Tonight is the last Friday of the month, so it’s once again time for South Main Trolley Night. The shops, galleries, and restaurants of the South Main Arts District will stay open until 9 or later. Some will offer free appetizers, free booze, discounts, and/or specials. It’s a wonderful way to mingle with your neighbors and support local businesses.
Tonight there will be live music on the trolleys themselves:
- 6:00-6:45: Sky King
- 7:00-7:45: Natalie Hall
- 8;00-9:00: Alice Hasen
Birdie’s virtual golf studio will celebrate the season with a special patriotic-themed cap you can buy at Trolley Night: white fabric with red and blue lettering.
Following Trolley Night, Zernell a.k.a. Grimy, a Chicago DJ who syncs beats to disco or to his city’s house music, will perform at the Central Station Hotel’s Eight & Sand Lounge from 9 to 1.
As I mentioned previously, Raneem + Living in Color will perform in Slider Inn Downtown’s backyard for Trolley Night.
Bourbon fans heading to Trolley Night, you’ll want to stop by Max’s Sports Bar for some of their new Maker’s Mark Private Selection “South Main Whi-SKI.”
Got lots more Blind Bear news today. In case you missed it, I posted their new dinner menu in yesterday’s post.
First up – Blind Bear is doing something fun each night for happy hour, which runs from 3-7 PM Monday-Friday:
- Moonshine & Martini Mondays – $5 moonshine / $8 Tito’s martinis
- Tacos & Tequila Tuesdays – $5 tacos / $5 margaritas
- Wine Down Wednesdays – $15 half-bottles / $15 charcuterie boards
- Throwdown Thursdays – “The silly little games we play. $25 gift card to the winner.”
- Freeballin’ Friday – ½ off Bear Balls app with a $10 purchase
I’m unclear what is meant by Thursday’s promotion. They’ve been doing Texas Hold’em at 7:30 on Thursdays. I don’t think they’d insult the poker players by calling their activity a “silly little game.”
Are new games to be added to the mix? I’ll find out more and let you know.
Pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey? Musical chairs? Dodgeball? Ooooh yeah, dodgeball, that could be a ton of fun.
I tried the current special at the Bear, fried catfish with a Cajun cream sauce over mashed potatoes and mixed greens.
OMG so very, very good. The catfish was crispy and the sauce delicious, but the greens were the clear standout on this plate.
Availability was said to be through today or “while supplies last.” The Bear has not been terribly busy for dinner the past two nights, so I suspect you’ll still be able to get this special today.
Now let’s have a look at Blind Bear’s new Bearly Awake Brunch menu, which debuts tomorrow. It will be available from 11 AM to 3 PM Saturdays and Sundays.
Brunch Drink Specials
Bloody Mary – 5
Mimosa – 5
Ole Smoky moonshine shot – 4
Bottle mimosa – 20
Wings – 8
Three seasoned, jumbo whole wings, roasted and fried with ranch or blue cheese
Tossed in Jack Daniel’s Glaze or Buffalo
Mama Bear cinnamon roll – 10
Cream cheese icing, diced bacon
Featured soup – 6 / 8
Breakfast tacos or burrito – 14
Soft tortillas, scrambled eggs, cheese, sauteed onions and peppers, sriracha aioli, bacon or sausage, breakfast potatoes
Breakfast sandwich – 12
Fried eggs, bacon, cheddar, sriracha aioli on Texas toast with breakfast potatoes
Early Rise Hibernation Fries – 14
Seasoned fries, spiced ground beef, bacon, pepper jack, jalapenos, tomatoes, ranch, sunny-side-up egg
Mac’s Big Vol’s Breakfast – 16
Scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon, sausage, toast, breakfast potatoes
Salmon hash – 24
Blackened salmon on a bed of breakfast potatoes topped with a sunny-side-up egg and balsamic reduction
Chicken & French toast – 16
Two jumbo whole wings over apple pie moonshine French toast
Hashbrown Bowl – 15
(Build your own)
Includes 4 toppings
$0.75 each additional topping
- Turkey sausage
- Shredded chicken
- Ground beef
- Bell pepper
- Pepper jack
- Cheese sauce
- Sour cream
As with the dinner menu, the farther away you get from the date of this post (June 30, 2023), the more likely menu items and prices are to change.
On to general news…
Today is National Food Truck Day.
Terrible news! Beer makes humans more attractive to mosquitoes.
Sunset Jazz returns to Court Square this Sunday from 6 to 8 PM, this time featuring Gary Topper.
The Supreme Court struck down affirmative action in college admissions this week.
That’s all the news I have the time and energy to report this morning. Back tomorrow.