After last week's holiday, this Monday seems even more painful than usual. Dreams of coffee alarm clocks and espresso showers were not enough to get us moving this week. Our motivation is rooted in something almost as important as caffeine: pay checks.
The beginning of the month is always a killer on the wallet. With necessities like rent and utilities taking all your cash, you might think you are destined for a week without drinks with friends or dinner out. Think again. From a cool spot to watch the game, to a luxe date night on the cheap, to the premier of Macchialina's new sandwich pop-up, we've got your back.
Heat Viewing Party & Happy Hour at Radio Bar
Whether tonight's game ends in disappointing defeat or thundering victory, you're going to want to be among fans. Head to Radio Bar in SoFi tonight to watch the game. Come early and take advantage of their Happy Hour from 6 to 8 p.m. with two-for-ones on their signature cocktails. Stay for the game with five-for-$20 PBR buckets or five-for-$25 Corona & Heineken buckets. Other perks include endless bowls of fresh popcorn and halftime entertainment games including pool, wallhooky and life-sized Jenga.
Mangia Mondays at Quattro
Open at 6 tonight, Quattro on Lincoln Road is a great place to take your date and still catch the game. Each month, twin chefs Nicola and Fabrizio Carro will introduce a $39 three-course prix-fixe dinner menu, available on Mondays, spotlighting cuisines of Italy. The series kicks off tonight with Piedmont, the twins' homeland. Tonight's menu starts off with choice of beef tartar or a fresh salad. Second course options include Risotto with Castelmagno cheese in veal sauce, sheep ricotta gnocchi with spinach, beech mushroom parmesan fondue or braised beef cheek in Barbera wine with creamy polenta. Dessert options are an amaretti flan with caramel sauce and cream gelato or sweet focaccia and gianduia chocolate salsa. Bottles from Piedmont are also 20 percent off.
Pirolo's Panino Pop-Up at Macchialina
Starting today and going until August 31, Macchialina will house pop-up Pirolo's Panino. Macchialina's chef Michael Pirolo is offering up New York/Philly inspired sandwich shop with take-away and counter service (delivery coming soon). The pop-up will pump out premium sandwiches Tuesday through Saturday from noon until 3 p.m. Sandwiches from $12-$22 include: banh mis, lobster rolls, jive turkeys and more. Salads for $10 and sides from $5-8 round off the menu.
Pink Friday's at WD 555
It's Friday, time to be chic. Whether you're on a date or looking for one, WD 555's romantic, open-air patio is a perfect setting for a little love. From 7 p.m. until midnight enjoy $5 glasses of Rosé and complimentary amuse-bouches. WD 555 is a secret hideaway for the unpretentious who love their wine.
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Blue Collar Late Night
If you haven't been to Blue Collar yet, your time has come. After getting off work, chef Daniel Serfer longed for a late-night spot that served quality eats, but couldn't find any. Serfer decided it was time to create one. Friday and Saturday nights Blue Collar stays open until 2am. Offering items like fried chicken ($15), jambalaya ($15), oysters ($3 each), and fried smoked gouda ($9) exclusively for late-night as well as some selections from their regular menu. Expect people watching, lots of in-the-biz kids, jhorts, and epic amounts of awesome.