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Tonight, in the build up to Artini 2012, the boozy Mar. 31 fundraiser benefiting the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Cleveland Park’s Ardeo + Bardeo hosts a happy hour to preview the frothy contribution of its own in-house mixologist, Sam Haltiwanger. Like all bottle-slinging participants in the annual event, Haltiwanger has whipped up a type of cocktail inspired by the Corcoran’s artwork. I have no idea exactly what Haltiwanger has planned. But, if it has anything to do with the current Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro exhibit, I’m expecting something involving a splash of Coca-Cola with a Lego garnish. Twenty percent of bar proceeds go to the Corcoran’s ArtReach program.

Meanwhile, in Adams Morgan, Smoke & Barrel hosts a “Beer Meat Whiskey” dinner with the guys from 3 Stars Brewing, Oliver Breweries, and Copper Fox Distillery, but don’t bother trying to snag that last-minute reservation. It’s all sold out. Across town, Oyamel hosts a four-course mezcal-themed dinner as part of its two-week Tequila and Mezcal Festival. Price is $90 per person. All in all, an overwhelmingly liquored-up night on the town.

Coming up: more meatball specials on Friday to pass along. In addition to deals at Carmine’s and Casa NonnaSonoma on Capitol Hill is also celebrating National Meatball Day with $8 lamb balls, $13 meatball pizzas and other stuff.

For more info and other options, click on any link in the Y&H food events calendar above.

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