Weegee’s Lounge | Cocktail bar report card

The vintage Logan Square bar now serves its classic cocktails with superb service.
Photograph: Nick Murway Weegee's Lounge

History When Weegee’s opened about eight years ago in the far western reaches of Logan Square, the bar’s classic cocktail menu and handsome vintage touches—including a tin ceiling, ’30s and ’40s NYC crime-scene photos from the bar’s namesake photojournalist, and shuffleboard—offered a welcome break from the area’s surrounding PBR hovels. Barkeep-owner Alex Huebner divides the menu by type of liquor, using modern distillers like North Shore and Death’s Door in his old-school drinks.

Crowd Late twenties through early forties creative professionals

Minutes to get a seat on a weekend night Zero

Minutes to order/receive first drink 5/3

Creativity You won’t find artfully shaped chunks of ice at Weegee’s—just pages of classic cocktails such as sidecars and sloe gin fizzes. Every drink I order arrives in a martini glass.

Quality Drinks are stiff and true to tradition.

Value $10 is a fair price for the quality.

Final evaluation A fresh young staff has given Weegee’s the caliber of service the vintage space and classic cocktail menu deserves. Even better: No TVs means your date can’t care more about sports scores than you.

Still iconic? YES

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