If some interpretations of the Mayan calendar are correct, then we may very well be spending our final days on earth. Friday, Dec. 21 will mark the end of the world as we know it when supposed cataclysmic events are to leave behind a trail of destruction. In the event that doomsday is truly upon us, there's no better way to go out than on a full stomach. Fortunately, the following places will feature food and drink specials for the occasion so that you can eat and drink as much as your heart desires because after all, there'll be no tomorrow.
1) The Pony
Where: 1638 W. Belmont
What: Celebrate the last days on earth with a live mariachi band on Thursday, Dec. 20. Imbibe yourself in the final hours with drink specials that include $6 24 oz. Peyote Pony Punch, $5 Mind Erasers and $4 Dobel Tequila Shots.
2) Lottie's Pub
Where: 1925 W. Cortland
What: If the world is truly ending, you might need some liquid courage to help soften the blow. Join Lottie's for its End of the World Party on Friday, Dec. 21 with specials including $4 Rogue Dead Guy Ale, $4 Dobel Tequila Shots, $5 16 oz. Red Death Cocktails and $5 Atomic Chili Bowl. And if we manage to make it through the day, there will be a champagne toast at midnight.
3) Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
Where: 3700 N. Halsted
What: Go out in style with a Party 'Til the World Ends soiree on Thursday, Dec. 20. The evening will feature half-priced martinis and $5 mojitos, as well as a live performance by Diva Kathryn Cole. Tarot card reader Therese Murphy will also be on hand to predict your future (or lack thereof) for $15.
4) Taco Joint
Where: 1969 N. Halsted
What: Taco Joint will offer a Mayan-inspired taco from Dec. 17 to 21. The $3 Poc-Chuc Taco features grilled pork loin marinated in achiote and sour orange, garnished with xni-pec and served on a housemade black bean tortilla. And since there's no tomorrow, go all out with an 'end of the world trio' that includes a bottle of 5 Vulture Oaxacan-Style Dark Ale and a shot of Milagro Blanco Tequila alongside the Poc-Chuc taco for $10.
5) Longman & Eagle
Where: 2657 N. Kedzie
What: Commemorate the imminent fire and brimstone of the Mayan apocalypse with Longman & Eagle's special "Out with a Bang!" cocktail, served exclusively on Friday, Dec. 21. This variation on the Black Thorn cocktail features Thomas H. Handy Barrel Proof Rye Whiskey, Carpano Antica, Angostura Bitters and absinthe and will be available for $20.12.
6) Redmond's Ale House
Where: 3358 N. Sheffield
What: Turn Doomsday into a Heaven and Hell-themed bash at Redmond's. Specials include themed drinks and a $20 meal package.
7) Maya Del Sol
Where: 144 S. Oak Park, Oak Park, IL
What: The suburban Latin American restaurant is throwing the biggest celebration in its history with an 'End of the World Party' on Friday, Dec. 21. Festivities will kick off at 5:30 p.m. and include live musical performances by David Blamires, Cole DeGenova and The Heard. The heated patio will feature an ice sculpture with margaritas flowing through and several food stations from chefs David Dworshak (Carnivale), Armando Gonzalez (Libertad), Rhea Brown (Maya Del Sol) and Chelsie Miller (Sugar Fixe and Maya Del Sol). The cost is $100 per guest.