SHAKE IT, SISTER: Do visions of sugarplum vodka dance in your head? Perhaps you're a budding mixologist (or an alcoholic). Sushi Samba is hosting an Ultimate Cocktail Contest for those who think they've got what it takes to mix, shake and stir their way into our liquored hearts, er, bloodstreams. 1-3 P.M.
PINTS OF FUN: You know we've got your back when it comes to free stuff, and tonight is no different. Quarterdeck will be hosting Big City Girls Night, during which ladies drink free drafts, house wine and margaritas all night long. DJ Short E will be spinning Top 40, so leave the stripper heels at home.
VIEW TO A THRILL: It's summer time, so that means put down the National Book Award winner and pick up something you can read with one hand (the other should be holding a daquiri) under an umbrella. That would be Danial Silva's latest, "The Defector." Get a taste tonight when he reads a snippet or two at Books and Books in the Gables. 8 P.M.