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The Bar Fly's Guide to Escaping In-Laws on Xmas, Partying on NYE

Know what you're up to this Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve? Need an escape route? That's where we come in. Peruse this guide for local holiday events and bar hours.

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And this holiday season the local restaurants and bars—many of which double as music venues—will not disappoint you. Tinley businesses are serving up amazing comfort foods and high-end eats and cocktails, which we consider ingredients for a very festive night on the town.

Here's a rundown of what some local bars and restaurants are up to this Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.

Editor's note: Call to confirm your plans ahead of time. If you have a venue in mind that you don't see here, find it in our Places Directory.

Lose Grandma at 

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: The saloon is open during regular business hours on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for those last-minute shoppers looking to take the edge off before heading home. On Christmas Day, the bar celebrates it's "Lose Grandma 2" party, as party-goers duck out to watch the Bears-Packers match-up.

New Year's Eve: The bar is ringing in the New Year in style. For $35 per person, patrons can enjoy an open bar with premium drinks, appetizers from the regular menu, a champagne toast and party favors. The night also features the live band Red Hot Riot. Best of all, no one has to go home until well into 2012 — doors will remain open til 4 a.m. The staff highly recommends reservations.

A Party in the Pub at 

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day: The family-owned pub features regular hours on Christmas Eve, and is open on Christmas Day from 5 p.m. until regular close.

New Year's Eve: This year, Durbin's is considering its tradition of throwing a "Paty in the Pub" on NYE. A mere $10 gets you in the door with access to an appetizer buffet, champagne toast, DJ and more. Add $35 for an open bar from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., though the bar is open til 4 a.m.

$1 Drafts at 

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day: This neighborhood bar was immortalized by Chicago Irish punk band The Tosser's. It features regular hours on Christmas Eve, and opens at 7 p.m. on Christmas Day with a regular closing time.

New Year's Eve: There is no cover to get in and the night includes a two-man band, shot specials, and as always, $1 drafts.

A Holiday Break for 

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day: The popular pizza eatery and venue is closed on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

New Year's Eve: NYE at Ed and Joe's features Chicago blues band, The Kingsnakes. The group will take the stage in support of their 'Blue Mosaic' album.

A Really Late Night at 

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day: The sports bar and comfort food eatery is open on Christmas Eve until 6 p.m. but is closed Christmas Day.

New Year's Eve: Staff were a little short on the New Year's Eve details, except to say that there would indeed be a live band and that they would be open "really, really, really late."

Spend Part of Xmas Eve at 

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day: The charming local pub with its notorious dollar drafts is open on Christmas Eve until 5 p.m. However, you'll have to find another watering hole on Christmas Day—The Cottage will be closed.

New Year's Eve: Regular hours.

No Cover at 

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day: This wood-panelled wonder is closed on both days.

New Year's Eve: Avoid forking out cash to get in the bar. Dendrino's will be open until 4 a.m. and there will not be a cover, staff said.

Escape Your Holiday Party to Go to 

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day: The bar will keep its regular hours on Christmas Eve. On Sunday, doors open at 4 p.m.

New Year's Eve: You won't need to pay cover at Bailey's this New Year's Eve. The band Billy's Boys will take the stage at 9:30 p.m. to start saying goodbye to 2011. The bar offers a complimentary champagne toast.

No Rest for 

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day: The restaurant will be open its regular hours on both days.

New Year's Eve: Hamada will be open for business during regular hours on New Year's Eve and boasts a full menu.

An Intimate NYE at 

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day: Closed both days

New Year's Eve: Avoid lines and cover when you opt to stop by this local cocktail lounge, where you can pick eats from the bar's regular menu. It will be open until 3 a.m. 

Get Jazzy at 

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day: The restaurant will remain open during regular hours on Christmas Eve, but is closed on Christmas Day.

New Year's Eve: A seven-piece jazz band provides the entertainment for the night as Outriggers offers it's regular menu and regular hours. Reservations are recommended.

 

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Paraday December 31, 2011 at 10:30 PM
You forgot the best party tonight is located at the Odyssey SweetSpot Sports Bar & Driving Range…. $30.00 a person or $50.00 a couple.. Package includes open bar from 8-2 and Champaign toast and finger foods!

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