Friday, January 30, 2015

Gin Joint

Drink the MVP of gin drinks at Scofflaw

We don't want to jinx them, but the Bulls are looking pretty sharp this season. The secret to their success?

Solid defense. And an MVP.

Another group of MVPs is uniting for a slam dunk team of their own: Scofflaw, the new gin-focused cocktail emporium in Logan Square.

Cocktail vets from The Whistler, Boiler Room, and Simone's have teamed up with a simple but effective game plan: gin, and lots of it — 40 varieties to be exact.

Take a seat at the bar or mosey over to one of the many nooks to focus on the Basil Bramble (North Shore #11 gin, Combier creme de mûre, lemon and basil.)

Take a time-out to tackle goat cheese soufflé with beets, Mizuna greens and blood orange crostini, or the brisket sandwich with onion soubise and gruyère.

Metal bar stools, a fireplace, and exposed brick walls create an eclectic comfort zone beside a dark Prohibition-era oak bar.

Think your grandma's living room, redesigned by hipsters. Not so much the Madhouse as your house.

Looks like another win for Chicago (knock on salvaged wood).

3201 W. Armitage Ave.
(773) 252-9700

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Subway: Blue Line to Western or California
Scene: This off-the-beaten-path bar should attract Logan Square hipsters as well as cocktail enthusiasts willing to travel for quality.
Sip this: St. Charles; Nymp; Lonesome Hero cocktails
Hot seat: Get cozy in the tufted leather booth tucked away in a wooden alcove.
On the cheap: Tied of $15 tabs for one drink? No more! All cocktails and entrees are $8.
Nearby: Marble, Lula Café, Rosa's Lounge

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