Things to do for December 04, 2008

The Weekender

Sushi, Sangria and South Beach

The weekend is the marshmallow in your hot chocolate.

Thursday
Haro Party at Flatwater
SANGRIA

Haro Party at Flatwater

You've always said home is where the sangria is. So you'll appreciate this party, serving as a placeholder for Haro, the regional tapas spot that recently closed its Heart of Chicago location. Remember the good times with $4-6 tapas, live music and gallons of hospitality.

Free, 6pm-2am (sangria pouring 6-7pm), Dec 4, Flatwater, 321 N. Clark St (at River level), 312-644-0234

Friday
Shiso Rolls Out in Old Town
SAKE

Shiso Rolls Out in Old Town

This handsome 30-seater quietly debuts with an offering of fresh fish, spicy udon, crispy tempura and inventive rolls (their signature: avocado, cilantro and cream cheese deep-fried and rolled in tobiko). You won't mind handling the sake until they get a liquor license, right?

Soft-opens Dec 5 at 6pm, Shiso, 449 W. North Ave (between Cleveland and Hudson), 312-649-1234

Imerman Angels at Le Passage
TOYS

Imerman Angels at Le Passage

The kids at Children's Memorial already know what they want this year (yes, it's Wii), so just bring the best kind of gift to this toy drive—cash. Kind of warms your heart. If not, unfettered access to this den's mixology lab will.

$30 ($40 at door), 6-10pm, Dec 5, Le Passage, 937 N. Rush St(between Oak and Walton), 312-274-5529, tickets here

Miami Nights at Nacional 27
MIAMI

Miami Nights at Nacional 27

This weekend, Miami gets overrun by the gallery crowd cavorting at Art Basel. So we're happy your critical eye is staying up here for the unveiling of a South Beach-themed party, where oohs and ahhs are reserved for libationist Adam Seger's Cuba Libres. And your understanding of them.

6pm-2am ($10 after 10pm; free tapas 5-6:30pm), Dec 5, Nacional 27, 325 W. Huron St (at Orleans), 312-664-2727

Saturday
Lee Allison Holiday Tie Sale
KNOTS

Lee Allison Holiday Tie Sale

Your holiday cocktail-party tour looks pretty booked this year, so stock up on the essentials: bowties, custom shirts and—the big guns—cummerbunds, all of which round out this sale from Chicago's legendary tie designer. Now you'll just need a jacket and martini...and maybe some pants.

11am-6pm, Dec 6-7, Lee Allison, 1820 W. Webster Ave (between Elston and Lister), 773-276-7172

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