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Play the pro

Fans of the flicks "Cocktail" and "Coyote Ugly" can now fulfill their fantasy to play the bartender. Every Wednesday night, Chicago's Wabash Tap offers aspiring mixologists 21 and older a chance to strut their skills shaking up cocktails, drafting beers, pouring shots, and bantering with customers—all for a good cause. Tips generated from the three-hour shifts are donated to a charity of the guest bartender's choice.

"The staff came up with the idea to make our guests feel more a part of our family," says Wabash Tap's GM Mike Cain. "It's also a great way for our employees and regulars to give back to the community." Cain reports that Wednesday night sales have increased considerably since the promotion began six months ago, and "we will continue to do it as long as charities need our help."

Before they get behind the bar, participants are encouraged to leave the bottle acrobatics to the pros—one of whom is always close at hand to lend a little mixology advice.

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