Getting the Boot in Lincoln Square's Chicago Brauhaus
Stepping inside the Chicago Brauhaus on the city's north side is like teleporting into a nonstop Bavarian bash. Just imagine of a team of St. Pauli girls bearing platters overflowing with sausages, homemade soups, beef roulades and pretzels. Throw in a lederhosen-clad band that brings the oompah nightly and hope that you're ready to handle 35 ounces of the eponymous Brauhaus Brew in large glass boot form. At gatherings in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, beer boots are frequently passed among the guests for a festive drinking challenge. The dance floor quickly fills with young and old alike, all kicking up their heels to classic German drinking songs as well as a wide range of guest requests that the band has managed to oompah-ify. Fairy-tale architecture, scrumptious fare that sticks to your ribs and a delectable journey to a beer buzz make this place one merry escape from Chicago's glacial winters.