Top 7 Bars for The Best Bros Night Ever
Aug29

Top 7 Bars for The Best Bros Night Ever

Work is over, the week is done, and now it’s time to loosen that tie and unwind with your guys. After a hectic work week, we at Living Fort Wayne can understand wanting to rage for the weekend. Here are some bars that have been carefully selected to ensure a great night out with the bros! Corner Pocket Located down the street from IPFW’s campus, this makes it a great place to catch a brew right after classes are over. $5.00 long islands/beaches and $2.75 domestics on Friday and Saturday nights. With frequent live music and a pool hall to enjoy, Corner Pocket has everything you need to scratch that college party itch. O’Sullivan’s Catch the game or a few adult drinks. This place is known for their pizza, cheap (and generous) drinks, and overall raggle-taggle atmosphere. If one of the stops is here, just get the pizza. Don’t ask questions, just get the pizza. Your crew will not regret it. Columbia Street West Talk about a great time in a spacious, fun bar and you’ve got Columbia Street West! Wednesday and Thursday nights they have $1 domestic longnecks and 2$ Coronas & Modelos! Weekends are filled with a live DJ ready for you to bust a move on the dance floor. The Deck at the Gas House Overlooking the St. Mary’s River, The Deck has the best summer atmosphere you can get in Fort Wayne. They have an amazing beer selection as well as top-notch cocktails that will leave you feeling satisfied and probably not able to drive. This place reaches maximum bro around 11PM-1AM, so plan accordingly. Rudy’s Cigar Shop A one of a kind place that serves up beer, wine slushies and cigars! Grab a stogy, head out to their cozy beer garden, and sit around a fire with your friends while enjoying Rudy’s selection of beer and wine. Did I mention that they serve Debrand’s Chocolate as well? Tower Bar & Grill I’ve heard from many sources that this place offers the best wings in town, and the rumor is so true. You deserve it, the guys deserve it, get those wings and pile them high. Shamelessly devour them devoid of any napkins until the end. The wings are so good that I would literally cater them for my wedding. Summit City Brewerks Friday and Saturday nights here are becoming increasingly popular, and how can it not when Summit City Brewerks offers half off bottles of wine on Fridays and live music on Saturdays? Wanting to start the weekend a little early? Summit City also has a half-off house pint night on Thursdays! I would also...

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LFW Weekend Fun File
Feb18

LFW Weekend Fun File

Our calendar is full of fantastic events taking place around our city, so be sure to check it out for a more exhaustive list. In the meantime, here’s a quick peak at some of the things we are looking forward to this week! If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekend Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com 1. YLNI February Hotspot Thursday, Feb. 18 5:30p – 6:30p           This month’s hot spot is at Summit City Brewerks! Come and meet new people and see what the Fort has to offer young professionals!   2. Vertical Leap Thursday, Feb. 18 6:30p – 9p After the Hot Spot, head over to Jenn Ford Art for the Vertical Leap! Kevin Mullett, local photographer and strategic thinker, is giving a talk titled, “Fort Wayne’s Visual Landscape and Photowalk Project.” It’s a presentation and discussion for artists, photographers, architects, and Fort Wayne admirers alike. There will be food and drinks! RSVP. 3. Turtle Soup February 19-21 & 26-28 Friday/Saturday Curtain 7:30 p Sunday Matinee Curtain 2:30 p               This hilarious but absolutely true story is about the origin of Churubusco’s famed “Turtle Days.” It should be a great show! 4. Fort Wayne Komets Game Friday, Feb. 19 8p             Fort Wayne Komets vs. The Toledo Walleye. Who doesn’t want some hockey sprinkled into their Friday night? 5. Fort Wayne Women’s Expo Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20 & 21 at 10a             6. Polar Plunge Saturday, Feb. 20 10a         Jumpin’ in freezing cold water for a great cause? Yes. 7. Weather the Fort Saturday, Feb. 20 at 4p             With activities including a heated tent for local bands, interactive art, fire performances, ice sculptors, coffee tasting, and a food and beer tent, Weather the Fort will have something for everyone.

 It shouldn’t be too cold, either! 8. Contra Dance Saturday, Feb. 20 at 7:30p           Fort Wayne Traditional Music and Dance Society will hold a contra dance to live, old-time, string band music at the Fort Wayne Dance Collective. Beginners are welcome, and you don’t need a partner. Break out of your comfort zone and have some dance fun! 9. Help Make Hope Sunday, Feb. 21 at 4:30p             Make art, write and copy letters for teens struggling with mental illness. Letters and artwork will be paired together, then sent to a local mental health hospital. Help these teens know there is hope and that they are needed...

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Cupid’s Chocolate Chase 5k & Mocha Mile
Feb04

Cupid’s Chocolate Chase 5k & Mocha Mile

Chocolate + running; what’s not to love? I may be a bit biased here because those are two of my very favorite things, but there’s something for everyone to love at the inaugural Cupid’s Chocolate Chase 5k on February 13th. Race Directors Mike Else and Ryan Walters have teamed up with several local businesses to put on this pre-Valentine’s Day event in downtown Fort Wayne. The race will feature a 5k distance as well as a 1-mile option. And even if running or walking isn’t your bag, the extra goodies provided should be enough to entice anyone into participating. “All participants will receive chocolate treats from DeBrand Fine Chocolates, a cookie from Ellison Bakery, hot chocolate from the Mocha Lounge and chocolate dipping treats from Fort Wayne Chocolate Fountain and those 21+ will also receive a beer from Summit City Brewerks.  For an additional cost we will have beer, wine, as well as wine slushies from Two EE’s Winery,” Else said. Sound too good to be true? Well it gets better. All proceeds from the race will benefit the ALS Association of Indiana. A representative from the Indiana Chapter of the ALS Association will be on hand race day to accept the donation. Sadly, co-race director Ryan Walters lost his father to ALS. This was the driving motivation behind the creation of the race. “I had the idea to put on a fun themed type of race that would be something different,” Else mentioned. The start and finish of the race will be directly outside of Parkview Field and the course will be along the city streets just south of the stadium. Maps of both courses are available on the race website. There will be a post-race party at Parkview Field with food, drinks, live music, and a raffle with lots of cool prizes. All proceeds will benefit the ALS Association of Indiana. “It’s our first year for the race and we would like to thank all our great sponsors and look forward to making this a yearly event in downtown Fort Wayne!” Else added. Online registration is open until February 11th or until all of the 800 spots are still open. Currently, there are less than 200 spots left, so make sure to register right away if you want to be a part of this amazing event! Head over to CupidsChocolateChase.com to secure your spot! If there are still spots available, there will be registration available at packet pickup on Friday, February 12th from 4 pm til 7 pm at DeBrand as well as race morning from 7:30 til 8:30...

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LFW Weekend Fun File
Jan21

LFW Weekend Fun File

There is so much to do this weekend! Our calendar is full of fantastic events taking place around our city, so be sure to check it out for a more exhaustive list. In the meantime, here’s a quick peak at some of the things we are looking forward to this week! If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekend Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com 1. YLNI Hot Spot Thurs, January 21, 5:30pm – 7:00pm Join us at the Hoppy Gnome this Thursday! Meet new friends and find out how you can get more involved with our community. A group of us from LFW will be there — come say hi! 2. Road to One Million Thurs, January 21, 6pm – 9pm Following the Hot Spot, head over to the Grand Wayne Convention Center for Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership Road to One Million Kick Off Celebration!  3. Winter Party Fri, January 22, 6pm Celebrate Winter exhibits with a night of art, music, food, and friends! Enjoy gourmet edibles and cash bar by Main Street Bistro and live music by Adam Strack 4. Summit Brewing Tap Showcase & Benefit Fri, January 22, 7pm Summit Brewing and Deer Park Pub will host a tap showcase to show off some of Summit’s delicious brews! 100% of the tips will be donated to local charity Wellspring Interfaith Social Services. 5. Beer and Bacon Fest Fri, January 22, 6pm – 10pm So … Beer and Bacon. Check out the local craft beers. There will be live music and other fun activities, and a silent auction to benefit Honor Flight Northeast Indiana. 6. Mizpah Shrine Circus January 21 6:30 pm January 22 7:00 pm January 23 10:00 am, .2:30 pm, 7:00 pm January 24 1:00 pm, 5:45 pm If you purchase your tickets for Friday night, head on over when you’re finished with the beer and the bacon! Does that sound like the best Friday night ever?! 7. Get Fit Fort Wayne Expo Sat, January 23, 10am – 8pm Sun, January 24, 11am – 5pm Does anyone else find it a little ironic that the Get Fit Expo is the same weekend as Beer and Bacon Fest? Maybe? There will be lifestyle seminars, interactive activities, health and fitness screenings, and everything you need to get fit and healthy in the new year! You probably need to check it out if you spent your Friday night drinking beer, and eating bacon and circus snacks. 8. YLNI Winter Farmer’s Market Sat, January 23, 9am – 1pm We love the Winter Farmer’s Market. Fresh and unique produce, meats, baked...

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All We Want For Christmas is Fort Wayne
Dec18

All We Want For Christmas is Fort Wayne

The holidays are upon us and if you are anything like me, you are probably scrambling to get that perfect gift for a special someone. Here at Living Fort Wayne, we love to shop local and promote small businesses right here in the heart of downtown. To continue on with this tradition, we asked our staff what they wanted the most for Christmas. So sit back, relax, read our 2015 edition of All We Want For Christmas is Fort Wayne, and hope you’re not on Santa’s “Naughty” list.   Leslie Snare Well, I’m hoping Santa (or someone equally as cool) gets me a Brewerker membership from Summit City Brewerks. I’d definitely be better equipped to deal with the holiday shopping crowds! Plus, membership includes a t-shirt so that’s an extra special bonus! This membership also includes a SCB logo beer glass, birthday fill, membership card & sticker, and even special invitation-only events. Becca Bell I want a Patagonia pullover from Fort Wayne Outfitters and a year’s supply of weekly bottles from Juice Jar. I’d love for Santa to add to my collection of Susan and Steven Shaikh’s gemstone rings, which are sold at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art Paradigm Gallery. Also, mugs from Laura Brandenburg’s Stonewares. Tim Zink I know this is an old standby favorite in Fort Wayne. Since I thoroughly enjoy cookies, I wouldn’t mind having a box of cookies from the Cookie Cottage to replace every meal for a couple days (or to share…I guess). Jasmine Bejar I’ll add anything from Hedgehog Press. I love the unique and Fort Wayne-centric prints and art! I’m specifically itching for some of her wood cut coasters. Some Hedgehog Press products are also sold at Valontine Vintage inside the City Exchange Shops. Jade Kelsey If Santa could bring me a shiny new bike from Human Motor Works, I promise to be good all year! Human Motor Works also sells great running gear, bike accessories, and everything you’ll need for your next triathlon! Lynn Altevogt I just want absolutely everything from Fancy & Staple! But since I don’t expect anyone to spend quite that much money on me, a gift card would do just fine. Honestly, browsing around the shop is half the fun. I usually have to make two or three rounds to look at everything. Here are a few things on my wish list from there:     Travis Bartlett  I would love a bottle of beard oil from Valontine Vintage and some gourmet popcorn from Poptique, both located inside The City Exchange Shops. Some goodies from the Vanilla Bean to satisfy my relentless sweet tooth and I would also...

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