When it comes to keeping secrets about great hidden bars, we’re more like Yahoo.
And with that, take a gander at Good Housekeeping, a small, fetching, clandestine neighborhood bar that’s fond of tweaking the classics and opens Tuesday in Highland Park. Look, here it is now.
This will be like casually drinking at a friend’s place. One living in an attractive, brick-lined former furniture store with a white marble bar and brass shelves lined with Japanese whiskey and not-Japanese mezcal, who knows how to make great, unpretentious drinks.
Enter through the new Cafe Birdie when it’s open and the back alley when it’s not. The blues may be playing. You’ll approach the bar and order a charcoal-filtered Manhattan (or the Flowing Bowl, as they call it), or if the patio is free, perhaps you’ll do daiquiris with Chartreuse and a blend of rums outside that day.
You’ll find the barkeeps are pleasant here, too. And obviously, they’ll enjoy your company. They’re even forming the Highland Park Whiskey Club in the coming weeks so you can sample rare and vintage whiskeys.
Maybe you guys can wear cool matching jackets.