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    Post #1 - February 4th, 2014, 10:36 am
    Post #1 - February 4th, 2014, 10:36 am Post #1 - February 4th, 2014, 10:36 am
    I’m a beer guy. And I’ll drink wine. But in the past year, I’ve had more cocktails than I’ve had in decades (probably ten or fifteen over twelve months). I blame Anne and Cody. They opened Ward Eight, with support from the People’s Republic of Evanston, in an effort to revitalize a formerly bleak stretch of Howard Street on the city’s southern edge.

    Anne and Cody are veterans of the late, lamented bar In Fine Spirits in Andersonville, but at Ward Eight, they’ve really come into their own.

    A few quotes:

    queequeg's_steak: “This is a great -- and unexpected -- cocktail place. It's on Howard Ave just west of the Metra tracks.”

    Ronnie Suburban: “I love, love, love this bar.”

    Gypsy Boy: “I would also be remiss not to point out how warm and welcoming the place is.”

    Humuloneranger: “However, as a beer enthusiast, I have to say that Ward Eight may have the most impressively curated beer list I've ever seen.”

    I have to agree with this. Although it’s a relatively small beer list compared to other joints (and don’t get me started about World of Beer), it’s exceptionally well chosen. Last visit, I had a Ballast Point Sculpin – possibly my favorite IPA outside the Midwest, that isn’t from Alpine.

    The food menu is similar – small, but well crafted. It’s great along with drinks, or can make a light dinner.

    It’s an unusual location – it would be rare that someone discovered it while walking down the street. But it’s exactly the kind of place that deserves GNR recognition, IMHO.

    Ward 8
    629 Howard St, Evanston
    773-369-4911

    http://www.wardeight.com

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  • Post #2 - February 4th, 2014, 2:16 pm
    Post #2 - February 4th, 2014, 2:16 pm Post #2 - February 4th, 2014, 2:16 pm
    nr706 wrote:I’m a beer guy. And I’ll drink wine. But in the past year, I’ve had more cocktails than I’ve had in decades ...
    same here, 2013 was a big year for cocktails and a number of times this was at Ward 8.

    GNR yes!
    I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.
  • Post #3 - February 5th, 2014, 12:03 pm
    Post #3 - February 5th, 2014, 12:03 pm Post #3 - February 5th, 2014, 12:03 pm
    I am reluctant, somehow, to think that there are places that could be nominated for GNR status that are no-brainers. But if ever there was a no-brainer, this is the poster child. There is little about Ward Eight that is not great already, from the people to the vibe to the service to the "product." I can think of no place more deserving, no place that has so readily earned this status as Ward Eight. Enthusiastic, wholehearted, fervent amen to this nomination!
    Gypsy Boy

    "I am not a glutton--I am an explorer of food." (Erma Bombeck)
  • Post #4 - February 5th, 2014, 1:18 pm
    Post #4 - February 5th, 2014, 1:18 pm Post #4 - February 5th, 2014, 1:18 pm
    Ward 8- By all means, Yes!
  • Post #5 - February 10th, 2014, 8:40 pm
    Post #5 - February 10th, 2014, 8:40 pm Post #5 - February 10th, 2014, 8:40 pm
    I am a big fan of Ward Eight. Perfectly-crafted drinks (the Brooklyn is one of my favorites)made by super-friendly people in a cozy, inviting, unpretentious space. I couldn't ask for more in a bar.
  • Post #6 - February 11th, 2014, 2:00 pm
    Post #6 - February 11th, 2014, 2:00 pm Post #6 - February 11th, 2014, 2:00 pm
    Made it to Ward Eight for the first time over the weekend and came away very impressed. It's a welcoming bar with knowledgeable bar tenders and a great focus on classic cocktails. I support the nomination!
  • Post #7 - February 27th, 2014, 12:11 pm
    Post #7 - February 27th, 2014, 12:11 pm Post #7 - February 27th, 2014, 12:11 pm
    Made my second visit last night, and liked it very much again. A welcoming bar with a nice atmosphere, where talking is easy.

    I'm such a neophyte about cocktails that I'm working my way through the classic menu. Sometime soon I'll ask the bartender to make something for me, as my companions said they got very nice drinks that way.
  • Post #8 - February 27th, 2014, 5:05 pm
    Post #8 - February 27th, 2014, 5:05 pm Post #8 - February 27th, 2014, 5:05 pm
    I definitely support this nomination. Excellent atmosphere, great drinks, warm service. Glad to have it so close to home.
  • Post #9 - March 4th, 2014, 12:05 am
    Post #9 - March 4th, 2014, 12:05 am Post #9 - March 4th, 2014, 12:05 am
    Cozy space, very good drinks, tasty plates. A neighborhood gem for sure!
  • Post #10 - March 7th, 2014, 10:03 am
    Post #10 - March 7th, 2014, 10:03 am Post #10 - March 7th, 2014, 10:03 am
    Ward Eight has become one of my favorite places to have a few drinks. Comfortable space, excellent cocktails, welcoming staff. I also happen to really enjoy their food menu. The bacon-wrapped dates (from the regular menu) are one of my favorite bites. Yes to Ward Eight for GNR!
    -Mary
  • Post #11 - March 9th, 2014, 12:19 pm
    Post #11 - March 9th, 2014, 12:19 pm Post #11 - March 9th, 2014, 12:19 pm
    As I've posted over on the main thread, Ward Eight is a fantastic bar with friendly, knowledgeable service. It's a cozy-comfy place to spend time and I fully support its nomination as a GNR.

    =R=
    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain

    Another beer before happy hour to put me in the mood for drinkin', uh huh huh, oh, forget thinkin' --Beaver Nelson

    I find it a matter of note that in New York or Terre Haute, school cookies always seem to be oatmeal --Mr. French

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