Things to do for May 20, 2010

The Weekender

Patio Parties, Bacon Candy Bars and Karaoke

Your weekend was born under a good sign.

Champagne Tasting at Binny's

Champagne Tasting at Binny's

Today is Thursday. If that doesn't call for a toast, then you don't know what does. Happily, the kind folks at the Binny's Ivanhoe Castle will be popping the corks on cava, prosecco, California sparklers and good old-fashioned champers. Basically, it's a pre-weekend bubble bath.

Sake Tasting on the River

Sake Tasting on the River

This weather is the stuff dreams are made of. Of course, you have other dreams too. Dreams of a patio party filled with sake and copious amounts of sushi eaten at Japonais's riverside lounge. Your dreams are about to come true.

May 20, 6:30-9pm, $60, Japonais, 600 W Chicago Ave (at Larrabee), 312-822-9600

Candy Bars at Atwood Café

Candy Bars at Atwood Café

To introduce you to their new chef, Atwood is launching Atwood After Dark, an evening bar/patio soiree with $5 martinis and Manhattans, plus nosh like short rib sliders and shrimp corn dogs. If you stay for dinner, they'll throw in a bacon-peanut butter chocolate bar. Nothing like a little bribe for dessert.

Free candy through May 21, 8pm, Atwood Café, 1 W Washington St (at State), 312-368-1900

76-Cent Beers in Bucktown

76-Cent Beers in Bucktown

Speakeasies, sweaty discos, apple martinis—bar fads come and go. And then you have your stalwarts, like a trusty corner saloon. Celebrate Lottie's 76 years of keeping mugs nice and frosty with 76-cent beers, a buffet of bar staples and live band karaoke—just like the one that backed Grandpa during "Jumpin' Jack Flash."

May 22, 1-3pm buffet, 9pm karaoke, Lottie's Pub, 1925 W Cortland St (at Winchester), 773-489-0738

Sweetwater Begins Brunch

Sweetwater Begins Brunch

It's Sunday, and you've got a new brunch to investigate (sorry, we don't make the rules). The sporty Loop gastropub whips up Monte Cristos, beignets and banana French toast. You'll also be tasked with bartender duty at a make-your-own-Bloody bar—some work is never done.

Sat-Sun, 10am-3pm, Sweetwater, 225 N Michigan Ave (at Lake), 312-698-7111

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