A Hanukkah-Themed Pop-Up Is Serving Vodka-Infused Donuts And Giant Menorah Shotskis in Chicago

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A Hanukkah-Themed Pop-Up Is Serving Vodka-Infused Donuts And Giant Menorah Shotskis in Chicago

It’s going to be biblical.

A Hanukkah-themed pop-up bar has arrived in Chicago and it looks seriously fun! The bright blue bar has emerged from the swarms of red and green with the objective of giving Wrigleyville’s festive season a vibrant new identity. Back by popular demand, The Graystone Tavern in Wrigleyville has resurrected its “8 Crazy Nights” pop-up for the second year running. The unique event will run from Friday, November 20 through Sunday, January 3. As a response to Illinois’ ban on indoor dining, The Graystone Tavern has expanded into a spacious and enclosed new weatherproof patio.


Guests can expect a winter wonderland of decorations created for the Jewish holiday. Hanukkah ball lanterns will adorn the ceiling and over 8,000 blue and white lights will cover the unique patio. Ugly Hanukkah sweaters with puns and cheeky sayings like “Challah at ya girl” will also cover one wall and there will also be a photo booth with Hanukkah-themed props and more.

The pop-up will sell its decadent Boozy Jelly Donuts made with housemade vodka-infused jelly where patrons can inject the jelly via syringe. There will also be a special food menu featuring many of the traditional Jewish favorites like Latkes, Kugel, Matzo Ball Soup, Brisket Platter and Grilled Cheese served on Challah Bread.
Bartenders will be upping their game with some festive cocktails made with traditional Hanukkah flavors including the Festival of Lights Martini, Gelt Martini, Mazel Tov, and a Mensch Mule. There is also an $8 Sufganiyah Shot, a $25 Manischewitz Sangria Bowl, and four rotating theme draft beers as well as an 18-foot giant menorah “shotski.”  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 isn’t just 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, and Schmear Build-A-Bagel card game.


Each night will feature a different event like a Hanukkah Happy Hour Charity Benefit, Dreidel spinning tournament, A Movie Night, and more. Several of the pop-up’s evenings and events will support the Israel Cancer Research Fund and the Jewish Federation.

The pop-up is also accommodating for those who wish to celebrate at home. All themed food and cocktails can be picked up or delivered. More information is available at the Graystone Tavern website.

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