Monday, July 28, 2008

Live it up . . .


. . . because it's a beautiful day and there's a lot going on:

The guys behind Angels & Kings launch AK47 Mondays tonight with DJ Paul Blair and surprise live performances that'll happen each week. Sponsored by Effen Vodka, with discounted drinks, the party should attract nightlife and music industry types. 9pm-2am. Free.

Sleek River North eatery La Madia is working hard to stand apart from other pizza joints with $5 wine and complimentary pizza throughout the summer. The wine specials are hand-selected by owner/chef Jonathan Fox, and offered in the restaurant's lounge 4-6pm.

Another good dining option can be found at Custom House, as celebrated chef Shawn McClain offers Summer Break, a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu Sunday-Wednesday through Sept. 1. The special is $38, and wine director Sue Kim Drohomyrecky picks her favorite summer white, rosé and red wine carafes for an additional $12.

Or go for something more casual over at Paramount Room, as chef Stephen Dunne features Wagu Kobe burgers and a pint for $10 every night. The burger comes "dressed" with organic mixed greens, red onion, Beefsteak tomato and Paramount Room's special sauce; add artisan cheeses (think vintage cheddar, Farmstead Blue, Gruyere), Berkshire bacon or a fried egg for extra charge.

Havana Club happens at Juicy Wine Co. on Mondays with budget-friendly cocktails and cuisine. For only $5 each, guests get mojitos and Cubano sandwiches (made with roasted pork, pickles and gooey cheese trapped in a roll and pressed thin). DJ Madrid spins Cuban-influenced music to set the mood. 7pm-2am. Free admission.

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