The spirit will keep you moving in the Ridge

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It’s a weekend of music and merriment in Bay Ridge!

Kick off the second weekend of December by imbibing some holiday spirits! Stumble over to Henry Harde’s Wines and Liquors (9314 Third Ave. between 93rd and 94th streets) for its annual Holiday “Spirit” Tasting, where samples of vodka, bourbon, Scotch, and rye whiskey will be on offer, along with wine and Christmas cookies for those seeking softer stuff. Boozehounds can also indulge in a pair of special seasonal cocktails, including one made with Bailey’s Irish Cream and Smirnoff Peppermint Twist and another made with Brooklyn’s own Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur. The free three-hour fun starts at 8 pm.

After your heads stops throbbing, make a pilgrimage to the Wicked Monk (9510 Third Ave. between 95th and 96th streets) on Saturday night for some head-bobbing, and maybe some dancing, too. The Narrowbacks will cover Celtic rock and folk songs by the likes of the Dubliners, Black 47, and the Wolfe Tones, along with original tunes from the band’s three albums. The sextet will kick off the four-hour set at 11 pm, and it will cost $10 to get in.

And on Sunday, carol your way to the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church (7002 Fourth Ave. at Bay Ridge Parkway) for a Christmas Cabaret. Acclaimed jazz crooners — including Laurie Krauz, Amy Beth Williams, and Richard Malavet — will sing classic Christmas tunes, and stand-up comedian Calvin Cato will provide the laughs. The 90-minute show starts at 3 pm, and proceeds from the suggested $15 admission fee will benefit Partnership for the Homeless.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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