Logan Square cocktail enthusiasts have been in the know that neighborhood staple The Marble (3281 W. Armitage Ave.) was recently taken over by Christopher and Calvin Marty. The after-work hangout and cheap eats standby (with an excellent patio) has been revamped with a new food menu and extensive cocktail menu, including the Marty brothers’ signature cocktails “on the gun.”
Warm up with a Hot (HOT!) Toddy
Marble recently debuted a new winter cocktail menu that features “One Star Toddy,” a hot toddy with a spicy kick, “Pearl,” a martini featuring Ford’s Gin, and a Moscow Mule sans gold mug but made with the bar’s own signature housemade ginger beer. According to Marble’s Facebook page, the Pearl martini was featured in Gary Regan’s 101 Best New Cocktails. Their “Damn Near Famous” malted milkshake is one of their standout items.
Residents just looking to relax with a tasty lager need not be deterred by the “Fancy Cocktail Bar” sign hanging above the bar. They still have the beer enthusiast’s choice, Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Still a Neighborhood Bar
According to Christopher Marty in Marble’s official press release, he “has no intention of taking away the down-home, corner bar feel that made Marble such a favorite in the neighborhood.” The bar remains unpretentious, even showing humor when it comes to its fancy new drinks.
Marble’s Facebook page implores you to be yourself and just enjoy what it is. “It’s just a bar. And it’s awesome. Good times, great coldies. Bartenders who know their shit, but don’t shove it down your throat,” it states. “Have a shlitz, have a sazerac; all good. Be fancy. Be a shitbag. Up to you.”
Sports lovers who frequented the bar on Sundays for football have not lost their favorite hangout. The drinking palette has become just a bit more daring, and not to worry, this Marble has its own version of the former Marble’s beloved cheese curds.
Slowly and quietly the Martys have been remodeling the venue, but in early 2015 they are planning a brief hiatus for more improvements.
Wednesday, Nov. 19, LoganSquarist is hosting its November meetup at Marble from 7 to 9 p.m. A donation of canned or boxed foodstuffs is suggested, in coordination with Dill Pickle Food Cooperative.
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