On May 2 – 3, Union Station welcomes the greatly anticipated return of Wine Riot, where wine enthusiasts gather under one roof to sample as many as 250 wines from all over the world. There’ll be experts to teach the rioters the finer points of wine and the evening will feature a photobooth, a DJ and unlimited fine wines. Guests can download the Wine Riot app (for free from iTunes or the Android App Store) to help to make notes and remember which wines were favorites. You can buy tickets here. Or enter the official brokehipster.com contest to win 2 tickets to one of Saturday’s sessions.
So you want to win tickets? Leave a comment below detailing the best time you ever had drinking wine. The submitter of the best and most entertaining story will win 2 tickets to Wine Riot Chicago 2014. Entries must be submitted by 11:59pm on April 28, 2014. Good luck everyone! I can’t wait to hear some amazing stories from some even more amazing people!!
Come out to McGee’s (950 W Webster) this Thursday April 24, 2014 to celebrate their 25 anniversary and enjoy 25 cent Bud/Bud Light bottles all day long! McGee’s opens at 11a and closes at 2a and you can drink your way to Friday with the coolest kids around. I’ll be there with a few friends, so swing by and say hello!!
Coffee. Early morning companion and late night savior. As our appreciation grows for this energizing drink, so does our need to gather and discuss the the nuances of drinking it. This past Saturday, we had Coffee Con 2014 at the Zhou B Arts Center in Bridgeport.
This one day event featured brew method demonstrations and coffee tastings from well known roasters like Chicago’s own Passion House, Counter Culture and Metropolis.
Josh from Counter Culture
Highlights of new brewing gadgets were the “hassle free” version of the siphon brewer and a Snowden Slowbrew system.
Chicago’s own Kickstarter contender, the “Manual”:
Lectures involved an informatively engaging “The Science of Coffee” from Stone Creek Coffee, Coffee Sustainability, and what it takes for a coffee to win the “Cup of Excellence” award.
Perfuming the outside air were the home roasting demonstrations showing simple DIY and high tech ways of getting the right coffee flavors at home. A rotating collection of food trucks helped keep overcaffeination at bay.
This consumer focused convention has grown to a multi-city event where it will be in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles later on this year. Till CoffeeCon 2015 shows us another exciting new way, we’ll be enjoying our home roasted dark life giving drink in a mindfully brewed form.
You may remember the complimentary cheesecake and breakfast the Central Lakeview Merchants Association provided last year. Well, they’re back at it with another giveaway!! Bring in a receipt from any participating restaurant to the offices of the Central Lakeview Merchants Association (3355 N Clark) from 10a-6p between April 21 and May 2 and receive a complimentary piñata! No Cinco de Mayo celebration is complete without a piñata, so let’s make this happen!!
Below are the participating restaurants:
Azteca De Oro (3731 N Clark)
Cafe El Zapatio (3400 N Ashland)
Cesars On Clark (3166 N Clark)
El Jardin (3335 N Clark)
Fiesta Cantina (3407 N Clark)
Mi Terra (1039 W Belmont)
Dust off your dancing shoes and clear your schedule for Saturday March 22 because the best free dance party is happening at Beauty Bar (1444 W Chicago). RSVP here for no cover and complimentary Colt 45 from 9-10p. It’s a unique venue where you can get a manicure AND a mixed drink. I had the chance to interview two regulars to find out what sets it apart from other clubs here in the city. Heidi C, who has been to Beauty Bar a handful of times, likes that there’s a really relaxed vibe and there’s no shortage of events each with different music. She said that the following 3 words encapsulate the feeling of Beauty Bar: Chill. Unique. Entertaining.
I also spoke with Claire C, a young professional residing in Lincoln Park, about her experiences at Beauty Bar. When asked what she likes about Beauty Bar, she replied that there’s a great mixture of people- with no two people looking the same. She especially enjoys the theme nights (the monthly Y2K dance party for example). She appreciates that they also arrange a different night occasionally- like Drunk in Love. Beauty Bar has a funky decor that shimmers and sparkles, but Claire said that best part is that you can get a manicure and a martini at 10p at night! She told me that, for her, several words describe the Beauty Bar experience: Unique. Fun. Diverse. Exciting. Entertaining. Glitter. Shiny.
There you have it ladies and gentlemen. No cover, hosted bar, dancing, Beyoncé. I know where I’ll be this Saturday. Come out and say “Hello” I’ll be the one in the Orange sunglasses.
What do you like most about Beauty Bar? Leave a comment below and let me know!!!