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Rat Packers & backpackers unite for NYE at The Stained Glass & The Cellar

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"I wanted to serve something that was festive as well as refreshing," says General Manager Lizz Blackwell of the Citrus Winter Sparkle, the seasonal cocktail of The Stained Glass Wine Bar Bistro. "Something elegant and simple that could serve as an aperitif, palate cleanser, or digestive. Every Christmas my Grandmother sends me a case of clementines so they always remind me of this time of year."

In addition to winter drinks, the Evanston establishment has created a special menu for New Year’s Eve. Starting with Oysters Rockefeller and ending with a Lemon Hazelnut Torte, the three-course, pre-fixe will be available on December 31 for $55 with wine pairings for $30,.

The award-winning restaurant's regular dishes may also be ordered during New Year’s Eve service which will feature a supper club ambiance, complete music by Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, and more.

Located in the heart of downtown Evanston, The Stained Glass on 1735 Benson Avenue is three blocks east of Ridge and one block west of Sherman. For reservations, call 847/864-8600 or visit

Located next door on 820 Clark Street is The Cellar, the little sister restaurant to The Stained Glass. Known for its extensive beer list, shared plates and casual atmosphere, the venue is sporting a travel theme on December 31, where patrons are encouraged to sip on French Martinis, Manhattans, Mojitos or Margaritas and sup on global cuisine including New Year’s Eve specials such as Hamachi Crudo—with no reservations and no jet lag.

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