Wrigleyville bars cashing in with World Series specials

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Cubs fans looking to celebrate the World Series in Wrigleyville bars this weekend can expect to spend more money than usual. | Scott Olson/Getty Images file photo

Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) suggested any revelers looking to celebrate the World Series in Wrigleyville this weekend be prepared to shell out some money.

“Bring your credit card if you’re coming down to the neighborhood,” Tunney said at a press conference Wednesday. “You’ll need it.”

A number of Wrigleyville bars are looking to take advantage of the expected crowds by offering food and drink packages that run several hundred dollars each, as well as implementing cover charges that also run more than $100.

Casey Moran’s, across Clark Street from Wrigley Field, is charging $250 for an appetizer, dinner entree and drinks from 7 p.m. until 10:45 p.m., according to Kim Smith, the bar’s office manager.

The food and drink package, though, does not include a table to sit at. A four-person table runs an additional $500. A group of four who wanted to eat, drink and be guaranteed a place to sit would split the $1,500 bill four ways.

Those not interested in the food and drink packages still must pay $100 to get in the door, and that cover charge is expected to go up as the weekend nears, Smith said.

The same prices and packages are offered at Deuce’s and The Diamond Club, a two-level bar and nightclub south of Addison on Clark, which operates under the same ownership, Smith said.

Moe’s Cantina, John Barleycorn and Old Crow, Clark Street bars that all operate under the same owner, also are offering food and drink packages that range in price from $200 to $250 on Friday and Saturday, according to owner Sam Sanchez. Like Casey Moran’s, a table for four would cost an additional $500, but that add-on was sold out Wednesday evening.

Sanchez said that there won’t be any cover charge at any of the three. An hour before game time, the bars will close to those who have not purchased the meal and drink package, though any unsold tickets will still be available to purchase at the door.

Not all bars in the neighborhood are raising prices or offering meal and drink packages, though.

Leah Spagnoli, general manager of Yak-Zies, just north of Waveland on Clark, said the bar won’t be accepting table reservations and no food or drink packages will be offered over the weekend. But the bar will charge a cover of $25.

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