Happy New Goat
posted December 28, 2017 7:40 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Wed January 3 at 6:00 PM, Monks Pub
205 W Lake St, Chicago, IL, USA (Map & Directions)
Wednesday, January 3rd is the first first Wednesday of 2018. Let's make it happy. Join us at Monks Pub in lieu of the Original Billy Goat Tavern with their crazy new beers because renovations. Then wander with us (quickly! though. It's cold) to LiveWire for something special.
posted by crush to Meetup (24 comments total)

Unfortunately, I have a campaign event from 6-8 in Andersonville, so I will be skipping the Goat and going straight to LiveWire.
posted by crush at 7:42 AM on December 28, 2017


Chicago Tribune: Billy Goat Tavern on Michigan Avenue closing but not for long
Three days until Jan. 1, 2018, and another restaurant is closing, but luckily, it’s only for a short stint. Billy Goat Tavern’s Michigan Avenue location is closing temporarily for infrastructure updates, according to an email management sent out Friday afternoon.

The letter reads: “We would like to inform you that starting January 2nd this location will be temporarily closed in order to perform necessary updates of the infrastructure, such as improving electrical, plumbing, and the restrooms. This work is necessary so that our customers can continue to enjoy the Tavern for many years to come! Due to the delicate nature of performing the work while preserving the historic Tavern`s look and decor we anticipate the work to be completed in 4-6 weeks by sometime in February. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you and we look forward to seeing you in a few weeks! Follow us on Facebook and twitter for updates."

posted by orthicon halo at 6:15 PM on December 29, 2017 [4 favorites]

Ha! I just came in here to post that article. Need new location, stat!
posted by misskaz at 7:13 AM on December 30, 2017

posted by garlic at 7:42 AM on December 30, 2017

Monks makes poutine by putting deep fried cheese curds on top of fries and then pouring on some gravy. It's an abomination. So this is a viable option.
posted by srboisvert at 10:40 AM on December 30, 2017 [3 favorites]

There is also Cheesies. Which has served as a back up in the past. But I am now double booked with a campaign thing and a Womens March marshals thing. So I really won't join before Live Wire. :(
posted by crush at 6:45 PM on December 30, 2017

Cheesing the Goatup? Is that allowed?
posted by Evilspork at 4:18 AM on January 1, 2018

Are we decided?
posted by Evilspork at 10:04 AM on January 2, 2018

I like the idea of Monks because it is

a) still downtown
b) nearly accessible by pedway (I think)
c) the aforementioned poutine abomination
d) it's that much closer to Union Station, which would allow for the possibility of my long-held dream that those of us who go to Live Wire taking the Metra there

But I'm up for any other suggestions that can be made.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 3:25 PM on January 2, 2018 [1 favorite]

I'm down for this Monks place. I haven't had poutine in a minute.
posted by tivalasvegas at 4:43 PM on January 2, 2018 [1 favorite]

Sounds like we're decided. MonkUp?
posted by Evilspork at 5:14 PM on January 2, 2018

posted by crush at 5:04 AM on January 3, 2018 [1 favorite]

I love Monks, unlike the Goat, they actually have good beer :) Also, I approve of the Goat fixing their bathrooms. Seriously.
posted by anactualwolfe at 9:39 AM on January 3, 2018 [1 favorite]

Hey, I hope everyone enjoys Monks and LiveWire tonight and that my opinion yesterday didn't sway any decisions as I won't be able to make it tonight. Have fun and hope to see you all more in the rest of 2018.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:24 AM on January 3, 2018

I am not feeling great and it's pretty iffy whether I'll make it downtown tonight. I'm really sorry if I end up missing you all tonight!
posted by jessypie at 12:12 PM on January 3, 2018

Something's in the air: I too am going to be unable to make it. Happy New Year, everyone.
posted by eamondaly at 12:36 PM on January 3, 2018

I've gone from 'maybe' to 'no'. Some errands came up tonight. Next time!
posted by hydrophonic at 2:31 PM on January 3, 2018

Well, this is like the one time I make it to one and everyone else bails, I see. I see. Mhm.

Anywho, I'm immediately around the corner to the right of the entrance, a U turn from the front door.
posted by Evilspork at 2:48 PM on January 3, 2018

Myself and anactualwolfe have tables to the right of the door..
posted by Evilspork at 3:55 PM on January 3, 2018

And now anem0ne.
posted by Evilspork at 3:55 PM on January 3, 2018

I'm sorry guys, but I don't think it's happening for me tonight, either. Have fun and stay warm!
posted by Iridic at 3:59 PM on January 3, 2018

I'm just leaving work now. ETA 35 min.
posted by tivalasvegas at 4:01 PM on January 3, 2018

Looks like we are all going to call it a night and not head to karaoke, if anyone was only going to be able to get to karaoke. Good place, it would do nicely for next month!
posted by Evilspork at 5:40 PM on January 3, 2018 [1 favorite]

Can confirm: the beer was good. The company was great. The poutine was awful. (Not that Goat burgers are good, exactly.) Looking forward to next month.
posted by eotvos at 8:51 AM on January 4, 2018 [2 favorites]

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