Metro Convenience & Liquor fuels late-night carousing with a full arsenal of spirits, wines, and beers housed inside craft bottles and crowd-pleasing kegs. Parched visitors sift through hundreds of options, from bottles of Malibu rum ($14.99) to Bud Light six-packs ($6.49) to wines such as Sutter Home's bubbly moscato ($13.99). Shoppers can use today's Groupon to stock up for any pregame party or to give a miniature model ship the home it deserves.
Old World Brewery ferments European-style brews with the occasional American twist ranging from light honey wheats to chocolaty dark porters. European malts give the crisp and light Nitro Blonde ale a semi-sweet taste and cryptic accent, and Columbus and Saaz hops characterize the floral essence and malty finish of the Four-Leaf Irish Red Ale.
A plug-and-play wine-tasting service, Raising Glasses LLC helps local nonprofit organizations, sports teams, and individuals navigate the choppy waters of today's economy with professional wine-tasting fundraisers. The Raising Glasses staff handles all aspects of each event, including securing a venue, providing the wines, and developing a marketing campaign to get the word out. In addition to its fundraisers, the company draws from a deep barrel of knowledge to pour wine education into open ears at in-home tastings and informative series. Customers can also use Raising Glasses for party-planning assistance, during which an expert will help chefs pair wines with meal courses and explain regional differences in tastes so hosts know what language to speak when asking a bottle to attend the party.
With its table and bottle service, live dance music, and 50-cent Corrona specials, El Parral is everything you'd want in a club. But that doesn't mean it's exclusive. Anybody can get down to boogie town on the dance floor, especially with the deep neon blue lights setting the scene. Should you want the presidential treatment, however, El Parral is more than happy to oblige. The club offers VIP treatment and bottle service, which is when your waiter is made entirely of bottles.
1,800 miles separate Jimmy's Red Hotz from classic hot dog stands in Chicago. Yet the menus would be nearly identical if compared side-by-side, even down to their broad shoulders and secret crush on Mike Ditka. That's because the house chefs specialize in Chicago's favorite street foods, from the Maxwell street polish topped with grilled onions and mustard to the Italian beef sandwich topped with sweet and hot peppers. The most famous food at this casual eatery is the classic Chicago-style Vienna Beef dog, which is dressed in a tuxedo of mustard, onion, relish, sport peppers, a pickle spear, a tomato, and a dash of celery salt. Outside of the Chicago staples, Jimmy's Red Hotz also offers burgers, salads, and chili cheese fries.
The spirit of Tchaikovsky guides Moscow Ballet’s professional ballerinas as they leap and pirouette against nine handpainted backgrounds that invigorate his spirited score in time for the holiday season. The Great Russian Nutcracker reintroduces audiences of all ages to young Masha, whose taste for adventure rivals her magical wooden doll’s legendary aversion to chestnuts. Dancers fling themselves across the stage in grand jetés as the curtain opens on Moscow’s iconic skyline, which gives way to a spooky dreamland as the Mouse King rears his fuzzy head to stir up mischief. Audiences gasp as legions of mice capture Masha’s strong-jawed companion and carry him away in front of a lavishly decorated Christmas tree that grows to a height of more than 60 feet and a population of more than 600 squirrels. Live orchestral accompaniment blares during the ensuing battle and ushers the action into the enchanted land of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the ballet's second act.