Sunday, February 1, 2015

Paradise Awaits

Massive margaritas and spring break chic at Paradise Cantina

Who says we need sun to party like it's Spring Break?

Touted as “the Mexican version of Cheers,” Wicker Park's Paradise Cantina comes complete with a thatched hut bar, plastic Corona flags and colorful south-of-the-border murals.

Plus buckets of beer. 11 varieties of massive, $10 32-ounce margaritas. And 40 tequilas.

It seems all that's missing is your fear of drinking the local water.

Watch the games on one of 20 HDTVs while rocking out to '80s and '90s jams in this more laid-back version of Senor Frogs.

Beachy house cocktails like the Cozumel Key Lime (with butterscotch liquer and crème de cacao) will put you in the mood for some surprisingly good Mexican-American cuisine, especially the fajita sandwich on a hamburger bun.

But if you're more interested in boozing than binging, we understand.

Thatched roofs have a way of doing that.

Paradise Cantina
2015 W. Division St., Wicker Park (773-227-1110)

Price: 2 (of 4) Noise: 3 (of 4)
Scene: Urban spring breakers; local youth; big groups of friends
Best bets: 32-ounce margarita; fajita sandwich; churros w/ ice cream
Hot seat: Belly up to the bar and dine under tiki hut branches
Coming attractions: 30-seat outdoor patio opening soon
Nearby: Rainbo Club; Easy Bar; SmallBar

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