cubs2Lots going on at Touché this whole week.  First of all, we are tuned to the Cubs as they fight to make it to the World Series.  Join us Wednesday & Thursday nights for the games at 7pm, we cheering for the Cubs to bring the NLD Series back to Wrigley so they can finish off the Dodgers here.  We’ll put the final presidential debate on one screen with captioning on Wednesday if you need to follow that.  And we’ll have the Bears game up as well on Thursday during the Cubs game so you can catch both.   Remember our COCK&TAIL HOUR specials run till 9pm weekdays – $3 well drinks and select domestic beers.

Of course when the games are over we are just beginning.  The Club Room opens nightly at 10pm and since you’re here for the game, why not get some play action of your going.   Wednesday is our Jockstrap Night and Thursday is set for Handballers.

OLD GUARD 3wSome of you were off west to Iowa Leather while others headed east for the Great Lakes Leather Alliance weekend.  So let’s all get back together this weekend and compare the events.  ONYX returns to host their monthly CLUB NIGHT on Friday.  This time round, they are saluting the “Old Guard” but the night will still include their potent jello shots and more.  Last month they had the house jumping and dancing way into the night.  I’m warning you now, they’ll probably do the same this month.

10-19-16wLive music at Touché returns with the latest edition of BEAR ALL.  Once again local gay music legend Scott Free has rounded up several other talented gay musicians, singers and songwriters to perform on our stage this Saturday night.  The musical acts that will be joining Scott are – Donkey Hotel, Cloudstomper and Anti/Beyond with local bear comic Bryan Dowling back to emcee the night.  As with previous shows, we will ask for a $10 donation for the performers.  The music is set to begin at 10pm but if the Cubs are playing, we’ll wait for the game to end before striking the first chord.  Come watch the game, and you’ll have a good a seat when the music begins.

We’ll open at noon of Sunday for our BEER BUST, ready to serve drafts of Bud & bud Light for just a buck all day.  This will be a sober, special day for us here at the bar as we say farewell to a dear friend – Peter Thomas.  You all know by now that Touché’s history is tied to the many leather clubs that have called us home over 39 years.  colors of our current clubs are displayed in the front bar and the south wall in the Club Room bears the colors of those clubs from our past.  Men we honor, never to forget.

Peter Thomas from FBThe oldest club in our history is The Rodeo Riders of Chicago.  The Rodeo Riders were up and going before Touché came upon the bar scene, but quickly they made the move to make us their home bar.  At the time the Rodeo Riders made us their home bar, they were being led by Peter Thomas.  Peter continued his association with the club all these years leading the club through most of their long history.  Peter was also a driving force with MAC or the Mid American Council of Clubs and his energy and passion were shared with club folk across the central states.

A few years ago, the Rodeo Riders “retired” from active club activities but Peter remained involved in our community and the greater MAC community.   He still cared about our fraternity of leather brotherhood.  When I last spoke with Peter, he was gathering the history of the Rodeo Riders to share with the LA&M.  He actually came into the bar in September to snap a few pictures of the club colors and other items on display for this purpose.  Then the following day the call came to inform me Peter had passed away.

This Sunday, Touché will host a gathering from 2-4pm of Peter’s friends to remember our club brother and salute his efforts to make us a family in leather.  I’d say family and friends, but Peter did not a family, growing up orphaned.  He did have a huge family though of club brothers and sisters.  Not just his Rodeo Riders band of brothers, but the many other club families here in Chicago and across the MAC area.  We will do this by sharing our stories and remembrances of our time Peter along with a drink and definitely a toast to one of our leather community heroes.  Let’s think of this not as a memorial but a “going away ” party for a dear friend.  Light refreshments will be served.

There’s no Chicago Bears game this Sunday but you can count on our SUNDAY MOVIE NIGHT in the Club Room at 7pm.

10-26-16wNext week, we get all Halloweenie on you.  The bar will be decked out and most importantly, the Maze will be up in the Club Room beginning next Tuesday for a week of cheap thrills.  We have several Halloween specials all week including our annual Rocky Horror Picture Show viewing party and a new event- our Glow Party.  Be ready for wicked week of fun at Touché.

And we won’t let up either.  Right after Halloween, it will be Touché’s 39th Anniversary Party.  The staff will have anniversary invites this weekend, stop be and get yours.  We want you all here to help us celebrate 39 years as Chicago’s leather & bear bar.

So it’s obvious I have plenty of work ahead of me. Let me get that done so I can sit back with a beer for tonight’s game.  Come join me and cheer on the Cubs!


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It’s Columbus Day weekend and that means a long three day weekend with the Monday holiday.  It also means more another big weekend at Touché.  We have M.A.F.I.A. hosting Club Night on Friday, our Dungeon Master Night on Saturday and of course our Sunday Beer Bust on Sunday.  The Chicago Marathon is this weekend and brings folks to town.

The Chicago Cubs begin their playoff season on Friday (we’re still waiting to see who they play first) and we’ll definitely tune in the games both Friday & Saturday nights.  Heads up we’ll be watching Monday (& Tuesday and Thursday if they drag it out that long) as well.  Don’t sit at home alone, come watch all the games with us here at Touché.

ABW_2016wAnd we welcome the American Brotherhood Weekend or ABW back to Chicago.  Lots of folks from across the country attend this annual gathering for the selection of the American Leatherman, American Leatherboy and American Leatherwoman.  The contest is held over at the Leather Archives & Museum during Saturday and Sunday afternoons.  That means all these leather folk have time to join us for our nightly activities at the bar.  You’ll need that Monday holiday to recover, let’s get to the details.

Friday evening, ABW opens registration at 5pm at the bar.  Folks attending all the weekend’s events will be able to stop by, check in and pick up their badges and materials for the events.  You can still register for all the weekend events or get tickets for the contest.  Our Cock&Tail Hour runs 6-9pm with discounted drinks.

cubs2We’re going to open the Club Room bar at 7:30 on Friday and get all Cubs Crazy for their first playoff game against ???  We’ll put the game up on the big screen back there and listen in with the surround sound system.  It’ll be just like being at Wrigley Filed but the beers will be a lot cheaper along with free munchies.  We’ll also have game on the monitors in the front bar so you can keep an eye on the game there, too.

10-05-16wAt 9pm the ABW gets underway with the Welcome Party in the front bar.   It’s sure to crazy as the  ABW family of friends get together and see who is in town this year.  There are 12 contestants this year 6 for American Leatherman, 3 competing for American Leatherboy and 3 going for the American Leatherwoman title.  You can meet them all and the judges that have to pick the winners at the Welcome party.   Introductions will be made before we shift into Club Night mode at 11pm.

MAFIAlogo_lgM.A.F.I.A. takes charge of the night at 11 for their Club Night.  With all these out of towners, their play party on Saturday should be hot one.  Come party with the M.A.F.I.A. gang and learn how you can join them.  Club Night means lots of “BIG” raffle prizes, check out the prizes up for grabs on display.   Once the Cubs snag their first play off win, we’ll turn down the lights and get back to our usual cruise mode in the Club Room.

Touché will open at 11am on Saturday to host Eye-openers for ABW.  Stop by for a bite and a little something to get you going after last night’s festivities before heading the LA&M.  We’ll tune if the college football games during the afternoon and then at 7pm it’s the second playoff game for the Cubs and hopefully their second win.

Later it’s our Dungeon Master Night for ABW.  Timothy is planning to present a couple of demos in the Club Room at midnight.  (Showing off for the tourists)  Our demos are well attended and with the ABW crowd, it’s sure to be a packed house.  Come check it out and maybe you’ll find a new buddy to help you practice what you learned.

SundayBeerBustandBearswIt’s going to be a big Sunday Beer Bust, no worry, I’ve ordered extra kegs to keep the beer flowing.  We’ll open early for the ABW crowd and be ready for you at noon for kick off.  Hey, that was a great game last week and I am hyped to see the Chicago Bears pull off another win against the Colts.  Like every Sunday, we’ll be serving up $1 drafts of Bud & Bud Light along with $1 sodas and $1 Pucker shots till closing.

Once the ABW contest winners are announced at the LA&M, that bunch will head back to Touché for a big Victory Party.  We’ll be serving up a huge Italian pasta buffet dinner for all (it is Columbus Day weekend after all) at 5pm to keep everyone in the house going.  Celebrate and congratulate the winners.

The Club Room will open at 5pm as well so we can handle the crowd coming in for the Victory bash and should be packed for our Movie Night at 7pm.  And since many have Monday off for the holiday, it will just go on into the night.   Keep it going guys.

Monday rest up, we’ll be here at 5pm with our Cock&Tail Hour specials from 6-9pm.  you’ll want to come back for the Cubs game and see if they can put this first playoff series to bed.  We’re waiting for them to announce game time but whenever it is, you can bet we will be open and have the game tuned in on our screens.  We’ll even order up some pizzas since it’s Columbus Day.

10-19-16wThere’s plenty more coming up in October, our latest Bear All show, Halloween and the maze are just a couple of things yet to come this month.  Next week the Chicago Hellfire Club will host our Friday Club Night and BLUF/Chicago will be celebrating their anniversary during our GEAR Night on Saturday.  Plus, there’s the next round of playoff games for our Cubs.  More news on all this next week.

It may have cooled off but we’re working hard to keep it hot at Touché.  Come check us out.


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