It’s going to be biblical.
In 2019, The Graystone Tavern in Wrigleyville debuted a Hanukkah-themed pop-up bar with the objective of giving Wrigleyville’s festive season a vibrant new identity. Back by popular demand for its fourth year, the tavern will later this month resurrect its “8 Crazy Nights” pop-up and offer Chicagoans a bright blue escape from the predictable swarms of red and green.
Amongst the plethora of decorations, Hanukkah ball lanterns will adorn the ceiling and over 14,000 blue and white lights will cover the patio space. There willmbe a return of the bar’s ugly Hanukkah sweater wall with puns and cheeky sayings like “Challah at ya girl”. Star of David and dreidel ornaments, lighted menorah decor, Mensch on a Bench, 8-foot inflatable dreidel are some of the other returning features guests will find decorating the exciting pop-up.
The pop-up will also bring back its decadent Boozy Jelly Donuts made with housemade vodka-infused jelly where patrons can inject the jelly via syringe and its 18-foot giant menorah “shotski.”
A special food menu, ranging in price from $6 to $22, will feature traditional and spins on Jewish favorites like Kugel, Matzo Ball Soup, Brisket Platter and Grilled Cheese served on Challah Bread, and three flavors of Latkes including the classic with sour cream and applesauce, cilantro jalapeno with chipotle sour cream and herb cheddar with chive sour cream. New to the menu this year is Rabbi’s Red Hots featuring two pancakes batter-dipped Hebrew National Beef Franks topped with blueberry compote.
Bartenders will be upping their game with some festive cocktails made with traditional Hanukkah flavors including the Gelt Martini (Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur, Western Sons Vodka, Tippy Cow milk chocolate, gold sugar rim, Gelt coin), Mazel Tov (Nolet’s Silver Gin, Mionetto Prosecco, blueberry rosemary simple syrup and club soda), and a Mensch Mule (Western Sons Vodka, strawberry puree, ginger beer, lemon-lime soda, lime juice, and lime wedge).
$12 hot cocktails like a Hanukkah Harry’s Hot Chocolate served in a gold mug and a Blue Toddy are some further features carrying on from last year while $8 Sufganiyah Shot, an $8 Dreidel Bomba, and the aforementioned giant menorah “shotski” starting at $24, are some of the themed shots that will be on offer.
More information about exactly what goes into the delicious drinks can be found over at the 8 Crazy Nights Chicago cocktail menu.
The pop-up won’t just be offering amazing food and drinks, however, there are spaces reserved for board and card games 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. Each week will also feature different events like a Hanukkah Happy Hour Charity, Dreidel spinning tournament, and more.
The Graystone Tavern can be found at 3441 N. Sheffield Avenue in Wrigleyville and will be open 4 pm – 11 pm Monday through Friday and 11 am – 11 on Saturdays and Sundays. ‘