What's more Scottish than a gathering of manly men in kilts, swashing beer 'round and devouring a stuffed sheep's stomach? Doing so while celebrating a great poet, that's what. The Scottish Bard, Robert Burns
, is celebrated every year on or about his birthday, which just happens to be today. The Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust Street; 314-241-2337 or www.schlafly.com
) does its absolute best to honor him with a reading of his "Address to a Haggis" before serving its best rendition of the dish, paired with delicious Schlafly Scotch Ale at 6 p.m. An hour of Scotch appetizers is served at 5 p.m., and lively danceable music from Duddy Breeks is at 7 p.m. The Scottish Arms (kilt-wearers year-round, mind you) also hosts Burns Night activities. Drinks of wassail and whisky are offered at 7 p.m. with bagpipe music, and Ally Nisbet's reads Burns' poem at 7:30, with rare whisky and cheese tasting to follow through 8:30 p.m. After the tasting, Old Burns and Scots songs galore are performed for your uninhibited dancing pleasure. The Scottish Arms is located at 8 South Sarah Street and can be contacted at 314-535-0551 or through their website at www.thescottisharms.com
. Admission to both events is free, but you'll need money for food and drinks.
Tue., Jan. 25, 2011