Tuesday, September 30, 2008

They caved!


Reports the Sun-Times today:

"Bars and restaurants surrounding Wrigley Field on Monday reluctantly agreed today to stop serving alcohol after the seventh inning of potential title-clinching Cubs playoff games, but only after City Hall made a last-minute concession: The prohibition will end if the games go into extra innings."

The temporary ban could get its first test on Oct. 7. That would be the fifth and final game of the Cubs and Dodgers series, if necessary.

So, you know what?! It's time to get busy in other parts of the city if this indeed goes down. In Wicker Park, there's The Boundary and Fifty/50. In River North, go to English or Rockit Bar and Grill. Or, if you want to stick close to Lakeview, head to the Southport Corridor for a number of venues, including Take Five, Justin's or Messner's.

Cheers to this . . .


Keep your spirits up today:

We love Fiddlehead Cafe for slashing prices on its wine flights every Tuesday. Go for the robust Spanish vino or South American juice. Treat yourself to interesting whites from Portugal or a nice selection of sparkling wines. Usually, they're $11 to $14, but tonight they're all $8. And if you really enjoy something, you can take a bottle home for a special low price.

Tuesdays are also popular for the Pub Beer Showcase at Goose Island. The Clybourn location trots out special brews and even has the brewer on hand to discuss. 6pm. Free.

Cheers for more beer at NoMI, which takes a break from its usual Tuesday wine-tasting Cellar Notes to let you soak up the suds. Advanced sommelier Fernando Beteta leads with an expert on hand, offering a number of beers complemented by appetizers. 5:30-7:30pm $30.

And the biggest deal of the day is Paramount Room's weekly all-you-can-eat fish & chips special. That's endless, hand-dipped fish that comes with fresh-cut fries. Pair that with a bottle of wine, which is half off every Tuesday. Also, $5 shots of Jack Daniels and Jameson.