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Grilled Oysters Have Never Been Hotter

Chicago Restaurants  are showcasing Grilled Oysters in exciting new ways.

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Grilled Oysters @ Oyster Bah

Grilled Oysters @ Oyster Bah

Oysters have never been hotter in Chicago. And I mean “hot” figuratively, of course, considering a vast majority of buzzy new oyster dishes and seafood spots are of the the raw half-shell persuasion. But lately Chicago has seen a surge in cooked oysters, particularly grilled and smoked bivalves. If you’re looking to branch out from chilled seafood towers and raw platters, here are several spots in Chicago cooking up sensational oyster dishes.

Grilled Oysters

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Chicago Oyster House: This unassuming seafood spot, nestled amidst the high rises on a quiet stretch of the South Loop, is rightfully renowned for their char-grilled oysters. One of their signature items, the oysters are available in multiple variations. This includes the namesake C.O.H. oysters with garlic, cilantro, and Parmesan; the Ichi oysters with jalapeño, scallions, ginger, and soy; the Firecracker with spices, basil, and fresh lime; or the classic-inspired Rockefeller with spinach, butter, and cheese.

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El Che Bar: One of the hottest and most addictively delicious openings of 2016, El Che Bar does a lot of things really well. This is certainly true of their grilled Delaware oysters, which arrive piping hot and pungently smoky with soubise, sweet potato, crispy leeks and brown butter crumbs.

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Oyster Bah: Leave it to a restaurant with “oyster” in its name to perfect the seafood model. In addition to a dizzying variety of raw, fresh shellfish, the Lincoln Park bastion also has grilled oysters with garlic-herb butter and breadcrumbs for a bit of added crunch.

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Roister: Exhibiting a knack for inventiveness, Roister’s oysters are smoked and made with garlic butter and breadcrumbs, lending a deep, heady undertone to contrast the innate salinity.

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Girl & the Goat: This perpetual West Loop hot spot has been cooking oysters and setting trends for quite a while now. In fact, there’s a whole section of the menu here devoted to oysters, which offers the shellfish raw, fried, or wood-fired.

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Frontier: Perhaps best known for their whole-animal service and uncommon proteins like alligator and boar, Frontier also features a mean char-grilled oyster. Tapping into his New Orleans roots, chef Brian Jupiter features char-grilled oysters with Creole butter, Parmesan, breadcrumbs, and chives.

New Late Night Dining Options

Late Night Dining Options:

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Late Night Dining Options @ Bar Lupo

Late Night Dining Options @ Bar Lupo

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Bar Lupo: Brand new to the downtown dining scene, conveniently surrounded by bars, taverns and music venues aplenty, Bar Lupo is a casual Italian pub with the perfect mix of saucy comfort food served late into the night. Conceptualized by Brian O’Connor, formerly of Maple & Ash, Bar Lupo features traditional Italian dishes alongside more Chicago-Italian originals. Snacks include garlic knots and “mozzarella sticks,” while heartier plates like chicken parmesan, meatball subs and cheesy sausage pinwheels are also on hand. Hours run until 2 AM Wednesday-Saturday and until midnight the remaining nights.

Late Night Dining Options

The Tankard: If there’s a neighborhood in need of more late-night dining options, it’s Wicker Park. Recently opened The Tankard is here to answer those cravings, with its menu of booze-friendly nourishment. Expect a variety of crafty tater tots, like cheeseburger tots, bacon-wrapped tots and “totchos,” which are tater tot nachos strewn with cheese, tomato, jalapeño, sour cream and chicken or beef. There’s plenty more to eat and drink here too, from craft beer and daiquiris, to chicken kabobs and mussels. The Tankard is open until 2:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with the kitchen cooking until midnight.

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Epic Burger: Not only has Epic Burger implemented late-night hours, but the fast-casual burger spot with locations throughout the city is going the extra mile with “hangover kits” to take home. Available at the River North and South Loop locations, the kits come with late-night burger purchases, which include a packet of antacid, two kinds of pain-relief tablets and a moist towelette. Hours are from 12-4 AM.

Ironside Bar & Galley: River North can never have too many late-night sports bars. It’s especially welcome when said bar goes above and beyond with a menu of inventive food to help sop up all that nighttime imbibing. As the name and nautical theme implies, the focus here is on seafood, offered up in irreverent options like lobster tater tots, lobster corn dogs, crab quesadillas and popcorn shrimp with spicy remoulade. The bi-level bar and restaurant is open until 2 AM every day except Saturday, which operates until 3 AM.

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Seoul Taco: Tacos may very well be the ultimate late-night comfort. River North’s recently opened Seoul Taco is getting in on the weekend action with extended hours until 4 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. The Mexican-Korean fusion spot slings affordable tacos, burritos and other street food-inspired items that perfectly fit the bill for late-night snacking. Options include bulgogi beef tacos, spicy pork nachos and burritos filled with kimchi fried rice. Seoul Taco is also BYOB, in case you want to keep the party going.

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Get Meaty at The Barn in Evanston

Get Meaty at The Barn in Evanston

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The Barn in Evanston

The Barn in Evanston

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When Amy Morton and Nicole Pederson first joined forces for Found Kitchen & Social House, they dazzled diners and helped catapult Evanston into place as one of the hottest dining destinations in Chicagoland. Now the duo are at it again, this time with a meat-centric restaurant tucked down an alleyway called The Barn. 

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A departure from their original collaboration nearby, The Barn is decidedly more carnivorous. Drawing inspiration from her classical French training, along with brasseries and butcher shops, Pederson pays homage to farms with dishes like bison bolognese, pan-seared calves liver and a roster of heritage steaks presented table side and adorned with marrow butter and bearnaise. For Morton, the meaty focus is doubly special, as The Barn serves as an ode to her late father Arnie Morton of Morton’s Steakhouses fame. The restaurant also features nightly specials like chicken pot pie on Wednesdays, crispy sweetbreads on Thursdays and rack of lamb on Saturdays. Desserts skew wholesome and refreshingly simple, like a chocolate mousse with candied hazelnuts and affogato with vanilla gelato.

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Curated by sommelier Michelle Sallemi, The Barn’s beverage program pays equal mind to wine and cocktails. For the former, guests can expect a mix of uncommon hidden gems along with classic varietals and wineries, sourced from across the country and the globe. Cocktails lean classic as well, with enough big and bold flavor to stand up nicely alongside Pederson’s meaty offerings.

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Aptly, The Barn is housed in a 19th-century brick barn formerly used to house horses, with an entrance nestled down an alley. A large green barn door greets guests and whisks them away to another time and place entirely, as Morton worked to ensure the original sensation of the barn was retained. The result is a rustic dining space that feels like a pastoral haven of bygone Americana, with restored fixtures like brick walls and soaring 20-foot ceilings. A massive chandelier illuminates the dining room nicely and lavishly, shedding light on custom artwork and a color palate of blues and greens. The Barn also contains a hay loft transformed into an elevated dining area outfitted with leather booths and tables. Another nice finishing touch is a photograph of Morton’s father as a child on a pony, which sits next to the bar.

One of a Kind Eats at the One of a Kind Show

One of a Kind Eats: One of the largest artisanal craft shows in the country takes place soon and there’s lots to see and eat.

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One of a Kind Show

One of a Kind Show

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One of a Kind Eats:One of the biggest holiday shopping shows in the nation is gearing up for its 16th annual event, when the One of a Kind Show and Sale takes shape at The Merchandise Mart from December 1 through December 4. Housed on the 7th floor of the historic Mart, the holiday show brings together more than 600 juried artists to fill an entire floor of the building with craft goods and original products from artisans all over the continent. Of course, this includes a good amount of unique food and beverage products, which come from all over the U.S. and Canada to satisfy shoppers with snacks and provide tasty gift ideas for the holidays. Here’s a rundown of everything to eat, sip, and savor this year at the One of a Kind Show and Sale:

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One of a Kind Show

One of a Kind Show

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Gardner’s Wisconsin Cheese & Sausage: More cheese! More sausage! Because you can never have enough comfort food from Wisconsin.

Gourmet Blends: The name may sound modest and common, but the pure balsamic vinegar barrel-aged by producers in Modena, Italy, are anything but.

Grown Up Kid Stuff: All-natural chocolate sauces are the name of the game at Grown Up Kid Stuff.

I Heart Keenwah: As the name suggests, expect a miscellany of quinoa snacks from this Chicago-bred company.

JD’s Salsa in Seconds: The salsa seasoning from this Staten Island-based company is used to make fresh salsa, dips, and guacamole.

Jo Snow Syrups: A regular fixture at local markets and events, and rightfully so, Jo Snow Syrups is all about the hand-crafted syrups in offbeat flavors like cardamom-rose water and fig-vanilla-black pepper. Add a splash to your coffee or cocktail.

Katherine Anne Confections: With a storefront in Logan Square, this chocolate staple specializes in truffles, marshmallows, and caramels.

Mayana Chocolate: Another chocolatier to hit up is this Wisconsin-based purveyor, whose luxury chocolates are award-winning.

Pasta Paponne: Go savory with any of the gourmet flavored pasta varieties from this Chicago shop.

Puffs of Doom: Both sweet and savory cream puffs are ready and available from this whimsical outlet.

Rare Bird Preserves: Any of the seasonally inspired fruit preserves and curds would make a nice addition to your home larder.

River Valley Kitchens: Visit this Burlington, Wisconsin-based vendor for all sorts of handcrafted and artisanal foods.

Senteamental Moods: As the name suggests, it’s all about the high-end teas from these folks.

Sheekar Delights: Go nuts with the gourmet baklava from Sheekar Delights.

Smith & Donovan Confections: The desserts from Chicago-based Smith & Donovan are as beautiful and artistic as they are delicious.

Spice Heist: Lots of unique and bold spice blends, perfect for the experimental home cook.

St. Roger Abbey: Organic French pastries and desserts are the name of the game from this Marengo, Illinois, company. All items are handmade by the nuns at the abbey, including French macarons and chocolate croissants.

Stu’s Kitchen: Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, Stu’s Kitchen hones in on Bloody Mary mix, pickles, and other apt gourmet gifts.

Tiddleywink Toffee: Thin slivers of English toffee get coated in chocolate and other toppings courtesy of this Munster, Indiana, institution.

Twisted Eggroll: One of the most wholly unique businesses slinging food this year at the show, Twisted Eggroll is all about eggrolls filled with uncommon ingredients and combos. Think cheesesteak eggrolls, pizza eggrolls, and even cheesecake eggrolls.

Chicago Dining Brunch With Scrooge, Italian Comfort Food, Boozy Chocolate

Brunch With Scrooge, Italian Comfort Food, Boozy Hot Chocolate and More

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Brunch With Scrooge @ at Nando Milano

Brunch With Scrooge @ at Nando Milano

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Chicago Dining Brunch With Scrooge

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Celebrate Comfort Food Season at Nando Milano

Chicago Dining Brunch With Scrooge. In other comforting winter news, Nando Milano is an apt spot to cozy up to decadent dishes this season. Along with a myriad of other hearty Italian creations, one standout on the menu at this Wicker Park gem is the gnocchi della Nonna. Made from a chef that originated with the chef’s grandma in Italy, hence the name, it consists of fluffy housemade gnocchi with Gorgonzola cheese and aurora sauce, which is a creamier version of tomato sauce,

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Wine & Whiskey Weekdays at ROOF

One surefire way to help get through winter is with wine, whiskey and a year round rooftop. ROOF at theWit has all three covered with their new Wine & Whiskey Weekdays promo, taking place from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. In celebration of the bar’s 7th anniversary, the bar is stocking up with seven different items for $7, including ROOF’s private barrel Whistle Pig 10-year Rye, Red Car Pinot Noir, Canard-Duchene Cuvee Leonie Brut, Lieu Dit Sauvignon Blanc, macarons and select flatbreads.

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Drink Hot Cocoa at West Town Bakery & Diner

Cold weather means it’s time for hot chocolate, and the only thing better this time of year than hot cocoa is the boozy kind. At West Town Bakery & Diner, pastry chef Chris Teixeira has crafted the ultimate hot chocolate for the winter season, and he’s splashed it with liquor. It’s made with cacao berries, creme de cassis, walnut liqueur and housemade marshmallows, at once indulgent, rich, nutty and boozy

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Christmas, A Cocktail Story

CH Distillery is really getting into the holiday spirit this year by morphing into a veritable winter wonderland through December 23. For practically the whole month, the West Loop bar and distillery is teaming with The Dogma Group to transform the space into Bigbee’s, a mid-century department store window display complete with trees, window frosting and all sorts of decorations. Inspired by that classic motif and holiday vibe, the teams have put together a menu reminiscent of that era, including cocktails and food. This includes a Gingerbread Vodka Mule, the Eight Nights Magic with aquavit, pear brandy, lingonberry, lemon and dill, and the Fortune Cookie Mai Tai with rum, fortune cookie orgeat, CH Curacao and lime. To eat, specials include cheese balls, deviled eggs, fondue and deconstructed chicken pot pie soup. Rounding out the department store vibe, CH Distillery/Bigbee’s will also have various vintage gifts on hand for shopping purposes.

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Brunch With Scrooge at The Dearborn

Everybody always goes to brunch with Santa, but what about Scrooge? Maybe the reason he’s so grump all the time is because no one ever wants to eat eggs with him. The Dearborn is out to change all that with their special “Brunch with Scrooge” event on December 3. Considering the restaurant is across the street from the Goodman Theatre, home to the annual run of A Christmas Carol, it makes perfect sense really. In honor of their special guest, the restaurant is cooking up some unique items for the brunch, and drinks include a “Scrooge-Driver” made with Plymouth gin, Bitter Truth pimento dram, orange juice, lime and Peychaud’s. A dollar from every Scrooge-Driver sold goes to the not-for-profit Goodman Theatre. The brunch runs from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and reservations are recommended.

Best Spots for Pie in Chicago:

Best Spots for Pie in Chicago:

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Everyone knows about pie spots like Hoosier Mama Pie Company and Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits, and rightfully so, but here’s a roundup of some other deserving dessert destinations during the holidays, the time of year when pie cravings reach their apex.

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Best Spots for Pie in Chicago @ Spinning J

Best Spots for Pie in Chicago @ Spinning J

One of the best new names on the pie scene is Spinning J in Humboldt Park. The vintage-inspired soda fountain and bakery features an ever-changing assortment of pies in flavors like hibiscus-key lime, s’mores, sweet potato, and classic apple.

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Best Spots for Pie in Chicago:

Considering the owners of Baker Miller helped open Bang Bang Pie, it’s no surprise that the pie offerings at this Lincoln Square staple are top-notch. Varieties change on the regular, but diners can expect offbeat options like butterscotch, maple cream, and choco-caramel turtle cheesecake.

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Bake is a little slice of Americana nostalgia in Bucktown, so it makes sense that they do pie really well. Along with their impeccable cakes, cupcakes, and cookies, pie offerings for the season include apple, pumpkin, pear, cranberry, and bourbon pecan.

Best Spots for Pie in Chicago:

Lovely: A Bake Shop is another apt destination for homey Americana. The quaint West Town bakery regularly features an assortment of comforting desserts, including pies. For Thanksgiving, the shop has classic apple pie, pecan pie, chocolate pecan pie, pear-cranberry pie, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin-pecan.

Head to Uptown’s always-wholesome Baker & Nosh for wonderful renditions of classic American desserts and other baked goods. Currently, this includes pumpkin pie. Made fresh daily, they’ll restore your faith in a dessert that’s been beaten to death basically everywhere else.

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Another pie-inspired option is available via More, the boutique cupcake shop in the Gold Coast. Fusing pie with cake, the bakery offers unique sweets options like a pecan pie cupcake, a lemon meringue cupcake, and a pumpkin-cinnamon-cream cheese variety that tastes like a slice of pumpkin pie.

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Best Spots for Pie in Chicago One of the best offbeat destinations for pie is Shaw’s Crab House. While most renowned for its bracing seafood dishes, make sure to save room for dessert, especially for the pumpkin pie. The dessert is made with fresh roasted pumpkins from Tom’s Farm in Huntley, Illinois, seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and ginger.

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Pies are the bread and butter of the dessert menu at Chicken & Farm Shop at Soho House Chicago. No better way to cap off a meal of rotisserie chicken than with heaping portions of lemon meringue pie or deep dish-style apple pie.

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For a slice of pie you’re not soon to forget, head to Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse. The iconic Gold Coast restaurant serves some of the largest slices you’ll ever see, towering over plates in flavors like macadamia turtle pie and chocolate mousse pie.

Best Brunch Right Now in Chicago

From jazz brunch to breakfast poutine, here’s where you need to be eating brunch this December.

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Best Brunch Right Now in Chicago

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Best Brunch Right Now in Chicago @ Revival Food Hall

Best Brunch Right Now in Chicago @ Revival Food Hall

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Brunch is a booming business in Chicago, and there’s always a new place to check out or a new menu to peruse. Here’s where to eat brunch right now in Chicago.
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One of the biggest brunch additions of late is Revival Food Hall, the massive dining complex in the Loop that’s so revered for lunch. Now Revival is getting into brunch with Saturday service through December 17. Perfect for the holidays, when hordes of locals and visitors flock downtown for festivities and merriment, many of Revival’s vendors are featuring special brunch items to round out their menus. This includes fried chicken and Champagne from The Budlong, a “Smoque Brisket & Fat Shallot Hash” from both Smoque BBQ and The Fat Shallot, pumpkin buttered lattes from the Revival Cafe-Bar and much more. Vendors are also working together on brunch cocktail garnishes, and Bloody Mary carts will be situated throughout the food hall. Brunch is served 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

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Atwood just rolled out a brand new brunch menu as well, and courtesy of adept chef Brian Millman, it looks like some of the most interesting and alluring morning items we’ve seen in quite some time. This includes Sricaha-honey chicken & waffles made with duck fat-fried chicken thighs and lime scallion butter; apple pie French toast with cinnamon raisin bread, apple pie compote, brown sugar streusel, spiced pecans and apple cider syrup; and bacon-oatmeal granola bars made with dried cherries, pecans, chopped bacon and bacon fat.

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Brunch and jazz go together like pancakes and maple syrup. Fittingly, Dusek’s Board & Beer celebrates that kindred pairing with its new “Good Luck Jazz” brunch at adjoining piano bar, Tack Room. Taking place the first Saturday of every month, the brunch features a three-course prix fixe menu attuned to live jazz by the Luke Sagadin Trio, all for just $25. The menu also includes one brunch cocktail and items like ricotta beignets and roasted Prince Edward Island mussels. Plus, if you make a reservation for five or more, the table will get a complimentary bottle of Henkell Brut Champagne.

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As if you needed any further reasons to visit Pleasant House Pub and fawn over the British restaurant, bar and pub, along comes breakfast poutine. A new addition to the Pilsen restaurant’s brunch repertoire, served every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., the dish features triple-fried “chips” with sausage gravy, cheddar and a sunny-side up egg.

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Pizzerias and brunch may not seem like the most obvious pairing, but Streeterville’s new Robert’s Pizza Company is out to prove that pizza is the perfect vessel for iconic brunch flavors. With new menu items like its Loxza Pizza (lox, double cream cheese, chives, red onion, chopped egg, dill, capers) and cinnamon buns made with pizza dough, Robert’s has a little bit of something for everyone. To drink, try the Brunch Money Cocktail, made with Patron XO Cafe, hot coffee, and heavy cream. Brunch is now available Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
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Drumbar Debuts Netflix-inspired Cocktail Menu

Drumbar Debuts Netflix-inspired Cocktail Menu.

Drumbar's New Cocktail Menu

Drumbar’s New Cocktail Menu

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“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.

Drumbar Debuts Netflix-inspired Cocktail Menu

Drumbar Debuts Netflix-inspired Cocktail Menu

Drumbar Debuts Netflix-inspired Cocktail Menu

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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.

 

Black Wednesday Cocktails, “Drinksgiving”

Fashion Tea, Black Wednesday Cocktails, “Drinksgiving” and More:

Black Wednesday Cocktails, “Drinksgiving”

"Drinksgiving" and More, Christkindlmarket

“Drinksgiving” and More, Christkindlmarket Chicago

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Christkindlmarket Specials at Bohemian House

Hot on the heels of Thanksgiving comes one of Chicago’s most iconic holiday season pastimes: Christkindlmarket. The German market and festival, taking place at Daley Plaza through Christmas Eve, is filled with wholesome food, trinkets, gifts, and drinks, and Bohemian House is getting in on the celebration by tapping into its European roots. Guests who attend Christkindlmarket from November 18 through December 23 are invited to bring their souvenir mug to Bohemian House and have it refilled with their beer of choice with the purchase of a food item. In addition, chef Rod Sidor has cooked up a variety of new seasonally inspired dishes, like bacon-wrapped beef with horseradish tea and the tarta Cytrynowa, a Polish citrus tart with pistachio cream, toasted meringue, honey tuile and candied viola flower.

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Bacon-wrapped beef at Bohemian House

Bacon-wrapped beef at Bohemian House

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Fashion Tea at Brindille

There’s no horseradish tea, but Brindille’s revered “Fashion Tea” is underway November 19. Collaborating with designer Samantha Sleeper and her recently launched Swan Bridesmaid, Brindille will feature custom hand-painted gowns just for this event, while chef Carrie Nahabedian and pastry chef Craig Harzewski will create a spread of savory and sweet bites. The fall tea party takes place from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on November 19 and costs $60 per person. Reservations can be made by emailing info@brindille-chicago.com.

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Black Wednesday Drinks at Saint Lou’s Assembly and MONEYGUN

Thanksgiving requires a bit of drinking, let’s be honest. Get in the spirit of things, pun intended, with some all-black cocktail specials at Saint Lou’s Assembly and MONEYGUN on Black Wednesday, November 23. The pre-Thanksgiving party will consist of legit black cocktails for $8 apiece, a DJ, and a fire pit on the patio. It all starts at 5:00 p.m.

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Nightly Entertainment at Bordel

In other ongoing event news, Bordel just released its new seasonal lineup of weeknight happenings for the rest of fall. This includes “Blind Tiger Tuesdays,” which is industry night and 25% off entire bills from 9:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. for bar pros. “Speakeasy Wednesdays” celebrates local jazz talent every week, along with beer and bourbon specials all night long. “Vaudeville Thursdays” is the handiwork of Sally Marvel and AJ Le Sac, featuring burlesque, magic and sideshow acts. Then Sally Marvel is back again for “Burlesque Fridays” with late-night entertainment and cocktails aplenty.

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Drinksgiving at Headquarters Beercade

Another great option for Black Wednesday festivities can be found at Headquarters Beercade. The River North bastion for food, booze and fun is hosting “Drinksgiving” this year, which is a special boozy dinner in partnership with Avery Brewing. Taking place from 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. November 23, the beer-paired meal includes items like house-smoked turkey breast roulade, pumpkin soup, and a dessert-y sweet potato poutine with pumpkin spice, and charred marshmallow fluff. The cost is $35 per person.

99-Ingredient Bloody Mary

99-Ingredient Bloody Mary

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99-Ingredient Bloody Mary Bar at Old Town Social

Here’s a surefire way to jazz up your weekend brunch routine. Old Town Social’s got the Bloody Mary to end all Bloody Marys, thanks to their 99-ingredient Bloody Mary Bar. The new spread contains myriad mixers, brines, house-cured meats and a dizzying variety of optional garnishes. Choose from the likes of housemade pickles, vegetables, more than 25 hot sauces, cheeses, olives, and lots more. The Bloody Mary bar is available Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

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99-Ingredient Bloody Mary In Old Town

99-Ingredient Bloody Mary In Old Town

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99-Ingredient Bloody

One Off Hospitality Group Cookbook Dinner With Marcus Samuelsson 

One of the most famous celebrity chefs in the country is headed to one of Chicago’s most popular and respected restaurant groups for a very special occasion. In honor of his new book, The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem, chef Marcus Samuelsson will be at Publican Quality Meats with One Off Hospitality Group’s Paul Kahan to serve his famed fried yardbird and other cookbook dishes. Along with a live music performance by Harlem’s The Rakiam Walker Project, the evening will include Henriot Champagne, wine and beer aplenty, taking place between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Tickets for the event are $65 per person, inclusive of all food and beverage, and cookbooks will also be available for purchase. Samuelsson will be signing books for guests as requested.

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Fall Cocktail Classes at Elixir Andersonville

Just in time for the holiday season, when the need for alcohol and cocktails is at an all-time high, Elixir Andersonville is preparing to host a few themed cocktail classes to get you prepared. The first event takes place October 29 from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., with a focus on apples. Using freshly pressed apple juice to order, the bar will demonstrate the classic apple martini, along with a seasonal riff on the Manhattan. The cost for the class is $25 and tickets can be purchased here. Upcoming classes include a holiday punch event on November 19 and mulled wine on December 17.

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Happy Hour at Dos Urban Cantina

The latest happy hour options comes to us from Dos Urban Cantina, one of the most promising new Mexican options in town. Available Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., the promo affords guests an opportunity to sample the restaurant’s acclaimed wares at discount prices. These include specials on margaritas and Mexican beers, plus snacks like chicken wings with chipotle glaze, tamal tots with habanero cream chips and dip with guacamole, roasted tomato salsa and pumpkin seed hummus.

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3 Greens Market Launches Weekday Breakfast

Now you don’t need to wait until weekend brunch to indulge in well-crafted omelettes and hash, thanks to 3 Greens Market’s recently launched weekday breakfast program. Now available from 7:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. via a breakfast bar of hot and cold dishes, 3 Greens morning items include baked Denver omelettes, potato hash, pork breakfast sausage, maple-glazed bacon, black bean and sweet potato burritos, housemade cinnamon rolls, blueberry Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and more.