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The Ainsworth Park's New Menu Continues to Impress

The idea of an upscale, food and cocktail-oriented sports bar seems like a contradiction of terms, yet the Ainsworth Park makes it feel obvious. With an eclectic mix of top 40, dance, and retro music piping through the room, flatscreens lining the wall behind the bar, and a menu of elevated pub food, the Ainsworth feels like nowhere else: the stylish gastropub cross-pollinated with the after-work hangout bar. The careful balancing act is also applied to the décor, which has made overtures to sophistication in its chandeliers dotting the room, hipster trendiness with its exposed brick walls, and sports bar cheesiness with decorative pillars lined with fake grass.

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Le Grand Cercle in Le Gran Pommes

Piano music plays softly in the background. The room is dimly lit, accenting the floor to ceiling windows that overlook the dusk Manhattan skyline. Mulling about are the musings of people from all walks of life, sneaking bites of cheese in between swirling ruby colored droplets in crystal goblets. Chic women with high cheekbones and no makeup offer to walk you through the fruit of their vineyard’s labor, while men with questionable dental hygiene smile and courteously offer a taste to ‘le mademoiselle’. Classy, polished, and utterly European, the event organized by Le Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux, a fledgling new union uniting both Left and Right Bank winemakers, put forth a wonderful evening glorifying the hearty elegance of French wines.

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Become Aquianted with the Channing Daughters' Nuanced Flavors
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Upcoming: Five Boro Craft Beer Fest

If you thought you got your fill of craft beer at New York Craft Beer Week, think again. The Five Boro Craft Beer Fest is quickly approaching, and all you brew-heads (especially the locavores among you) should take notice.

What’s The Five Boro Craft Beer Fest, you might ask? In essence, it’s a celebration of the five boroughs’ sudsy bounty. Thirty-three breweries from Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and The Bronx will be gathering together to display their beautiful wares, alongside paired snacks from five awesome local eateries (namely, Bill’s Balls, Brooklyn Wok Shop, Asiadog, Bite Size Kitchen, and BeeHive Oven.)

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Weekend Pick: Raise The Macallan at Venue One

Venue One is bringing The Macallan to a Chicago near you!

The Macallan distillery was the first Scottish distillery to be legally licensed, and has since managed to spread global. The famous single malt Whiskey is known for its many masterful savory flavors, and its unique Six Pillars reputation. And this weekend, Venue One is offering you the opportunity to come try it out and taste for yourself what’s kept the family in business since 1824.

This drinking event is sure to be a smash hit!

What: Raise The Macallan at Venue One

When: Saturday, April 11th, 6:30pm

Where: Venue One, 1044 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL

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Weekend Pick: The DC Beer Festival at Nationals Park

Come down to Nationals Park and celebrate the joy of beer with a crowd of other brew fanatics at the DC Beer Festival. A huge variety of brewers will be present, ranging from Goose Island and Red Hook to Narragansett and Shock Top. In total, there will be sixty brewers offering 120 different beers, with an emphasis on seasonal, local and unusual offerings, and you can check out the full list here. There will also be events, music and food, to offer a bit of a break from the unending offerings of lager and ale.

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Sonoma Wine at City Winery on April 2nd
















Mark Your Calendar for Le Grand Cercle in Le Gran Pomme

Wine enthusiasts, assemble! Especially the lovers of Bordeaux, Cabernet fiends, Right and Left Bank aficionados, and Francophiles. We have found the perfect way for you to dually celebrate your love of Bordeaux wines with the impending joy of spring: Le Grand des Vins de Bordeaux Wine Tasting on April 9th.

With the recent union of premier Merlot winemakers of the Right Bank with the premier Cabernet winemakers of the Left Bank, the newly christened Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux organization has joined hands in welcoming over 200 chateaux to embark on a mission to expose wine drinkers the world over to this region’s magnificent product.

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Cambalanche Brings Argentine Wine to NYC on April 16th and 17th

The Argentine wine-tasting event Cambalanche is making its way to New York City on April 16th and 17th. Calambanche – which means “bazaar” in Spanish – had a terrifically successful sold-out London debut and is already winning industry awards. Cambalanche tries to give people the experience of drinking Argentine wine in Argentina, or at least the closest approximation Brooklyn can provide.

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Cambalanche Brings Argentine Wine to NYC on April 16th and 17th

The Argentine wine-tasting event Cambalanche is making its way to New York City on April 16th and 17th. Calambanche – which means “bazaar” in Spanish – had a terrifically successful sold-out London debut and is already winning industry awards. Cambalanche tries to give people the experience of drinking Argentine wine in Argentina, or at least the closest approximation Brooklyn can provide.