Friday, January 30, 2015

Game On

Your new stadium of funnel cake fries and football


With Jay Cutler's jersey clean and Marc Trestman's Bears looking good, tickets are only gonna get pricier.

Lucky for everyone, a new Soldier Field alternative has opened in River North. And like the Trestman regime, Blackfinn Ameripub boasts a high-octane playbook designed to meet all of your football viewing needs. (But with better hair.)
The playbook is loaded with a menu of 100 beers. We recommend starting with the latest brew from Solemn Oath, or the game-changing 9.5% ABV Pipeworks Unicorn Galaxy. Each can be imbibed in a flight, pint, or shareable growler.
Need a drinking game on gameday? Pro tip: Sip your growler when Cutler growls, your flight when Marshall flies down a sideline, or your pint for every punt Hustler gets to return.

Come halftime, refuel with a pulled pork quesadilla and jambalaya pasta, get your #1 cheerleader a parmesan-crusted swordfish, then reward the huddle with funnel cake fries covered in raspberry, chocolate, and caramel sauces.
Like all athletes, you'll need constant hydration. Take a knee at the central bar overlooking the lineup of taps and TVs for a chipotle smoke martini (Bacardi silver rum, St. Germaine, chipotle sour and pineapple juice). Or give in to the big play: Chi-Town Mules served on tap.
As for your endzone dance? That's why they have a dance floor.

Blackfinn Ameripub
65 W. Kinzie St. (at N. Clark St.), River North
(312) 836-0290

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 4 (out of 4)
Scene: Beer drinkers and heavy eaters at this sports bar with a dance floor
Subway: Brown Line to Merchandise Mart
Best bets: Beer mussels, Bourbon Street burger, 12-oz. New York strip steak
Nearby: Siena Tavern, Mercadito, Untitled

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