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The Drinkingbird

Restaurants, Contemporary American Lincoln Park
2 out of 5 stars
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(1user review)
Drinking Bird
Photo: Marina Makropoulos Drinking Bird

Experts in paranormal activity say that 2201 North Clybourn Avenue is rife with ghost activity. Now that Flounders (may she R.I.P.) is gone, the specters have new environs to haunt: the Drinkingbird. A retro sign bearing the new bar’s name is a good sign—who doesn’t want to play Joan and Don baring their inner struggles at the bar? Other gestures—the list of classic cocktails, the upscale bar food—seem to support this inference. There’s a pool table in the back and a cute little patio. Then you get a terrible server inexplicably dressed in cowboy regalia, and you’re seated next to a speaker blasting Kelly Clarkson.

Revise expectations: This is a Lincoln Park bar, not a Mad Men fantasia. And even by those standards, the Drinkingbird’s having a hard go of it. It’s not a great place to eat. At least not for those of us who prefer to eat an appetizer of pork rillettes before our burger, rather than as a dessert, when it finally arrived from the kitchen. (Protests to the server that the kitchen simply abort the rillettes mission were summarily dismissed.) It is, however, a decent place to drink, especially before or after a Webster Place movie. The Drinkingbird executes Singapore slings and Zombies and Tom Collinses faithfully; if only the rest of the bar stuck closer to the ’60s template.

By: Julia Kramer


Venue name: The Drinkingbird
Address: 2201 N Clybourn Ave
Price: Average cocktail: $10
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Average User Rating

4 / 5

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This joint has slowly but surely become my default date spot in Lincoln Park, especially after a movie or while waiting to be seated at Pequod's! Besides being one of the most cleverly and tactfully decorated bars in Chicago, the drinks are top notch. The bar caters to just about anyone. The retro 1950's/60's decor is really cool - complete with awesome neon signs, mood lighting, and cool bar stools and tables. A TV also lets the sports fan catch the game at the bar.

The cocktails are my favorite part - the list is simple and not too long, so those who are undecided can quickly make up their minds. For those who want to order off menu, the bartenders know their shit and have been able to make anything I ask for. The wait is not long and the place is never too packed. Solid weeknight specials, too. 

Never bothering to try the food, as Pequod's is next door. Stick to what you know, right? Star off for waitresses with attitude, especially when I asked them to put on the Cubs game and the eye roll that followed...