and text without express and written permission is strictly prohibited. Excerpts may be used, provided that clear credit is given to Amber Drea and New York Drinkie with links directing to the original content.

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