This winter has been a tough one. Here’s a roundup of a few events and ideas to get you through it! Fight cabin fever with everything from shopping to brews and tiki inspired cocktails.
Three Dots and a Dash
435 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Pretend you’re on beach with a fun drink from Three Dots. Three Dots and a Dash is a cocktail focused tiki lounge located in River North. The menu features both classic and modern tiki cocktails. Three dots features unique cocktails made in house daily and a selection of over 150 rums. With cocktails served in skulls, shells and pineapples, you just might forget the snow and frigid temperatures outside (ok, probably not)! Fun Fact: The name Three Dots and a Dash is Morse Code for “V” standing for Victory. This code was used at the end of World War II when the soldiers were heading home. To commemorate the victory, Don the Beachcomber created a drink called “Three Dots and a Dash” consisting of rum, honey, allspice and bitters.
Stout Barrel House and Galley
642 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Gather around for a cozy, keg warm-up. Stout Barrel House and Galley will hold a keg tapping party on Thursday, January 23. Goose Island will release their new Crimson Rye IPA and you can ring in the occasion with a ceremonial keg.
From 6-8 p.m., guests will learn about the recipe, brewing process and finished product from the brew masters. Gusts can ample the new suds and anyone that orders a Goose Island draught brew that evening will receive a keepsake glass.
325 South Franklin
Chicago, IL 60606
Warm up and celebrate the anniversary of canned beer. On January 24, 1935, the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company became the first brewer to sell canned beer in the United States. Competitors soon followed suit, and by the end of that same year, over 200 million cans had been produced and sold. On Friday, January 24, Franklin Tap, will pay homage to the anniversary of canned beer with a “Canniversary” party from 11 a.m. to midnight. In celebration of Beer Can Appreciation Day, Franklin Tap’s list of 20 different canned brews will be offered for $6 each.
Randolph Street’s Wonderful Winter Market
Beaux Arts Plumber’s Hall
1340 W. Washington Street
There’s no better way to warm up than a long hard day of shopping. Randolph Street Market’s third annual Wonderful Winter Market returns January 25-26th. The January Show is the first market of 2014 where you’ll find hot treasures, hot cocoa, and hot fashion to keep you warm in Chiberia. Shop for Valentine’s Day, take advantage of free antique appraisals and more.
The Glunz Tavern
1202 North Wells Street
Christopher Donovan, owner of The Glunz Tavern in Old Town, has created four warm cocktails for the winter season. The traditional Irish Coffee features Julius Meinl coffee, Jameson Irish Whiskey and house made clotted cream, while the Glunz Tavern Glogg (multi-spiced red wine that is served hot with almonds and raisins) is based on his grandfather Louis Glunz’s original recipe. The Tavern also offers a Hot Buttered Rum (an age-old cure for the common cold) and Hot Julius Meinl Cocoa spiked with Peppermint Schnapps.
All four-winter warmers ($8-$10) are now available and will run through the winter season. The Glunz Tavern is open for dinner and drinks nightly, and offers brunch service on Saturdays and Sundays.
Stay warm, my friends!