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.
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