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Ready the Topo Chico, aspirin, menudo, breakfast tacos or whatever go-to hangover cure is in your arsenal—the San Antonio Cocktail Conference is here. You can read all about new changes, updates and get a full schedule online. If you somehow missed out on tickets, area bars and restaurants are lining up casual events for the cocktail-loving set that didn't get their shit together in time.

Blue Box Bar (312 Pearl Pkwy) will host the fourth edition of DEUCES!, a synchronized bartending competition that pairs Texas bartenders into duos using Aviation Gin, Rhum Clemen, Rhum JM, Encanto Pisco, Auchentoshan Single Malt Whiskey and more. Stop by Friday, January 16, 5-8 p.m. and buy a few cocktails; a portion of the proceeds will benefit Houston Street Charities. Or you can join The Bon Vivants for something called "Burlesqu-oke" at Tito's Restaurant (955 S Alamo) on Friday, January 16, 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. for cocktails via Alex Straus of LA, Scott Baird of San Francisco, Jacyara De Oliveira of Chicago and Whitney Hobbs of Austin using Ancho Reyes, Tequila Ocho, Atlantico Rum and more as the Austin's Jigglewatts bring the titillation. Reserve your spot at

If beer is more your jam, Branchline Brewing (3633 Metro Pkwy, (210) 403-2097) will celebrate year two of badass brews with a weekend's worth of activities. Tickets for the sessions, 4-8 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m.-3p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Saturday (where you can sample different wares, including sour and barrel-aged beers, cask brews and seasonal and rare tappings, respectively) are $15 before Friday, January 16, $20 at the door (if available). Admission includes an anniversary glass and four beer tickets. Cheers!

Cocina Heritage Restaurant (118 N Medina, (210) 267-5124) is adding brunch, with table service, to the lineup starting Saturday, January 17 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The seven-item menu will include pozole blanco, huevos ahogados, torta cochinita pibil, chilaquiles verdes and other breakfast favorites with prices ranging from $4.50 to $13.50.

Finally, once SACC ends, you can start planning what restaurants to visit during the winter edition of Culinaria's Restaurant Week from Monday, January 19 through Saturday, January 24. Last year's newly implemented price tiers remain, so you can technically save some dough on your excursions out with the $10 and $25 price tier added to help accommodate mid-range restaurants, while the $15 and $35 lunch and dinner options remain for high-end joints. Like last August, restaurants will donate $1 and $2, based on tier, to the nonprofit. Make sure to put those reservations in ASAP.

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