Better round up some good company.
Better take cover.
Better drink some grog.
Better make for Queen Mary and/or Band of Bohemia. The first is a restored tavern, the second is a funky brewhouse, and they’re both open now in Wicker Park and Ravenswood, respectively.
Cue the categorical breakdown:
QM (pictured left): It’s from the people behind Sportsman’s Club and Trenchermen.
BoB: It’s from some Alinea vets.
Edge: Everyone’s shrugging exasperatedly. Let’s just move on...
QM: A cross between British maritime date place and classic Chicago watering hole.
BoB: They’re calling it a “culinary brewhouse.” You’re calling it “the place where they pair interesting beers like Orange Chicory Rye with interesting appetizers like bison tartare.”
Edge: You’re interested in interesting things.
QM: They (lightly) restored one of Division’s original seven taverns, which was previously untouched for 40 years.
BoB: An airy bohemian wonderland with antiques galore.
Edge: Um, look here.
QM: Hot tea punch, Navy-strength Old Fashioneds and grog.
BoB: Five wintry beers like Grilled Apple Tarragon, plus draft punch, plus a lapsang-souchong-infused-scotch drink.
Edge: You heard the part about the grog, right?