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Strange Barfellows (+ a booze cruise for beer fans)

Amalie Drury

It's my job to write about Chicago and all of its people, places and things. If it's new and it's cool, I'm checking it out.

When most people think of Duke of Perth, a Scottish bar in Lake View with more than 75 types of single-malt whiskey on its menu, they think of the following: 1. whiskey (duh), 2. endless fish and chips, 3. green peas, and 4. the back patio, with a pretty cherry tree (or at least what looks like a cherry tree, but I'm no dendrologist) in the middle. 

My father, who was visiting from Kentucky last weekend, will forever associate Duke of Perth with one particularly robust creature that shuffled its way through the flowerbeds as we sipped beers mere feet away on Saturday night: 

Dad: "What was that? Was that a rat?"
The Chaser: "I suppose so." 
Dad: "Unbelievable! Where'd it come from?"
The Chaser: "The alley, I guess." 
Dad: "So they have rats in bars in Chicago?"
The Chaser: "No, not normally. This is an isolated incident. And we're outside. Let's try not to focus on it."
Dad: "That thing was the size of a cat!" 
The Chaser: "Maybe it was a cat." 

Now he's home in Louisville (a rat-free city, naturally) relaying this tale to people who will no doubt tell it again and again. By the time it gets back to me it'll probably go something like this: "So you live in Chicago, huh? I heard from a friend of a friend's cousin's ex-girlfriend that Chicago has these giant beer-drinking rats that'll jump right up on your table and start guzzling out of your mug, if you don't keep your hand over it." 

Sorry, Duke of Perth. It's not your fault that plump intruder strayed from his alley domain and just so happened to cross the path of a few customers. We won't hold it against you. 

Meanwhile, here's something fun for tomorrow night: River North's Rock Bottom Brewery (did anyone else know this place is a huge chain? I didn't.) will host a "Brew Cruise" on a Shoreline Sightseeing boat. Drinkers will taste the bar's handcrafted Gold Pale Ale while taking in boozy views of our magnificent, glittery skyline as seen from the waters of Lake Michigan. Tickets are $39 and can be purchased here; if you can't make it tomorrow, try the Half Acre cruise on the 23rd. 

FYI, the forecast for tomorrow night is about 80 degrees and clear. I looked that up on just for you. 



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