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The Weekend Guide

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DRINK
Julep Bar
What:
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).

SHOP
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
What:
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
What:
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.

MOSEY
Fort Point Holiday Stroll
What:
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

LOCATIONS
West Elm
160 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215
617-450-9500
J. Mode
17 Front St
Salem, MA 01970
978-744-7007
Julep Bar
200 High St
Boston, MA 02110
617-261-4200
1721 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
857-362-7494
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