Tiny Lounge | Cocktail bar report card

Not so tiny anymore, but still a good neighborhood option in North Center.

History Tiny Lounge takes its name from its original location: a little brick box under the Brown Line that got demolished during the Addison stop’s 2006 renovation. When the bar reopened at its less-tiny North Center location in late 2008, it maintained both its charm and killer cocktails.

Crowd Lots of wedding bands

Minutes to get a seat on a weekend night 1.5

Minutes to order/receive first drink 7/7

Creativity Bartenders don’t stop at the classics, creating original drinks like the Subourbon: bourbon, amaro, blood orange liqueur, ginger beer and lemon juice.

Quality Classic cocktails are spot-on; the Moscow Mule is even served in a copper mug. Original creations vary—the Wyatt Earp (rye, ginger-infused syrup, pear juice, lemon juice) is nicely balanced, while the Subourbon is bland.

Price/value Decent. Ten dollars for a cocktail seems a bit steep in this neighborhood, but ingredients are high-end.

Final evaluation Despite some misses—and an overwhelmingly long cocktail list—Tiny Lounge remains a cozy, dark and comfortably hip spot for quality boozing if you live up north.

Still iconic? YES

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