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The Blackout Diaries’ best drinking stories

Raise a glass to Chicago’s booze-centric barroom storytelling series.

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  • Evan Hughes

I love drinking stories. I love them so much that in 2011 I created the Blackout Diaries, a live weekly show in a Chicago barroom, where comedians, writers, and tipplers of all tolerance levels share true tales of carousing—and the often hilarious, sometimes harrowing misadventures that result. The format was once described as "a reverse AA meeting," and I think that pretty well sums it up. What follows is a curated selection of some of the most fondly remembered stories from the show’s first five years. Bottoms up! —Sean Flannery

The Blackout Diaries Saturdays, 8 PM, High-Hat Club, 1920 W. Irving Park, 773-697-8660,, $10

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Rub-a-dub-dub, a surprise in the tub
A day of heavy drinking turns into a morning-after whodunit.

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Pop secret
What not to do if you pee the bed after a one-night stand

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Will work for beer
The difficulty of hiring while under the influence


Pity the fool who sexts her father
Is there an emoji for extreme mortification?

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Cruising for a boozing
A beer isn’t always the best medicine.

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Kick up your (high) heels
Father-daughter bonding hits a sartorial snag at Redhead Piano Bar. v

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