Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Say Cheers

Manhattans on tap at The Refinery in Old Town


You know it's coming.

That moment Cutler throws an interception, then a sideline tantrum, which reignites the whole love vs. hate conversation yet again.

Next time it happens, you're gonna need a cocktail, pronto. So make sure you're at The Refinery in Old Town, where they don't just have a mean Manhattan.

They pour it on tap.

Keep sipping at the sprawling bar until the impressive wall of LCD screens projecting the Bears game gets blurry. Then keep going. Watching sports in Chicago is a contact sport, you don't want to remember how you twisted your ankle cheering Cutler's redemption scramble in the fourth.
Celebrate the come-from-behind win with a house burger made of ground short ribs with bacon and aged cheddar. Celebrate that it comes served on brioche, which is bread leavened by angels.

Keep the party going with pork belly hash, pecan cinnamon rolls, bacon by the slab, or chocolate cassava cake from a former NYC pastry chef.
Like Trestman's offense, this place was built on options.

The Refinery oldtownrefinery.com
1209 N. Wells St. (at W. Division St.), Old Town
(312) 854-2970

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Subway: Red Line to Clark/Division
Scene: Old Town locals stopping by for a pint, cocktail, or quick dinner
Best bets: The Refinery burger; duck confit poutine; grilled baby octopus
Nearby: Glunz Tavern; Old Town Burger Saloon; Old Town Pour House

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