We find six spots that also wheel and deal in burgers, whiskey and rock and roll.
1/4Photograph: Dave RentauskasDuke of Perth
3/4Photograph: Max HermanTwisted Spoke
4/4In Fine Spirits
By Heather Shouse|
You want rock & roll Three Aces(1321 W Taylor St, 312-243-1577) The side-lot patio at this surprisingly hard-partying Little Italy spot will debut any day now, allowing for tattooed-elbow–rubbing with about 100 others while old-school Italian films screen, a live band revs up the crowd or Slayer lights up the stereo.
You want killer burgers The Bad Apple(4300 N Lincoln Ave, 773-360-8406) On its best nights, the Bad Apple nails the inch-thick, salty-crusted, medium-rare trifecta Kuma’s owns, but to get the full effect, request it on a pretzel bun, with blue cheese and the beef damn near bloody. (The breezy, tree-lined and plant-rimmed sidewalk patio doesn’t hurt, either. Try the:Black n’ Blue, a spice-crusted burger slathered with creamy Belgian-ale–blue-cheese sauce ($9); Slow Burn, topped with bacon, white cheddar and a heartburn-inducing pile of milk stout–sautéed chiles and onions ($9); and Left Coast Reuben, a play on the classic sandwich, complete with slaw, Swiss and Thousand Island dressing ($9).
Blackbird(619 W Randolph St, 312-715-0708) What better place to enjoy a weekday sidewalk patio lunch than at sleek, white-on-white Blackbird? Especially when you order the burger ($15). A blend of chuck and short rib topped with red wine-shallot jam and mimolette, served with a spring bean salad, it’s elegant summer indulgence on a plate.
You want whiskey Duke of Perth(2913 N Clark St, 773-477-1741) With trees, beat-up picnic tables and signs of a family living just over the fence, you could be in a pal’s backyard—only we challenge you to find a friend who always has 75 types of single-malt whiskey on hand.
Twisted Spoke(501 N Ogden Ave, 312-666-1500) Rivaling Kuma’s with Jim Beam on tap, this West Town rooftop also offers a sophisticated list of bottled whiskeys, Scotches and bourbons that’s half-price on Wednesdays. As the menu says, “the money you save can go towards a liver transplant.”
In Fine Spirits(5420 N Clark St, 773-334-9463) With a liquor store of the same name next door, this Andersonville spot has the hookup with boutique whiskeys you’ve never heard of—and the know-how to mix them into cocktails like the Last Word, a blend of apple whiskey, IFS Barrel Buffalo Trace, walnut liqueur and bitters ($11). Knock a few back on the roomy back patio.