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Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes

Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes Mezcal Dinner at Mi Tocaya Antojeria Wine dinners and beer dinners are a commonplace occurrence around these parts, but mezcal dinners? That’s something pretty new and enticing. At the buzzy Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Logan Square, chef Diana Davila is hosting a series of mezcal dinners this winter, […]

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Dec 12, 2017 02:35 AM
Dining Chicago Christmas Drinking Guide 2017

Where to eat, drink, dance and be merry this Christmas. Petterino’s: Santa’s coming to town a little early this year, and he’s hungry for brunch. Pay a visit to Mr. Claus at Petterino’s, where he’ll be stationed December 16 and 17 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. both days. The perfect stopover before an afternoon […]

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Dec 09, 2017 07:40 PM
Chicago’s Weekly Planner: TWO’s Restaurant Royale

 TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale Get ready for a culinary smackdown for the ages, because TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale on December 13 at The Ivy Room (12 E. Ohio St., #100). In conjunction with Terlato Distell Artisan Spirits, the competition is a bit of restaurant […]

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Dec 08, 2017 05:44 AM

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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