Summer never ceases to be a busy season for Logan Square (so many patios, so little time!) so in case your fingers have been too busy popping bottles of rosé to stay on the pulse of restaurant and bar news, here’s a recap of what’s been happening in our pocket of the city.
Logan Square Wins Big at Time Out Chicago Bar Awards
With a bar scene as robust and inventive as Logan Square’s, it’s no surprise that some of the neighborhood’s best and brightest made it to Time Out Chicago’s second annual Bar Awards. Many of our favorite watering holes won, and even more were nominated:
Bar of the Year presented by Hendrick’s Gin
Best Intentions, winner (3281 W. Armitage Ave.)
Lost Lake (3154 W. Diversey Ave.)
Best Bar Family presented by Glenfiddich Scotch
Scofflaw, winner (3201 W. Armitage Ave.)
Best Single Focus Bar
Lost Lake, winner
Billy Sunday (3143 W. Logan Blvd.)
Mezcaleria Las Flores (3149 W. Logan Blvd.)
Mezcal Bar at Quiote (2456 N. California Ave.)
Best New Bar
Spilt Milk, winner (2758 W. Fullerton Ave.)
Estereo (2450 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
The Ladies Room (2957 W. Diversey Ave.)
Best Wine Bar presented by Segura Viudas
Webster’s Wine Bar (2601 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
Best Bar Design
Most Creative Drink List
The Whistler (2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
Check out the full list here, and congratulations are in order to all the winners and nominees!
The Pink Squirrel To Open This Summer
Logan Square is about to add another notch on its cocktail bar belt with The Pink Squirrel (2414 N. Milwaukee Ave.). As reported by DNAInfo, mixologist Dustin Drankiewicz and the Furious Spoon team aim to open a 1960s supper club-inspired cocktail bar in the former nail salon next to Deadbolt (also lead by Drankiewicz and Furious Spoon). Drankiewicz drew upon the supper clubs from his hometown of Milwaukee for inspiration and named the place for the first cocktail he ever tried. The Pink Squirrel will feature a walk-up window serving non-alcoholic milkshakes and floats, while the indoor menu will include 1960s and 1970s cocktails, such as the Brooklyn Egg Cream and the Harvey Wallbanger.
Bottle Rocket Opens
Emporium’s rotating pop-up space has a new tenant: Bottle Rocket (2367 N. Milwaukee Ave.). After hosting the beach-themed Surf and Fernet-inspired Branca Bar, the Emporium team’s newest creation is an homage to the classic summer block party. According to Chicago Eater, the bar is outfitted with telephone poles, street sweeping signs and everything needed to feel like a good old Chicago backyard party. Offerings include Old Style (proceeds of which will go to Chicago Fire Department charities), Malort (because of course) and hot dogs (don’t even think about that ketchup). Bottle Rocket will be open through July.
Madison Public House Merges with Innjoy
One of Logan Square’s few sports bars underwent a slight transformation when owner, Rich Kewitz, combined Madison Public House (2200 N. Milwaukee Ave.) with popular Wicker Park bar, Innjoy. As noted by DNAInfo, Kewits, who owns both establishments, is capitalizing on Innjoy’s success and popularity by infusing MPH with the same kind of dance party atmosphere. However, Kewits is committed to preserving MPH’s sports bar aesthetic and limited decor changes, as well as kept the same food menu, so its regulars — Wisconsin fans in particular — have nothing to fear.
Wasabi Grows Into Next Door Space
Logan Square’s highly acclaimed Japanese restaurant, Wasabi (2115 N. Milwaukee Ave.), has expanded into the adjacent space. As noted by Chicago Eater, the original location, now known as Wasabi Sushi & Robata, has retained its BYOB policy. The new addition, however, offers a full bar, as well as a menu focused on small plates, such as their popular pork belly buns, rice bowls and a more extensive ramen selection that includes new broths: hakata classic, hakata red (spicy) and tsuke men. Wasabi Sushi & Robata and Wasabi are open now.