Sun 23: 25th Anniversary Twin Peaks costume party + Community Grant Night


February 23, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the last day in the life of LAURA PALMER.

The next morning she was found dead, wrapped in plastic.

Commemorate the DAVID LYNCH series that changed television at the 25th Anniversary Twin Peaks Costume Party!

Return to the Black Lodge (Maria’s) DRESSED as your FAVORITE CHARACTER

Enjoy COFFEE by Bridgeport coffee and PIES by Pleasant House Bakery! And DONUTS by Enoch’s donuts!

Play the Bookhouse Boys TRIVIA Contest!

Enter the Miss Twin Peaks COSTUME Contest!

Watch the pilot episode! With music to follow!

Drink specials benefit Pocket Guide to Hell Tours & Reenactments as part of Maria’s Community Grant.


Saturday Night! Floyd’s & Friends Beertacular

Floyd’s & Friends Beertacular

This music art and beer freak out will be benefiting the Mash Tun Journal!! Besides the great work on the walls, David Yow will be performing live with the band, White Powder! How is that for awesome?

February 22, 7pm-11pm
Co-Prosperity Sphere
(3219-21 South Morgan Street, Chicago Illinois, 60608)
Join us for a very special evening of art and performances programmed & curated by Three Floyd’s Brewery as part of their their week-long celebration of craft beer in Chicago-land. This Beertacular features an exhibition of work by many of 3Floyds friends  and is a visual and aural exploration of work that inspires the liquid dreams of the brewery. Attendees will receive copies of the Mash Tun Journal, yer friendly craft beer culture magazine, and a complementary pour of 3floyds latest juice.
The event features work by : David Yow, Tim Kerr, Win Wallace, Ian Shults, Jeff Swanson, 666 Photography, Abi Daniel, Bill Jeffrey, Lance Bradley, Don Rock, Billy Baca, Jason Morales, Jon Langford, Carl Jamie Berger and others.

Admission is $20. You must be 21yrs and older to attend. Proceeds of the event go to the Public Media Institute, a non profit grassroots arts organization based in Bridgeport, the Community of the Future.

PMI publishes the Mash Tun Journal and hosts the Mash Tun Festivals.

After purchasing admission via paypal your name will be placed on the RSVP list. Please show your ID at the door.

Wednesday, February 12 : THIS IS NOT A LOVE SONG


Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar presents

Featuring DJ Joe “Cry Me A River” Bryl and special live performance by Easy Ed

While most romantics look forward to sharing Valentine’s Day with their significant other, there are those love lost and lonely souls in which the day is a sad reminder of separation, unrequited affection, abstinence, desertion and solitary withdrawal. And although we are over-whelmed by “silly love songs” in all various shapes and forms that make our hearts all-a-flutter, there are other heart-rending ballads and torch songs that reverberate within ourselves and remind us of the travails and hurdles of love that have caused us sorrow, sadness and torment.

To pay tribute to those great mournful balladeers who sang despairingly about grief and loss, Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar is hosting “This Is Not A Love Song” on Wednesday, February 12 (7 PM – 2 AM).  Hosting this heartbreak hotel is Maria’s own melancholy baby, DJ Joe “Cry Me A River” Bryl who’ll put a different spin on Valentine’s Day showcasing a bitter pill of sorrowful songs that’ll surely make you cry in your beer (or cocktail). Also joining us will be troubled troubadour Easy Ed singing his heart out with his inconsolable interpretations of artists ranging from Scott Walker, Burt Bacharach and Morrissey.
So, if you’re feeling in a blue funk, in the dumps or just in a reflective mood join us for this night of teary tunes on this anti-Valentine’s evening. For as we all know, love will tear us apart.

Feb 11: Los Sunny Daze


The Luckoflucien & ¡Tropicalazo! Return to Bridgeport Tuesday night, Feb 11, at Maria’s (8pm to 2 am) . Its gonna be Dangerous! World grooves and sweaty soul! Hot wax baby! $1 off all drafts!

Black Star Farms


Join us @ Maria’s (960 W. 31st Street) this Thursday night (February 6) from 8-10 PM and meet Josh Morgan, Cider Maker and Assistant Distiller of Black Star Farm, the beloved Leelanau, Michigan based agricultural destination. This event will precede the Cider Summit Chicago @ Navy Pier on February 8 that features artisanal ciders from around the world. In addition to this all of our regular ciders are discounter $1, larger bottles $2.

Black Star Farms winery and distillery produces some of the most sought after and awarded Michigan wines and spirits

Black Star Farms will be tasting and sharing the following beverages:

Black Star Hard Apple Cider
Sirius Maple Cider Brandy
Spirit of Apple Brandy
Spirit of Pear Brandy
Spirit of Cherry Brandy

Visit Black Star Farms at

Birthday Ladies + Experimental Cocktail Set


It’s Wednesday Feb 5th and its a day of spirits tastings, advanced electronic music with DJ Le Deuce and friends. It just happens to be yer friendly Maria’s Bottle Shop adjooohmah, Yonghee’s, birthday! It’ is also Maria’s birthday this Friday. So give these two ladies a hug. They have been working this joint for over two decades. We love you girls!

( Above image from the Chicago Reader’s Best Dive Bars Full of Dummies award back when we were called Kaplans…)

Tuesday is Night Drive with DJ Julian Kendall


Join us for a $1 off all our draft beer and listen to jams transmitted via DJ Julian Kendall. His set features a special focus on Old school jams, Chicago House, and Detroit House.

It’s Another Monday


So many Mondays. So much not to do. We are going to eat some food at Pleasant House, try out some experimental cocktails, figure out ways to stop people from stealing our bottles, order some beer and wonder about how we can maintain our parking spots. Hope yer having a good day. Starting this week we are doing CIDER WEEK! All our ciders are $1 off and $2 off the large format bottles.

Friday Jan 31: The Après -Ski Party

Now in its third year, Maria’s late-night Après -Ski Party has become a not-to-be-missed winter series event at the uber cool Chicago South Side bar.  Presented by Full Spectrum, and with Maria’s resident DJ and music curator Luis Aguilera at the helm, the evenings take visitors like double-black diamond skiers head first into an audio journey of those 60s lounge sounds you would have found at the ski lodge when only skiers were allowed on the snowy “hills” and keep you on track through a sonic evolution that places the listener in today’s musical landscapes as heard after the slopes of Colorado, Utah, California, Argentina, Chile, Japan, France, etc. have shut down for the night.

Hooray For The Mixtape – DJ Luis Aguilera


Thurs. Jan. 23 – Drawing from a collection of local, national and international mixtapes that includes HI-NRG, Italo Disco, early 80s House, 90s Industrial, Freestyle, Early Florida Breaks, 90s New Wave, House, Techno, Tech House, Drum ‘n Bass, Trance, Hardcore, Happy Hardcore, Breakbeat, Goa, West Coast House, Speedcore, etc.