Maria’s Wins New City’s Best Liquor Store of Chicago Award

Thanks guys! One correction though.. We now serve over 250 American craft beers on draft, bottles and cans. Thanks again for noticing us…


Global Soul Meets North Shore Distillery

This week our wednesday night Global Soul series features Chicago Reader music writer, Peter Margasak, and super cholo, Joe Bryl.  It’s also Experimental Cocktail Set night and we are rollin’ with North Shore Distillery!

We use their fine spirits like Aquavit in our Nordic Track; the Distillers Gin #12 in our new cocktail, The 26th Street Enforcer; and their Sirene Absynthe in our Hardscrabble Sazerac. All of three cocktails will be $2 off all night long.

Delicious Drinks for a night of Delicious Sounds.


Proximity Magazine Release Party: Thursday Dec. 9

Stop By Maria’s for the release of the new issue of Proximity magazine, Chicago’s rad art and culture magazine.. This issue is themed “education as art”. Come by and pick up a copy at a discounted price ($10) and enjoy some drink specials.

Fun this Saturday

Lumberjacking this Friday night

Tony Sarabia this Wednesday Night!

 Tony Sarabia from WBEZ radio opens up our new Wednesday night Global Soul DJ Series at Maria’s.. Get a free CD Comp imbibe some cocktail specials, feel the sounds… Please come on by!  (sorry there is no free cd comp!)

Dec. 1,  2010, 8pm til 2am


Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar presents
Hosted by DJ Joe Bryl with Special Weekly Guests
Every Wednesday beginning December 1: 8pm -2am – Free No Cover
960 W. 31st St., Chicago, Il. 60608, 773-890-0588

In November 2010 various heads of state met at the G-20 Seoul Summit to discuss the global financial system and the world economy. However, starting December here in Chicago a select grouping of leading musical hedz are joining forces for a different type of ‘soul summit’ titled “Global Soul: World Beats & Treats”.

Curated and headed by DJ Joe Bryl (prevoius co-owner and musical director of Sonotheque), “Global Soul” will begin it’s new weekly residency every Wednesday starting December 1 at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar. Encompassing all corners of the world, “Global Soul” will present the rich panolpy of world rhythms, sounds and cultures. Joined by a new DJ each week, Joe Bryl and his guest will take their listeners on an expansive and informative musical journey featuring the best in global grooves, both past and present.

Equally part listening lounge and dance party (depending on the participants personal inclinations), “Global Soul” will be your musical passport to explore the rich and ever-changing diversity of international sounds.

Each participant (see individual listing below) was approached due to their knowledge, insight and passion in the realm of world music. Each guest DJ will have complete creative freedom to explore any avenue or direction of global grooves that fit their fancy.

It is our hopeful goal that this shifting weekly musical marriage will transport the listener into unknown and relatively unexplored areas of world music and culture. We live in extraordinary times in which the vast distances that seemingly divide us are in truth connected by our shared humanity. Through music, “Global Soul” aims to swim these arbitrary gulfs, thus uniting us under one roof and connecting us as one people under a groove.

As an added component to the night’s offering, VJ Merkaba (Eric Gelehrter, will create a visual backdrop to the music drawing from rare footage of early recorded musical performances to more recent visual delights. And to further enhance the global experience, Maria’s mixologists will create a group of speciality cocktails from diverse destinations on the globe. Various beers from around the world will also be available.

The Wednesday, December 1 event will also feature a listening party for the Now Again Records releases of “Dark Sunrise – Frank Ililonga & Musi-O-Tunya” and “Those Shocking Shaking Days – Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk: 1970 – 1978”. For more information on the Frank Ililonga release check link:

December Guest DJs:

Dec. 1 – Tony Sarabia: WBEZ 91.5/Radio M ( –

As host of Radio M, Tony explores world cultures and people through music and sounds. As Midday Host for WBEZ, Tony serves as the lead news anchor and host during WBEZ’s midday programming. In addition, Tony produces the weekly Global Notes music segment for Worldview.

Tony joined WBEZ in 1990 as an intern for the former program Mara Tapp Show, later becoming associate producer. He has served as a news correspondent, Arts Editor, and local host of Morning Edition, before becoming host of Passport, now called Radio M.

Tony has also participated in three fellowship programs at NPR in Washington and worked at NPR’s Cultural Desk, producing pieces for the network’s national news programs.
Tony has received an Edward R. Murrow Award, three Lisagor Awards, a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism and an Associated Press Award for his documentary Unlocking the Closet: Stories of Coming Out Later in Life.
Tony has a B.A. in radio/journalism from Columbia College. He currently teaches part-time at Loyola University Chicago.A native of Chicago, Tony resides in Oak Park and has three children–Julian, Alex and Matt.

Future December Guests:
Dec. 8 – Peter Margasak: Chicago Reader
Dec.15 – Brian Keigher aka DJ Warp: Chicago Cultural Center/World Music Festival
Dec. 22 – Frank Orrall: Poi Dog Pondering/Thievery Corporation
Dec. 29 – Vanessa Beck: People’s DJ Collective

Doors open at 8pm. There is no cover. For further information contact Joe Bryl at 312.493.5807 or at

Sonorama Friday Night Nov. 26

This Friday Sonorama will once again bring its unique blend of global Latin rhythms, new and old to Maria’s Community Bar. So why not leave those leftovers at home and stop by for a little trip through the grooviest sounds from Latin-America from the 60′s and 70′s all while enjoying some tasty brews and original cocktails from Maria’s.

***Plus as little bonus the Sonorama boys and girls put together a sweet little mix CD to giveaway to a couple of fans and music lovers as well.***