Punch Drunk Love

A few highlights of Arizona Cocktail Week: -"Whiskey School: Bourbon," 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, February 19, $25 admission. Crazy learning, tastings and nibbles, and the chance to win dining credit if you ace the quiz. -Monday's Old Town Bols Genever Punch Crawl, celebrating gin's powerful precursor. -Tuesday's Last Slinger Standing "Ultimate Shake Off." Competitors won't know what they're mixing until they invent it, Iron Bartender-style. Imbibe n' Dine, multi-course pairings of luscious cuisine with premium boozes at select restaurants.

Hotel Valley Ho touts package deals and professional discounts (prices vary) for events on Monday and Tuesday: tastings, seminars, chic parties, a fashion show . . . fun for both you and your bartender. Additional action through Saturday, February 25, goes down at beaucoup boîtes (mostly between Interstate 17 and the 101's infamous eastern stretch). Indulge responsibly.

Feb. 19-25, 3 p.m., 2012
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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
Contact: Julie Peterson