Here are a few great places to watch some football, cure your New Year’s hangover and eat your heart out one last time before the resolution guilt kicks in. Also, in case you need a reason to have one last cocktail before hitting the gym and vegetables, New Year’s Day is National Bloody Mary Day. Happy New Year!
508 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Cantina Laredo will offer their lunch, dinner and lounge menus, in addition to a three course “New Year Celebracion” prix-fixe menu ($35 per person; $15 for cocktail pairings). Stop in and sip seasonal margaritas including the Cran-Ginger ‘Rita (Cazadores Reposado Tequila with Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, cranberry juice and fresh lime juice, $10) and the Season’s Spice ‘Rita (Tequila Avion Silver and Cointreau with fresh lime juice, agave syrup, bitters and a touch of nutmeg and cinnamon, $10).
Division Ale House
1942 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
The Ale House opens at 10:30 a.m. (normally open at 4 p.m.) and offers weekend brunch on New Year’s Day. The bar roots for Nebraska as their team allegiance ends the season against Georgia in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl at 11 a.m.
The bar offers a $20 prix-fixe brunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., which includes choice of brunch entrée with options such as waffle fried chicken, a breakfast skillet, a build-your-own omelet, corned beef hash or a Scotch egg, and breakfast cocktails such as bloody marys and mimosas. Upgrades to the prix-fixe include substituting the all-day Irish Breakfast for the entrée ($24.95) and adding Elk Creek cocktails (vodka, gin, triple sec, orange juice and lemon-lime soda) as a beverage option ($26).
All-day deals include $12 Bud Light pitchers, $20 select craft beer buckets, $3 select Firefly moonshine shots and $6 Elk Creek cocktails. The bar shows the day’s top games including the Rose Bowl at 4 p.m. (Stanford vs. Michigan State) and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at 7:30 p.m. (UCF vs. Baylor). January 1 hours: 10:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
High Noon Saloon
1560 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Brunch Pajama Party at High Noon Saloon begins at 11 a.m. and will feature their $25 weekend brunch meal package. The package will include your choice of entree, bloody marys, mimosas and Bud Lights drafts from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Check out the full brunch menu on their website.
Standard Market Grill
444 West Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614
Lincoln Park’s Standard Market Grill will welcome dining guests for New Year’s Day brunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Belly up to the bar, watch the games and sip drink specials including: $4 featured craft beer; $4 bloody marys; and $15 mimosa buckets. Standard Market Grill’s regular menu will be available from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Stout Barrel House and Galley
642 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Stout’s full brunch menu, complete with bloody mary bar (22 ounce glass, extensive garnish bar), bloody mary flight and breakfast beer will be offered on New Year’s Day. Tip: try the “Pineapple Recovery Punch” (Bacardi pineapple rum, pineapple juice and coconut water served in a whole pineapple, $15). Catch all the New Year’s Day sports action on 16 high definition TVs.
739 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60611
ZED451’s unlimited, bountiful brunch menu will be available on New Year’s Day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. ($34 per person). Brunch beverage specials include $3 mimosas and $5 bloody marys. The Fireside Lounge (open until midnight) will show football games on the large projection screen and the a la carte “Cravings” menu will be offered.