Estereo

Bars, Café bars Logan Square
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You might as well be walking into a Wes Anderson film when you enter Estereo, where everything is tinted slightly yellow-gold and patterns—from tiled floors to detailing on the bar—make you feel like you’re on set. The all-day bar from Heisler Hospitality (Pub Royale, Sportsman’s Club, Trenchermen, Queen Mary Tavern) has a “leave your worries at the door” vibe that transports you to an island town where three old guys wearing oversized button-downs sit at the bar all day long. And you can sit all day long, too. The bar opens daily at 11am with coffee from Dark Matter and pastries like guava croissants and chocolate croissants, while afternoons offer a list of ten cocktails based on specific spirits.

Drinks come from Ben Fasman (Sportsman’s Club, Big Star) and Michael Rubel (Lone Wolf, Violet Hour), with spirits like pisco, cachaca, rum, tequila and mescal dominating the menu. The menu changes regularly, with one exception: the Breezy, a highball served in a branded plastic cup (this somehow feels fun and whimsical rather than childish or gimmicky) with your choice of spirit (gin and rum are our favorites), Yerba Mate, Falernum, lime and soda. It’s built to be an easy sipper year-round—light with just enough body to pull us through the cold winter.

The drinks are exceptional, but what really makes this place tick is its vibe. Music from a turntable fills the air with bright Latin-American tunes. Settle in at the large, triangle-shaped bar that dominates the space, or for a more intimate setting, snag one of the tables set along the perimeter for smaller groups. On a warm summer day, roll-up garage doors flank two sides, opening up the space even more to solidify the bar’s South American–style charm. When it’s chilly, the space is filled with a warm yellow light, a welcome respite from the winter gloom. The menu is painted on the wall, with ten simple cocktails named after their base spirits.

An all-day bar isn’t necessarily a brand new idea—plenty of hotels have their bar areas open all day long, but a standalone bar is fun. Having a space to stop by in the morning for coffee and a pastry, maybe get a little work done, go grab lunch, come back and order a cocktail—why not? In a neighborhood like Logan Square where you could easily spend the day, maybe this all-day thing is an idea that’ll catch on. With coffee and cocktail offerings, we’re more than a little tempted to consider planning an entire day sitting in Estereo.

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Where to sit: Larger groups will struggle in this space, as most seating is designed for one or two guests. Get a seat at the bar if you’re able.

What to drink: Pick a spirit and go from there. Try the house specialty, the Breezy, then stick with your spirit of choice and see what concoction the bartenders come up with.

What to eat: In the morning, you can order from a light snack menu, but at night you’re on your own.

Atmosphere: Chill and laid-back with a modern, triangle-shaped bar and Latin-American touches.

By: Elizabeth Atkinson

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Venue name: Estereo
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Address: 2450 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago

Opening hours: Sun 11am–12am, Mon–Fri 11am–2am, Sat 11am–3am
Transport: El: Blue line to Logan Square. Bus: 56, 74.
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tastemaker

We wandered in the other night to check out the airy, open bar located in the heart of Logan. When the weather is nice you can expect the garage doors to be open! Between the loud latin music and the open garage doors there were definite island vibes. The menu has a mix of spirits including but not limited to mezcal, cachaca (a rum favored in Brazil and Cuba), and pisco. We ordered the seasonal pisco and cachaca cocktails. The tangerine based pisco cocktail felt heavy on the sweet syrup, it was a little tough to drink. The cachaca cocktail adorned with mint and crushed ice was a bit lighter. The drink prices were average ($11-12 per cocktail) however I wasn't impressed. I could see myself coming back for a beer in the nice weather, but it's nothing to write home about.

tastemaker

New favorite bar in Logan. The open-air space is perfect for Chicago summers. I love the Latin decor and music vibe--not to mention the drinks themselves. I can't actually bring myself to not order the cachaça with strawberry and lime when I go because it's that good, especially on a summer day. I look forward to seeing what I think of this place in the frigid winter! I imagine it will provide a much-need tropical relief. 

tastemaker

Came here for a drink last night, when I noticed big garage doors open onto a room bustling with young hipsters. I love a good drinking hole inside a garage, especially on such a beautiful night, so we popped in and ordered a tequila drink and an agricole (martinique rum i was told) cocktails, and grabbed a table near the window (no servers here, just grab a drink at the bar and sit down). The cocktails were good, but nothing overly impressive in terms of taste. The decor was kind of strange, and the music wasn't too loud, the crowd served for amazing people watching, but the vibe was a bit trying too hard for my taste. I'd come back here during the day to check it out when the garage doors are open and they are serving coffee, looking forward to trying it then!