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November 16, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt, RedEye
Need to know how crowded John Barleycorn is right now? Or whether there are more women than men at Vertigo Sky Lounge? How about the average age of patrons at Schoolyard Tavern? If you're in Chicago, there's an app for that. SceneTap, a mobile and web application that launched in Chicago in July, uses cameras to gather information for its facial detection software, which provides real-time stats on the age, sex and number of patrons in more than 50 bars in Chicago. While the app does not reveal any identifying information about patrons (no identifying photos or video is posted...
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May 29, 2014 | Annie Reed, @annie_e_313
Chicago bars have gotten pretty sexy. We've got “cocktail programs” and “mixologists” and whiskey drinks infused with tobacco. Between the orchid garnishes, the candle-lit nooks and the vintage chandeliers, it's all so charming and boozy and ... wait is THAT my bar tab? When did happy hour start costing more than dinner?  While I adore many aspects of the craft cocktail trend - particularly any drink infused with serrano peppers - at times I wonder whether blowing this much of my disposable income is appropriate at this stage in my life.
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October 4, 2012 | From TheBar.com
Paris Club, 59 W Hubbard The Wit Roof, 201 N State Vertigo Sky, 2 W Erie St The Trump Rebar, 401 N Wabash Hubbard Inn, 110 W Hubbard Old Town Pour House, 14 17 N Wells Hyatt - Big Bar, 151 E Wacker Dr Blue Agave, 579 W Kinzie The Scout, 1301 S Wabash Third Rail, 1133 W Madison The Frontier, 1072 N Milwaukee Market, 1113 W Randolph Public House, 400 N State Bull & Bear, 431 N Wells Side Tracks, 3349 S Halsted
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March 18, 2014 | By Kate Bernot and RedEye
Richard's Bar 491 N. Milwaukee Ave. 312-733-2251 Looks like: A neon-lit bar with a packaged beer fridge Smells like: Cigarette smoke Sounds like: Frank Sinatra It's a bit reductive to call Richard's Bar a "dive. " To me, dives are places one slinks into with a hat pulled down low, hoping only for cold beer and anonymity. Before every watering hole that didn't have a "curated cocktail program" was labeled a dive, there existed gems called neighborhood bars.
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February 1, 2012 | RedEye
Enclave is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the most people wearing sunglasses in the dark. With the help of rapper Lil John, who will appear at the club for his third time in 10 months, will be there to help. The previous record is held by 424 people. We at RedEye thought of some other Chicago bars and restaurants who could attempt to break other world records. Most people wearing dark-rimmed glasses: The Whistler Most men wearing blue collared shirts: Chicago Cut Steakhouse Most people lurking for a seat: Big Star ...
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December 10, 2012 | By Kate Bernot, @kbernot and RedEye
Even at the city's best liquor stores, you're not likely to find myrrh-flavored bitters on the shelves. So when beverage director Alex Bachman of Yusho in Avondale mixes up his Cate's Esters cocktail, he has to reach for a bottle of bitters he's made himself. Cocktails generally contain only a few drops of these botanical alcohols, but bitters can pack such distinct flavors that bartenders pay them a lot of attention. For Bachman, this means experimenting with making his own flavors such as Szechuan peppercorn and soybean, which he is able to tweak to specifically complement his...
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March 25, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Root beer - A&W, Barq's, Mug, etc. - is really a misnomer. It's soda, made with carbonated water and sweeteners, and, as everyone knows, is totally appropriate to serve at a kid's birthday party. Not so with two new local brews. Milwaukee's Sprecher Brewing Company and Wauconda, Ill.'s Small Town Brewery both have developed alcoholic root beers that, at anywhere from 5 to 20 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), are hefty even by traditional beer standards. "It's a fermented malt beverage, whereas root beer doesn't go through...
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June 8, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye
When Addison native Kyle Kinane decided he wanted to do comedy as a student at Columbia College, one major problem stood in the way. “I didn't know where, how you started comedy,” he told RedEye. “You were either funny at a bar or you were a guy on TV telling jokes.” Now, after years of being in bars, Kinane has told enough jokes on TV on Comedy Central, “Conan” and elsewhere to feel secure quitting his day job. He chatted from his LA home about his time in Chicago, his interest in extreme sports, and, well, hanging out in...
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April 16, 2012 | By Matt Lindner, for RedEye
The most riveting drama to come out of Wrigleyville this season--certainly more interesting than anything that's happened on the field--turned out to be a giant hoax. No, a girl did not in fact get stuck in the hideous giant noodle across the street from Wrigley Field, despite what you may have heard. That's because even if you tried, you couldn't get all the way inside said noodle. I know this because I went down and checked it out for myself. It all started just after midnight on Sunday on Twitter.
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November 25, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco for RedEye
Welcome to Snub City. Check out the lists that Chicago didn't make or ranked low. Best Cities for Men in 2012 (Men's Health, Dec. 2011) 1.Burlington, Vt. 2.Madison, Wis. 3.Plano, Texas *71. Chicago. Ok, so we don't exercise as much as we should.   Healthiest Cities for Women (Women's Health, Jan. 2012) 1.Raleigh, N.C. 2.San Jose, Calif. 3.Madison, Wis. *72. Chicago. Maybe we need to start sweating these lists.   Best Cities to Rent (Forbes, June 2012)
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November 21, 2013 | By Kristen Kuchar @KristenKuchar and For RedEye
Got a few use-'em-or-lose-'em vacation days to burn before the calendar turns over to 2014? Besides sleeping in, having an extra cocktail the night before and watching trashy daytime television, you'll also be able to finally hit up those ever-so-elusive hot spots that are impossible to get into during peak hours. Use these tips to plan your trip. Three Dots and a Dash 435 N. Clark St. 312-610-4220 Lines quickly form at the back alley entrance of this tiki-themed River North hot spot, which serves tempting tropical cocktails such as the Painkiller No. 3 made with...
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November 6, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson and For RedEye
Now that the season of beer garden-hopping and margarita-fueled beach volleyball is long gone, it's time to recommit to the very important practice of drinking indoors. Your standard bar games - darts, pool, beer pong - require some amount of physical aptitude, however hampered by alcohol it may be. When you've tired of those, look to trusty trivia night to liven up your cold-weather nights out. Gather your recruits - your sports-obsessed friend, the pop culture princess at the office, you get the idea - and put your knowledge to good use to win cash,...
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September 25, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Due to interstate moves, familial allegiances or just plain preference, not every Chicagoan is a Bears fan. Full disclosure: While I like to see the Bears do well, I'm a bleed-blue N.Y. Giants fan. (And yes, I appreciate your condolences on our 0-3 start.) I know firsthand that fall Sundays can make some fans feel a bit homesick; games aren't broadcast, none of your friends care about your team and you just wish there was someone to high-five after a TD. Fortunately, a few Chicago bars, mostly clustered around sports bar-heavy Lakeview and...
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September 10, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
The Matchbox 770 N. Milwaukee Ave. 312-666-9292 Looks like: The scene in the original “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” in which Gene Wilder walks through a room that impossibly becomes more and more narrow Smells like: Inside, not much; but the sidewalk cafe catches the occasional ribbon of exhaust from busy Ogden Avenue Sounds like: Bubbles of cocktail-fueled conversations from squished-together couples who think they're whispering...
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March 25, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Root beer - A&W, Barq's, Mug, etc. - is really a misnomer. It's soda, made with carbonated water and sweeteners, and, as everyone knows, is totally appropriate to serve at a kid's birthday party. Not so with two new local brews. Milwaukee's Sprecher Brewing Company and Wauconda, Ill.'s Small Town Brewery both have developed alcoholic root beers that, at anywhere from 5 to 20 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), are hefty even by traditional beer standards. "It's a fermented malt beverage, whereas root beer doesn't go...
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February 27, 2013 | By Ryan Smith, @RyanSmithWriter and For RedEye
Out of the half-dozen brews on draft at Goldie's, there's only one tap handle that bartender Jason Grigsby kept pulling on a recent Tuesday night, and it belonged to Pabst Blue Ribbon. "Tonight it's been nothing been PBR; I'll definitely go through a keg tonight," said Grigsby as he filled another pint glass with the pale-gold lager. So much for the long-awaited PBR backlash. Despite some feelings that it's lost its cool appeal and compares poorly taste-wise to the hundreds of exotic and flavorful microbrews eating into the U.S. beer market,...
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June 11, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye
EAT Plum yum Sola, 3868 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-327-3868 Say yes to summer fruit with this three-course, plum-infused prix fixe dinner, which features a pork chop with barley, fava beans and plum candied-ginger preserve; salad with pea tendrils, plums and more; and an adzuki bean cake with ginger plums, jasmine ice cream, orange-plum syrup and a sesame cookie. 5:30-9 p.m. $30; $45 with wine pairings. DRINK Tales and ales Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-227-2739 Raise your glass at this fundraiser for storytelling collective 2nd Story,...
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May 22, 2012 | By Emily Van Zandt, RedEye
"Someone take these fries away from me! I have to eat at the next bar. " Typical Thursday night. Since taking up the shot glass-encrusted mantle of RedEye's nightlife producer, my diet has become less than stellar. Try eating wings as a nightcap four days a week and let me know how ready you are for swimsuit season. But while I can't blame the bars entirely (I could log more gym time and opt for more veggies at lunch), it's pretty obvious that if you're trying to lose weight, most Chicago bars and pubs should be on your do-not list.
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