With a four-day weekend just around the corner, you might be planning to unwind by hitting up the bars on the day before Thanksgiving. Commonly referred to as “Black Wednesday,” the night is a busy time for many bars in the Chicago area, making it a fun place to meet up with coworkers for happy hour or for partying with your friends. Did you check out the bars recommended last year? If you’re still looking for a place to meet up with your group, then see the following bars in Chicago that are offering special events on Black Wednesday, November 27.
The Cove Lounge
1750 E. 55th St.
Chicago, IL 60615
If your stomping grounds are in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, then make sure you stop in at The Cove Lounge. The bar will have its regular Wednesday night drink specials on Heineken bottles and Miller Light and MGD pitchers. Be sure to stick around for the bar’s giveaways, including T-shirts and bottle openers. According to Todd Sleeper, manager of The Cove Lounge and head bartender, Black Wednesday is a pretty busy night for Cove Lounge, especially with its proximity to the University of Chicago campus.
Turkey Trolley Trot
Let’s face it, a pub crawl on foot is fun, but a pub crawl on a trolley is a lot better. With the Turkey Trolley Trot, you can hop on and off at McGee’s, Wrightwood Tap, Durkin’s, Duffy’s, Redmond’s or Maeve in the Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville and Lakeview neighborhoods. Tickets will be available for purchase in advance, as well as at the door, and include a food buffet at each bar and domestic beer. You can also get into the seasonal spirit with the pilgrim punch. The tickets also include transportation to the bars. The event runs from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., giving you plenty of time to unwind with friends.
Bull & Bear
431 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Located on Chicago’s River North neighborhood, Bull & Bear is just the right place to have happy hour with your coworkers before kicking off a four-day weekend. The bar offers a tableside tap, so you can easily refill your glass. On Black Wednesday, the bar will have a live DJ and a drink package for $35 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Light snacks are also included in the package, and other specials include $5 Bacardi Bombs and $200 Grey Goose bottles. Are you feeling a bit hungry? Bull & Bear also offers a selection of soups, salads, burgers, tacos, sandwiches and more.
670 W. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60654
If your Thanksgiving plans don’t include the traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, then consider checking out what Bottleneck Management’s bars have to offer. The selection includes turkey burgers at Howells & Hood, turkey croquettes at The Boundary, ancho honey glazed turkey meatloaf at Sweetwater, turkey pot pie at South Branch and stuffing cake at Old Town Pour House. The menu items will be available for a limited time through November 27. Make sure to wash down your meal with the bars’ selection of beer, wine and a variety of seasonal cocktails. For directions to each bar, consult Bottleneck Management’s website.
111 W. Kinzie St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Jazz up the evening by attending Untitled’s Moulin Rouge-themed event, “Unbridled.” The fun begins at 10 p.m., and there’s a $10 cover charge. What can you expect? Try snake charmers, fire performers and go-go dancers. If you’re looking for some food, check out Untitled’s menu, which includes fried house pickles, an assortment of cheeses, grit cakes, short ribs, salads and burgers. Now let’s talk drinks. Untitled offers a selection of seasonal cocktails, as well as wine, beer and spirits and liquors, including an extensive list of whiskeys.
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