Get Your Beer & Wine Fix Now at Starbucks

Starbucks Storefront Photo

"Ugh, now I have to deal with alcoholics, along with snobby coffee-drinkers." Photo Credit: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Starbucks recently announced it would introduce beer and wine onto its drink menu at 25 of its 10,700 U.S. locations. Sadly the DC Area will not be participating… But the lucky citizens of Atlanta, Southern California, and Chicago will be able to imbibe in some wine and beer while sitting next to their java-drinking, laptop typing counterparts. Lucky drunks…I mean ducks.

According to Clarice Turner, a Senior VP of U.S. Operations, the stores will price beer around $5 and glasses of wine between $7 and $9. Along with beer & wine, these locations will also be serving bistro-inspired fare, like warm foccacia with olive oil and fruit & cheese plates, to pair with their alcoholic beverages.

This isn’t entirely new for Starbucks, as they have been serving alcohol at some of their Seattle & Portland based stores since October 2010. However Mrs. Turner mentioned this effort would be a test run, and that the specific stores were “carefully chosen.” Which means the company would not be deploying the concept to other stores any time soon…. Oh well. I prefer to drink my beer at grimey dive bars or in the comfort of my own home anyway.  Best of luck Starbucks!

I am just waking up after closing down 2 Chicago bars – one at 2:30 in Bucktown and one at 4am in Lincoln Park. I can’t for the life of me remember their names, but it sure was fun as hell, and I’m glad to be back in Chitown after a few years in absentia.

I’m here to visit one of my best friends from high school, who was a Best Man in my wedding and I’ve barely seen in the past few years. And yes, I had two Best Men in my wedding, since Rafi and Jonny U are kinda like when they are together.

Anyway when I arrived (after & a rebooking on Friday evening), I was given a glass of Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey and told by Rafi (along with his brother Jacob who has been a GM of some great restaurants in LA, our old friend Mike from HS who works at a 5 star Chicago hotel, and Mike’s buddy) that this mancation weekend would all be planned around food & drink, and maybe the occasional baseball game or music festival. Boy was i thrilled to hear that. Plus it sounded like they all had a huge passion for food as well.

I’ll be documenting this journey throughout the weekend and provide some food pics, Chicago restaurant recs, and any interesting situations that we happen to stumble into.  For instance, let me make a recommendation… Do not hit the secret button that skips a track located underneath the Touchtunes jukebox, when a 6’8 roid-rager is listening to the same honky-tonk Toby Keith track 4 times over. I mean Chicago is the town of blues for pete’s sake, not lame ass country. Let’s just say he was ready to Hulk Smash until Mr. Bouncer with the 2 lb mag lite flashlight escorted his butt out of there.

I’ll leave you with my new friend – Rabbit Pasta -  from a called Bluebird. If there, you have to try this dish, as well as the amazing Mac & Cheese, Harissa Wings with Grilled Orange, and really anything on their menu. Thirst quenching craft beers are also a-plenty.

UPDATE – July 31, 2011 – I remembered the name of the bars I mentioned. Check them out and The Bluebird too by clicking the links below.



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