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259 E. Erie St., 18th floor Send to Phone
Creative cocktails paired with elevated American fare in Streeterville.

Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat.

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: It feels a bit bizarre to walk through the lobby of a Northwestern medical building to access one of the hottest bars in town, but when you step out of the elevator onto the 18th floor, all thoughts of scrubs and surgery fade fast. The bright energy and sophisticated décor couldn’t be further from a cold, sterile waiting room. The cocktail menu reads like a yearbook of historically significant Irish Chicagoans, with drinks named after different colorful characters like Easy Eddie and Mr. Dooley. Compared to bartender Julia Momose’s complex, boundary-pushing cocktails incorporating obscure international ingredients like ajwain (Indian caraway) or fukujinzuke (a Japanese pickle), chef Aaron Lirette’s food is tamer, toeing a traditional Midwestern line. Perennial crowd pleasers include smoked whitefish tartine, beef tartare and fried smelts. Cuttlefish salad with shaved carrots, black garlic and peanuts is more daring, with shades of Southeast Asia. Dry-aged steak for two is more likely to feed four --- unless both you and your dining companion happen to be NFL linebackers. On the lighter side, there's tender halibut delicately prepared with spring garlic and asparagus. Local beers are available on tap and a well-curated wine list pairs nicely throughout the meal. For dessert, try the surprisingly tasty combination of root beer panna cotta with parsnip ice cream.
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