New Year's Eve

The Aviary Plans Decadent, Carnival-Style Blowout For New Year’s Eve

Cocktails were born in decadence and frivolity, so how did cocktail bars get as serious as art galleries, all of us carefully poring over our bar chef-created cocktails like monks studying Holy Writ? The Aviary, which even has a rood screen (google it), seems to be determined to bring some night back to nightlife this New Year’s Eve. They’re bringing in an array of modern-day carnival acts, from magicians to sideshow-type performers, to keep the evening on a decadent keel. Only 75 people will experience this, and it’s $325 a ticket, so send your email to and they’ll, uh, pick the winners out of a hat, we guess. Anyway, see the lineup and menu below as it was announced on Facebook.

NYE at THE AVIARY… is going to be wild!

Ready for a completely DIFFERENT / AMAZING / WILD New Year’s Eve at the Aviary. You’ve been warned – this is not one where you invite the in-laws:

Beginning at 8:30 - 9:30 and going til the wee hours of the first day of 2013… we’ve got:

A 10 course specialty cocktail menu with paired bites…

And we’ve got entertainment… yes we do:

Absinthe Minded Professors – Magicians and Musical Story Tellers

Cirque de la Femme – a freaky-deaky sideshow troupe of ladies.

Le Na-Moo – did you know that the best belly dancer in Chicago is a man?

Candy Town – Electonica Cabaret Music… live.

Michael Burke – Magician with the ability to make you laugh and cry.

Seating Limited to 75 people… Tickets: $ 325 per person plus service / tax.


Who says haute cocktailing can’t be fun?

The Aviary Plans Decadent, Carnival-Style Blowout For New Year’s Eve