Once the owner, a middle-aged lady with spiky, blonde hair, is convinced you’re not with the liquor control board, you’re sure to have a blast at this Polska-Polynesian hybrid in the Schorsch Village neighborhood. The bar’s tiki heritage is evident in the décor: bamboo walls, tanks of tropical fish, Tahitian carvings and a flamingo-filled fountain and Buddha sculpture behind the bar. They still make a decent Mai Tai and Banana Spider but, nowadays, reflecting the area’s current demographics, Okocim beer is the most popular drink here, Polish is the lingua franca, and all the barmaids are gorgeous recent arrivals.
7068 West Belmont
Best of Chicago 2010