National Oyster Day, Shark Week Cocktails, Bottomless Brunch, and Other Upcoming Restaurant and Bar Events in Chicago

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Dance to disco at a Spanish restaurant, celebrate Shark Week with altruistic rum cocktails, and raise a shell to National Oyster Day with these upcoming restaurant and bar events in Chicago.
Photo by Ryan Gac/Courtesy of Easy Bar
Last Saturdays Discotheque at Bar Biscay I don’t know about you, but once I’ve polished off a plate of anchovy toast, I just wanna dance to disco. West Town’s wildly popular Bar Biscay meets my needs with a new monthly series called Last Saturdays Discotheque, featuring various DJs spinning ’70s disco tunes late at night following dinner service, with plenty of porrons and vermouth to go around. The inaugural event boasts DJ Big Dumb Caesar, aka Archie Powell, and period attire is of course encouraged. Details: July 27, midnight-2 a.m., and every last Saturday of the month going forward Shark Week Fundraiser at Easy Bar As someone who grew up obsessed with Jaws, begging my parents to rent it from the video store on a weekly basis (why didn’t we just purchase it?), I am all about Shark Week, and I am prepared to celebrate accordingly. The best way to do so is with the Shark Week fundraiser going down at Easy Bar, which is donating a portion of proceeds from its special Totally Jawsome! cocktail to the World Wildlife Fund between July 28 and August 4. The drink features an appropriately seaworthy blend of Captain Morgan white rum, Diplomatico Exclusiva Reserva dark rum, Luxardo, peach bitters, and Herbsaint. Details: July 28–August 4, $8 drink special  Lollapalooza Trivia Night at Chicken & Farm Shop Nothing pairs better with a little Ariana Grande trivia than a plate of rotisserie chicken, am I right? For its latest trivia night, Chicken & Farm Shop is adopting an apt Lolla theme, quizzing guests on festival artists like Grande, J Balvin, Childish Gambino, the Stokes, and others. If your team wins, you’ll snag a $100 gift card. Details: July 31, 7 p.m.
Photo by Brian Willette/Courtesy of Café Cancale
National Oyster Day at Café Cancale If you haven’t yet been to Café Cancale, first of all, what are you doing? Second of all, National Oyster Day is your perfect excuse to try one of Chicago’s hottest new restaurants. The chic and sleek Wicker Park haunt is extending its happy hour for this venerable holiday, offering $1 oysters and $8 martinis, 4–7 p.m. on August 5. Slurp away! Details: August 5, 4–7 p.m. All Oyster Everything at GT Fish & Oyster The concept of “all oyster everything” is music to my ears. And to my taste buds. Another prime destination for National Oyster Day, GT Fish & Oyster is partnering with the East Coast’s Island Creek Oysters for a special oyster-centric menu featuring items like oyster po’boys, roasted oysters, and naturally, raw oysters aplenty. Details: August 5, starting at 5 p.m. RWxRN Returns for Its Third Year  It’s almost time. Restaurant Week by River North (aka RWxRN) is back, bringing those budget-friendly Restaurant Week vibes to a slew of downtown eateries starting August 5. For the subsequent seven days, diners can enjoy specially priced prix fixe menus at participating restaurants, including Barrio, the Hampton Social, Prosecco, Mercadito, Katana, Beacon Tavern, and the one that started it all: Tortoise Supper Club. Details: August 5–11
Photo courtesy of Tortoise Supper Club
Bottomless Brunch at Walton Street Kitchen + Bar  The words bottomless and brunch go together so nicely, don’t they? Buzzy Gold Coast newcomer Walton Street Kitchen + Bar is embracing the concept with its new weekend promo, wherein guests get endless brunch cocktails—sangria, Aperol Spritz, mimosa, or house wines—with an entrée purchase of $22. And with enticing dishes like chicken sausage hash, grilled steak and eggs, sushi rice salmon bowls, and blackened chicken BLTs, it’s a no-brainer. Details: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The Dog Days of Summer at Cafe Brauer As a dog owner who is constantly feeling compelled to dine and drink alfresco in the summer months, I’m always on the lookout for an idyllic patio that’s dog friendly. Rising to the occasion is Cafe Brauer, which is hosting a Dog Days of Summer promo this season, wherein the dog-friendly patio gets decked out with a puppy pool and treats are provided. Dogs also get their own gift bag to take home, courtesy of Bentley’s Pets. Details: August 11, 9–11 a.m. Nightcap Book Event at the Violet Hour  As if I ever need an excuse to revisit one of my favorite cocktail bars, here’s a good one: Wine Enthusiast’s Kara Newman is talking up her fascinating new book, Nightcap: More Than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening, with a special event at the Violet Hour. The event will feature a chat with Newman and bar partner Toby Maloney, plus samples of drinks inspired by the book. Details: August 14, 7–9 p.m.; $85
Photo by Sandy Noto/Courtesy of the Violet Hour
Ayurveda Pop-Up at Chiya Chai What do you get when you combine chai with Pilates? Chailates? It just works. Logan Square’s Chiya Chai is partnering with Logan Square Pilates for a special Ayurveda pop-up on August 17, in honor of National Wellness Month (it’s a thing). The event consists of a 45-minute yoga class, followed by a tea tasting with brunch items like cauliflower peas, potato-kale pie, and veggie momos. Details: August 17, 9–10 a.m.; $30