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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Temps may have dropped this week but the bar is staying hot. We had a great turnout for our 37th Anniversary last Thursday. The BBQ, Bud Boyz and the 70′s music were a huge hit! Plus we had the biggest full moon contest I ever hosted at the bar.

That was just the beginning of the weekend. The CD4 Social jumped started Friday’s Club Night with MAFIA. Then on Saturday, a huge group of supporters turned out for Miguel’s Bar-Lesque benefit raffle. Miguel hosted a big raffle before our Dungeon Master Night demo and then IML 2012 Woody Woodruff hosted a jockstrap stuffing contest to raise more funds for Miguel and TPAN. That kept things going late into the night.

Now we’re gearing up for another big weekend at Touché. It begins with ROCK AGAINST ASS, a night of everything punk with DJ Germ. Get your weekend rocking, join us for a night of hardcore punk music.

Gear up guys, it’s our monthly GEAR FETISH NIGHT at Touché with a gear dress code for entry to the Club Room. Leather-rubber-uniforms-boots-jocks if it gets you hot, get it on and get in here. The men of BLUF/Chicago turnout in full force in full gear, so you know the Club Room will be rocking. Get it on and join them. Our barber and bootblack will be on duty to take care of you.

You’ve gotta come back on Sunday when Miguel hosts a Leather Swap during our Beer Bust for TPAN’s Bar-Lesque. Miguel has been gathering leather/fetish gear to sell with all the proceeds going to his Bar-Lesque fund. Come shop and pick up a bargain or two and if you have some gear you’d like to donate, bring it in. The swap runs 3-6pm but the Beer Bust runs all day. Remember the more Miguel raises, the more revealing his photos on the Bar-Lesque site become.

Also don’t forget, you can order up a Ketel One Citroen cocktail through November 24th for just $5 and Touché will donate that $5 to Miguel’s fundraising effort. Let’s get Miguel out of his clothes!

Looking ahead, the Chicago Leather Club will join us next Friday for a guest Club Night at the bar. Scott Free has lined up some great talent for our next BEAR ALL show on Saturday, November 22nd. The live music begins at 10pm. Following the show, the Grand Rapids Rivermen take over for their annual “Turkeys In Bondage” guest club night. It’s all to help us kick off our part in Groceryland’s Harvest of Hope campaign. With Thanksgiving coming up, we need to do our part so Lori and her team of volunteers can make sure their clients enjoy a great holiday. The Rivermen come all this way to help, you can too.

Don’t let the cold keep you in when Touché is the hot spot to spend your nights. We’ve got the drinks to cool you down.


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