Things to do for October 20, 2011

The Weekender

A Photo Tour of the Barrelhouse Flat. Plus: Nachos...

The weekend is full of bluster.

Thursday
Beer and Cheesecake, Properly Paired
FOOD FOR FROTH

Beer and Cheesecake, Properly Paired

Beer is so versatile. Goes with practically anything. Football. Baseball. All televised sports, really. But you’ve also long advocated pairing it with food. This four-course dinner confirms your suspicion about Flanders red ale/venison stew and lambic/cheesecake head-to-head matchups.

Fun with Whisky and Sharp Objects
CARVE OUT A NICHE

Fun with Whisky and Sharp Objects

It’s fall. Which explains all those leaves on the ground and the warm, freshly pressed apple cider at this cozy Irish pub. Oh—and it might have something to do with those free pumpkins and carving tools they’ve set out. But that cinnamon-and-apple-infused Jameson—total luck.

Friday
Yes, Of Course It’s a Real Holiday
A NACHO ABOVE

Yes, Of Course It’s a Real Holiday

International Day of Nachos. International. Day. Of. Nachos. Sounds pretty damn stupid when you say it out loud. Or even think about it. But hey, Hub 51 is knocking three bucks off its massive mound of pulled-chicken nachos to celebrate. Pretty smart.

Oct 21, $10, Hub 51, 51 W Hubbard St (at Dearborn), 312-828-0051

The Fine Art of a Really Killer Party
MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA

The Fine Art of a Really Killer Party

This month’s AIC party takes its theme from the current Soviet propaganda poster exhibition. Which, frankly, sounds like a weird theme. But there’s a bar, free appetizers, cool DJs. Plus, you’ll be able to make your own propaganda poster. So, exactly what you expect at a hipster-art-disco-Soviet poster party.

Monday
Inside the Barrelhouse Flat
BARREL FEVER

Inside the Barrelhouse Flat

Yes, Prohibition was a great era. (Well, kind of.) Now it’s all coming back. Well, the best parts are: Punchbowls. Red velvet. Pink Ladys. Plus, some 21st-century perks: namely, a Violet Hour–honed mixologist and a Trotter’s/Goose Island vet in the kitchen. Cue the flappers.

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