Monday, May 19, 2008

Mondays . . .


. . . are usually reserved for chillin' at home. But when you're in the hospitality industry or if you're entertaining folks from other places, it can be the best night to kick it around town:

The popular Shift Drink Mondays continue at the Libertine, as some of Chicago's big-name chefs take their turn behind the bar. Each week, they serve up a signature cocktail as well as anything else you want at this Lincoln Park gastropub. Also: half-price pizzas, $1 PBRs and $2 Makers Mark.

At Rockit Bar & Grill, Tasteit returns with a three-course spring tasting menu for $25; add $15 to pair with craft beers. It's also half off on food, beer and wine for those who work in the industry. Upstairs is free pool.

Everyone gets the discounted price on Mondays at Tasting Room, the West Loop wine lounge that's conducive to conversations. Customers can order half priced glasses of wine to complement exotic cheese and fruit platters.

Head to the BEATS + BASS + RHYTHM night at Debonair Social Club for house, soul and offbeat music spun by national and local spin stars. Music 101 hosts its weekly set and tonight is the Dae Deep release party with deejays Aaron Dae, Sean Smith and resident turntablist Brian Gardner. $5 Stoli cocktails; $3 domestic beer.

Copperblue's Cinema Gourmet typically sells out in advance, but there's always a chance that they're still taking reservations. The event includes a three-course dinner that's paired with the controversial black-and-white modern Western "Dead Man," starring Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Billy Bob Thornton, Crispin Glover and Robert Mitchum. After the film, University of Chicago professor Elliott Krick leads a discussion on film. $79 includes the dinner, movie munchies and wines from H2Vino. 6pm.

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