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For its third year, The Graystone Tavern in Wrigleyville will open “8 Crazy Nights” on Friday, November 19. Chicago’s first and only Hanukkah-themed pop-up bar will be open through Sunday, January 2. 

Guests can expect a winter wonderland of decorations created for the Jewish holiday throughout the bar and weatherproofed beer garden, including over 14,000 blue and white lights and Hanukkah ball lanterns adorning the ceiling, Star of David and dreidel ornaments, lighted menorah decor, Mensch on a Bench, a Hanukkah sweater wall, an 8-foot inflatable dreidel and more.

Throughout the pop-up, a special food menu, ranging in price from $5 to $16, will feature traditional and spins on Jewish favorites like Matzo Ball Soup and three flavors of Latkes including classic with sour cream and applesauce, cilantro jalapeno with chipotle sour cream and herb cheddar with chive sour cream. Brisket will be served three ways including Brisket Egg Rolls, a Brisket Sandwich and a Brisket Platter. For dessert, guests can choose Boozy Jelly Donuts made with housemade vodka-infused jelly. 

Festive cocktails with traditional Hanukkah flavors will be available for $12 each like the Festival of Lights Martini (RumChata, Bushmills Red Bush Irish Whiskey, crème de cacao white, caramel swirl, gold sugar rim), Gelt Martini (Schmerling’s Chocolate Liqueur, 28 Mile Vodka from Highwood, IL, Tippy Cow Chocolate Shake, powdered sugar rim and a Gelt coin), Mazel Tov (Nolet’s Silver Gin, Mionetto Prosecco, blueberry rosemary simple syrup and a lemon slice), The Chosen MF (28 Mile Vodka, Nolet’s Silver Gin, Cruzen Rum, Hornitos Plata Tequila, blue curacao and lemon lime soda) and a Mensch Mule (28 Mile Vodka, strawberry puree, lime juice, lemon lime soda and ginger beer). 

Themed shots will include an $8 Sufganiyah Shot (Vanilla-infused Bushmills Red Bush, Toschi Fragoli Wild Strawberry Liqueur, powdered sugar rim), and an $8 Dreidel Bomb (Pinnacle Raspberry, blue curacao, Red Bull Coconut Berry). Guests can also try the giant menorah “shotski” starting at $24. 

New for 2021, guests can sip $12 hot cocktails like a Hanukkah Harry’s Hot Chocolate served in a gold mug (Maker’s Mark, Bourbon, Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream, hot chocolate, whipped cream, gold sugar), and a Blue Toddy (Wild Hibiscus Blue Tea, Bushmills Red Bush Irish Whiskey, honey, lemon). Graystone has also teamed up with Empirical Brewery to create a special light lager that will be on tap exclusively at 8 Crazy Nights called Circumsessionable Lager. Drafts will be available for $7 each all season long.

Board and card games will be available to guests nightly including Connect 4 with Hanukkah gelt, Cards Against Humanity Jew expansion pack, Mitzvah Match, Jewish Guess Who, Dreidel, Apples to Apples Jewish edition and Schmear Build-A-Bagel card game. 


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