Best of the Day: “Don’t Call Me Shirley” – June 29, 2015

Offsite returns to Backbar for another night of cult classic movies and craft cocktails, with a special 35th anniversary screening of Airplane!.

Welcome to Best of the Day, our daily recommendation for what to check out around town. If you do one thing in Boston today, consider this.

Still from Airplane!

Still from Airplane!

The folks at Offsite are cinema buffs after our own hearts—they like their movies like they like their cocktails: cult-classic, creative, and memorably weird.

They regularly invade Backbar to screen cult-favorite films, whipping up thematically paired cocktails to go with them. For Space Nerds Week in May, they hosted a “SpaceBols” event that paired Spaceballs with spirits from Lucas Bols. Previously, they devoted a night to The Big Lebowski (with plenty of Kahlua drinks, natch) and paid tribute to Bowie’s Bulge at their Labyrinth event.

And tonight, they’re back for a special screening of Airplane!—the ur-slapstick romp starring Leslie Nielsen, which turns 35 this year—complete with a four-course cocktail pairing, plus snacks. As usual, the menu’s mostly under wraps, but expect such ZAZ-inspired treats as the “I Like My Coffee“—a concoction of Averna, Braulio amaro, coffee bitters, coffee ice cubes, and Demerera sugar that takes its name from the film’s immortal wince-inducing zinger.

$40, June 29, 9 p.m., Backbar, 7 Sanborn Court, Somerville, 617-718-0249,