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Weekly Planner: Brunch News Edition

Brunch News Edition Lowcountry Adds Brunch Fasten those bibs, because brunch is served at Lowcountry. The South Loop outpost of the boil-in-a-bag seafood concept, which specializes in Cajun-style shellfish, has added weekend brunch to its popular portfolio. A slight departure from its usual eat-with-your-hands bag-centric menu, the brunch offerings span a spectrum of Southern comforts, from […]

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Jun 18, 2018 09:51 PM
Best Restaurants in Boystown

With June being Pride Month, there’s no better time of year to spend dining and drinking in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. The vibrant Lakeview area enclave is best known perhaps for its clubs, drag brunches and rainbow pylons, but the neighborhood is becoming a serious dining destination in its own right, thanks to restaurants like these: […]

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Jun 11, 2018 10:32 PM
Weekly Planner: Taco Joint’s Specials and ROOF on theWit’s Movie Series

Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy hour is the happiest of all when you’re surrounded by bowling alleys, bocce courts, karaoke rooms and dart boards. The West Loop’s brand new Punch Bowl Social, a behemoth dining and gaming complex out of Denver, has jumped on the happy hour bandwagon, […]

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Jun 05, 2018 06:53 PM

Drumbar Debuts Netflix-inspired Cocktail Menu

“Netflix and chill” takes on new meaning at Drumbar, where the new cocktail menu is entirely Netflix-themed for the season, aptly dubbed #CocktailsandChill. One of the most underrated craft cocktail bars in Chicago, nestled on the roof of the Raffaello Hotel in Streeterville, Drumbar routinely features some of the most exciting mixed drinks in town. And the latest batch is no different, featuring a slew of television- and movie-inspired cocktails created by the dexterous bar staff. Such a menu couldn’t have come at a better time either, as the weather continues to cool and Chicagoans look for cozy indoor activities. Here’s a rundown of the new cocktail menu and what you should be drinking these days. 

 

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Spearheaded by head bartender Whitney Morrow, along with the rest of the Drumbar team, the menu features a variety of drinks directly inspired by popular Netflix staples. Even the menu itself is designed to resemble the Netflix home page, and each cocktail has a star rating from one to five. Though in this case, the star ratings refer to alcohol content and how boozy each one is. 

Fans of House of Cards would enjoy the Frank Underwood cocktail, made with pisco, mezcal, madeira, lemon, apple, elderberry and Prosecco, a curious punch of smoky, sweet and fruity all in one glass. It’s an ode to Underwood’s fierce persona in the show, notorious for his strong and blunt appearance, and his abrupt finish. 

One of the most popular Netflix shows in recent memory gets a shoutout with the Stranger Things cocktail. This one features Absolut vodka, sherry, Concord grape, lemon, fennel and aromatic ylang ylang flower. 

 

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Movies get their dues as well, like Desperado, which is basically a chocolate-y margarita made with cocoa nib-infused Tromba Reposado, Aperol, Suze and salt. 

The Ron Swanson, so named for the saucy Anchorman who loved his Scotch, is basically a maple- and Scotch-splashed Manhattan. Rightfully one of the boozier drinks on the menu, this one contains Buffalo Trace, Cynar, ancho chile, maple, soy and a Lagavulin rinse. 

Other drinks get their name from color and appearance, like the Orange is the New Black, essentially a sweet potato-infused mai tai. The fruity and drinkable quaff goes down easy, made with Rhine Hall mango brandy, lemon, salted sweet potato, Grand Marnier and Thai bitters. 

Nostalgia-lovers will appreciate The One Where Chandler Gets Caught, a Friends-inspired ode to the ’90’s with Hennessy VS, mulled red wine and apricot lemon ginger. 

There’s lots more where these came from, so hit up Drumbar immediately for some #CocktailsandChill. 

- Matt Kirouac

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Neighborhoods: Streeterville

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