Remedy Bar – A Couple Dudes Serve Seasonal Comforts
Written by Jessica Lewandowski
On a Tuesday evening, my date and I drove over to Remedy, a bar just outside of Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. Remedy is one of a group of late-night bars, including The Owl and the famous Estelle’s. Despite the cold and quiet outside, the interior of Remedy was surprisingly flooded with celebratory groups, couples on dates and friends gathering for after-work cocktails. The drinks on the menu were really a remedy in themselves: seasonal cocktails and spirits meant to leave a burn in your belly. There’s even a short food menu for munchies and appetizers. After a big dinner that night, we chose to stick to the cocktails.
The first drink I chose was the Snowflake, which was a mix of Leatherbee Gin, Lemon, Créme de Violette, Luxardo and a Lemon Twist. It was potent! Gin is frequently my liquor of choice, and between the gin and the Crème de Violette, I definitely needed to enjoy my drink with sips. Oddly enough, the drink actually reminded me of a snowflake.
My date chose the Asshattan: Templeton Rye, Carpano Antica, Yellow Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino and Angostura Bitters. Personally, I’m happy this cocktail was my date’s and not mine because the Templeton Rye was strong! He drank it with ease, so if you can handle the rye, you should certainly order the Asshattan.
By this point, the two dudes running the bar had struck up a conversation with us about some of their favorite whiskeys, and they ended up pouring some shots for my date (unfortunately, shots easily put me under the table, so I opted out). Our bartender companions were really cool about sharing their choice liquors with us, and I honestly have no idea how they both stayed so calm while serving all of the requested drinks and keeping up with us. They were really friendly, funny and sarcastically bantering with practically every person who ordered a drink. These were my kind of dudes.
Anyways, my date had been won over by the shots, and he chose to stick with a glass of whiskey on the rocks for the rest of the evening. I however, chose Last Call – a concoction of Pisco, Lime Juice, Green Chartreuse and Luxardo Maraschino. This one didn’t knock me on my butt quite like the other drink, which I appreciated.
Between the atmosphere and the menu choices, Remedy is a great place to relax after a long night (or week) with a sipping cocktail, some munchies and a good conversation.
Remedy is open daily from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. and open until 5 a.m. on Saturday.