You’re in Chicago and you need a beer. Happens to us all the time. Well today is your lucky day, because Chicago just happens to be one of the world’s great beer drinking towns, and you’re further in luck, because we know one of the world’s best beer drinking bars and it’s right there in Chicago! That’s right, it’s the Map Room. This week we’re hanging out with Laura and Jay from Map Room which opened back in ‘92 with a travelers’ theme, before they met brewer Greg Browne and members of the Chicago Beer Society. Through this relationship, Map Room has become one of the premiere stops for beer aficionados in Chicago. So grab a pint of your favorite suds while we sit down with Laura and Jay.
Falcons, Pats, wings, beers, huge flatscreens, and your crew. Perfect Sunday wish list, but where are you going to find all of that? Kelly’s TV is too small, Mike’s couch is too filled with Mike, and the options only get worse from there. That’s why you need to head to one of our top trending sports bars for the big game. Multiple TVs, a killer sound system, and all the wings you can eat? If you throw in an order of nachos, we’d take the under on seeing us there before kickoff.
Pull up a barstool and join us as we share a nightcap with International Woman of Mystery Teresa Rodriguez. Oh behaaave! Teresa is the author of many leather-bound books and writes two travel websites geared towards women traveling alone and women traveling with kids. With such an extensive travel history, Teresa is ready to share some of her favorites with us.
This week we share a nightcap with a whiskey educator who is responsible for the trade education and advocacy for the entire whiskey portfolio at Diageo (Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit, Talisker, Lagavulin, J&B to name just a few!). Impressive? We’re drooling right now! A cocktail enthusiast and whiskey advocate – Todd is the kind of guy you want to be stuck on a desert island with, provided he’s bringing the whiskey. So pour yourself three fingers of your favorite brown spirit and belly up as we meet Todd Richman.
If you’re a real estate novelist, in the Navy, a waitress practicing politics, or a businessman slowly getting stoned, you probably know that feeling you get when you’re in a bar and your song comes on – it makes you want to just start belting it out as loud as you can, right? Well if you’re at a piano bar, that’s not only acceptable, it’s expected! Whether you want to channel your inner Billy Joel and sing along to classics, hear a bunch of professional singers sing your favorite show tunes, or just enjoy being around happy people singing and having fun, a piano bar is for you. And while most people will be happy to take your requests, try to be more specific than “Son, can you play me a memory?”
Sushi. Karaoke. Second dates. “What are three things that go well with sake,” Alex? No longer just for 14th century Japanese warlords, sake bars and izakaya are popping up all over the place. Usually offering cool vibes, tasty small plates, and a speakeasy-esque mystique to the uninitiated, the one thing they all have in common is sake – the brewed rice wine with as many styles, looks, and complexities as David Bowie. Drink it hot, drink it cold, drink it as a shot dropped into a beer, but trust us, you want to get into some sake. Whether you’re looking for a unique date spot, a fun place to grab a bite and a couple cold ones, or just a chance to get loose with some friendly local Japanese businessmen, you simply can’t go wrong with a sake bar. Check out this week’s trending sake bars/izakaya near you.
If you’re in San Diego, you probably just got back from a bike ride and hammered a couple of fish tacos, and now you need a beer. Heck, we’re NOT in San Diego and we need one! Check out NightOwl influencer Sara Norris’s list of favorite San Diego pubs to kick back and enjoy a pint. If being around happy, tan people in the best weather you’ve ever seen isn’t your thing, take a look at NightOwl’s trending pubs across the country. Two pints of lager and a bag of crisps please!
If you’re anything like us, you probably still make New Year’s resolutions that you have no hope of actually keeping. Oh, you’re going to go get up early to hit the gym before work, you say? Yeah, and so is everyone else for the first two weeks of January. Plan to stop hooking up with your friends? No, for real this time. Suuuuuure. If you want to peep how they ring in the New Year in countries you wished you were going to travel to this year, check this out:
¡Hola Amigos! For this week’s Nightcap exclusive, we’re excited to sit down and have a drink with Neil Grosscup, the CEO and maker of Tanteo Tequila. Tanteo takes ultra premium blanco tequila and infuses it with fresh peppers, putting a modern twist on tradition, and lending itself to some amazing cocktails. Grab a seat and a spicy margarita as we dive into Neil’s story.
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