Punch House hosts a no-cover literary event on Thursday. (Kaitlyn McQuaid/For RedEye )
Goose Island Beer Event
Division Ale House 1942 W. Division St. 773-384-6886
The bar presents a beer-spiked menu featuring a kimchi-stuffed brat steamed in Goose Island Kisetsu with a side ($6); chocolate stout cherry pie ($5.99) and more as Goose Island certified cicerone Rick Wildt introduces rare offerings ($8-$12 per draft) such as Bourbon County imperial stout, Big John imperial stout and the aforementioned Kisetsu saison. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; kitchen closes at midnight.
Throwback Thursday Launch Party
John Barleycorn River North 149 W. Kinzie St. 773-348-8899
The River North club kicks off a weekly "period attire encouraged" series starting with the '70s and featuring popular cocktails from that decade such as the Tom Collins, Singapore Sling, tequila sunrise and screwdriver ($7 each), free disco glasses while supplies last and disco tunes from DJ Claud10. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
Bourbon & Beats
Drumbar 201 E. Delaware Place 312-924-2531
Thursdays are for dark spirits at this club atop the Raffaello Hotel where head bartender Alex Renshaw's menu features weekly-changing $10 classic and modern cocktails—beginning with Atlanta Belle (bourbon, creme de menthe, creme de cacao, cream) and Sustenance (bourbon, apricot, pink grapefruit juice, allspice, bitters)—and a choice of two $25 bourbon flights. DJ Greg Corner brings the beats. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
The Gift Theatre 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-283-7071
See the world premiere of "Despacito," by J.C. Chandor (who penned the 2013 Robert Redford film, "All Is Lost"), the Chicago premiere of "Good for Otto," by David Rabe ("Hurlyburly") and eight more 10-minute plays by members of the Jefferson Park ensemble and guest artists. 7:30 p.m. Through Jan. 19. RSVP recommended: thegifttheatre.org
Tales From The Punchbowl
Punch House 1227 W. 18th St. 312-526-3851
Local publishing house Curbside Splendor helps you combat sub-freezing temps with a warm night in this basement bar where authors Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon ("Nothing") and Russ Woods ("Wolf Doctors") and poet Daniela Olszewska ("Citizen J") read from their new books. 7-9 p.m. No cover.
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.