To tuxedoed people, velvet ropes are ordinary white picket fences and champagne fountains are lawn sprinklers. Kick down the fence and drink from the sprinkler with today's Groupon: for $6, you get $15 worth of alcoholic beverages from the Reel Martini Bar near 168th and Dodge. This Groupon is only valid for drink purchases.
The Reel's menu of delicious wines and clever martinis tickles taste buds with slurpable sips. Wines are available by the bottle and include Old World and New World whites, reds, and sparklings, from Californian Ravenswood zinfandel ($20) to German RELAX Riesling ($20). Moderate oenophiles can enjoy house wines by the glass ($4 each), including Lindeman's chardonnay. The real belles of the ball, however, are Reel's martinis ($7–$9.95), which range from classic to inventive and pack an alcohol-infused punch to the kisser. Sophisticatedly sip on a judgment-altering dessert, such as the butterscotch martini, chocolate martini, or grown-up chocolate-covered cherry, derived from a strain of hydroponic cherry trees George Washington developed in the White House's basement. Or fulfill the booze pyramid's suggested serving of liquid fruit with a crisp appletini, a tart Cosmo, or a juicy Fuzzy Naveltini.
Swill sippables while basking in the harsh glow of the moon on the Reel's outdoor patio, or quaff a dram of liquid courage before showcasing your vocal talents at Sunday-night karaoke. With game days and live music on Thursday nights, the Reel's effusion of potent potables mixes well with its laid-back lounge vibe.