Weekday Planner: Whiskey Week, National IPA Day, Themed Dance Nights, Free Sliders

Whiskey Week at Tortoise Club

Whiskey gets its own week at Tortoise Club, where the River North restaurant celebrates summer's final full month with a week-long spree of brown spirits. Beginning August 4 and running through August 9, Whiskey Week entails a deep roster of whiskeys paired with small bites. Various special flights include the Koval Flight, the Jim Beam "Small Batch Bourbon Flight," the WhistlePig "Manhattan Pig on Tour Flight," and the McCallen Flight. Chef Gray McNally rounds out all that liquor with a Bourbon Bites pairing menu, featuring items such as pulled pork sliders, spicy summer sausage, brown sugar bacon, and Tortoise Club cheeseburger bites. 

National IPA Day

If IPA beers are more your M.O., get to LUXBAR on August 7 to celebrate National IPA Day in style. The hoppy beers take center stage in the form of four newly tapped IPAs, including Citra-Hero, American Muscle, Divided Rye, and Hop Devil. All beers will be on deck for $6.50. Hop to it! 

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Themed Dance Nights at Slippery Slope

Logan Square's hottest new dance club and bar is getting into the groove with a few new theme nights this month. Start with New Wave Tuesdays on August 5 with DJ Karl Meier, a Logan Square staple with a penchant for the '80's. Then on August 7, it's all about Queer Dance Thursdays. Marlon Montez is the man of the hour leads a musical medley of house, disco, and club tunes the first Thursday of every month. Be sure and fuel yourself with bottled cocktails and chili dogs for stamina. 

Free Sliders for CMA Music Fest

In honor of the CMA Music Festival taking place Tuesday, August 5, Old Crow Smokehouse is celebrating its country roots with free sliders. That's right, throughout the show (aired on ABC) the restaurant and bar will offer free pulled pork sliders with the purchase of any cocktail, wine, or beer.

- Matt Kirouac