Thursday, April 16, 2009

Billionaire balllin' on a beer budget


We're all short on stacks these days—especially with the tax man cometh this week—so 312DD's looking out for you with dynamite drinking and dining deals all weekend long:


Long-time party-thrower Lincoln Park Young Professionals hosts its infamous Billionaire bash, this time at the Blackstone Hotel (636 S. Michigan Ave.). Event includes tours of the hotel's $139 mil renovation, appetizers from the highly regarded Mercat a la Planxa, $1 million diamond fashion show, high-end cocktails and more. You get all these golden goodies for $25 if you buy your ticket here. 6-8pm.

Speaking of luxe livin', Barneys New York officially debuts today in its new home, and to celebrate the grand occasion they're doing an open house. Enjoy comp bubbly and donuts 10am-7pm as you check out the multi-level venue. Also, try to get over to Fred's at Barneys New York for a luscious lunch of artisan pizzas, pastas or sandwiches.

We can never get enough of good ole 1980s music, so we're all about Landmark's free wine-tasting party pairing the best of the best. Hope they pull out some Tears for Fears, Thompson Twins and Thomas Dolby! 6:30-8pm.

Don't sleep on the deals going down at Crimson Lounge. Every Thursday you get $3 sparkling wine, draft beers and house wine. And if you're hungry, you'll also get 50 percent off a small plate gourmet menu by Bin 36. Deejays Funky Couture, Mwelwa and Lego spin. 9pm-2am. No cover.

If you're craving some late-night fixins, head over to 44th Ward Dinner Party for Photo Club. Here, you'll get complimentary gourmet grilled cheese (after midnight) and A:M vodka (10-11pm). New Wave party starts at 10pm. Free.

Steam up the dance floor at Coco Restaurant & Lounge, as Planeta Azul performs live. Luciano Antonio leads a dynamic group of musicians accompanied by samba dancers. 10pm-2am. No cover and free parking.


Fine art and boutique wines merge at The Poison Cup, a new vino venue in Lincoln Park. Tonight and tomorrow they're doing Wines of the World tastings. 4-6pm. Free.

Bargain bubbles are on at Crimson Lounge, Pops for Champagne and Angelina Ristorante.

Head to LaSalle Power Co. for a sneak-peek party of this massive new venue from the guys behind Bar Celona. Sample the menu and get comped at the bar as deejays Hey Champ and White Shadow spin. 7-9pm.

You won't find anything over $10 on the menu at SmallBar, one of the favorites in Wicker Park. Cheeseburgers and sandwiches, plus $2 Schlitz, $4 Allagash White and $5 Half Acre Lager.


Skip brunch (or go later!) and head to the Green City Market early for samples of locally sourced bacon and eggs. Chef Justin Hall of FIG Catering demos. Get there early! Demo at 11am, but market's open 8am-1pm. Free.

Pops for Champagne's weekly bubbly bath this time features several offerings from Grand Marques. Guests will get to sample Grand Millésime 1999, Grand Rosé and Grande Réserve. 3-5pm. $20.


One of the best brunch deals happens at Angelina Ristorante, in Lakeview, where you can get an entree and unlimited mimosas for $20. Choose from the breakfast croissant (Canadian bacon, scrambled egg and smoked mozzarella, with home fries), Fritatta di Giorno (Italian-style baked omelet served with roasted potatoes and toast) or B.L.T. Club (toasted brioche, smoked bacon, baby arugula, tomato and pesto mayo). 10am-2pm.

And Bistro 110 just updated its Family & Friends Sunday and Monday night dinner menu for spring. Get lighter dishes like homestyle crepes or a trio of skewers (chicken, shrimp and vegetable brochette) for $15; pair with 10-ounce carafes of wine for $10. Offered through June.