Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Gigantic Cocktail Spots in Chicago.…

At some steakhouses, diners with the courage to finish a Flinstones-sized piece of beef get a prize and a free meal. The same should be offered to anyone who can down a 48-ounce martini or 2-liter beer boot, no? These monstrous cocktails pose the ultimate challenge, one we don't recommend taking alone.

Cocktail Size Matters:

2566 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
If you dare to order the 2-liter 'Das' beer boot at this German beerhall, you better abide by the rule: Once you pick it up, don't put it down until it's empty. Drinkers' advisory: Do not operate heavy machinery.

Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar
358 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL
It may be called Aguardiente, or 'firewater,' but this 28-ounce concoction housed in a clay cazuela bowl is deceptively sweet with its blend of Herradura Reposado Tequila, grapefuit, lime, pineapple and orange juices. Drinkers' advisory: Keep five Advil by the bed.

Rockit Bar & Grill
22 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL
Maybe the last time you had a Bomb Pop was on your Schwin next to the ice cream truck. Well, this River North bar's red-white-and-blue beauty arrives in an erect, 14-ounce glass filled with Bacardi Raspberry, Bacardi Limon and other ingredients. A cherry topping and popsicle stick garnish completes the party. Drinkers' advisory: pre-bedtime omelette and four extra hours rest.

Pops For Champagne
601 N State St, Chicago, IL
You and your crew will be way beyond bubbly once you get through a magnum-sized bottle, worth about 1.5 liters of champagne. Drinkers' advisory: Trying to beat a hangover? Forget about it.

Big Bar
151 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
This bar, and its martini, is for those who know that size really does matter. So when posed with the question, "Would you like your martini big ... or bigger?," know that the correct answer arrives in an eye-popping 48-ounce glass. Drinkers' advisory: Drunk dialing highly likely.

Ceres Cafe
141 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL
A 12-ounce drink doesn't sound like too much to handle, unless of course, it's filled with pure alcohol. In order to make room for a mixer of their choice, patrons must suck down the poison first. Drinkers' advisory: That's worth about four airplane mini-bottles of booze.

Merkles Bar & Grill
3516 N Clark St, Chicago, IL
This Wrigleyville hang earns the prize for best barware. On game days, regulars imbibe Long Island Ice Teas and other specialty cocktails from 100-ounce fishbowls. Drinkers' advisory: Write your address down on your hand before you go out so the cab driver will know where to drop you.

Crobar Nightclub
1543 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL
Maybe The Graveyard is a sign of how you'll be feeling the next day. A few glasses of the pint-sized concotion of Bacardi 151, vodka, gin, triple sec, tequila, bourbon, scotch and beer will have you wishing for death. Drinkers' advisory: Likely to cause embarrassing private confessions or full-on PDAs.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Recommended Cocktail Spots in Boston, MA.

Forget the low-carb beer and go retro instead. From a classic martini to a timeless Manhattan, find the best 1950s-era cocktails in Boston...

Oak Bar
138 St James Ave
, Boston, MA

Copley institution serves the "007" martini, a smooth mix of Bombay Sapphire gin and Tanqueray Sterling vodka that's shaken, not stirred.

No. 9 Park
9 Park St, Boston, MA
Downtown foodie fave whips up "The Contessa," served chilled, which combines Plymouth gin, Aperol and Noinoy Prat dry vermouth.

Eastern Standard
528 Commonwealth Ave (Hotel Commonwealth), Boston, MA
Kenmore Square hotel bar's "The Aviator," served in a chilled martini glass, combines Plymouth gin, maraschino liquor and fresh lemon juice.

The Fireplace
1634 Beacon St, Brookline, MA
Washington Square hangout lets patrons warm up with a traditional hot toddy or play it cool with a classic sidecar.

1 Bennett St (The Charles Hotel), Cambridge, MA
Harvard Square hotel bar whips up authentic mint juleps and a mean Old Cuban (Bacardi rum, fresh lime, mint, sugar and champagne).

More Spots for Cocktails

710 Boylston St (Lenox Hotel), Boston, MA
Impressive scenery and drink menu in the Lenox Hotel's stylish lounge.

Bristol Lounge
200 Boylston St, Boston, MA
The Four Seasons Hotel's lounge is an ideal destination for an upscale date spot.

272 Boylston St, Boston, MA
One of the Boston power set's favorite dining destinations combines a thoroughly modern interior with bold, contemporary American cuisine

327 Newbury St, Boston, MA
The famous and trendy may eat here, but well-executed dishes go beyond fashionable fare.


Monday, October 15, 2007

Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in New York City...

There's no need to hop a flight to Munich to enjoy the Oktoberfest holiday; right here in New York, German bars are celebrating with beer, beer and more beer throughout the month--check out our list of this year's best bets for Oktoberfest boozing.

The Village Pourhouse
64 3rd Ave
, New York, NY

On October 16 and October 18 the bar will offer an Oktoberfest beer and food pairing; the event begins at 7pm and costs $40.

7 Rivington St, New York, NY
The Bavarian brewhouse on the Bowery is featuring special Oktoberfest drafts from the likes of Spaten, Hofbrau and several other German breweries, for a limited time.

Zum Schneider
107 Ave C, New York, NY
Sip on drafts of Hacker Pschorr, Ayinger, Schneider Wiesen Edelweiss and other Oktoberfest brews at the famous Alphabet City beer garden.

Rock Center Cafe
20 W 50th St, New York, NY
On October 23, head to the Oktoberfest Brooklyn Beer Dinner, featuring favorite local brews like Brooklyn Pumpkin Ale and American cuisine with a German flare, at a cost of $48 per person, all-inclusive.

39 Grove St, New York, NY
In-the-know locals and German ex-pats hit up this cheap and authentic bierhaus for some of the city's best wurst and Oktoberfest beers on tap.

Klee Brasserie
200 9th Ave, New York, NY
It's Oktoberfest in Chelsea, with traditional Bavarian beers and scrumptious treats like Loewenbrau sauerkraut with Kobe bratwurst.

Heidelberg Restaurant
1648 2nd Ave, New York, NY
German food and drink find a home on the Upper East Side, and Oktoberfest specials are on both the food and drink menu, in addition to live music and other events.

43 E 7th St, New York, NY
Four American Oktoberfest brews are on tap along with other seasonal ales, plus complimentary bratwursts from Mandler's Sausage Shop.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Best Local Bars and Nightlife in Dallas for ALL Occasions...

6 New Local Bars in Dallas
From the hottest nightclub to your down-home neighborhood pub, find the best cocktails and dance spots in Dallas.

After Work Drinks in Dallas

When the quitting bell rings, head here to wet your whistle.

Victory Park Nightlife Guide
This bustling downtown neighborhood has it all, from sassy skyline views to simple scoops of gellato.

Classic Cocktail Spots in Dallas
Across the country, the cocktail set is forgoing apple martinis and low-carb beers in favor of 1950s-era standards, the new drinks du jour.

Best of Citysearch Dallas Nightlife
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Monday, October 8, 2007

New Local Bar Resources in the New York City Area...

New Local Bars in New York City
Find the best cocktails and dance spots in New York. Uncover the hottest nightclub, the best singles scene or your new favorite neighborhood pub.

Local Bar Deals in New York
Your weekly guide to what's happening in New York's dining and nightlife scenes.

Big Night Out in New York

They say good things come in threes--why should your New York City fun be any different? Each week, Citysearch scouts out three cool events, plus restaurants and bars nearby, so you can make a whole night of it. For more can't-miss events, check out our Hot List.

Greenpoint Nightlife
As one of Brooklyn’s hottest up-and-coming ‘hoods, Greenpoint has one thing down pat: a great bar scene. Check out Citysearch’s list of the best Greenpoint bars, from old-school pubs to new-school clubs.

Nolita Nightlife
Whether you're seeking frilly cocktails, cheap beer, or a lenghty wine list, the perfect bar awaits on one of Nolita's tree-lined streets.

Wine Lover's Guide for New York

From a chic wine bar to a restaurant with a fine wine list, we've popped the cork on the best chardonnays and merlots in New York.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Local Bar Resources in Los Angeles, CA.

Westside Bars in Los Angeles

From underground hip-hop clubs to posh hotel lounges, Westsiders are keeping it local.

Guys Night Out in Los Angeles

Planning a bachelor party or just a casual night out with the guys? Find the best bars, restaurants and clubs for a memorable guys night out in L.A.

Girls Night Out in Los Angeles
From a swanky restaurant to a hip bar or dance club, try these hot spots for a fabulous girls night out in L.A.

New and Notable Bars in Los Angeles
From the hottest nightclub to your down-home neighborhood pub, find the best cocktails and dance spots in L.A.

View Video of Los Angeles Bars
Ever wanted to preview a bar before you go? Now you can with Citysearch's new videos. Watch one-minute clips of local Los Angeles bars and make an informed decision on where to meet up for happy hour.

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Thursday, October 4, 2007

New Local Bars and Places to Go in Atlanta

New Bars and Restaurants in Atlanta:
From the hottest nightclub to your down-home neighborhood pub, find the best cocktails and dance spots in Atlanta.

Local Sports Bars in Atlanta:
Find the perfect spot to cheer for your team. Whether you’re looking for big screen TVs, cold beer or fan-friendly fare, check out these top Atlanta sports bars.

View Atlanta Businesses on Video:

Citysearch and Turn Here present behind-the-scenes video tours of some of Atlanta's best-known restaurants, bar, spas, shops and more.

Girls Night Out in Atlanta:

From a swanky restaurant to a hip bar or a dance club, try these hot spots for a fabulous girls night out in Atlanta.

Dating on a Budget in Atlanta:

Strapped for cash? Take advantage of cheap deals and free local activities to impress your sweetheart for less in Atlanta.