Located on Randolph Street next to some of the top restaurants in the city, Lone Wolf is a modern interpretation of a Chicago tavern. The neighborhood spot is and ideal pre- and post-dinner destination, as well as a casual spot to enjoy signature cocktails, a variety of 3 Floyds on draft and bar snacks.
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Opened December 2013, Sportsman’s Club showcases classically inspired, spirit-forward cocktails that change daily and focus on balance and simplicity. The neighborhood tavern also offers worldly craft beer and terroir-driven wine, as well as an amaro machine, carry-out liquor program and a thoughtfully curated bar goods shop.
The original Sportsman’s Club bar, which was located at the same address, served as a local haven for Polish immigrants. In signature Heisler Hospitality fashion, the updated tavern maintains a few lines of its history, from its Sportsman’s Club name to the original art deco bar.
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REVEL [def: to take part in lively and noisy festivities, esp. when these involve drinking a large amount of alcohol]
The Revel Room is a classic Chicago barroom and lounge in the heart of Wicker Park—a conduit to an historic Chicago neighborhood and a divergent oasis steps from the Six Corners bustle. Specializing in modern cocktail craft, the beverage menu includes variations on classics along with a rotation of cocktails on draft. An extensive list of canned beers and international spirits round out the elevated drinking experience.
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Acclaimed neighborhood tavern with Brad Bolt at the helm, making its triumphant return to the West Side in Spring 2018. Stay tuned to @bardeville on social media for updates.
Pub Royale is a beer-driven pub located in Wicker Park, serving up Anglo-Indian fare in an eclectic, convivial setting. A didactic yet approachable beer menu champions quality and craft above all else, ranging from rare finds to hometown heroes. On the cocktail side, we feature a rotation of seasonal Royale Cups, created in partnership with our friends at Letherbee. The food and drink find a perfect backdrop in an equally eccentric space, with touches of Indian pop culture and a Bohemian feel. Pub Royale was name one of the 50 Best New Restaurants in 2016 by Bon Appetit magazine.
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Queen Mary is a neighborhood cocktail tavern in Wicker Park with a history that dates back to the '70s, when seven taverns occupied the small stretch of Division Street. Building owner Mary Kafka operated the bar at 2125 W. Division with her husband until a family tragedy led her to to promptly shutter the business and leave it virtually untouched for nearly 40 years. Familiar with the history and interested in giving the former Polish tavern new life, Matt Eisler and Kevin Heisner of Heisler Hospitality formed a friendship with Kafka, and with her blessing, dubbed their iteration of the tavern ‘Queen Mary’ in her honor. Opened in November 2015, the time capsule bar explores British maritime drinking traditions, highlighting the finest gin, rum and scotch available.
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Estereo is an all-day bar on the corner of Milwaukee and Sacramento in Logan Square. Opening daily at 12 PM, this is a place to enjoy coffee and cocktails, no matter the hour. The ten-drink cocktail list focuses on bright and expressive Latin-American spirits, including pisco, cachaca, agricole, mezcal, tequila and rum. Four Letter Word coffee is also available daily. An eclectic mix of classic Latin and Caribbean sounds on vinyl fill the space, creating a breezy, laid back vibe that captures the vibrant energy of the neighborhood.
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Bad Hunter is a veg-forward restaurant and bar in the West Loop. The goal is simple: to create a joyful experience by presenting the highest quality food and drink in a comfortable, convivial setting. By taking a more ‘sessionable' approach to both the food and drink, this is a place to have lunch, linger over an afternoon glass of wine, enjoy dinner and stay for a cocktail.
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The Herbarium is located on the second floor of Bad Hunter in the heart of Chicago's West Loop. With an abundance of natural light and beautiful downtown views, The Herbarium is the ideal space for daytime events such as corporate meetings, showers or luncheons. In the evening, the room transforms into an intimate setting for private dining, cocktail parties, weddings and more.
Mad West, located in the atrium of the United Center, introduces a new angle on food and beverage offerings at the United Center. Inspired by elements of Chicago’s Near West Side, the space is designed with common brick and murals by well-known local artists, creating a casual, creative vibe for fans and visitors alike. Chicago favorite Dark Matter Coffee offers a variety of beverages from their signature Unicorn Blood espresso to experimental collaborations, barrel aged, and cask-conditioned coffees and Heisler's Executive Chef Dan Snowden created a street food-inspired menu of bing bread sandwiches.
Photos: Kristin Mendiola