Summer is officially here, if you weren't tipped off by your eyeballs melting. In many parts of the country, people find this to be a cause for celebration, but here in Florida, we simply follow a primal instinct to get as close to the nearest body of water as possible, just in case it dries up. The well-trained bartenders of Will's Pub and Lil Indies are no exception, and they prove it this weekend with two lakeside parties to kick off what will hopefully become a series of off-site events. On Saturday night, grab your best cocktail attire (for us, this means the pants without stains) and enjoy a 1950s-themed party at a beautiful midcentury mansion on the shores of Lake Holden. Swine & Sons Provisions caters the hors d'oeuvres while Johnny Dee & the Starlights play the best in pre-British Invasion rock & roll and the bartenders serve up special period-specific cocktails. If you lack unblemished garments, however, the tiki party the next afternoon at the same location might be more your speed. Day-drinking jams are provided by the Sh-Booms, the Wildtones and the Uke-A-Ladies, while Da Kine Poke Truck and Lil Indies serve up island-themed delights perfect for those of us who have enough flip-flops to designate a particular pair as the "fancy ones."
UPDATE: Due to some permitting issues, these events are no longer taking place at Lake Holden Gardens. The Saturday night Cocktail Party will take place at xx p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Lil Indies, 1036 N. Mills Ave. The Tiki Party takes place at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. The Saturday night Cocktail Party is now free and the Sunday Tiki Party has been reduced to $10.