NileGuide Expert Says:
Try one of the punches delivered in a crystal bowl on a custom made cart, like the Barrelhouse Punch: rum, cognac, maraschino liqueur, black tea, lime.
2624 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
You'll definitely leave Barrelhouse Flat knowing more about cocktails than when you came in. Each page of the menu of this two-story bar and lounge opened by Stephen Cole (an alum of local speakeasy Violet Hour) is devoted to just one type of spirit. You might be comfortable in the open bar on the first floor in a booth, or you could wait for a spot upstairs once a seat opens up. On the right night, there might even be a pianist playing some blues. If the brief, creative menu of small plates and balanced list of innovative and classic cocktails doesn't thrill you, ask any of the extremely knowledgeable mixologists for a custom drink.