Friday, January 30, 2015

Longman Junior

A garage of sausages, canned beer, and motorcycles at Longman & Eagle's new overflow bar


What do artisan sausage, canned beer and a drag-racing motorcycle have in common?
In addition to being the items stocked in your dream mancave, they can also be found in Longman & Eagle’s new off-site bar... called, ingeniously, Off Site Bar
In what used to be a garage, the 16-seat bar now acts as overflow for the always-crowded restaurant by way of eight wood tables, vintage speakers blasting monkey wrench-worthy rock, and a yellow dirt bike found on e-Bay, parked above it all.
Here you'll find Longman's signature cocktails (Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Negroni) served alongside a curated selection of canned beers in line with the garage chic theme (plus a few brews on tap and specials displayed on a chalkboard).
Every Saturday the bar transforms into a sausage shop, serving gourmet encased meats to dine in or pre-packaged to-go. The chef has a bit of a gift with meat, as his venison and other specialty sausages occasionally appear on Longman's dining menu, but for now they find a semipermanent home in pop-up form.
As of now it is only open weekends from Thursday through Saturday, but as patio-drinking weather arrives they'll offer extended hours as well as outdoor seating.
We can already taste the Old Style.

Off Site Bar
2657 N. Kedzie Ave. (on W. Schubert Ave.), Logan Square
(773) 276-7110

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Subway: Blue Line to Logan Square
Scene: Stragglers refusing to wait an hour for a cocktail in the main restaurant and sausage lovers
Best bets: Canned beer; shots of whiskey; shots of Jeppson's Malört
Nearby: Longman & Eagle; Reno; Billy Sunday

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