Boystown ready to lift spirits on Black Wednesday

Tue. November 20, 2012 12:49 PM by News Staff

black wednesday at roscoe's, 2011

photo credit // anthony meade
Chicago, IL - The night before Thanksgiving is unofficially considered the busiest night of the year for bars and taverns, so much so that the night is often referred to as Black Wednesday.

"It is such a great, high-energy time of the year where we can all reconnect with old and new friends over cocktails," commented social columnist Terrence Chappell.

A number of Boystown bar owners and managers tell that the night often rivals New Year's Eve and St. Patrick's Day as popular party nights.

"It's one of the biggest nights in the bar industry," said Hydrate Nightclub general manager Sean Kowta. "I would say it's the St. Patrick's Day of November."

The extended four-day weekend coupled with the influx of out-of-town friends and college students returning home makes the pre-holiday revelry especially popular with twentysomethings.

"It's the perfect mix of regular customers and holiday visitors all looking to have a few drinks and have a lot of fun before getting stuffed," said Roscoe's promotion and marketing manager Shawn Hazen.

Chappell offered some personal reminders for Black Wednesday: Do not stray away from your group of friends, have a plan and drink responsibly. "And not be home before 4am," he joked. "I mean we all have the next day off."

There are plenty of Black Wednesday events listed on CalendarQ, including venues open Thanksgiving Day.

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