Reports from Tales of the Cocktail: Asheville bartender competes in national sidecar competitio­n

It is estimated that this year 22,000 of the world’s finest craft cocktail nerds — including a healthy contingent from Asheville’s bar scene — have either flown, driven or just drunkenly appeared in town to learn from the nation’s most knowledgeable mixology minds. Along with seminars, tasting rooms and classes, there are also competitions and awards ceremonies.

New Year’s Eve eats and drinks

Are you trying to decide what to do for New Year’s Eve? If you want to buffer your midnight toast with a good meal, several local bars and restaurants are serving up interesting eats along with liquid cheer. There is even an Asheville-style take on the Times Square ball drop for those who are in the mood for something completely out of the ordinary.

Cocktails for a cause

What’s better than sipping on delightful cocktails during the holidays? Sipping on those cocktails and knowing that your intoxication and the sacrifice of your liver is supporting a good cause. On Saturday, Dec. 21, Imperial Life, the bar and lounge upstairs from Table, will host a benefit for Toys for Tots sponsored by the liquor company Remy-Cointreau.