Who knew drinking could also be a learning experience?
Apparently, the guys behind Billy Sunday, Logan Square's new turn-of-the-century imperial palace of cocktails opening on Friday.
A bar that seats 15, a dozen tables, and tons of buzz make this narrow space harder to get into than the honor roll. Also: a mixology menu of ingredients you've never considered (or possibly even heard of).
The dynamic duo behind nearby Yusho can be trusted. Their use of head-scratching ingredients -- Batavia Arrack (a smoky precursor to rum) shows up in Pisco Punch -- will have you running for a dictionary and back to the bar for more.
Tack on the fact that they're making house-made tonics in barrels for one-of-a-kind kegged cocktails and you're starting to get the idea. There's nothing old-fashioned about an Old Fashioned of bourbon, rhubarb amaro, and essential oils.
Acceptance into this school of booze has its foodie perks, too, thanks to pig ears with malted vinegar, roasted crème of wheat, and banana pudding.
This is one course we're pretty sure you'll ace. Or at least take again.
Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Subway: Blue Line to Logan Square
Scene: Serious flannel-wearing cocktail snobs who know what sotol tastes like
Best bets: Artisanal bread; braised rabbit; the Kent cocktail
Hot seat: Tables in the front of the bar are adjacent to windows overlooking the Square
Nearby: Telegraph; Longman & Eagle; Yusho