On any given night in the Central Ohio area there’s something to do with drinking. Whether it’s a tap takeover, growler fill hours, tasting event or a full festival, Columbus sure loves to make drinking an occasion. But if you’re looking for a bit of culture with your cocktail, look no further than these upcoming events.
Columbus Museum of Art | Thursday, Sept 27, 6-8pm | $75 per person
This party serves as the kick-off to an entire weekend devoted to mid-century design at the Columbus Museum of Art. Get exclusive first access to the market, and enjoy retro handmade cocktails, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and live music while shopping design items reminiscent of Mad Men, Eames and Herman Miller. If you choose to stick around for the rest of the weekend, Friday will feature a MOD party including a Herman Miller popup shop, Shop & Savor Brunch on Saturday, and food trucks on Sunday. There will be featured speakers each day, along with all day shopping of mid century classics. A three day Market pass is $10, and a ticket to the MOD party is $30 which includes two drink tickets.
COSI Center of Science & Industry | Tuesday, Oct 2, 6-8pm | $40 per person
COSI’s Young Professionals Board will be hosting Sippin’ on the Scioto, a fundraiser for the museum. Appetizers, wine, beer, and cocktails will be served, featuring Watershed Distillery and event partner Wine on High. While enjoying drinks on COSI’s Plaza Deck, guests will be treated to live music and will have the opportunity to win raffle items. This is an excellent, delicious way to support the local museum, which has been a part of the educational fabric of Central Ohio for almost half a century. COSI was voted the #1 science center in the country by Parents Magazine, an apt reward for an organization that continues to encourage and inspire children to explore the world.
Wexner Center for the Arts | Wednesday, Oct 24, 6-8pm | $15 for non members / $12 for members, seniors, students
Donnie Austin, owner of House Wine in Worthington, will lead a tasting of “celebrity wines” after guests enjoy a guided tour of the Wexner Center’s latest exhibition showcasing the work of renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. Leibovitz’ esteemed and massive body of work encompasses dozens of portraits of well known celebrities and cultural figures. The tour will be followed by a tasting of wines made by celebrity winemakers. ”Winemaking has long been an attractive pastime for many stars of stage and screen, and Donnie Austin will share with us some of the notable results,” said Amanda Potter, Educator for Public and University Programs at the Wex. “The Drink It In series has been a great success for us, and for me, it is just a fun program to work on. At first, people might not think that a painting and a craft beer could have much in common, but they are both the products of exceptional artisans who balance innovation and tradition. In designing the Drink It In program, sometimes the inspiration is essentially a pun, as with our “Bottled Blondes” beer tasting for our Marilyn Monroe film series kick-off,” Potter shared. Drink It In is a recurring event at the Wexner Center, which partners local alcohol purveyors with renowned art exhibitions for an evening of cultured and boozy fun.