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Published September 23, 2008

A Good Year
Wrigleyville's New Speakeasy

The Cubs won their division. Now the killjoys of the city are asking bars to voluntarily suspend sales between seventh inning and the end of the game. Good thing you know a little speakeasy.

Introducing 1914, a hidden cocktailing sanctuary opening Saturday inside Red Ivy, a place better known for pizza and table-tap beer than handcrafted drinks.

The name references the year Wrigley Field was built, but the cocktail menu references an era a few years later: Prohibition. While we don't know if 1914 will ignore the city's request, it's certainly ready to pour on the QT: The menu lists a Bloody Mary as a Spicy Tomato Juice. A Tall Drink of Milk is a classic dry martini. A Strong Bowl of Chicken Soup is Old Overholt Rye, straight up. And just in case Eliot Ness crashes, it's served incognito in a soup bowl.

To locate 1914, enter through Red Ivy and head straight back. You'll find the door on your left, behind which a red velvet-draped paradise awaits. (Click here for more pictures.) To sustain the retro mood, Red Ivy's Top 40 playlist has been replaced by jazz (though the DJ will take over late night), and that flat-panel TV in the corner will only be on if the Cubs are playing.

We assume that means until late October.
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