Sunsets at Lowndes Grove are pretty hard to beat, so we didn’t complain as we wandered up to Les Dames d’Escoffier’s An Autumn Affair on Thursday night as the last of the sun’s rays lit the Ashley River. Raising money for the LEDI’s scholarships, guests were happy to mill around the food tables, sampling eats from Twenty Six Divine, Charleston Grill, and WildFlour Pastry. The silent auction offered nice alternatives to the usual spas and weekend getaways with guests bidding on food-specific items: a WildFlour cake, a vegetable garden starter kit perfect for soup making, and Le Creuset cookware were some that caught our eye.
Lowndes Grove, Zombie Pub Crawl
A scholarship recipient, Mirka Siewikci, served us a nice glass of Montes Sauvignon Blanc. Siewikci, from Slovakia, studies hospitality, tourism, and culinary arts at Trident Tech, and she seemed thankful and honored to receive the scholarship — plus she made a pretty good wine rec. We made the rounds one last time and grabbed one of Twenty Six Divine’s white chocolate-pecan-pumpkin lollipops before heading home.
Friday night found us checking out a 19-piece swing band at Prohibition. The new bar has been totally revamped, leaving no trace of its former incarnation as Mercury Bar. A cork dance floor, wood paneled walls, and a new mural aren’t the only updates — Prohibition has also redone the drink menu with specialty cocktails that go for just under $10 a pop. Bobby Darin’s classic “Somewhere Beyond the Sea” filled the room, and guests politely listened while eating dinner. We spoke to owner James Walsh, who has big plans for the space and wants to host music every Friday night, from a New Orleans-style brass band to salsa nights, that would later make way for late-night dance parties. We didn’t stick around for the DJs to take the mic, but we think Prohibition is a great and different way to start an evening — it’s not just the typical drinks and dinner scene.
On Saturday night we died. At least, we dressed like we did to join the mob of zombies that overtook Park Circle. Zombie Deschanel, Zombie Cher, and Zombie Clown roamed the streets looking for brains, or in this case beer, for the Pint of Hope Pub Crawl benefiting Lowcountry Aids Services. Crawlers fully committed to the theme of the night — one zombie even lost a latex wound at the sign-in table. Guts, eyeballs, and blood were the accessories of the evening (our pillowcases can attest to the fake blood, and yes, it does stain). Estée Lauder ladies were providing make-unders as guests sipped on Holy City Brewery’s beers.
EVO and DIG in the Park seemed to be the most popular spots, but zombies scrambled to complete the crawl and hit up the Barbeque Joint, Sesame Burgers and Beer, the Sparrow, the Mill, Fratello’s, Cork Neighborhood Bistro, and Madra Rua Irish Pub. Dragging their feet and slowly but deliberately walking to the bars, zombies really were everywhere. Thankfully, we had to awkwardly ask only one zombie to move his bloodied limb so we could sit down.
At the end of the night, we made it back to DIG for the announcement of the costume contest winners. And the top three truly deserved the prize. The zombie hospital patient (Ashley Carey) took home the third place prize and was fairly terrifying as she snuck around the crawl, as was the army man (Armando Selorio) who took home the silver medal. But there really was no question about who should win the first place prize that night. Floyd Reeves and his one-eyed, gut-baring zombie creation stole the show. The party kept going as DJ Big Hair Dave played some monster jams, but we decided to call it a night so that we wouldn’t feel undead in the morning.