Weekly Planner: Happy Hour at Imperial Lamian, Moscow Mules for a Good Cause, Agave Dinner

Happy Hour at Imperial Lamian

It’s not every day a happy hour comes along that features bao buns. Setting itself apart from the standard, Imperial Lamian has a new happy hour promo with an impressive variety of modern Chinese specialties to choose from. Available weekdays from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., offerings include steamed or fried mantao buns, crispy wontons, spring rolls, hargao buns and braised pork belly. A highlight is the new “one bite lamian,” which serves the noodles and broth separately. This allows customers to choose their desired noodle (regular, flat or hand-shaved) and their desired broth for dipping and sipping (braised pork belly, mushroom, brisket and char siu are a few options). To drink, happy hour options include $5 select wines, $15 Sapporo pitchers, $5 rum cocktails and $5 beer and shot combos. 

Moscow Mules & Mutts at The Bristol

Puppies and cocktails seem like a pretty win-win combination, and The Bristol combines the two for an evening of cuteness, altruism and of socialization. Moscow Mules & Mutts is the apt name for the shindig, taking place March 21 on the second floor of the restaurant from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. By partnering with ALIVE Rescue, a local no-kill pet shelter, The Bristol invites attendees to sample passed vegetarian apps, sip Moscow Mules, participate in a raffle and meet puppies who need a good home. You’ll also get to learn about the company’s volunteer opportunities and how to adopt. Tickets are $30, with proceeds going towards ALIVE Rescue. Tickets can be purchased here.


El Che Bar
El Che Bar

RW52 Menus at El Che Bar

Considering how successful and popular Chicago Restaurant Week is, it makes total sense that a restaurant would want to extend the format throughout the year. El Che Bar is doing just that (sort of), with a Restaurant Week-inspired tasting menu available every Tuesday evening throughout the year. Dubbed RW52, the menu changes monthly to keep things fresh and dynamic, featuring seasonal ingredients and ever-changing flavors. Considering the whopping amount of dishes dished out during this year’s Restaurant Week, including 965 empanadas and 952 steaks, it’s no surprise that the restaurant would want to further that ethos and reach out to new diners on an ongoing basis and at an affordable price point. 

Sabor de Agave Dinner at Dove’s Luncheonette

Here’s a fun (and boozy) dinner to help cap off your weekend. Agave-based beverage pairings are the highlight at Dove’s Luncheonette’s “Sabor de Agave” dinner on March 18. Starting at 7:00 p.m., the Southern-inspired Mexican menu will feature a five-course spree by chef de cuisine Tom Carlin and cocktail pairings by Eden Laurin of The Violet Hour. Expect plenty of mezcals from Oaxaca and lots of soulful, hearty fare to compliment. Tickets are $70 per person, with limited seats available. For reservations, contact general manager Corina Hanc at corina@doveschicago.com.