Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year's Eve 2014 Big List of Events

It's the last day of the year, and wow, what a year it's been. We'd like to thank all of you for being with us, and wish you all the best for 2015. We'll be here, same as we always are, giving you all the good places to go, things to do, and drinks to drink. Here's our big list of stuff for New Years' Eve 2014. Cheers!

  • B&O Station has a SOLD OUT concert with Red Wanting Blue & Sam Goodwill. VIP at 8 sharp, general admission at 9 p.m.
  • Crickets will have a New Years' Eve Party with great drink specials starting at 9 p.m. DJ Spat at 9 p.m. too.
  • The Backroom at 76 is closed New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, but will open Friday at 5:30 with a Southern Ohio Invasion Male Review.
  • Barrel33 is open until 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve for champagnes, cavas, proseccos & sparkling wines for your party. Closed New Year's Day.
  • Barry Dyngles has a New Year's Day Sugar Bowl BBQ Buffet. $25 per person includes food and beverages. Starts at 7:30 p.m.
  • Bill's Place will have DJ Hubcap at 10, Champagne Toast at Midnight and more.
  • Black Horse Tavern will be closed New Year's Eve and open at 4 p.m. on New Year's Day for the Allstate Sugar Bowl. 
  • Chad Anthony's has a New Years' Day Football Party starting at 4 with $2 domestic drafts, $1.50 bottles, $5 Sangria and $5 Buckeye punch.
  • Christopher's Downtown will have a $15 Dinner Buffet at 6 p.m. with drink specials & a family friendly atmosphere. Closing at 9 p.m.
  • Dash Inn will have a New Years' Eve Party with Old Goats Band, good food and good fun. No cover charge.
  • Davidson's Restaurant & Tavern has a special New Years' Even Menu with great food & drink specials. DJ and dancing starting at 8:30 p.m.
  • Diletto Winery has Karaoke & Games with Euchre starting at 7, Minute-To-Win-It and more. Ball Drop at Midnight great wine & drink specials.
  • Draught House will be open regular hours with great food & drink specials and no pretentious party atmosphere. Come as you are & party!
  • Dusty Armadillo is closed on New Years' Eve.
  • The Fireplace Restaurant in New Middletown rings in New Years' Eve with The Manhattan Band at 9 p.m., special menu & more. No cover.
  • Foxy's Restaurant & Lounge has a New Years' Eve Party with a snack table & great drink specials that continue through the day with Football.
  • The Halligan Bar has their 1st Annual New Years' Eve Party with Steel Valley Rockers, dinner buffet and more. $10 cover at the door.
  • Ice House Inn has DJ Fish starting at 9:30 p.m. with a free appetizer buffet & no cover. Free Party Hats & Noisemakers, TV giveaway too.
  • Imbibe Martini Bar has their 9th Annual New Years' Eve Party. Doors at 8, Toast at Midnight with drink specials & party favors. No cover.
  • Kennsington Grille has Army of Two on the deck at 8:30 p.m. with a guest bartender, 24 beers on tap, Party Favors & Champagne Toast. $5.
  • Lanai Lounge has DJ Bryan Ladd at 9 p.m. but the kitchen's closing early. Bar open until 2:30 a.m.
  • Letonia Eagles has New Years' Eve with The Fringe starting at 9:30 p.m.
  • Liquid Blu has a New Years' Even White Party with DJ Chip Banks. Doors at 6 with $4 Ciroc, Grey Goose & Crown, $2 Fireball until 9. 
  • Los Gallos in Boardman has a Mexican Style New Years with Mr Lucky and Mary Lynn Gaydosh. No cover, free finger food & champagne toast.
  • Madden's Bar & Grill has a New Years' Eve Party with dancing, drink specials, and a fond farewell to Jimmy before he enters the military.
  • Magic Tree Pub & Eatery is sold out for New Years' Eve in the Wine & Spirits Room and is taking reservations for the Pub side. Open New Year's Day at 5 p.m. for the Ohio State game.
  • Magillas will open New Years' Day at 4 p.m. for football with Sauerkraut & kielbasa and pizza.
  • Martini Brothers Burger Bar has all burgers $6, Hip Hop Anonymous at 10 with free party favors & a champagne toast at Midnight. Open at 3 on Thursday with $2 drinks during the Ohio State game.
  • Mojo's Pub & Grill will have Ben Hague in the Comedy Cellar for a New Years' Eve show with a complimentary champagne toast & party favors.
  • The New Manhattan will have a Party Til Your Balls Drop with Moonlight DJ & Karaoke starting at 9 p.m. Champagne toast at Midnight.
  • O'Donold's Austintown will have a New Years' Eve party with random shot & drink specials all night long. Buckeye-Bama Burger Challenge Thursday.
  • Papa's Sports Club is open until 8 p.m. on New Years' Eve and closed New Years' Day.
  • The Phoenix Fire Grill & Bar has Rockin' Eve 15 with Howard & The 5 Point Band.
  • The Pink Elephant opens at 4 on New Year's Day for football with great food & drink specials including $2 domestics. Kitchen open until 11 p.m.
  • Quaker Steak & Lube in Austintown has Wing In The New Year with 80's Proof & a holiday buffet. $15 single; $25 couple. Overnight packages available. 
  • Quaker Steak & Lube in Sharon has Wing In The New Year with Wet Lemon at 10 with a Balloon Drop & champagne toast at Midnight. No cover.
  • Quaker Steak & Lube in Warren has a 2015 Kids Countdown to Noon Year's Eve for the little ones starting at 11 a.m. & Wing In The New Year with After Hours for the adults starting at 9 p.m.
  • Quench Bar & Grille has Riot Act at 9 p.m.
  • Rodeo Music Hall has their 3rd Annual New Years' Eve Bash with Balloon Drop. Doors at 8, $5 cover, DJ Chris playing your favorite country before & after The Rivers Own play live.
  • Rye's Craft Beer & Whiskey Bar has their Inaugural New Years' Eve Party with doors at 8, Party Favors, No cover & champagne toast at Midnight.
  • Sammy's Great American Bar has a New Years' Eve Party with the ball drop and more starting at 8 p.m. Ohio State Party Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Shakers Bar & Grill is closed New Years' Eve and New Years' Day.
  • The Smokin' Gun Saloon has Crows Run Band at 9 p.m.
  • Spirits Ultralounge has Half Off Everything Behind The Bar and DJ Phatty in the booth.
  • Suzie's Dogs & Drafts has Suzie's Gatsby New Years' Eve Ball with The Vindys. Spruce up & strut your stuff starting at 10 p.m.
  • Up A Creek has Sam & Gary & The Moon Allstars Party with great food & drink specials.
  • Utopia Youngstown has their Money Drop Masquerade with shows at 11 and 12:30 a.m. with Skyler Styles, Jacqueline Rose & Logan Styles. Free buffet & champagne toast at Midnight. 
  • V2 Wine Bar has at least 20% off all champagne and a midnight toast.
  • Vintage Estates is closed on New Years' Day.
  • Warehouse 50 has their New Years' Eve Party with DJ Marlowe & DJ Kunx. Doors at 8, $10 per person with great drink specials all night. 
  • WhiteFire Grille & Spirits has a New Years' Eve with Piano Man Nick at 7 p.m., chef's specials and a complete menu. Reservations suggested.
  • Wings Express Reloaded in Hubbard has a New Years' Eve Party with drink and shot specials all night long.
  • Yolo Grille & Taproom has a 5-course meal for New Years' Eve for $35. Julius Veal at 6. Open at 6 on New Years' Day for football.
  • The Youngstown Mineshaft has doors at 5, dinner all night, shot boys after 8, Jock Drop at Midnight with Champagne Toast. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ron's Christmas Wine Post

Ron here. Last month, when I posted about pairing wines with Thanksgiving turkey, I also made a case for serving Pinot Noir. Besides pairing well with dark meat, a berry finished Pinot Noir goes well when serving ham with a rather smoky glaze.


Now with Christmas upon us, this is a reminder not to hesitate reaching for another bottle of Pinot. As mentioned in the pre-Thanksgiving post, I recommend Hahn Winery’s Pinot Noir or the Pinot Project from Michael Skurnik. Both can be found in the $12 - $15 range and both Chalet Premier and Vintage Estates should have them in stock.

But if the ham has a more sweetened crust, temper that sweetness with a darker fruit-filled red. A Grenache would work great and one of the best buys I’ve ever come across for any blend is Evodia Old Vine Grenache from Spain. It’s 2010-2013 vintages have been consistently good and renders those smokier tones and the darker taste of blueberries and blackberries.

As of this afternoon, Vintage Estates has a few bottles left at $9.99 and Barrel 33 (formerly WineStyles) in Howland is well stocked at $10.99 a bottle.

If you celebrate Christmas, make it Merry. And if you don’t, these wines will still render that same feeling.

Salute!

Dav's Best: Whiskey, Scotch & Mead

Dav here, and by the freaky festive holiday spirits it's early.

As promised here is a list of my selection for the holidays. (Note that some of these i have not reviewed, This will include Scotch, Whiskey and Meads.)

Whiskey (Sipping)
1. Cleveland Whiskey's Christmas
2. OYO Bourbon
3. Jameson (12 or 18 year)
4. Tullamore Dew
5. Jack Single Barrel

Mixing Whiskey (cocktails)
1. Jack and Coke
2. Manhattan with Jim Beam (remember the bitters)
3. Irish Coffee with Jameson and Bailey's
4. Hot Toddy with Wild Turkey Honey
5. Southern Comfort Sweet Tea

Scotch:
1. Bowmore 17 year
2. Johnny Walker (blue or green)
3. Glenmorangie 18
4. Oban 14
5. Lagavulin 16

Mead:
1. Chaucers (with or without mulling spice)
2. B. Nector Wildflower
3. Redstone Hop Mead
4. Brothers Drake Apple Pie
5. Home brewed. If you can find someone who makes it. 9/10 times you will not be disappointed,

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dime Decanting

This past year, I hosted three wine tastes at the homes of different friends. For the evening, I offered six to seven samples as part of the taste, along with food pairings for each selection. 

For a taste, I serve the wine straight from the bottles and let them be the stars of the show. But, I will always decant them before serving. When I decant a wine, I find they need 45 minutes to release their true scents to be savored and as advertised. 

I own a wine decanter and never really need more than one at home. But, when we’re sampling six or seven different blends over a three-hour tasting, I need to decant multiple varietals at the same time and don’t want the fuss of buying/using/preserving six or seven decanters. Really, who would? 

So, I improvised. A while back, I discovered that a Trenta size Starbucks cup is 31 ounces; about 22

percent more than a bottle of wine. So, I went to my nearest Starbucks and they were kind enough to give me six empty Trenta cups in time for my wine taste. With that, I concurrently decanted six bottles of wine and it didn’t cost me a dime. When I was ready to serve a wine, I used a funnel to return the decanted wine from the trenta cup back to its bottle for serving.


With a little creativity, multiple makeshift decanters can be made from the least likely of sources. If you’re serving a few wines and need decanters in a pinch, stop at Starbucks. If they can’t help, try any convenience store that offers fountain drinks of similarly obscene sizes and ask for some; or, as I call it, Hillbilly Decanting. 

In October, a couple friends and I rented a two bedroom apartment in Paris for five days. It was my first visit to France and wine was a mere formality. Upon discovery, the apartment lacked the accoutrement for real wine enjoyment aside from some glasses. So, I improvised. On the living room display were three good-sized Ikea vases. Combined with a funnel I found in the kitchen drawer, my overseas apartment decanting came to life. In this instance, the vase made for a beautiful serving vessel and didn’t return the decanted wine back to the bottle. 

If you want to try a vase as your decanter, words to the wise; have your funnel, test your vase’s fluid capacity with water, and pour smoothly and slowly. And for all ideal decanting, shoot for 45 minuted before serving. To that end, try this; open a bottle and serve a glass. Make note of what you taste. Then decant it, wait 45 minutes later, pour yourself another glass and notice the difference. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Also consider that most wine varietals are great for decanting, though the more popular champagne and ports remain in question. Play those safe and serve as is, slightly chilled and right after popping the cork or twisting the cap.

Salute!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Daily List for Saturday, Dec 13th.

Sorry, busy weekend again. Here's Saturday's The Daily List. Cheers:


  • Dash Inn has 16 beers on tap, more in the cooler, great drink prices and the Westside's best bar pizza. 
  • Suzie's Dogs & Drafts has 50 toppings for your hot dog, including crickets. No, really. Crickets. Drinks until 2, food until 4 a.m.
  • Crickets Bar has the Gary Markasky Project 9 pm til 1 am. $0.60 Chili Dogs and $1.50 Brutus Dogs.
  • Draught House has Downtown's cheapest shots, $4 pints of craft beer and Downtown's cheapest shots. 
  • Vintage Estates has the area's largest selection of craft beer, wine, mead & whiskey under one roof.
  • O'Donold's in Austintown has sports on the TVs, a DJ at 10 with $2 drinks. 
  • O'Donold's Downtown has great fall & winter beers on tap, Irish Coffee to warm your bones and the kitchen's open until 2 a.m.
  • Martini Brothers Burger Bar & Arcade has Downtown's best burgers until 11 p.m. HipHopAnonymous tonight at 10 p.m. No cover
  • Bill's Place has Domestic Buckets 5 for $10, DJ Hubcap at 10, Happy Hour at 11 and the kitchen's open until Midnight.
  • Shotz Bar N Grille has 12-oz NY Strip Steak with garlic mashed, vegetable & salad for $10. $2 domestics until 9, Kitchen open until Midnight.
  • Bourbon House 45 in Warren is open with great craft beer, bourbon, southern-style food and country music in the air.
  • Utopia Video Night Club has their Ugly Christmas Sweater Party with Lola LaCroix & Logan Styles at 12:30 with $2 select beers, $3 bombs, $4 Long Islands. 
  • The Backroom at 76 opens at 7:30 and has a DJ at 10 p.m. playing requests. Check out the area's newest alternative club. No cover.
  • Los Gallos in Boardman has a new cantina with two bars, 40 taps and 20 different flavors of margaritas.
  • The Mineshaft has Henry behind the bar tonight with great shot specials. Doors at 5 p.m.
  • Quaker Steak & Lube in Austintown has $5 Tall Craft Beers, $11.99 T-Bird Steak & half-off dessert. 
  • Bogey's Bar & Grill has $2 Yuengling or Bud Light Pints, domestic buckets 5 for $10 and Prime Rib on special after 4 p.m.
  • Warehouse 50 has DJ Kunx at 10. $5 Long Islands, $3 domestics, $3 drinks & $3 burgers & the end of the semester party!
  • Madden's Sports Bar on Belmont has a DJ tonight, pool tables, TVs and $2 domestics or buckets 5 for $10.
  • Diletto Winery has great wine, sangria and something called The Grinch Cocktail, which looks amazing.
  • Up A Creek has Pick Your Own Steak $14.99 and Groove Clinic at 7:30 p.m. Great beer on tap.
  • Barrel 33 in Howland has a great selection of Christmas Wines, beer, and you can build a gift basket starting at $30.
  • Rust Belt Brewing Tap House has $3 Rust Belt Pints, $3 Tom Foolery Bourbon & Whiskey, $2 Miller Lites. Kitchen's now open.
  • Mojo's has Dinner & Show specials for Katrina Brown at 8 & 10 in the Comedy Cellar. Prime Rib dinner on special tonight & 13 beers on tap.
  • Quaker Steak & Lube in Boardman has $5 Tall Craft Beers & Thunderbird Steak dinners on sale.
  • Barry Dyngles has great food and drink specials. Check out the new menu.
  • Quench Bar 7 Grill has 12-oz Strip Steak on special until 7 and $12 Domestic Buckets, $7 Pitchers, $3 bombs & $3 Fireball. DJ after the game.
  • Quaker Steak & Lube has Karaoke with Simply Ed at 9 p.m. & Thunderbird Steak Dinner $12. Wines on special all night.
  • Shaker's Bar & Grille has their Ugly Sweater Christmas Party with a buffet at 6:30 p.m. and a DJ at 8 p.m.
  • Chad Anthony's Italian Grille & Pub has house-made Sangria $5. 
  • WhiteFire Grille & Spirits has slow smoked all Natural Angus Beef Brisket and 8 beers on tap. 
  • Avalon Downtown has the Late Night Pizza Window open Midnight-3 a.m. for your late-night pizza cravings.
  • Tangiers Bar has Lamb on the Spit & Half-Off appetizers until 7 p.m. $2 Redds, Smirnoff & Twisted Tea at 7 p.m.
  • Lanai Lounge has college football with Domestic buckets 5 for $9, $2 well drinks & $1 shot wheel. 
  • Rodeo Music Hall has Big Country Saturday with line dance lessons at 9 & DJ Christopher Scott playing your favorite country music until 2.
  • Liquid Blu has SNL Saturdays with music by Chip Banks, VIP & Bottle Service available. Doors at 10.
  • Imbibe has 121 martinis, an Absinthe fountain, Great Lakes Christmas Ale & 60 other great beers. And a vault. Doors at 8 p.m. 
  • Rye's has 12 Dogs of Christmas and 13 other great beers on tap. 100+ craft beers in the cooler & 40 whiskeys, too.
  • Kennsington Grille has 39-cent wings & $10 Domestic Buckets all weekend long & Leanne Binder on the deck. Check out the 24 taps.
  • Pink Elephant has domestic buckets 5 for $8 until 8 p.m., Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. Kitchen's open until 1 a.m.
  • Phoenix Fire Grill & Bar has Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, N'ice Chouffe & Stone Ruination IPA on tap. 

Bars with bands tonight, courtesy of Steve Mahoning's MVLiveMusic.com page:

  • Cricket's has Christine Witt & Maro Soini at 5 and 
  • Chippers Sports Bar has the return of Soup Brain tonight with New Diaries, Trigger Happy & Cherry Poppins. Cover charge is an unwrapped toy. 
  • Cedars West End has SexyPigDivas with Third Class and Ryan Blakeman. Doors at 9, music at 10ish.
  • Sammy's Great American Bar has Haymaker tonight at 9:30 p.m.
  • BackYard Bar & Grill has Borderline tonight at 9 p.m. 
  • Diletto Winery has Big Daddy tonight at 7 p.m.
  • Ice House inn has Leddfoot at 10 p.m. 
  • Papa's Sports Club has had to cancel After Hours due to a family emergency involving someone in the band. 
  • Dusty Armadillo has Leah Turner & Clare Dunn tonight. Doors at 7, music at 9. $10 tickets, 18 & over.
  • The Fireplace has The Main Street Lions at 8:30 p.m.
  • The New Manhattan has The Rage at 9 p.m.
  • The Smokin' Gun has Save Yourself at 9 p.m.
  • Clark's Bar & Billiards has The Jeff Welsh Band at 9:30 p.m.
  • Magic Tree Pub & Eatery has Following June at 9 p.m.
  • Leon's Bar in Howland has No Xcuse tonight at 9 p.m.

Friday, December 12, 2014

It's Friday. Time to party!

It's Friday. Time to party. Here's Friday's The Daily List! Cheers:

• Dash Inn has a great selection of craft beer on tap and in the cooler & a new tap system. Try the pizza or chili!
• Suzie's Dogs & Drafts has great beer on tap, cool throwback cocktails & alcoholic milkshakes until 2 a.m.; food until 4 a.m.
• Draught House has $1.75 PBR and $4 craft beer pints, the cheapest shots downtown and two pool tables.
• Vintage Estates has some new beers from Evil Twin, Founders & Against The Grain and all the Christmas & Winter beers & wines you need.
• Magic Tree Pub & Eatery has the area's only Wine Tap system, a great Farm-To-Table menu and $1 off Magic Tree Drink & Long Islands.
• O'Donold's in Austintown has All You Can Eat Fish for $10.99 & Ladies Night at 10 p.m. with Buy One Get One drinks for ladies on the DJ.
• O'Donold's Downtown has has All You Can Eat Fish for $10.99, downtown's best selection of craft beer on tap & Irish Coffee to warm you up.
• Martini Brothers Burger Bar has Downtown’s Best Burgers until 11. DJ Johnny Russo at 10.
• Tangiers has Fish Friday with Perogies or Homemade Mac & Cheese. Happy Hour until 7 with $1.75 domestics bottles & drafts & $2 Well Drinks.
• Shotz Bar N Grille has $1 domestics 7-9 p.m. Chef Moody's Blue Moon Battered Atlantic Cod & amazing 5-cheese Mac & Cheese $9.75 until Midnight.
• Quaker Steak & Lube in Austintown has $4 Lube Drinks, including Leaded Lube-N-Ades, Lube-A-Ritas, Lube Island Teas and Lube Bar Jars.
• Warehouse 50 has DJ Marlowe at 10, $5 & $10 Fishbowls, $3 drinks, $3 domestic bottles & $5 one-topping pizzas before, during & after the Parade.
• Utopia Nightclub has Happy Hour until 9 and 95.9 KISS OFF tonight with beats by DJ H00tie. Show starts at Midnight.
• Christopher's Downtown has Underground Open Mic on Fridays from 5-8 p.m.
• Mojo's has Katrina Brown in the Comedy Cellar tonight with Big Hawaiian Pat behind the bar. Half-off appetizers in the restaurant with your ticket purchase.
• Rust Belt Tap House has Downtown's freshest craft beer on tap and great Guest Taps. Oh, and Youngstown Vodka.
• Fire Grill BBQ has 16 beers on tap and great BBQ food. Mexican/BBQ Fusion Menu until Sunday with specialty drinks.
• The Backroom at 76 opens at 7:30 p.m. with DJ George at 10 p.m. Check out the area's newest alternative bar & lounge. 21 & over.
• Tangier Bar has Fish at both locations. Happy Hour 11-7 at Struthers with $1.75 domestics.
• Barrel 33 in Howland has a great selection of Christmas wines and build-a-basket for the wine lover on your list starting at $30.
• The Mineshaft has Paul behind the bar tonight and a new dancer, Mikey!
• Quaker Steak & Lube in Boardman has $4 Lube Drinks, including Leaded Lube-N-Ades, Lube-A-Ritas, Lube Island Teas and Lube Bar Jars.
• Sammy's Great American Bar has you Friday After Work Party with DJ Kevin playing music & karaoke at 9 p.m.
• Canterino's Sports Bar has an End of Semester Party with $1 drafts and $2 well drinks, $2 domestics & $5 pizzas.
• Barry Dyngles has an all new menu with new items and old favorites. 20 taps of mostly craft beer & lots of TVs for your sport of choice.
• Avalon Downtown will have the Walk-Up Pizza Window open Friday & Saturday from Midnight until 3 a.m. for your late night cravings.
• Madden’s Sports Bar has DJ Metro with Ladies 19 & up admitted. $2 domestic bottles during football.
• The Phoenix Fire Grill & Bar has Old Number Great Lakes & Breckenridge Christmas Ale, N'ice Chouffe & Stone Ruination on tap.
• Fire Grill BBQ in Girard has a new Grinch Martini and great craft beer and wine available.
• Black Horse Tavern in Girard has Great Lakes Christmas Ale & Sam Adams Winter Lager on tap. Magic by George The Magnificent at 8 p.m.
• Bourbon House 45 is open at 775 Mahoning Ave in Warren with great food, good beer and country music all night long.
• BackYard Bar & Grill has a Great Lakes Tap Takeover tonight with 8 Great Lakes beers, drink specials and glassware.
• Yolo Grille & Taproom has Breckenridge Christmas Ale, Sam Adams Winter Lager & Sam Adams Boston Lager on tap.
• Bogey's Bar & Grill has 21 taps of great craft beer & $11.99 Jumbo Haddock dinners & seafood specials tonight.
• V2 Wine Bar has a great selection of craft beer, including one of my favorites, O'Fallon's Cherry Chocolate Beer back in stock!
• Shakers Bar & Grill has Well Drinks 2-for-1 and $2.50 domestic drafts until 7 p.m. $2.99 Tailgate burgers & $1.50 cans all night.
• Bill's Place has DJ Carl playing until 7 p.m., DJ Hubcap at 10, Happy Hour at 11. Kitchen's open until Midnight.
• Lanai Lounge has $7 Build-A-Burger all day, DJ Bryan Ladd at 9 p.m., $1.50 Bud Light, Miller Lite & Coors Light & $1 shot wheel at 10 p.m.
• Chad Anthony's has $3 Regular Sized House-Infused Vodkas. Gift Cards are on sale, too.
• Dusty Armadillo has Friday Night Live with Ken Steel, Dance Lessons at 7 it's Ladies Night, so all ladies get in free & big ticket giveaway.
• Papa's Sports Club has $1 beers, 50-cent hot dogs & DJ Paul at 9:30 p.m.
• Youngstown Maennerchor has Fish Dinners tonight and great beer specials.
• Spirits Ultralounge has Old Goats Band at 7 and DJ Aye at 10 p.m. with food and drink specials all night including $1 UV Bombs.
• Rodeo Music Hall has Country Karaoke tonight with bull riding, beer drinking, moonshine shooting and line dancing.
• Boxcar Lounge opens at 8 p.m. tonight with Karoke with DJ Kimmie at 10 p.m.
• Ice House Inn has Name That Tune & Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. with prizes and givewaways.
• Imbibe Martini Bar has 121 martinis, great shots & more than 50 imported beer, an Absinthe fountain & "The Vault."
• Rye's has more than 100 American craft beers in bottles & cans, 14 more on tap, 40 kinds of whiskey and three different meads.
• Kennsington Grille has 39-cent wngs all weekend long, 10 TVs for football and 10 appetizers under $10. Check out the 24 beers on tap.
• Pink Elephant has Buckets 5 for $8 until 8 p.m., Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. Kitchen's open until 1 a.m.

Bars with bands tonight, courtesy of Steve Mahoning's MVLiveMusic.compage:
• Magic Tree has JD Eicher & The Goodnights Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at 9 p.m.
• The Smokin' Gun Saloon has The Fringe tonight at 9 p.m.
• Suzie' Dogs & Drafts has Jackie Popovec of the Vindys opening for The Beggers (from Detroit) tonight at 10 p.m.
• Dash Inn has Infinity tonight at 9 p.m. No cover.
• Cedar's West End has The Flying Trees with Nathan Wayne
• Crickets has Johnny Grahovac until 8:30 p.m. and then Army of 2 at 10 p.m.
• Diletto Winery has Ed Madej tonight at 7.
• The Fireplace Restaurant has Junction PA tonight at 8:30 p.m.
• Up A Creek in Howland has Cleveland's Motown Band Back Tracks at 8:30 p.m.