Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at Black Rock Bar

'Twas about 2 weeks before Christmas, and all through Black Rock Bar, not a creature was stirring, but there sure were alot of ugly Christmas sweaters!  Last night was the first official (I sure hope there's a second!) Chicago Ugly Christmas Sweater Party thrown by yours truly, Windy Citizen, and some other great Chicago websites.  There were not only a bunch of Chicago bloggers, but there friends and readers as well.  With so many people donning such festive garb, how could this not be a blast?!

My wife and I have never been to Black Rock Bar, but it turned out to be a fun little place.  For the event, they had a large room in back set aside for us, which is perfect for private parties.  We immediately ran into Brad Flora of Windy Citizen.  He not only was sporting an excellent snowman sweater, but also had extras in case anyone came unprepared.  We also ran into a few other great people like Mike Doyle of Chicago Carless, Devin Kidner from Making Chicago Home, John Moore of Windy City Watch, Fausto Fernós from Feast of Fun, and the great couple behind BuzzFlash.

There were a few drink specials, but I decided to go with Goose Island Seasonal Mild Winter, which was a deal at $4 per pint.  It has a darker caramel color, with a slightl yeasty, spicy, nutty flavor.  The appetizers are also 1/2 off, so we loaded up on mini burgers, buffalo chicken tenders, and hand cut fries- which came in a multitude of flavors like parmesan garlic, BBQ seasoned, ranch, bleu cheese, cheesy, and sweet potato.  Next time I go, I will definitely go for the Mega-taters, which is tater tots topped with jalapeno cheddar, sour cream, bacon, and scallions.

To all I did not get to meet at the party, I hope we have more events like this so we can meet and push the Chicago blog scene to greater heights.  It was definitely a great time for all, and to all a good night.  See you at the next one!