FIRST IMPRESSION: The sign outside this revamped sports bar at the end of Diversey promises craft beer and wood-fired pizza, and that’s what you’ll get. Stuffed with sleek leather chairs, the crowd is composed of young professionals watching the game on a handful of bright flatscreens. In the back you can see the wood-fired oven, used to cook pizzas and other menu items, including a chocolate chip cookie topped with ice cream.
DRINKS: The beer selection here is epic, with over 200 drafts and bottles to choose from. The draft list is appreciatively unique, including a few things you won’t easily find elsewhere in the city. A small list of classic cocktails are available, but you’re better off enjoying one of the gems on the beer list.
FOOD: The space focuses on pizza, cooked in a wood-fired oven. We tried the margherita, but were taken with the prosciutto, topped with confit garlic and a fresh heap of arugula dressed in truffle oil. Surprisingly, it’s the side dishes that really shine. The stuffed mushrooms with prosciutto and mozzarella are addictive, and we couldn’t stop eating the Cajun fried potatoes with creole remoulade, bacon and scattered with scallions.
SERVICE: The food arrived quickly, as well as drinks. If you need help navigating the beer menu, just ask the staff and they’ll walk you through the extensive menu.
THE TAB: $53 for two appetizers, two pizzas and two beers.
|Venue name:||Compass Bar||Contact:|
433 W Diversey Pkwy
|Cross street:||Between N Pine Grove Ave and N Lakeview Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mo-Fri 4pm-2am, Sat 11-3am, Sun 11-2am|
|Transport:||El: Brown to Diversey. Bus: 76.|
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