CityBeat headquarters is not air-conditioned. The sweltering heat leads us sweaty staffers to daydream about swimming in refreshing pools, drinking pints of frosty beer and writing our stories with our pants off in front of a fan in the privacy of our homes. That last one comes up a lot around here. Don't judge. So, as I sit here, clammy in all the wrong places, I find myself scouring the Internet for places to cool down. Here are three that I found:
Alexander's on 30th (3391 30th Ave. in North Park), that cute little Italian eatery at the corner of Upas Street, does a special $1-beer night every Monday. A large tub of cold beers is set up in ice. Grab one and leave a buck in the jar. Honor-system rules apply, so don't be the a-hole that steals a $1 beer. They also have a food special: a $6 cheese pizza with additional toppings for $2 each. To keep the cool vibes going, a classic film is screened on the back patio. There isn't a schedule of flicks; it's just whatever someone on staff feels like screening. It's the perfect post-work hangout where you can air out your pits in a classy setting.
Another great weekly eat-and-drink-up happens on Fridays at Sycamore Den (3391 Adams Ave. in Normal Heights) when the dad-themed bar collaborates with a local food truck. Grab some grub outside, then come in and sip on $6 cocktails or $3 domestic beer from 5 to 8 p.m. Whistle Stop Bar (2236 Fern St. in South Park) is introducing a new night to its lineup. Every third Wednesday of the month starting July 17, come out for Brewer's Soundtrack Series. Local brewers will play DJ for the evening and spin the songs that inspire their beers. At the kick-off, the folks from Mike Hess Brewing will share their beer-making tunes of choice, as well as another brewery to be announced.