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Andrew / November 9, 2006 11:47 PM

One bourbon, one scotch, and one beer.

Taylor / November 10, 2006 12:08 AM

Oddly, it depends on the bar.

Green Mill? Macallan, neat.
Alive One? Sierra Nevada Pale Ale + a shot of Jameson
Hungry Brain? Crown and Seven

These will always be my first choices at the above three bars.

Brian / November 10, 2006 12:12 AM

Screwdriver. More screw than driver.

printdude / November 10, 2006 6:38 AM

Make mine a Manhattan. Knob or Makers, please.

Loddii / November 10, 2006 7:29 AM

it's either a jack & diet or a
pyramid apricot weizen (YUM!)

philly / November 10, 2006 7:58 AM

Now it's a Saison, since the local brew is Yards.

shermann / November 10, 2006 8:11 AM

Bacardi and Diet...Tall...No Lime.

Shasta MacNasty / November 10, 2006 8:34 AM

"You wouldn't happen to have a johannesburg
reisling by the glass, would you? No? Then I'll take a tall Malibu with a splash of pineapple and cranberry, thanks."

Norm! / November 10, 2006 8:35 AM

"What'd you like Normie?"
"A reason to live. Give me another beer."

"Can I pour you a beer Mr. Peterson?"
"A little early isn't it, Woody?"
"For a beer?"
"No, for stupid questions."

"Hey Mr. Peterson, there's a cold one waiting for you."
"I know, if she calls, I'm not here."

Norm! Redux / November 10, 2006 8:40 AM

"What's up Norm?"
"My nipples. It's freezing. Give me a beer"

jujubee / November 10, 2006 8:44 AM

Yeah, I'll have an Old Style. On tap. And a shot of Jameson.

miss casual / November 10, 2006 8:50 AM

if it's not wine (typically cava or something else with bubbles) lately ive been enjoying

campari and soda or

a dark and stormy (gingerale and dark rum) which is as fun to drink as it is to order

daruma / November 10, 2006 9:06 AM

Norm! Brilliant!

Depends on who's buying:
Rich friend: seven & seven
girlfriend: rum & coke
me: whatever drafts on special

dark & stormy? I might have to try that real soon!

Mikey / November 10, 2006 9:06 AM

"Jack & diet"


"Old Style"


"Pinot Grigio"

It all depends on whether I'm there to wreck myself (more often than not), watching a sporting event, or out on a date...

A. Skeleton / November 10, 2006 9:22 AM

A beer and a mop.

carrie / November 10, 2006 9:27 AM

I'd like a ketel on the rocks with a lemon, please.


if in a salty mood, I'd like a ketel on the rocks with olives, please.

Sometimes I'm in an Old Style or Sierra Nevada mood, too

s / November 10, 2006 9:35 AM

A Harry Dean Stanton:

A glass of vodka with two cigarette butts and a dead mouse floating in it.

ken / November 10, 2006 9:41 AM

"Captain Morgan's Private Stock" on the rocks - unless I'm in the islands and they have "Sailor Jerry's"

...if they happen to have it a shot of "Jeremiah Weed" - its a whiskey liqueur that has become a tradition amongst fighter pilots

Carlotta / November 10, 2006 9:43 AM

an Indian pale ale, the bitterer the better. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is ok, but I prefer a Goose Island version. They put out a special anniversary brew in the first half of the year whose name escapes me now....

I like bloody marys, but few bars take the care in creating them like Greg S. at Jacqueline's (Broadway & Roscoe) does.

JB / November 10, 2006 9:50 AM

A PBR and a shot of Maker's (or two or three)...

JB / November 10, 2006 9:52 AM

PS. After many, many instances of ordering the above, my girlfriends have often wondered when my balls are gonna drop.

sky / November 10, 2006 9:55 AM

Depends on the night....
Weekday-Pinot Grigio
Out with the boys-Corona Light
Weekend- Vodka Tonic
I'm on a mission nights-Jaeger Bombs

unmikely / November 10, 2006 10:11 AM

Any day now it'll be Glogg. I love glogg.

Ramsin / November 10, 2006 10:19 AM

Double of Seagrams 7, neat.

Pete / November 10, 2006 10:30 AM

A Bell's Two Hearted Ale. Oh, wait...never mind, then.

jen / November 10, 2006 10:34 AM

maker's & ginger ale.

Blagg the Axman / November 10, 2006 10:36 AM

Finding myself within the walls of a grog-house, a draught of mead, served cool and frothy in an earthenware stein, is as pleasing a drink as any. If the season is right, a stout cider is agreeable enough, though sometimes I find it too tart for my liking.

And while years of rough living have engendered a physical bearing and form that inspires tavern-keepers to begin pouring ale the moment I darken a tavernís doorjamb, as often as not I enjoy a chilled cup of fresh goatís milk. The thick, wholesome taste instantly conjures memories of a long-ago life as a stableboy.

beer me / November 10, 2006 10:43 AM

Pete, you can still get Bell's if you're willing to pay for shipping.

Joe / November 10, 2006 10:43 AM

"A Bell's Oberon, please. What's that, you say? Oh, damn."

mike-ts / November 10, 2006 10:52 AM

"What's on special tonight?"

In general, beer in a regular bar, dirty martini in a martini bar, rum & Coke at a house party if they're serving liquor - Cuba Libre if they have the limes.

Josh / November 10, 2006 10:54 AM

A Guinness and a shot of Patron.

TKO / November 10, 2006 10:59 AM

High Life

Bill V / November 10, 2006 11:01 AM

Usually a Honkers, Fat Tire, Sierra Nevada or Bell's Amber.

Or a Miller High Life or PBR is cool too.

And your phone number, gorgeous. (ok you got me, I don't really say that)

leah / November 10, 2006 11:07 AM

Bushmills or Johnnie black on the rocks.

Or a delicious dirty martini from the best martini maker at the Blue Line. Yessssssss yom.

paul / November 10, 2006 11:09 AM

There was a day when they didn't have to ask.

It's always beer, it's usually something local and seasonal, unless there's something on tap I've never tried, and occasionally when they have something special on tap like a belgian or seasonal.

Lately it's been Berghoff Bock, Two Brother's Heavy Handed IPA (- Pete - this is a good replacement for two hearted), Maredsous, Affligem, Goose Island anything, ...

Damn, now I'm thirsty.

fluffy / November 10, 2006 11:09 AM

Depends on the bar.....
but it's usually:

jack & coke with a lime or
a weiss beer on tap or a harp..

Marilyn / November 10, 2006 11:13 AM

Wine, if they stock some good ones. Usually white, but I like a chianti, too. If they don't, I'll usually order something sweet, like a Black Russian or Irish coffee.

My favorite wine lately is Mount Cass Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. It's available at Sam's.

Cliff / November 10, 2006 11:18 AM

If I'm feeling Lynchian, it's Fuckin' Pabst Blue Ribbon and nothing else, but if I'm feeling Southern (which is more usual), it's Beam and Coke w/ lime. And keep 'em coming.

van moxie / November 10, 2006 11:42 AM

After several years of vodka cranberry, then Captain and coke, I'm back to my favorite from the salad days - Tom Collins (and occasionally Vodka Collins). Once a bartender put half and half (you know, like milk and cream) in it, saying it was his "special touch." It was disgusting.

Strawberry / November 10, 2006 11:43 AM

Tom Collins, although I've only found a handful of Chicago bartenders who know how to make one-- for shame!

Brandy / November 10, 2006 11:46 AM

"Shirley Temple."

Most of the time they laugh at me, which gets tiresome.

And, boy, you'd be suprised how few bartenders make a good Shirley Temple. I know it's an odd request, but I bet it was the first mixed drink any of us drank.

p.s. It's 7-Up or Ginger Ale, Grenadine and a cherry or two.

Your Mom / November 10, 2006 11:57 AM

Jen has the right idea.

Maker's & ginger ale with a lime. Ummmm..

Mike / November 10, 2006 12:19 PM

Jeppson's Malort.

dave / November 10, 2006 12:40 PM

Diet Coke, Root Beer or a Shirley Temple.

Dan / November 10, 2006 12:41 PM

Gin & Tonic with a splash of Rose's lime juice. Some might call this a Gin Gimlet, but many will put in too much Rose's if ordered as a Gin Gimlet.

Dunl / November 10, 2006 12:45 PM

Totally depends on the bar (whenever I'm in the bar at Fronterra, for example, for damn sure it's a blue agave margarita I'm asking for), but given my current bar-going habits: a Domaine DuPage French Country Ale (or something else from Two Brothers if available).

missmolly / November 10, 2006 12:49 PM

i, like others, depend on the bar and the day to decide my beverage of choice.

on average (at places i go to regularly) it's either beer (highlife or PBR or old pile) or a VANILLA VODKA AND DIET COKE!! (tastes like cream soda)

if i am at the Clipper, though, i have a Singapore Sling.

MC High Life / November 10, 2006 1:18 PM

Dan: You're talkinag about a hybrid beverage. A gin and tonic does not have Rose's lime and a gimlet does not have tonic.

That being said, I have had your drink before and it is tasty.

fluffy / November 10, 2006 1:21 PM

This may be a hybrid too, but it's yummy:
A gin and tonic with 2 drops of bitters and a lime- YUM!

At Simon's, I get glogg, if they made any.

Leelah / November 10, 2006 1:28 PM

As of this past Wednesday night, it's now Four!

hench / November 10, 2006 1:49 PM

depends on the evening. sometimes it's alpha king & jameson, sometimes it's rogue chipotle ale, sometimes it's pbr, sometimes it's cheapo trader joe's shiraz & pappy van winkle 15 yr premium bourbon...

one thing it's not is cognac or port - ick.

Allan / November 10, 2006 2:01 PM

I don't really go to bars but my drink of choice is Jack and Slurpee ( whatever flavor is on tap) or any number of inexpensive white wines. Jack is a bit expensive but it goes a long way.

christian / November 10, 2006 2:10 PM

I used to just walk in, look at the bartender and he or she would pour a Guinness without even saying a word.

Eamon / November 10, 2006 2:13 PM

Shot of whiskey1, bottle of beer2, shot of whiskey3.

1 Usually Jack. Sometimes Jameson. Never Beam. This one I drink while I wait for the beer.

2 Old Style, PBR, High Life, in that order. MGD in a pinch, Bud if I have to.

3 This one goes back to the table with me to remind me that I don't need any more shots.

Hal / November 10, 2006 2:40 PM

At Kay's Lounge in Houston, back in the day, I would walk in and the bartender would catch my eye over the three of four deep crowd around the bar. I would raise a number of fingers to indicate how many forsty mugs I needed with my pitcher of Shiner Bock. By the time I made my greetings and worked my way through, it'd be waiting for me.

Now? If I'm in Ireland, I'll ask for Kilkenny - an incredibly rich red ale made by Guiness. Not exported to the States, as best I can tell, and very hit or miss in Ireland itself. Smithwick's is my back up. If I'm in a mixed drink mood, Club brand Orange soda and vodka.

In the States, usually Bass for beer and vodka tonic for the hard stuff. Or a plain vodka martini.

Andrew / November 10, 2006 2:46 PM

Hal, I saw Kilkenny on tap somewhere in Chicago recently, but damned if I can remember where. Next time I spot it, I'll definitely give it a try.

fluffy / November 10, 2006 2:50 PM

Shiner bock......*drooling*

one of the few great things to come out of Tx

printdude / November 10, 2006 3:09 PM

I always order for the wife a Cranberry + Grey goose/Belvedere.

One musn't forget the drink for the lady, now!

joshua / November 10, 2006 3:12 PM

bourbon, bourbon and bourbon.

start with Beam & ginger.

move to Knob and water.

finish with Basil Hayden on the rocks.

unless i'm at the clipper. then it's purple martins all the way.

Emerson Dameron / November 10, 2006 3:17 PM

The dark and stormy is a recent favorite. The classics are Black Bavarian, Jameson and ginger ale, or, when the money's lean, PBR.

Has anyone ever tried Pabst RED Ribbon?

Bandit / November 10, 2006 3:18 PM

If anyone needs me to steal a truckload of Bell's beer you can reach me on Ch. 19.

Shit, I just passed another Kojack with a Kodak, this place is crawling with bears, Snowman where are you!

Steve / November 10, 2006 3:23 PM

Glad to see some love for the cocktails. Now why is it that all my friends pretty much stick exclusively to beer???

As for me, I love a good Horny Humbert: gin and pineapple juice.

Word to no bartender knowing how to make a damn Tom Collins.

clodius / November 10, 2006 3:28 PM

Rob Roys 'til I can't remember her face or I'm out of folding money. It'll work this time, I swear it will. It has to...

Michael / November 10, 2006 3:40 PM

If I trust the bar:

-Bourbon (anything above the rail) Manhattan up, easy on the vermouth.


Any bar:

-Jameson rocks
-Bourbon soda
-Stoli tonic.
-Beer w/ shots of Jameson

Baldeesh / November 10, 2006 3:45 PM

Miller Lite, usually. I can drink one and be a little smiley.

Bass Ale is good, too, but once I get to the bottom of that I'm hugging everybody.

Whiskey, when I'm feeling adventurous (and not driving home).

missmolly / November 10, 2006 4:10 PM

when i am in a silly mood at the clipper, i go purple martins too, joshua!

Annie / November 10, 2006 4:17 PM

Dirty Kettle One, up, with as many olives as they're able to give me.

Unless it's a dirty hole in the wall, in which case I'll have a bottle of whatever's on special.

winediva / November 10, 2006 6:07 PM

Depends on the season, but some of my favorite drinks at specific Chicago haunts:

Cafe 28: Mojitos
Nacional 27: Caipirhinas
Matchbox: Bourbon Manhattan
Twisted Spoke: any small batch bourbon neat or on the rocks

at fancy winebars or restaurnats I'll go for any Rose Champagne

but, truth be told I drink a frightening amount of Benziger Sauvignon Blanc at my local haunt - Daily Bar & Grill.

veronique / November 11, 2006 1:38 PM

I'll have a Veronica. Which is a Shirley Temple...with vodka...double.

flickerfly / November 11, 2006 4:46 PM

Beefeater Martini -- dirty, 3 olives

or J&B on the rocks and whatever cheap beer is on tap

on sunday mornings -- bloody mary with Absolut peppar

paul / November 11, 2006 8:12 PM

Goose Island has their Dunkelweissenbock on tap, so that's what I'll be asking for until they run out.

I'll search for Kilkenny (you bastards!) too, I seem to remember it around somewhere.

Meems / November 12, 2006 8:22 AM

Louis di Martini aka Louis juice or Pere Jacques. Can't wait for gluwein!

tmac / November 12, 2006 7:10 PM

forty creek whiskey on the rocks.

jen / November 12, 2006 7:13 PM

well, i can say that after this weekend, in addition to maker's & ginger ale, i enjoyed many vodka & sodas. and at my work happy hour i generally prefer grey goose and red bull to get me through the night.

jennifer / November 12, 2006 8:31 PM

a judith light with a tony danza - vanilla stoli, diet coke, and a lime.

a friend and I decided that sitcom stars from the 80s weren't getting the credit they were due, so we decided to find a way to memorialize a few of our faves by naming a drink after them. she drinks her's sans tony danza; not a fan of the citrus.

just another of those 'great ideas' that you have when intoxicated. but this is one that I really like.

michelle / November 13, 2006 8:42 AM

absolut/stoli raspberry tonic, with a lime twist, please. Wine its either rielsing or pino noir.

KEN / November 15, 2006 6:07 PM

MMJD (Make Mine Jack Daniels)

Bill / November 20, 2006 4:34 PM

sapphire & tonic, 2 limes.

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