FIRST IMPRESSION: The latest concept from the team behind the Boiler Room and Parts & Labor is a hidden space off the main stretch of Milwaukee in Logan Square. Touted as a speakeasy, there’s not really anything speakeasy about it once you get past the unmarked entrance (a light above the door glows red when the bar is open). Have a seat at the no-frills bar, an assortment of booths or sway among a handful of high-top tables. In the main room, the interior is pitch-black with exposed brick walls and a flicker of light from scattered candles. In the back, a larger area boasts a dance floor and DJ, a projector screening movies and a questionably out-of-service elevator transformed into a lounge space.
DRINKS: The menu is simple, with one side boasting a list of 30 craft beers and the other an impressive selection of whiskey. There’s no cocktail list (classics are available by request and served in simple coupe glasses), but this is ultimately a whiskey and beer spot. But beware—there are no prices listed for the whiskey list, so make sure to check with the bartender before you end up with a hefty bill.
SERVICE: Our bartender boasted to the couple sitting next to us that it was “a speakeasy concept without a focus on craft cocktails.” If that’s what this is, we can’t say we don’t miss the drinks. Like Boiler Room, East Room is cash only, so if you use the ATM, save your receipt—you can trade it in to the bartender for a free shot.
THE TAB: $12 for two drinks.
|Venue name:||East Room|
2354 N Milwaukee Ave
|Opening hours:||Sun-Fri 9pm-4am, Sat 9pm-5am|
|Transport:||El: Blue to California. Bus: 52, 56, 74.|
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