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Best new bar (opened in the last year or so)

Audience Choice, Culture & Nightlife, Logan Square, Wicker Park Add comments

The Whistler

The easy-to-miss, brand-spankin’ new Logan Square exercise in swankery, the modestly sized Whistler features a commendably extensive cocktail and beer list, all reasonably priced (not all craft cocktails have to be $11) and, most importantly, strong. And, the owners understand one of the essential rules of bars constructed for hipsters—always have a two-dollar beer. So, amongst the craft brews and lovely gins, we find the classic $2 can of PBR. A stage at one end of the bar occasionally hosts live music, and when it goes dark, a DJ takes the reins. When we were there, we were privy to a mixture of Nirvana, Yo La Tengo and others, but we heard the bar’s got a kick-ass metal night and we plan to return for sure.

2421 N. Milwaukee
(773)227-3530

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1520 N. Damen
(773)252-1500

Best of Chicago 2008

One Response to “Best new bar (opened in the last year or so)”

  1. the-librarian Says:

    the metal (and punk, and hardcore) night is called Screams from the Gutter and it’s held every other Tuesday from 9pm to 2am. upcoming dates are: 11/25, 12/9, and (though i haven’t yet confirmed) probably 12/23 and 1/6.

    glad that someone likes it!

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