APPETITE in Alexandria

APPETITE in Alexandria

5 Dates to Circle in February



5 Dates to Circle in February

By Hope Nelson

Gazette Packet

February may be short on days, but it’s packed with things to do. From brewery birthdays to Valentine’s (and Galentine’s) events to drag brunch, here are some of the month’s best bets.

Port City Brewing’s Twelfth Anniversary Celebration, Feb. 3

Has it been a dozen years already since Port City opened its doors? To celebrate, the brewery is bringing back its beloved Colossal Two, an imperial smoked porter. The Two first debuted to celebrate the brewery’s second anniversary – a decade later, its popularity hasn’t waned. Along with the Colossal Two release, Port City is celebrating with a weekend of music and food trucks beginning Friday night and proceeding through Saturday. 3950 Wheeler Ave.

The Lost Girls Drag Brunch at Lost Boy Cider, Feb. 5

Join the Lost Girls and Millie Meringue for a drag brunch at Lost Boy Cider and kick off the day with some festive flair. Enjoy the morning sans unlimited brunch for $15 (your ticket gets you one complimentary cider), or go for the gusto with a $25 unlimited brunch from Whiskey and Oyster, featuring scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, grits and more. 317 Hooffs Run Drive. 10 a.m.-noon.

Valentine’s Day Celebration With Wine and Chocolate Pairing at Mount Purrnon, Feb. 12

Before the Super Bowl kicks off later in the evening, why not take your beloved out for some chocolate, wine – and cat time? Mount Purrnon knows just how to get to the heart of the matter with its pairing event. Enjoy some specially curated treats and then cuddle with your new favorite felines. 109 S. Alfred St. Noon-6 p.m. $20 for wine and chocolate; $40 for wine, chocolate and an hour with the cats.

Taylor Swift Night at Hen Quarter, Feb. 13

Where are our Swifties at? Hen Quarter is kicking off a week celebrating love with its “Galentine’s”-inspired evening devoted to T-Swift herself. Sip on Taylor-themed cocktails like London Boy and The Archer, settle down to a three-course meal and then groove all night to all of Taylor Swift’s hits. 801 King St. 5-10 p.m. $45.

Beer-Themed Trivia Night at Del Ray Pizzeria, Feb. 26

Think you know a thing or two about frosty brews? Try your skill at Del Ray Pizzeria’s beer-themed trivia night and put your knowledge to the test. Order up some piping-hot pies – and maybe a beer or two, for homework, of course – and may the best team win. 2218 Mount Vernon Ave. 5-8 p.m. 

Hope Nelson is the author of “Classic Restaurants of Alexandria” and owns the Kitchen Recessionista blog, located at Email her any time at