Chicago’s Winter Wonderland Cocktail Soirée!

Architectural Artifacts, a commanding 80,000 square foot space in the Ravenswood ‘hood, played host (in conjunction with D’Absolute Catering) to the Yelp Holiday Bash on the frigid evening of December 11, 2008! Elites enjoyed access to the upper floors of the space, and got to peruse the many treasures and gems displayed artfully throughout…and as an early holiday gift, Architectural Artifacts offered yelpers 50 percent off ANY item until 12/23/2008!

The main event! Some of Chicago’s finest cocktail creators were on hand showcasing and offering samples of their favorite, signature “wintery” cocktails. After tasting these lovely libations, guests voted on their favorite, and MK Restaurant was crowned the winner with their “adlib” cocktail made with 10 Cane Rum! It was a VERY close race, and fabulous cocktails were enjoyed by all…

Who was mixin’ it up?

Chaise Lounge: “X-Miss-tini” with Snow Queen Vodka
Between Lounge: “Hot ‘n Dirty” with p.i.n.k. Vodka
Zed 451: “Cranberry Spiced Old Fashioned” with Hazelnut Infused Woodford Reserve Small Batch Bourbon
MK Restaurant: “adlib” with 10 Cane Rum
Blackbird: “Añejo Smash” with Partida Tequila
Bull & Bear: “The Broker’s Breakfast” with Absolut Vodka
Encore Liquid Lounge: “White winter Pear” with Bacardi
May Street Market: “Nectar Martini”
J Bar: “S’more-tini” with p.i.n.k. Vodka
Uncommon Ground: “Winter Tree-Tini” with Rain Organic Vodka
Blue 13: “X’s and O’s” with Patron XO Cafe
Barefoot Champagne: Poinsettia

Yelp is Sweet! At 8pm the Dessert Lounge designed by Art of Imagination was unveiled! In this deliciously decadent domain were treats from Eli’s Cheesecake, Letizia’s Natural Bakery, Swirlz Cupcakes, Pastries Not Potatoes, Prairie Grass Cafe and Marla’s Mandel Bread!

Holiday Cheer! On hand providing some liquid merrymaking (besides the fab cocktailers): Black Swan Wines, Shiner Beer & Red Rain-Deer nips with Dr. McGillicuddy’s Cherry Schnapps and Rain Vodka…all served quickly by the staff of D’Absolute! To keep things rockin’ Monster Energy Drink was pumpin’ out the jive to keep it going all night, and Mighty Leaf Tea joined in to keep things hot! A bit of sustenance? Ok, a LOT of sustenance was pumped in and cranked out by the fabulous people of La Gondola Italian Restaurant and Mana Food Bar!

The icing on the party cake? Jams from Nikki C, free rides home from I-Go Car Sharing, some pretty tight breakdancers, two stunning performances by Ameba Acrobatic & Aerial Dance, a packed photobooth by, Bad Santa (Kevin N from Austin) photos by Dan Gin, Matt Ginger’s paparazzi pics, and Yelp totes stuffed with plenty of goodies!

Naughty? Nice? Yelp packed this place and sent out 2008 with a triumphant, festive, cocktailin’ bang! In 2009…the best is yet to come….

Colleen C
Chicago Yelp Community Manager