Sunday, January 18, 2009

Cheers to the Chief!


Whether you're hanging at home or heading out to one of the hot Obama blowouts around town, from C-View to Stretch Run Sporting Club and Grille, 312DD's still got you covered:

Those throwing their own Barack bashes will need, of course, a signature sipper. We dig the idea of shaking up The $700 Billion Martini, generously made with Svedka Vodka. You can also find it at People Lounge and Seven Ten.

For something a little smoother, get Hennessy 44, a limited-edition cognac honoring the 44th prez. The bottle features a redesigned label, black capsule and special "44" seal with the date of the inauguration. Only 180,000 collectors' bottles are available and a percentage of the proceeds benefit the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Lucky guests at the glammed-out, VIP party at Park 52 on Tuesday will have a chance to sample Hennessy 44 cocktails.

And instead of the usual bubbly from Champagne, France, do your 'hood good and celebrate with a bottle of Cooper's Hawk Winery's Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine. It's the only local winery getting props at the Illinois State Society's Illinois Inaugural Gala in Washington, D.C.—plus they're pouring the First Lady's Toast, so you know the Obamas will be there!

Gotta have Faith

Faith & Whiskey opens to the public on Friday. (Photo: Faith & Whiskey)

312DD's secured the first sneak-peek pics of Lincoln Park's newest rock lounge, Faith & Whiskey, which takes over the old Ta'Too.

The laid-back and budget-conscious bar—with an imposing tattooed wall logo, antler light fixtures, encased guitars behind the bar and dark, narrow edges similar to Angels & Kings—is a far cry from owner Hunter Cannon's glamorous West Loop spot Bon V, which is known for hosting celebrity events, including the wrap party for "Public Enemies" last summer.

Even though Faith & Whiskey's in a more low-key 'hood, the guys behind this project are pretty hooked up in the industry, so you never know who'll turn up.

It opens to the public Jan. 23.