Things to do for February 23, 2012

The Weekender

Hot Tubs, Oscar Parties and Tacos

For lifetime achievement in the field of the weekend...

Thursday
Beer and Crispy-Pig-Ear Tacos
CERVEZA

Beer and Crispy-Pig-Ear Tacos

This dinner includes crispy-pig-ear tacos (a criminally underrated kind of taco), ale-braised pulled-pork gorditas and beer-braised short ribs—each complemented by selections from Chicago’s 5 Rabbit Brewery. To recap: three courses. 5 Rabbit. One you. A pretty good matchup if ever there was one.

Saturday
The Best Bar for Saturday Hot-Tubbing...
SUPER SOAKER

The Best Bar for Saturday Hot-Tubbing...

You’ve had a hard week. The sympathetic folks at this Lincoln Park sports bar want to see you relax. To that end, they’re converting the beer garden into an oasis of hot tubs, $2 cold beers and raffle tickets. Bathing suits with waterproof pockets are highly recommended. 

Sunday
Just Because You Look Good in a Tux
AWARD-WORTHY

Just Because You Look Good in a Tux

The city’s official Oscar party takes place at the Gene Siskel Sunday night. Expect tuxedos, red-carpet banter from Amanda Puck, a dinner buffet, champagne at the bar, an HD broadcast of the awards and, naturally, a goodie bag. Also: lots of those ® symbols.

But You Also Look Good in Jeans
UP THE ACADEMY

But You Also Look Good in Jeans

A less formal Oscar viewing option: huddling with Richard Roeper and Billy Dec for a night of pork sliders, parmesan truffle popcorn, Kir Royals and a chance to best them in a betting pool. You do possess an uncanny record when it comes to guessing the winner for best sound mixing.

Feb 26, 5-11:30pm, Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 W Hubbard St (between State and Dearborn), 312-645-6000

Wednesday
Punch from an Oscar-Worthy Bartender
BARREL FEVER

Punch from an Oscar-Worthy Bartender

Bridge Bar now has its own hand-selected, barrel-aged whiskey. More importantly: you can sample it with gratis Sazeracs at this riverside soiree. Chicago celeb mixologist Adam Segar, freshly returned from Hollywood, will provide barrel-aged punch and ribald tales from the Governors Ball. Your job: out-ribald Clooney.

Feb 29, 6-8pm, Bridge Bar, 315 N LaSalle St (at the river), 312-822-0100

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