Things to do for December 20, 2012

The Weekender

New Sports Bars, Hot Buttered Sake and the End of the World

Santa saw Mommy kissing the weekend.

Thursday
One Final Cocktail Before Xmas
MUNICIPAL BONDING

One Final Cocktail Before Xmas

The who: you and your coworkers. The what: a last-minute beer before the holidays. The why: why not. The where: that’s the toughie. We suggest this new Chicago-themed sports tavern for a cold beer or a full steak dinner. Strategically situated near the Brown Line for quick exits.

Friday
Testing Out a New Sports Cove
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Testing Out a New Sports Cove

Speaking of sports bars, this new one in Lakeview looks promising. First, there’s that really monster TV—a 92-inch video wall, to be exact. Second, there’s a big beer menu with hometown heroes like Green Line. But you’ll have to wait until January before the kitchen opens. Just hibernate until then.

The Dance Party at the End of the World
MAYAN CALENDAR

The Dance Party at the End of the World

If Friday is going to be your last night on earth, you might as well be as sweaty and grind-y as possible. So this licentious dance party comes to Lincoln Park, complete with its usual porn, chicken... and a photo booth. You’re so photogenic after eating chicken.

Hot Buttered Sake for the Soul
ROKA ROLLA

Hot Buttered Sake for the Soul

Then again, you may just want to say goodbye while up to your eyeballs in oysters, Wagyu and hot buttered sake. Tomorrow, there’s a six-course kaiseki menu debuting at Roka Akor, with Wagyu short rib confit, oyster trios and sashimi. Just like Christmas in Tokyo.

Dec 21-Mar 20, $85, Roka Akor, 456 N Clark St, 312-477-7652

Monday
Christmas Eve at Trenchermen
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Christmas Eve at Trenchermen

Christmas Eve dinner at a restaurant can be tricky. By which we mean... boring. So quirky culinary hotbed Trenchermen throws open its arms with a three-course prix fixe that includes options like a white-pumpkin soup that’s served with whipped caramel and gravlax. Just like Grandma never made.

Dec 24, $35, Trenchermen, 2039 W North Ave, reserve at 773-661-1540

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