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fluffheady (100) Chicago, Illinois | April 22, 2014
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 11/20
This is a cocktail bar. The cocktails are delicious, the decor is beautiful, but these days it feels like you can piss in a circle and hit a cocktail bar. It just wasnít all that special to me. They definitely pay attention to their beer list, but thereís nothing here I canít get anywhere else (Their draft highlife also ruins it). As a beer drinker, Iíd rather just order cocktails here. I suppose if someone is looking to host a party, the upstairs lounge room is great and their range of cocktails, beer, and wine can appease a lot of tastes, but this isnít a place I will be returning to nor is it a beer destination.
emerge077 (129) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | March 12, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
Stopped in here last night to send off the Undertaker properly...
We sat upstairs in the lounge as the first floor was already crowded to capacity. The vibe was sleek with smart design touches, olde-timey without being corny. Owen & Engine came to mind while I was there. Wall sconces, velvet curtains, victorian wallpaper and patterned rugs on the staircase. More intimate booths upstairs and an old-school pocket billards table in the back room.
Beer selection is small but well curated, about a dozen drafts and only 10 bottles. Half the bottles were relatively cheap "chaser" type beers (Schlitz, Daleís, etc) and the large format were high-end double digit type stuff (Golden Blend, Nelson Sauvignon). Drafts seem to rotate frequently with and eclectic mix. I had an Off Color Beer Geek Mus for $6.
Service was very attentive, and our server Tristan was super knowledgeable about the cocktails and their esoteric ingredients. Water was never empty, and the food that hit the table looked very good and was given the thumbs up by friends.
Overall a small but interesting beer selection at this trendy but legit cocktail-focused establishment. Feels nice and fairly relaxing inside, the service is great and isnít rushed.
jrallen34 (433) Chicago, Illinois | July 6, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
One of the best cocktail bars in the city, they also have a very solid draft lists. Rare bottles pop up as well.
charule (87) Chicago, Illinois | June 29, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice little place with an ok selection. More tailored to cocktails. Decent food at nice prices. Good neighborhood.
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