Looking for something fun to do with all of the favorite girls in your life?
Plan now for an evening of painting and drinks at Paint Monkey, a BYOB studio in Lawrenceville that offers painting classes in two and three-hour sessions. Registration is required so check out their calendar of classes, select a painting you would like to paint and book the date. There are two Lawrenceville locations - the Ice House (100 43rd St.) and Butler Street (4020 Butler St.) You can bring wine, beer and other libations and they always have a large tub of ice to keep things cold, as well as cups, corkscrews and napkins. You can also bring your own snacks.
Before you paint, stop by nearby Arsenal Cider House and Wine Cellar on 39th Street, a U.S. Civil War thematic winery specializing in small batch, hand crafted hard apple cider. Sample flavors and purchase by the glass, or buy a growler to go. The bottles are vintage cool and can be refilled at any time. Costs vary for different wines, but it's worth it for a good bottle of vino.
Then head to Paint Monkey. Choose from the pre-selected paintings, grab an apron and make yourself a drink! Then head to your easel and get ready to become an artist. A palette of colors and paintbrushes will be there ready for you to create your own masterpiece. Since you'll be painting from a pre-sketched canvas, you don't have to stress about paying attention or falling behind. You can paint at your own pace and be social. A local artist is present to provide instructions and guidance. The atmosphere is relaxing and inspiring. Even if you have no artistic talent, you'll walk out feeling like Picasso!
After you transform the art world, stop for a nightcap at Tender Bar + Kitchen just a few blocks away on Butler Street. Tender features craft cocktails that celebrate a return to a past era. The space is a reflection on the early 20th century lifestyle. The name comes from the Arsenal Bank Building it occupies – a storied financial institution that served the Lawrenceville community, exchanging legal tender for its patrons for over a century.
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