Where’s the Party?

Day or night, shake off the chill at these hot Tri-State entertainment spots.

By Kate Rader

Spring is here, and at WiYNN we are SO ready to have some fun! Great music, refreshing drinks, delicious food and exciting activities abound in our area, but where can you find them all in one place? Have no fear, we’ve rounded up a few of the hottest venues for your partying pleasure.

Harpers Ferry Brewing

Known foremost for its majestic views, Harpers Ferry Brewing in Purcellville, Va. is all about chilling out. From its rotating selection of frosty, handcrafted brews to its laid-back atmosphere, this family- and dog-friendly brewery has something for everyone! 

While you can take home your favorite brew any night of the week, Mondays from 4–7 p.m., you’ll save $5 on 64 oz. growler fills, and $1 off 32 oz. crowlers. Bring a few friends for Trivia Night hosted by King Trivia on Thursdays or drop in on Bingo night each third Monday of the month. Slow down Friday and Saturday mornings with outdoor yoga by Moving Mountains Yoga. Pop-Up events start in April.

With a rotating selection of hand-crafted brews on draft, “There’s not a better view in the area, you just can’t beat it,” says Phil Adkins of Knoxville, Md, a frequent patron. Craft brews include creative names and unique flavor profiles like “C&O Canal Cinnamon Bun Stout,” a sweet stout with the aroma of a warm glazed cinnamon bun and notes of nutmeg and coconut; “Lost River Bitter,” A traditional English best bitter brewed with English malt and hops, and “Wild Thing,” a kombucha brewed by Boochy Call in Sharpsburg.

Phil and his wife Jennifer like “The Needles,” a West Coast IPA named after the ledgy staircase rapid on the Potomac River. It’s brewed with Centennial, Warrior, and Cascade hops to give it a citrusy, piney bitterness.

If you’re hungry, you can grab a slice from their pizza kitchen, soft pretzels or other locally-sourced snacks, or dinner from the HFB Taco Truck—then relax outside at a table or Adirondack chair around one of the fire pits. If you prefer, grab a high top inside the heated pavilion and catch the game on TV. Check HFB’s Facebook page for up-to-date info on live music every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

New this year, HFB is offering a Brew Van, which seats 4-8 people, and a Brew Bus, which can transport parties of 10 or more to and from the brewery safely. What are you waiting for? Grab a cold one and enjoy the million-dollar view! 

harpersferrybrewing.com

 

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

Award-winning dining? Check. National headlining musicians and comedians? Check. Slot machines, table games, sports betting, and live thoroughbred racing? Double-check. If you’re looking for a good time, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has something for everyone. Located only an hour from DC and Baltimore, the huge campus is nestled in Charles Town, WVa., between Frederick and Winchester, Va., just south of Hagerstown. The convenient location makes for a perfect day trip, but there’s so much to do, you’ll want to stay overnight at the hotel overlooking the racetrack, and surrounded by the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.  

While known for its Vegas-style casino, HWC at Charles Town harbors quite a few surprises. 2022 promises to host the event center’s biggest lineup to date, with entertainers including pop stars Andy Grammer and Rick Springfield, rock legends Great White and Slaughter, and award-winning country music stars Jimmie Allen and Lonestar.

Choose from three full-service restaurants and “The Eatery,” a unique selection of café style restaurants designed by Top Chef favorite Fabio Viviani, who helped create each restaurant’s menu. The newest addition, “Barstool Sportsbook,” offers sports-themed cuisine, 30 TVs, and an incredible, three-sided jumbotron screen playing sporting events. VP of Marketing Jamie Brown says the restaurant will have a “fun twist on your favorite cocktails. You’ll find locally crafted whiskey in the margarita, and Boba tea bubbles in the Boba Strawberry Daiquiri.”  

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town is open 24/7 Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and from 8 a.m.–4 a.m. the rest of the week. It regularly has betting promotions, including the My Choice card—which has perks and giveaways for drawings, promotions, concert tickets, events, and more—plus the My Heroes program which gives active-duty military, veterans, and first responders automatic upgrades and discounts. 

hollywoodcasinocharlestown.com

Antietam Brewery

A local success story, Antietam Brewery started in 2012 with a three-barrel brewing system at Benny’s Pub which they quickly outgrew. Now located in a 15-barrel brewhouse on Western Maryland Parkway in Hagerstown, the expansion allowed them to offer food, entertainment, and outside seating, which is such a big draw, they’ve just completed a second expansion, totaling 150 seats in the tasting room and 175 in the now-covered patio area. 

Marketing Director Justin Barton, who also designs many of the beer graphics, says that Antietam Brewery is known for its friendly faces. “People come here because they love the atmosphere and friendly staff, and that we get to know them one on one.” 

Their diverse array of specialty beers is always changing—brewed in small, limited-edition batches. Brewmaster Aaron Blessing specializes in crafting drinkable, traditional-style ales, lagers, and West Coast IPAs. He regularly brews seven core beers—like the light, crispy “General’s Golden Ale,” and “Blind Ambition,” a well-balanced, citrusy hazy pale ale. He says their most popular beer is the “1605 Red”—an Irish-style red ale that generates proceeds for local firefighters. Other highly requested specialty brews are “Stacey’s Dirty Secrets,” a full-bodied, hazy IPA, and “Burst Sour Ale,” flavored with raspberry and lemon. 

Expect Italian and Mexican American style dishes from their rotating food menu, which is updated often on their Facebook page to complement the many in-house activities, like Pour House Trivia nights, open mic nights, Bingo, and Krazy Monkey Karaoke. 

Justin says their list of events continues to grow. Spring and summer bring live music from locally known and nationally acclaimed bands, and specialty events like the VW Cruise-in, Jeep Cruise-in, and Rock Me, Don’t Shake Me fundraiser.

Antietam Brewery is always family-friendly and pet-friendly. Be sure to help them celebrate their 10th anniversary on June 18 with live music, a pig roast, and drink specials.

antietambrewery.com

Blue Mountain Winecrafters 

You don’t need a reason to sip and celebrate any day of the week at Blue Mountain Winecrafters, a hidden gem located in Funkstown, Md. Known for their exceptional staff and hometown feel, customers say they feel like family there. 

Cindy Rowe and her husband, Tim, established the winery in 2014 with a passion for winemaking and promoting talent in their community. “We take a lot of pride in sourcing local grapes for our wine, serving locally-made food, and supporting local musicians,” which Cindy says is what makes their business so special. 

Their passion for supporting local businesses is apparent when you look around the tasting room, which is filled with snacks like Palmyra Farms cheese and Zoe’s Chocolate
Co. candy. During the pandemic, the Rowes produced a special Vidal blanc wine called “Maryland Strong,” even sending a bottle to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.

What makes their red, white, and sweet fruit wines so unique? Each batch is handcrafted using carefully selected grapes and fruits from 78 Acres, a farm in Smithsburg. Cindy says great care is taken to ensure the best ingredients go into their wines. “During harvest, I’ll go out and test the grapes so we can have them picked at the best time.” Blue Mountain produces more than 25 different wines, including Chardonnay, Chardonel, Viognier, Bordeaux, Blaufränkisch, and an award-winning Maryland Chambourcin. 

Both indoor and outdoor seating are dog-friendly. Daily, no-reservation-required wine tastings, and a wine club with discounts and other benefits are some of the reasons customers become regulars. Patrons can catch a live acoustic performance by new and seasoned musicians alike. Currently every Saturday and Sunday, Friday performances will be added to the lineup in March. Cindy encourages up-and-coming artists to play there, even helping some to establish a following.

This year, Cindy says they’re planning a few new surprises: a series of red wines aged in whiskey barrels, cider made from locally sourced apples, trivia nights, and more open mic events. Stop by to enjoy a bottle, glass, or even a slushie of delicious, handcrafted wine with some good music and a few great friends.

bluemountainwinecrafters.com

 

Quad State Beer Fest: ShamRocked! 

Whether you’re Irish or Irish at heart, get ready to put on your best green and raise a glass at the Quad State Beer Fest: ShamRocked! Held for the 6th year at the Washington County Ag Ed Center in Boonsboro on Saturday, March 12, 2022. 

The giant festival celebrates the area’s rich heritage of beverage crafting with a selection of more than 120 craft beers, ciders, spirits, and wines from more than 40 artisans from the Tri-State and beyond. General admission tickets include a 12 oz. festival beer glass, unlimited 2-3 oz. responsible samplings, and one full pour ticket.

Rock out to live music by South of Sobriety (1 p.m.), Gaelic Mishap (3 p.m.), and The ShamRogues (5 p.m.). In addition to the day’s awesome lineup of music, participate in wild games like a Keg Toss, Test Your Strength, and Giant Jenga, along with contests, karaoke, and a few surprises! This year’s event features dozens of vendors & great local food!

Upgrade to a VIP admission ticket to get in one hour early, snag preferred parking and seating, and taste rare exclusive beers. Attendees must be 21 to consume alcohol and 16 to enter.

For tickets and more information on Shamrocked!, visit QuadStateBeerFest.com and WiYNN.com

Editor’s note: We have done our best to include the most up-to-date information at the time of publishing this story, but all events, dates, and times are subject to change. We recommend you visit each location’s website or Facebook page for more information before you go.

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