GIB’S SHAKES UP THE COCKTAIL SCENE

GIB'S SHAKES UP THE COCKTAIL SCENE
By Rachel Werner

REVAMPING THE LOCAL happy hour scene with a bit of flare—and a whole lot of class—the bar’s smooth infusions are easy to swallow. The sister bar to Grampa’s Pizzeria next door enhances the Willy Street foodie scene. Sipping seasonal-inspired cocktails such as the Pimm’s Cup, a potent blend of rhubarb liqueur, ginger beer and cucumber tonic est naturel in front of the whitewashed bar surrounded by mod French decor. The Queen Anne style and Victorian-era home was completely overhauled by proprietors Gilbert Altschul and Marissa Johnson. Originally envisioning the lounge as a “waiting” area for their patrons at Grampa’s on busy evenings, the renovations soon morphed into plush drapes, soothing gray panels and an exquisite attention to detail that is carried through to the intimate bar on the second level.

Open each evening at 6 p.m., the upstairs bar features an upgrade of the ground floor mixology. Grab a corner nook with your entourage and settle in for a Tea Party—a flirty fusion of white tea, gin, Slivovitz and champagne. Or if flying seule for the evening, opt for the Unanimous Decision, a classy melange of fresh strawberries, cognac and Szechuan sauce rimmed with frozen mint pre-crushed with liquid nitrogen. Intrigued? Stop in after work to nibble on the curry-flavored Spicy Vadouvan Popcorn, get your drink on and donate to a good cause: Half the proceeds from each day’s Community Cocktail sales are donated to a local charity selected by patrons’ votes tallied at month’s end. A socially responsible concept worthy of another round? Don’t mind if we do. Madison. gibs.bar 


Savor Summer’s Bounty | BRAVA’s Fave August Foodie Events

15 | 6 P.M.

FEAST FROM THE FIELDS DINNER

Enjoy live music and a custom menu created by Bunky’s Cafe featuring vegetables and fruits grown at the Farley Center—a local farm incubator and retreat center committed to promoting peace, justice and sustainability. $75, reservation required. Farley Center, 2299 Spring Rose Road, Verona.

17 | 4 P.M.

FARM TO BAR HAPPY HOUR 

Gib’s Bar and Fairshare CSA Coalition team up to raise money for the nonprofit coalition with a monthly Monday happy hour. This event features two seasonal cocktails with ingredients sourced from local CSA farms. Gib’s, 380 Williamson St., Madison.

23 | 3 P.M.

YUM YUM FEST

Hosted by the Madison Area Chefs Network, the second annual event is an eclectic blend of unique creations prepared by the top 24 restaurants in Dane County, all accompanied by musical performances. $10. Kids under 12 free. Central Park, 202 S. Ingersoll St., Madison.

27 | 7:30 P.M.

CLIPS BEER AND FILM TOUR

Local food cart vendors Curd Girl and Slide serve their tasty morsels alongside frosty cups of New Belgium beer while guests enjoy a montage of fan-submitted film shorts. Proceeds from this year’s event benefit the Wisconsin Bike Fed. Olin Park, 1156 Olin-Turville Court, Madison.

30 | 5:30 P.M.

SURLY TASTING DINNER

A hoppin’ launch party for Surly Brewing Co.’s beer distribution in Wisconsin boasting a six-course tasting menu filled with contemporary dishes inspired by and using Surly beer. Oliver’s Public House, 2540 University Ave., Madison.

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