This new bar from Matt Eisler and Kevin Heisner (owners/Bar DeVille) + Wade McElroy and Jeff Donahue (both formerly of Barrelhouse Flat) opened in late December. I checked it out earlier this week and thought it was a great, mellow place to spend some quality drinking time. The space is dark and woody, and contains many original, vintage elements. The preponderance of mounted game heads throughout the space, which reflect the bar's name, are new additions. There's a beautiful long bar on one side, several booths with backgammon boards as tabletops on the other and even a back yard, which should be spectacular once the weather turns. A reel-to-reel player provides the tunes, which were outstanding. On this night we heard everything from Tom Waits to Gram Parsons.
From what I recall, there are 4 cocktails on a rotating menu and a couple more permanent items. Some are classics like the Bijou, others like the Bourbon-Pecan-Lemon are originals. There's also a bourbon-based, namesake libation, The Sportsman, that's very tasty. There are also handful of thoughtfully-chosen beers offered. It's a tavern, so no food is served.
Wade and Jeff are both skilled barmen who make tasty drinks, and they're also great hosts. If you like a mellow bar with an easy vibe, quality drinks, friendly hosts and fine tunes, I recommend checking out Sportsmans Club.
948 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
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