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Plainfield Bars Host 'End of the World' Parties

Some local businesses are looking to cash in on the hype.

Friday is the winter solstice — and it’s also the last day of the Mayan calendar, causing some to fret about “doomsday” prophecies.

Even though the more ominous theories have been shot down by the likes of NASA scientists, some Plainfield businesses are capitalizing on the end-of-the-world hype.

The sign in front of Durbin’s, 16031 S. Lincoln Highway, is advertising an “End of the World Party” on Friday, with drink specials and a Bulls vs. Knicks viewing party starting at 6:30 p.m. (although it’s anybody’s guess why partygoers would care about the outcome of the game if they truly believe the end is nigh).

Meanwhile, the brand-new Nevin’s Brewing Company, 12337 S. Route 59, is hosting an end-of-the-world bash on Friday — which also happens to be the brew pub’s opening night.

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Following a by-invitation-only ribbon cutting event, Nevin’s will host the “End of the World” party from 8 p.m. to midnight. For $50 per person, guests will get draft beer, liquor, wine and appetizers all night, plus a performance by classic rock cover band Arra.

The folks at Nevin’s clearly don’t believe the hype, however; a “The World Didn’t End” party is scheduled for 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday with the same $50 per person charge, plus a performance by Maggie Speaks.

Moe Joe’s in downtown Plainfield also doesn’t appear to believe doomsday is coming, since the eatery is hosting its annual holiday bash on Saturday.

Even so, the bar is encouraging patrons to stop in for a bite to eat on Friday, just in case; a photo posted to the Moe Joe’s Facebook page shows a sign reading, “This could be your last chance … There’s no Cajun [food] in hell.”

Katie O'Connor's is urging guests to "Party Like There's No To-Maya," offering a slew of drink specials at yet another Plainfield end-of-the-world party.

Plainfield police have a word of caution for those who want to party like there’s no tomorrow; now through New Year’s, local law enforcement will be cracking down on seat belt scofflaws and drunken drivers.

READ: Plainfield Police Plan Holiday Crackdown

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What do you think about the concept of an end-of-the-world party? Do you plan to attend one of the bashes?

Ed Arter December 21, 2012 at 04:13 PM
@ Mr Nevins $50 is no Party. You are starting out on the wrong foot. $50 for an unproven venue?? I hope your overpricing theme is not your business model for the future. Hell, an openning party should be free!! I would think you would want to attract patrons not bleed them at Christmas time when most have depleted disposable income. Good Luck, and remember; this is Plainfield,Not Naperville.
bill December 21, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Come to elusions bar in shorewood best specials tonight!!!
Sheila Raddatz December 21, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I think it is cool to have the themed night and believe that $50 is fairly reasonable for a New Year's Even bash, too. At $50, you eliminate the young drunks on the road near my home and I thank you.
Grandpamike December 21, 2012 at 08:06 PM
@Ed Arter Well said.
Grandpamike December 21, 2012 at 08:11 PM
@Sheila Er, so by keeping out the "young drunks" as you call them from attending because of the cost, is that to say that they will not find another means of achieving the same condition, at a lessor cost somewhere else, so preventing same individuals off the road near your house. I am guessing that you are not consider a "young drunk" anymore, so excluding them from Nevins on Friday leaves only you and similarly aged people the ability to be drunk on the road near your home ?
Ed Arter December 21, 2012 at 09:39 PM
@ grandpamike Well Said - $50 young or old is too much for a bar openning - These craft outfits are beer snobs who put a silly name on a marginal product then charge an arm and a leg for the "Prestige" of paying $8.00 a glass for a novelity brew. Get a Clue Mr. Nevins, loyal patrons like a good beer at a FAIR price, You make the stuff in house for quarters and are charging dollars to drink it. Be FA IR and you'll secure a sound patron base--Fat Pigs get slaughtered.
Christina December 21, 2012 at 11:10 PM
All drunks young and old are stupid.
Sheila Raddatz December 24, 2012 at 05:33 PM
As for "young", I meant novice drinkers who don't know how to control their alcohol intake. All drunks are a danger on the road, I agree. Judging by the extremely packed parking lot each night (in Plainfield, Evanston and Naperville), I am betting that a majority of the patrons do not agree with theory of a cheap brew. I personally don't agree with the "prestige" theory, it is the ambiance, the taste and the story behind the brew that keeps people coming to Nevins. I don't drink beer but I fully support a respectable business that will bring a good portion of tax money into our community.
Ed Arter December 24, 2012 at 06:50 PM
All new Resturant/Bar opennings normally pack the parking lot. I noticed Wal-Mart lot was packed as well as McDonalds. Using your theory then I am betting that patrons DO agree with the cheap merchandise theory. If I want Ambiance the last place I want to go to is a Dog Pound,or Dairy Farm,or a Brewery. If you don't drink beer then I question your comment on taste . 8 out of 10 "Craft Beers" are bitter and taste bad. The Story?? What??? you must mean that the hyped up advertisement created to impress snobs promoting the bitter brew they drink, means something. The overpriced, marginal beverage that these outfits push on the affluent Naper snobs does aid in our tax burden,however, 5 beers at $3.00 brings in the same tax as 1 beer at $15.00. A better tasting brew at a FAIR price will draw larger demand and thus larger tax income. Bottom line ; $50 is too much for the common consumer. Fords and Chevys are driven by far more consumers than BMW's. For your own satisfaction try a blind fold test between --Lets say a bottle of Miller High Life(a world wide champaign of beers) at $3.00 Verses "Aunt Molly's rubber wash tub suds(sic)" at $12 and then tell me which brew dictates the price. Albeit, your comment deserves a nod and I do respect your position. Happy Holidays

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