No matter what presents you bestow upon friends and loved ones this holiday season, the real gift is that you're actually putting up with the brutal gauntlet of shopping in the first place. For a break from the madness, duck out with Don Julio.
Don Julio tequila flows from the expertise and passion of Don Julio Gonzalez Estrada, who, starting in 1942, spent 40 years perfecting every aspect of his 100% agave spirit, from cultivation, to his revolutionary squat bottle, personally ensuring his spirit would carry his four names proudly. Here are just a few of the bars where you can enjoy a sip or two before, during, and/or after your holiday shopping excursions:
Dos Diablos: Beyond Latin cocktail creations like the Don Julio Silver/grapefruit juice/fresh squeezed lime/blood orange puree Red Devil, this colorfully rustic cantina turns out easy-feasting like buffalo chicken nachos, Mexican saganaki (Panella cheese w/ tequila & lime), and a 3.5" chimichanga called "Big Mel", sure to make your belly a little giant.
Bull & Bear: All dark wood and exposed brick, this sports/ business bar offers free WiFi, plus a king's ransom of flatscreens, a 10ft HD projector, and 40 feet of "stock tickers" scrolling financial, entertainment, and sports news -- so, every five minutes it should flash "Chi QB Says Something Amazing".
LaSalle Power Co.: The rock club in the old LaSalle Street Cable Car Powerhouse also boasts a cozy bar, a sleazy-chic comfort-foodery with gold-vinyl swivel chairs & original show posters, and bathrooms scrawled with famous-rocker quotes like "the only difference between boring and laid back is one million dollars" (in '77 -- now without ten million you're still very dull).
So there you go: three of the many places that can help make shopping bearable. For more info on the world's first premium tequila, visit donjulio.com; to shorten up your errands, consider buying your people the very thing you're drinking.
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