This Saturday is a great time to get to know Lupulo, the acclaimed new casual Portuguese spot from Adalea chef George Mendes. The restaurant is partnering with The Vine in the Eventi Hotel Plaza for an outdoor celebration for St. Anthony’s Day, a Portuguese holiday honoring the patron saint of Lisbon. Lupulo will be serving street food favorites like grilled sardines, salt cod croquettes, pork cutlet sandwiches and grilled chorizo, alongside native brew Sagres and live music. Admission is free, food and drink a la carte and cash only; noon-4 p.m., 851 Sixth Ave.
Shakespeare's plays are always better with a drink in your hand, which is exactly the idea behind the ShakesBeer pub crawl, hosted by New York Shakespeare Exchange. They’ll be hitting up four pubs — Albion Bar, Rose Hill Tavern, Tavern on Third and Tonic East — beginning at 2:30 p.m. and performing scenes from the Bard’s works at each location. Since it's summer, the warm weather is heating up other things, mainly the passions of the heart, so expect scenes from “As You Like It,” “Romeo & Juliet” and other love-gone-wrong entries in his oeuvre. The $45 ticket will get you four drink vouchers redeemable for beer, wine and select cocktails.
There’s food outside NYC, which is especially true for barbecue. This weekend though, some of the best pitmasters from around the country are coming to you in Madison Square Park for the whole weekend. The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party will be free to attend this year — gone is the $125 ticket, and the food is now a la carte, with options from pulled pork by BlackJack Barbecue in Charleston, Tim Love’s lamb brisket from Dallas and Western Tennessee-style whole hog from Martin’s Bar-B-Que in Nashville. There’s also a $275 BigPiggin’ VIP Pass, in case you’d like to spend the whole day luxuriating in a lounge chair and being delivered food from the pitmasters, with free-flowing beer and wine.
The Bowery’s speakeasy pizzeria SRO is debuting three new pizzas and an a la carte menu to go with its $38 app-main-dessert-wine prix fixe deal. They’ve also revamped their tiny dining room into a larger space, and you can check it all out while watching the “Game of Thrones” finale on Sunday night from on a big projection screen. Party starts at 8 and goes until 11 p.m., and reservations are a must.
Beginning this Sunday through early September, Danny Meyer’s bar Porchlight is launching Summer Sundays 'til Sundown: From noon until sunset, have one of six High Line-themed cocktails (like the Julep Du Monde with chicory, each $12) with an all-you-can-eat Louisiana crawfish boil ($25) made using a family recipe by Louisiana-born executive chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois and includes andouille sausage, potatoes, mushrooms and corn on the cob. Five percent of Summer Sundays sales will be donated to the nonprofit Friends of the High Line, which maintains the park.
Cider is muscling into the world of craft brews, and you can see why at Pour the Core. The hard cider festival will have 75 ciders (which are usually gluten-free, for those who abstain) from 30 brewers, as well as seminars in cider-making, the history of apple cider and how to best enjoy the fruity elixir, from mass-brewed domestic favorites like Angry Orchard to imports from Spain. Grab a VIP ticket for an hour and a half of early tasting. $40-$75, Saturday, 2:30-6 p.m., Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., Brooklyn
One common gripe about cocktails is the price we’ve paid for creativity: increasingly long wait times. If you like a good drink that tastes even better when made fast, watch the fastest female bartenders in the country at work on the Webster Hall stage during Speed Rack’s national finals. Sixteen bartenders are left standing after an eight-city tour, and they’ll be competing in timed heats to make rounds of cocktails, which are rated on prep time and accuracy. (Sponsors will be providing the cocktails for attendees.) Proceeds go to breast cancer charities. Questlove will DJ the after-party immediately following the event. $25 advance, $30 door, includes entry to afterparty; 5-9 p.m., afterparty until midnight