The Weekend Guide

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Julep Bar
Come quitting time, settle into the midcentury lounge for fastidiously prepped cocktails (including the eponymous mint julep) served on vintage silver trays.
Why: Elevated bar bites such as Creole fried calamari, spicy tuna tartare tacos, and fries topped with foie gras gravy and cheese.
When: Opens Sat. Tues.-Fri., 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat., 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 200 High St., Financial District (617-261-4200).

Handmade Holiday Workshop
What: Source singular gifts from local designers (Round House Jewelry, Mlmxoxo) before trying your hand at origami ornament-making with Boston Handmade maestro Kerrie Beck.
Why: Put a gift under the tree for Rosie’s Place.
When: Tonight, 6-9 p.m.
Where: West Elm, 160 Brookline Ave., Fenway (617-450-9500).

Alex and Ani Holiday Trunk Show
Double-indulge in chocolate and champagne while perusing festive bangles, pendants, and cocktail rings.
Why: One-day-only store discounts let you pick up duds to go with your new accessories.
When: Fri., 6-8 p.m.
Where: J. Mode, 17 Front St., Salem (978-744-7007).

Bark Place Holiday Party
Groom Mr. Wrinklebutt for his holiday portrait with doggie shutterbug Jann Tenenbaum ($25). Free cocktails calm pet-parent nerves.
Why: A portion of proceeds helps pups at the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
When: Sat., noon-3 p.m.
Where: 1721 Washington St., South End (857-362-7494). Call for an appt.

Fort Point Holiday Stroll
Local galleries, restaurants, bars, and bakeries usher in the season with discounts, special cocktails, and freebies galore.
Why: Complimentary cookies at Flour, the WardMaps pop-up store at Grand Circle Gallery, and goodie bags from Salon Mario Russo.
When: Fri., 4-8 p.m.
Where: Find participating businesses online at fortpointstroll.blogspot.com.

Photo: Melissa Ostrow / Courtesy of Julep Bar

West Elm
160 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215
J. Mode
17 Front St
Salem, MA 01970
Julep Bar
200 High St
Boston, MA 02110
1721 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118