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Where to (ugh) Watch the Royal Wedding and (yay) Eat and Drink As Much As Possible

By Anthony Todd in Food on Apr 27, 2011 7:40PM

Photo by rjseg1.
We can't quite believe we're posting this, but based on the sheer volume of news coverage over the past few days, some people must care about this huge wedding that's happening on Friday across the pond. Frankly, we're almost tired of hearing about it - the number of press releases pushing special wedding cocktails that we've gotten have just about pushed us over the edge. On the other hand, we're as interested in pretty dresses and flower tossing as the next man, and if there are good drinks involved, you might be able to get us on board. Might. Anyway, a lot of decent bars and restaurants are offering neat events specials, if you want to watch the blessed event - they might even make it worth it.

At Blokes and Birds, the ceremony will be shown on tape, so it can start at 7 PM. They will be serving up all sorts of english goodies, including a complimentary cucumber sandwich starter, half-pints of Wells Bombardier for $3 Pimm's Cups for $6 and all-you-care-to-enjoy Fish & Chips with malt vinegar aioli and thick-cut tartar sauce for $10. The party goes till 2 A.M. 3343 North Clark Street.

Lockwood restaurant, working with Rare Tea Cellar, will be hosting a "Royal Wedding Tea." The tea, which will be served during the wedding from 5 A.M. to 2 P.M., will include "early morning fare," fine teas and champagne. The festivities will continue in the afternoon, with finger sandwiches and desserts, and even more of the fine tea. The price is $45 per person. 17 East Monroe Street.

Do you want something more... raucous with your lace and doilies? Head to Kit Kat Lounge for a royal wedding night. Royal wedding footage will be shown starting at 7 P.M., Queen Diva Katherine Cole will be performing, and the mixers will be serving a special "put a ring on it" martini topped with a ringpop. Plus, they will have some special british-themed entrees, including bangers and mash and shepard's pie. 3700 N. Halsted Street.

If you want to catch part of the wedding and then take in a movie, wedding footage will be shown at Lobby Lounge at the Showplace Icon starting at noon. In addition to lots of white lace on huge screen televisions, they've created a special "Royal Wedding cocktail" so you can drown your sorrows that it wasn't you the prince picked to marry. Afterwards, go watch a sad afternoon matinee. 150 W. Roosevelt Rd.