A few seats. Good beer. Loud music. Ostriches.
Well, take or leave the seats.
So welcome to The Ace Bar, a gritty, live music bar near DePaul that overachieves in the category of burgers, now quietly open while putting in a few last finishing touches.
The guy behind Duke’s took over Hog Head McDunna’s, stripped it down and put it back together as a rock-themed burger bar... well, mostly put it back together. There are giant marquee letters spelling out the place’s name (lest you forget), a stage backed by a wall of stereo speakers and about 20 kinds of burgers—with your choice of nine kinds of meat (from Kobe to bison to ostrich), bringing it to 180 choices total. Later this week, you’ll also find custom-made black leather booths. (We think you may need a seat around your 150th burger.)
For right now, you’ll want to grab a seat at the antique bar, gussied up by looming glass chandeliers, and start in on a beer list that leans toward the craft side of the spectrum. Around 9pm or so on weekends, bands take the stage and can range from a local rock act to a Neil Diamond cover band.
Nothing gets you hungry for meat like “Song Sung Blue.”