“Yes indeed, the rumors are true,” says Ralph Darski, owner and operator of Logan Square’s Cafe Mustache (@CafeMustache, 2313 N. Milwaukee Ave.). “We now have an incidental liquor license to go along with our food and coffee.”
Near the corner of Milwaukee and California, the quiet study spot of a cafe is getting a nightlife makeover. Darski reports the cafe plans to serve strictly Chicago-made craft beer and spirits. The cocktail menu sounds pretty eccentric, with a number of cocktails made with tea, espresso and coffee. And in true Chicago spirit, Mustache also will serve a malort cocktail called, appropriately enough, Surprisingly Good. Personally I’m looking forward to the Bloody Carrie, “a killer bloody mary to get you through those rough weekend mornings.”
Alongside the new beverages, they’ve expanded the menu to include a few shareable dishes, such as a cheese plate, hummus plate and chili mac. Keeping things local for dessert, Mustache is now serving Chicago’s own Bobtail ice cream.
As for the entertainment lineup, keep your ears open for more shows: as many as two to three per week. Darski says they’ve got a full schedule, with acts from Logan Square and beyond. A calendar will be posted soon, but for the most part events will begin at 9pm with no cover charge.
If you’re into vinyl, Wednesday Night Wax (every Wednesday from 9pm–12am) is a weekly vinyl record enthusiast meeting. If you bring a record, they’ll play a side of it and give you a discounted drink. For the music buffs, Cafe Mustache has a rock-and-roll trivia night every third Tuesday of the month starting at 8pm. Prizes, of course, are in the form of free drinks.
And as far as ambiance, things inside have gotten a whole lot cozier, with “a new bar countertop seating area, new furniture, hanging lamps (no more fluorescents), new art and plants, and candles at night.”
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Be sure to stop by to check out the local booze selection, listen to live music and hang out with neighbors in a quieter-than-bar setting.