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The FlipSidePA Happy Hour kicked off Restaurant Week York Saturday night with discounted drinks, free appetizers and signature cocktails.

About 120 people attended the event from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Yorktowne Hotel's Offcenter Grill.  The first 100 received free swag bags, filled with coupons to local restaurants and shops, candy and other items.

York soul musician Ralph Real and Groovatine provided music throughout the evening, while FlipSidePA photographer Jason Plotkin took fun, prop-filled photos of the guests at a happy hour photo booth. Photos can be found on FlipSidePA.com.

FlipSidePA also gave away several door prizes, including a FlipSidePA Basket of Fun, a Dream Basket by Buffy Andrews, a Thirty-One bag full of goodies valued at $100, and a $276 Yorktowne Hotel spa package that includes a whirlpool room, in-spa massage and breakfast for two.

But the main reason for the happy hour was to kick off local food lovers' favorite week of the year – Restaurant Week York – with some Restaurant Week-exclusive drinks and appetizers.

This year's signature cocktails included the FlipSide Monster (gin, vodka, tequila, Blue Curacao, sweet and sour mix and Blue Moon, garnished with an orange wheel) and Pomegranate Love (Lancaster Brewing Double Chocolate Milk Stout and Parma Pomegranate liquor, garnished with Wolfgang chocolate-covered pomegranate seeds).

A beer and dessert pairing – half-pint of Sam Adams Merry Maker, a gingerbread stout, served with blueberry bruschetta – was also available for $5.

Restaurant Week continues at 30 participating downtown eateries through Feb. 27.

Visit rwyork.com for more information.

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