It’s only been a few months since Quenchers Saloon closed, but the beloved Logan Square bar is still alive in many hearts and minds. To commemorate the bar that proudly served this neighborhood for nearly forty years, The Native (2417 N. Milwaukee Ave.) is hosting a Quenchers themed pop-up throughout October.
The pop-up will consist of about twenty events that include guest bartenders, movie double features, comedy and local band DJ sets presented by Phantom Note Productions. The Native will also observe a few Quenchers traditions such as free popcorn, Malörtaritas, European beers, and the old $5 Chicago Handshake. And since Halloween is just around the corner, expect the bar to don its own costume, complete with Quenchers memorabilia and vintage show/event posters from as far back as the ’80s.
Sam Edgin, The Native’s manager
“The five years I spent at Quenchers was my first job where I felt really connected to the staff and community,” Edgin said. “The owner, Earle Johnson, helped shape my future in the bar world. I honestly just wanted to pay my respects to Quenchers and show off my new love [The Native] to the people that called Quenchers home for so long.”
Those who visit The Native may find a striking similarity between Edgin’s new watering hole and Quenchers, and not just because the famous Tip Bell is sitting behind the bar. More than the fantastic beer selection and great music space, Quenchers was known for its friendly, neighborly atmosphere. It is this spirit of community and no-frills that Edgin has carried with him and instilled in The Native.
“I feel like The Native is a very community-based bar, much like Quenchers,” said Edgin. “We encourage a friendly atmosphere where you can show up alone and make new friends by the time you leave. Much like Quenchers, we keep our prices low, our drinks stil
Quenchers regulars can look forward to seeing a few familiar faces behind the bar at The Native as Edgin has invited guest bartenders Callie Ackles, Dave Gonzales, Josh Hastert, and Uncle Ray to the pop-up. The Native also plans to resurrect Crab Juice Comedy and Sunday horror movie drinking games. To see a full line up of this month’s Quenchers themed events, click here.
His desire to bridge the two bars and communities is clear. “Although the pop-up is only for a month, our ethos and
So, while all still remains quiet on the Fullerton and Western front, the spirit of Quenchers lives on in The Native.
Featured photo: The inside of Quenchers’ bar last year before it closed.