Black Wednesday Re-Union at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar with Platinum Events




Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar and Platinum Events cordially invites you to the 2nd Annual Black Wednesday Re-Union on November 21, 2012 starting at 9:30pm-1:30am!

Complimentary passed Black Rice Sushi All Evening + Music by DJ Flaco!  Specialty Cocktails, 3 Floyds Zombie Dust Beer and Wine Available at Cash Bar! RSVP 







#NameThatCocktail Contest @EatatUnion

CONGRATULATIONS to our #NameThatCocktail Finalists!  The finalists are invited for an exclusive Fall Cocktail Tasting on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 5pm! The winner of our #NameThatCocktail contest will be announced at our tasting on Friday, and they will receive a $50 Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar Gift Certificate, and they will enjoy their Cocktail complimentary all Fall.


Voodoo Harvest:  Josh Kowalczyk

Aki Crisp: Renae Godish

Golden Lantern: Peter Kuehnel

Harvest Moon: Catherine Brickell

**We had two entries with same Cocktail Name**

The Headless Horseman: Calogero (Dj Swank) Oliveri

The Headless Horseman: Jan Zasowski


If you’ve been keeping up with us online, then you probably have a pretty good idea that we’ve been hard at work and having a ton of fun working on our Fall cocktail program. Now, we want you to join in on all the fun. That’s right, for the entire Fall season, we’re offering an exclusive opportunity to win a spot on Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar’s Fall cocktail menu. But, we didn’t think that was enough, so we threw in a $50 Gift Card and your ability to enjoy your drink FOR FREE during the entire FALL SEASON at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar.

We’ve posted a picture and recipe of one of our new Fall cocktails that still remains nameless.  Help us #NameThatCocktail and you can win a seat at an exclusive preview of our new Fall cocktail program at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar.  We will be selecting the 5 best names and then announcing the winner at the preview.


El Dorado 5yr Rum
Spiced pumpkin syrup
Kronan Swedish Punsch
Egg White
Cherry Bark Bitters





The best part is: it’s ridiculously simple to enter. Tell us about your name, a little story behind it, and a way for us to contact you, and you’re entered. ALL ENTRIES DUE BY September 21. ONLY ONE NAME SUBMISSION PER PERSON. 

We’ll also be showcasing different photos and cocktail recipes for our Union Crowd on Twitter using the hashtag #NameThatCocktail.

Cocktail Name*:
Story or inspiration behind your name*:
Your Name*:
Phone Number*:
Email Address*:
Twitter Handle:


Contest Rules
In order to qualify for the Grand Prize in our #NameThatCocktailcontest, the top 5 applicants must be available to attend the sneak peak tasting at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar.  Submissions will be judged on originality and name creativity. We will be taking submissions from September 17, 2012 until September 21, 2012. Please note: We will only be accepeting One Name per applicant.


By entering into the “#NameThatCocktail” Contest (the “Contest”), any and all ideas a participant provides in any way as part of the Contest, including but not limited to inventions, discoveries, developments, names, artwork, recipes, techniques, sources of information, ideas or innovations are hereby and irrevocably the property of Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar and may be used in its operations for an infinite duration in any way Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar deems appropriate.

Check, Please! Visits Us on Wednesday 8.15.12





We are super psyched to have learned that one of our dedicated guests have recommended Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar for a turn on Chicago’s favorite food show: Check, Please!  

Every guest endorsement makes us proud…this one, especially so!

Want to apart of the filming magic?  Make your reservation for Wednesday between 6pm – 8:30pm and you’ll be “on location” at one of our biggest shoots of the year!



Summertime gets even cooler at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar


This is what we’ve learned of late. Chao loves to make ice cream. Really. Loves it.

“It’s just relaxing to pour cream and egg and sugar into a mixer and watch it all come together…” explains Chao. “Okaaaay,” we say. So, long story short, Chao got Mike to buy him a massive ice cream maker for the kitchen at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar. What comes next? Milkshakes. Obviously.


homemade blueberry
ice cream
whole milk
a small dash of
lemon juice
whipped cream


vanilla bean &
espresso ice creams
dollop of
mascarpone cheese
whole milk
whipped cream
cocoa powder

This June, the first of many (new flavors every month!) milkshakes to come at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar, are launched—available both in house and to-go—for those of you who need a hot day pick-me-up as you stroll through River North. Check out the Blueberry Milkshake, made with homemade blueberry ice cream, whole milk, a small dash of lemon juice, and topped with homemade whipped cream.

And, then there is the indulgent/amazing/life altering Tiramisu Milkshake, made with vanilla bean and espresso ice creams, a dollop of mascarpone cheese, and whole milk. Topped with homemade whipped cream and cocoa powder. It’s severely delicious.

Milkshakes are available every day at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar, from open until close. Feel free to stop by and order one on-the-go, if you can’t stay for lunch or dinner. They’re $7 a pop. Do it!


Introducing Our Spring Cocktails at Union

Whole-2At Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar, we pour a LOT of creativity into our cocktail programming, and this spring is no different.

Those of you who joined us at our Duck Wing Eating Contest got a sneak preview, and now they’re available for all to enjoy! So, without further ado, we’d proud to introduce our Spring Cocktail Menu at Union!

Akuma’s Wind

Redemption Rye Whiskey, Galliano Ristretto,
Caraway Tincture, Honey, Lemon

Hana Awaka

Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac, Combier, Hibiscus,
Lemon, Deep Pine Forest Sparkling Sake

Second Language

Citadelle Gin, Luxardo Maraschino, St. Germain,
Orange Bitters, Sugar Cube

Surprise + Delight

Effen Cucumber, Pimm’s No. 1, Lemon, Simple Syrup,
Muddled Lemongrass, Muddled Strawberry, Seltzer

Yamato Sling

Plymouth Gin, Rock Sake, Green Tea Syrup, Lemon,
Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters, Seltzer

South of the Border, East of the Sun

Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila, Aperol, Blood Orange,
Agave, Lime, Hopped Grapefruit Bitters


Plantation 5yr Rum, Briottet Creme de Peche, Peach, Okinawan
Black Sugar, Lime, Fennel, Egg White, Bolivar Bitters

Kuro Smash

Evan Williams Single Barrel, Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac,
Lemon, Simple Syrup, Blackberries, Tarragon Tincture

Eastern Medicine

Yamazaki 12 yr Japanese Whisky, Kakushigura Shochu, Evan Williams
Single Barrel, Ginger, Lemon, Sage Tincture

Skinny Geisha

Hum, House Infused Citrus Vodka, Fresca, Yuzu

Morning Glory #2

Old Weller Antique, Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac, Demerara,
Combier Orange Liqueur, Angostura Bitters, Absinthe

New Year, New You

New Year’s Resolutions. A time to quit… or start… A time to lose… or gain… It’s a lot of pressure. And, even if you don’t buy into the whole resolution nonsense, there is undeniably something in the air this time of year. It’s a hope that your life could just be easier, more satisfying, more organized… as soon as the clock strikes midnight.

We’re picking up what you’re putting down. And we have some ideas for you.

First, we know that you over-indulged in December. Actually, we encouraged it. But, it’s time to pull back on the reins a little. Eat a little less, exercise a little more.

Cocktail Profile:Yamato Sling


cocktailprofileyamatosling1The perfect place to try the subject of our latest cocktail profile? UpBar, of course! Our newly launched lounge, set in the upstairs mezzanine, is home to hand-crafted cocktails, 26 sakes, and (of course) some Asian-inspired
finger food and bar snacks.

But, as usual, we’re getting carried away from the topic at
hand: our next cocktail profile. No matter where you’re sipping the Yamato Sling, it’s tasty as hell. It’s sultry
& spicy enough for UpBar, yet delectable as a pre-dinner cocktail downstairs. As a matter of fact, it’s one of Revae’s favoritecocktails on the menu…

Cocktail Profile: Surprise and Delight

cocktailprofilesurpriseanddelightFor the next installment of our cocktail profiles (call it UpBar’s liquored-up version of Facebook), we’re very excited to present to you all Surprise & Delight.In short, think prevalent (but not overpowering) cucumber flavors plus the sweetness of a lemongrass and strawberry muddle. Combine that with a waft of mint and a hint of bubble, and sip away.

While it’s definitely a ‘summery’ drink, we’re pretty sure it would taste just as delicious without the 80º+ weather—but that’s just us.

Cocktail Profile: Night Scene


First of all (and please don’t judge us), can we just say how much fun we’re having with this whole Union thing? Sure, it’s a lot of long hours, and no, we don’t sit down much anymore. But, saying it’s all worth it doesn’t even begin to cover it.

So, on that note, we think it’s time for a nice, cold drink. Specifically, a hand-crafted cocktail. Because, frankly, we’re very proud of our cocktails. Sometimes they’re the opening act, sometimes they’re the whole show—either way, they never cease to delight… satiate… satisfy… you get it.


Call it a tribute to our late-night scene, our riff on the classic martini, whatever you want. We call it delicious. Cocchi Americano and Sobieski Vodka meet our old friend Rock Sake—a perfect choice for blending, according to mixologist Revae Schneider.