The third times a charm. After weather delays on Saturday and Monday mornings, our new sign is going up on the building today as I draft this week’s posting.  Our name Touché is back up on the street. Now you can’t miss us, come take a look. 

Thanksgiving is here with many guys coming and going for the holiday.  If you are one of those heading out of town, be safe, PLAY SAFE and come see us when you get back in town.  For those of you staying in town or coming home to visit, we’re ready to celebrate the holiday with you.  Grab your visiting guests and bring them on over so they can see why we’re your favorite leather/bear bar in Chicago. Touché will be open every night, the Club Room will be open every night and there’s no cover all weekend.  

The party starts rolling on Black Wednesday with a huge BEAR CHESTED NIGHT at the bar.  First of all, we want you to show off the fur, you’ll get a buck off your drinks if you are shirtless (take it off once you get in the bar)  IML 2012 Woody Woodruff will host a Bear Dancer Contest at midnight with a $100 cash prize for the winner with DJ Harry T providing the tunes to get them moving. 

We know there as some humpy, hairy guys out there that can entertain us (most times you see dancers, they don’t have a lick of hair on them and many look like they need to eat) Come show off your dancing, stripping skills or be ready to cheer on those who enter the contest.  With Woody as our host, it’s going to be a wild time. 

Touché will open at 8pm on Thanksgiving day so the staff can do a bit of feasting too.  We’ll be ready to take care of you no matter what.  All our premium cognacs, single malts and cordials will be discounted all night.  We’ll even make sure to keep the coffee fresh and hot.  Top off your day with a nice beverage treat.  The Club Room will open at 10pm just in case you are in the mood for more. 

It just happens that the men of ONYX will be here on Black Friday for their monthly Club Night at Touché.  So let’s make the most of it.  You know the ONYX guys will have those potent jello shots and a raffle going on.  Get a shot and your tickets, who knows what you’ll end up with but it will be better than any Black Friday offer at Walmart or Target. 

After the turkey and shopping, you know Saturday night is going to be big, it’s last night before guys head home and they will want to get their fill.  We’ve got just the thing, our monthly RIPE PARTY.  We’ll turn down the lights, turn up the beats and turn loose our hot go-go dudes to entertain you.  DJ Harry T takes over the booth for this monthly party and we are confident you’re going to love the music. Come get RIPE with us, we offer free clothing check if you want to get down to that jockstrap or skivvies.

You can catch your breath on Sunday during our BEER BUST.  Whether you are trying to snatch up the last bargains this day or getting back to town, come recharge with our $1 drafts of Bud & Bud Light.  Grab a bit and then check out our Movie Night in the Club Room at 7pm with an appropriate holiday themed film. 

Speaking of the holidays, we are now in it till New Year’s Day.  We have lots of fun events and seasonal beverages to celebrate the season.  Our annual NIGHT OF 1,000 SANTA’S with the Great Lakes Bears is next Saturday.  It’s a Toys For Tots benefit, bring an unwrapped toy for a chance to win a Bear Pride 2015 weekend registration and more. 

We have a new holiday event “Human Christmas Tree Decorating” on Friday December 12th.  You can buy an ornament to hang on our “trees”, all to benefit the Groceryland Pantry.  Our grocery cart is parked by the front door awaiting your donation of non-perishable food or personal care items any time you visit Touché this season.  Pick up a couple of extra canned goods, cereal, etc while you’re shopping and drop them in the cart when you come by the bar.  We’ll haul them over to the pantry each week to keep them stocked.

Under the “we cater to all” category, we’ll celebrate the first night of Chanukah on Tuesday, December 16th.  Our uncle Chanukah Harry will join us with gelt and gifts plus special drinks to mark the occasion.  Mark these dates or pick up our monthly calendar at the bar. 

As for holiday treats, we have HornyCopia, a tasty Pumpkin Beer to top off your Thanksgiving and a winter hearty – Firestone Walker’s Vetvet Merlin, a great oatmeal stout that has already been selling well.  Next week, we’ll add Shiner’s Cheer and our December beer of the month Revolution’s FISTMAS (how could I not offer a beer with this name to Touché’s customers?)  Check them out. 

Don’t forget you can like us/follow us on Facebook and Twitter, just look for ToucheChicago.  Enjoy that turkey and dressing, just leave room for some Touché dessert. 


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It’s the weekend before the holiday season begins and we have “stuffed” it with lots of fun with bears, turkeys and live music. We have two great leather clubs visiting the bar and our grocery cart is back out to accept your donations of non-perishable food items for Groceryland. And you can still help us strip Miguel as TPAN’s Bar-Lesque wraps up on Monday. Then after a couple of days we jump right into Thanksgiving for a long weekend with lots of visiting friends. Take a deep breath and read on.

We get the weekend started off with the Chicago Leather Club for our Friday club Night. Ssssh! I haven’t been told what they are planning for this night but they always come up with some fun plans, come be surprised with me.

Saturday is going to be one of those nights where we double up on the action. First of all we have BEAR ALL 4.1 with lots of great live music by four great singers. The show starts at 10pm with bear comic Bryan Dowling back to host the show. Performing this night will be Mike Maimore, Ken J Martin, Homer Marrs and Scott Free each with their own music styling. If you have attended a previous Bear All show, you know you are in for a night of some great music and incredible singing. The room packs up so get here early to grab a seat at the bar. You will be asked for a $10 donation at the door which all go to the performers.

We usually get these guys to visit us for our Gear Night each November but a huge leather event in Michigan last weekend kept them at home. But we are excited to welcome back the Grand Rapids Rivermen this Saturday as well for their “Turkeys In Bondage” guest club night. The Rivermen are here to help us kick off the “Harvest of Hope” food drive for the Groceryland Pantry. The Rivermen are a great group of guys, and they love to cut loose when they get to Chicago, so be prepared to party hard with them. While the show is going on in the front bar, the Rivermen will get the party started in the Club Room. Once the Bear All show ends, they’ll bring the party up and get everyone involved with their raffles for the Groceryland Pantry.

Each year Lori counts on the cash raised this night to stock up on turkeys and hams for the coming Thanksgiving holiday. FYI, her meat supplier has learned of the fundraising efforts the Rivermen do here at Touché and will match the donations. That means Lori can double her purchases so be ready to hand some cash over to the Rivermen, you can win a great prize and help Groceryland clients enjoy the coming holiday.

Speaking of surprises, our Chicago Bears surprised us with a victory last week. We’ll be watching to see if they can do it again when they take on the Buccaneers at noon this Sunday. Come cheer on the Bears during our Beer Bust with $1 Bud & Bud Light drafts. Have you checked out our Sunday Movie Night yet? You should as the Club Room gets packed up for the movie each week at 7pm. It makes for a wild night at Touché. This week’s feature is pretty windy so you’d better grab hold of someone (or something)

This weekend will be your last chance to help us strip Miguel in Bar-Lesque it all comes to and end on Monday. You can go online to Miguel’s page on the Bar-Lesque website and donate and you can still order up a Ketel One Citroen cocktail fr $5 and we’ll add that to Miguel’s fund.

Thanksgiving is here already. If you are not heading out of town for the holiday, join us for our Black Wednesday Bear chested Night at Touché. Bring your out of town guests to your favorite bar for some hair raising fun. First of all, you can get a buck off your drinks just for going shirtless. The Club Room will be open. Add the two together (half dressed men and a dark room) and you know something’s bound to happen. Our new RIPE DJ Harry T will spin tunes for our Amateur Bear Dancer Contest at midnight.

Most dancers you see are hairless and thin (come on a few dancers I’ve seen, I thought I should give them a drumstick instead of a cash tip). So this night we want to see some men with hair show off their talents on our stage. We have a $100 cash prize for the winner. Who knows, we might just find a couple of new dancers for our RIPE parties.

On Thanksgiving Day, Touché will open at 8pm so our staff can do a bit of feasting too. After you stuffed yourself, load up the dishwasher and get off the couch. We have just what you need. All our premium drinks like our fine single malt scotches, crafted whisky’s and cognacs are discounted. Treat yourself to a great treat. We’ll also have some plop, plop, fizz, fizz if you need it after a big dinner. Of course the Club Room will be open if you are looking for a special dessert to top your night.

That’s just to start our Thanksgiving weekend at Touché. ONYX hosts a Club Night on Friday and our next RIPE Party is on Saturday. Now you can plan what to do with your guests next weekend, bring them for a memorable Thanksgiving.

Quickly, I want to mention, Touché is on Facebook and Twitter. You can like us and follow us for all the latest on events at the bar. Yes, David is getting social media savvy, you can learn an old dog a new trick. (I’m always up for new tricks)

See you at the bar soon I hope,


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