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Weekly Planner: Mercadito’s Mixology Academy, Father’s Day BBQ, Writers Club and More

One of the best ongoing beverage events in Chicago, Mercadito’s Mixology Academy is back for more on June 17, followed by an experiential dinner two days later. River North’s perpetually hot Mexican restaurant and bar is christening summer in style with their next themed shindig, featuring a lesson on Bulleit Bourbon cocktails led by beverage director Paul Tanguay in the lower La Mez Agave Lounge at 3:00 p.m. The afternoon affair will exhibit tips and techniques for at-home bourbon mixology, along with a bit of history behind the Bulleit brand. Appetizers will also be provided and the cost to attend is $45 per person. Then two days later, Mercadito is hosting another event, this time a four-course dinner on June 19. Hosted by executive chef Patricio Sandoval and special guest Paul Sauter of Diageo, the degustation will include pairings of Don Julio tequila pours. Dishes to savor include a guacamole trio, ceviche, tacos and tres leches. The dinner costs $75 per person. Reservations are required for both events and can be made by calling Mercadito or visiting its website.

Father's Day BBQ

Father’s Day BBQ

Father’s Day at Band of Bohemia 

Father’s Day BBQ

Consider wowing your dad with a little tasting menu dinner at Band of Bohemia for Father’s Day this year. To celebrate the occasion, the Ravenswood restaurant is serving five-course degustations with beer pairings for $85 per person on June 18. With beers brewed in-house and intricate, stunning dishes coming out of the open kitchen, it’s bound to be a real dad-pleaser. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant.

Father’s Day BBQ at Saint Lou’s Assembly

If your dad prefers something a bit more casual and low-key, swing by Saint Lou’s Assembly on June 18. For Father’s Day, the West Loop restaurant is offering a special edition of its “We’re Out Back” patio series, with barbecue options like brisket, pasta salad and white bread. To drink, dad’s sure to enjoy an ice-cold Old Fashioned, especially while playing bocce or just lounging around in the sun.

Writers Club at Revival Food Hall

Do you like to write? Do you like affordable cocktails? Than the Curbside Writers Club at Revival Food Hall may be just the ticket for you. On June 19, the Loop food hall has set aside some reserved tables for writers to jot down whatever they’d like as part of the Curbside Writers Club from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Cocktails are $9 and attendees will also get a 20% discount on Curbside Books + Records merchandise.

The Pony Inn

The Pony Inn

Summer Kickoff Specials at The Pony Inn

Summer is almost officially/finally here, and The Pony Inn is prepared to celebrate accordingly. Toasting to the first Tuesday of summer, the Lakeview bar will be slinging specials from 5:00 p.m. until close on June 20, including $3 “Frosty Mug” drafts, $4 Dobel tequila shots and $5 burgers and sandwiches.