The Founding Fathers held their initial meetings in a neighborhood tavern, which explains why the Declaration of Independence's first draft had a long, rambling subsection devoted to how powdered wigs are natural icebreakers. Revolt against the tyranny of boredom with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of beer and wine at Glascott’s Saloon.
Since 1937, the resident bartenders at Glascott’s Saloon have kept glasses filled with domestic and imported wines and beers. A hefty tap list boasts frothy-topped Guinness ($5) as well as a nutty brown Newcastle ($5), both equally suited for rinsing hands after drinking beer from them. Domestic bottles ($3.50) include Goose Island 312 and Redbridge, and their globetrotting cousins, imported bottles ($4.50), fortify their ranks with Amstel Light and Heineken. Guests can sip on glasses of the house red ($5), a Stephen Vincent cabernet, to savor Dionysian delights without the hassle of raiding a satyr’s cellar. Groupon holders can also receive 10 percent off the cost of a private party, held in Glascott's historic redbrick three flat, which once served as a meat market and a speakeasy.
Originally a speakeasy during Prohibition, Glascott’s Saloon is one of the oldest bars in Lincoln Park. Though the groggery has been in operation for over seven decades, much of its original decor remains intact, from cherub bas-reliefs to a cash register that accepts only tiddlywinks. Whether seated inside at a high-backed barstool or outside in a patio chair, guests can sip their choice of 18 draft beers from craft breweries such as Goose Island and Magic Hat.