Bundle it up
Don't spend New Year's Eve digging around your pockets for each beer. Shell out $60 and get the full deal at Mickey Finn's Brewery. That includes a party in the Amber Room with a top-shelf bar, appetizers, an Italian dinner buffet, dessert, party favors, a balloon drop and live music from Ordinary Outcast.
9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31, Mickey Finn's Brewery, 412 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. Call (847) 262-6688 for reservations.
The NYD cure
Too much New Year's Eve fun? John Barleycorn in Schaumburg has just the day-after cure. Jump back in the saddle with $5 bloody Marys, $6 mimosas, $18 Bud Light buckets and $5 4 Rebels Dragonfruit cocktails all day Saturday. Catch the top bowl games as well.
10 a.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 1, at John Barleycorn Schaumburg, 1100 American Lane, Schaumburg. (847) 619-5540 or johnbarleycorn.com.
New Shiraz cocktails
Three new cocktails promise to warm these long, cold winter months at Shiraz on the Water. Priced at $7.25, drinks include the Black Forest Martini made of Chambord, crème de cocoa white and vodka. The Northern Lights is made of Crown Royal Whiskey, peach schnapps, orange juice and cranberry juice. And the Vixen mixes it up with vanilla vodka, orange vodka, Midori and lime juice.
Everyday at Shiraz on the Water, Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort, 250 W. Schick Road, Bloomingdale. (630) 671-5013 or shirazonthewater.com.
-- Sara Hooker