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Photograph: Nick MurwayWeegee's Lounge

Weegee’s Lounge | Cocktail bar report card

The vintage Logan Square bar now serves its classic cocktails with superb service.


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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